The Reedsburg boys track and field team didn’t let the miserable weather get to them on April 20 at Reedsburg Area High School.
The Beavers put together their best performance of the season at the annual Besty DeMerit Invitational, racking up 172 points to take first place by a landslide. Reedsburg won by a margin of 79 points to take the title for the fifth straight year.
“We stepped up the quality of the competition this year by adding a good Nekoosa team and Dodgeville/Mineral Point team,” boys head coach Phil Hasler said. “Those are two pretty good track teams so to be able to win by the margin that we won by with those better teams, it feels good.”
The boys team won a total of five events on the day, and numerous top five finishes. Sophomore Jacob Dregney started things off with a first place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, racing to a time of 17.37. Dregney went on to take first by a three second margin in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.01. Junior Tobias Brown was right behind Dregney in the 110 hurdles, taking second (18.56). It was a similar outcome in the 400 meter dash, as juniors Luke Rapisarda and Victor Statz took first and second with times of 53.4 and 54.57, respectively. Bryce Bierman meanwhile, took first in the triple jump, soaring to a distance of 38 feet on the dot. Senior Mack Nelson rounded out the event winners with a first place finish in the pole vault (12-06).
“Dregney is having a very good season. He’s just a sophomore so he’s a very talented kid,” Hasler said. “Rapisarda had a nice meet, he’s one of my real quality athletes. And then Mack Nelson, won the pole vault, placed in the 100 and was on the relay team which (placed). He’s a real quality kid and a great athlete.”
Nelson came close to taking another first place finish, this time in the 100. But after taking first in the preliminaries, Nelson took second place in the finals with a time of 12.1. He was behind Richland Center’s Caleb Coleman (11.99). The senior went on to take second in the long jump by just half an inch, recording an 18-08 1/4 while Royall’s Connor Gates took first (18-08 3/4). Nelson wasn’t the only one who barely fell into second place, as the team of Wayde Ernstmeyer, Riley Gunder, Keegan Martin, and Sam Dennis took second in the 4x200 meter relay. The quartet finished with a time of 1:39.28, less than a second behind Dodgeville/Mineral Point (1:38.68). Nelson, Martin, Ethan Lee, and Dennis also took second by a slim margin in the 4x100 relay with a time of 47.2. Nekoosa took first with a 46.4. In the 200, Rapisarda took second with a 24.46
Hasler said he’s been impressed with Dietz, who has been quickly improving in the shot put. The junior took second in the event with a 40-06 1/4.
“He’s really emerged as our best shot guy. It’s his first year in track and field so he’s really (improved) by leaps and bounds,” Hasler said. “He’s got the best work ethic of any thrower that we have. So he’s being rewarded for putting in hard work both in the shot circle and up in the weight room.”
Other top finishers included Zeb Brown in the 400 (fourth, 55.54); Derek Halvensleben in the 800 (fourth, 2:19.71); Ernstmeyer in the 200 (fourth, 25.15); Statz in the 200 (fifth, 25.36); Noah Brunner in the 3,200 (fifth, 11:49.05); Alex Gall in the 3,200 (sixth, 12:56.23); the 4x400 relay team of Ernstmeyer, Brown, Statz, and Rapisarda (third, 3:38.82); Dennis in the long jump (fourth, 18-00 1/4); Brown in the long jump (fifth, 17-09); and Dregney in the triple jump (third, 37-03 1/4).
It was the first Betsy DeMerit Invite in quite some time where Betsy DeMerit wasn’t able to attend due to the weather. Hasler mentioned he plans on visiting DeMerit to present her with the championship trophy.
On the girls side, the Beavers amassed 81 points overall to take third. Dodgeville/Mineral Point took first (136) followed by Wisconsin Dells (135.5).
“(It was a) chilly night, our performances showed that but everyone still competed well,” coach Brett Hinkhouse said.
Junior Brooklyn Schyvinck took first in the 100 (13.85), the 200 (27.4), and the 400 (1:02.61) to lead the team. Ally Gesteland, Sydney Womble and Clara Davis took fourth (20.6), fifth (20.87), and sixth (20.92) in the 100 hurdles, while Rachel Schmitt took fifth in the 100 (14.79).
Other top finishers included the 4x200 relay team of Sarah Chrisensen, Womble, Aryanah Bronk, and Schmitt (fourth, 2:02.58); the 4x100 relay team of Christensen, Schmitt, Bronk, and Hailey Asp (fourth, 56.77); Ally Gesteland in the 300 hurdles (sixth, 1:00.8); Kaelyn Kurtenbach-Wench in the 300 hurdles (seventh, 1:01.83); Ally Wilks in the 800 (sixth, 3:04.98); Isabelle Bass in the 800 (seventh, 3:14.91); Schyvinck in the long jump (fourth, 15-05); and Kurtenbach-Wench in the triple jump (third, 29-10 1/4).
Boys take second at Waunakee Quadrangular
On April 18, the Reedsburg track and field teams traveled to Waunakee where the boys team took second and the girls team took fourth.
The boys team amassed 54 points, behind Waunakee in first (136). Sauk Prairie took third (51) while Portage took fourth (31).
Dregney took first in the 300 hurdles (41.01), while Ernstmeyer, Statz, Brown, and Rapisarda took first in the 4x400 relay (3:39.69). Nelson took first in the pole vault (13-00 1/4).
Other top finishers included Rapisarda in the 200 (second, 23.42); Statz in the 400 (second, 54.42); the 4x100 relay team (second, 47.37); Dietz in the shot put (third, 40-00); and Tanner Andres in the discus (third, 117-05).
The girls team took fourth place with 25 points. Waunakee took the title (127.33), followed by Sauk Prairie (68.66) and Portage (47).
Schyvinck took first in the 100 (13.15), the 300 hurdles (49.44), and the long jump (16-00 3/4). Other top finishers included Clara Davis in the 200 (fourth, 30.6); and Ella Brueggeman in the 3,200 (fourth, 14:52).