Track and field: Cardinals leave La Crosse with two fifth-place finishes; Bosshart and Todd take eighth
Five Prescott track and field athletes made their way atop the fifth-place step of the WIAA Division 2 State Track and Field Meet’s podium on Saturday, June 2, where they were applauded for their record-breaking 2018 seasons.
Four of the Prescott fifth-place finishers stepped onto the podium with high hopes for what is yet to come in their high school track and field careers, while Westy Bartsch watched his high school career come to a close as he received his final track and field medal.
Bartsch, who recently graduated from Prescott High School, broke Prescott’s shot put school record with his last high school throw of 52 feet, 0.25 inches, an improvement from his 51-08.25 sectional mark.
“Westy's final throw tells a lot about his dedication as an athlete,” Prescott’s head coach Emily Calabrese said. “Westy always gives 110 percent down to the very last throw. He never takes anything for granted and knows it requires focus throughout the entire competition.”
Bartsch has been a large asset for the Cardinal boys’ squad, but he’ll be missed for more than just his throwing talents.
“Westy is extremely coachable and a wonderful role model for younger athletes,” Calabrese said. “His dedication to the sport and overall positive attitude will be greatly missed at Prescott.”
Prescott’s other state fifth-place finish was acquired by freshmen Grace Carlson, Jessie Urman, Tori Benck and Abby Syverson who completed the 4x200-meter relay in one minute, 46.70 seconds.
Four freshmen ran in Saturday’s 4x200, four of them were from Prescott.
“The girls were nervous going into the weekend, but we calmed their nerves when we got to La Crosse by visiting the track when it was empty and while Division 1 athletes were warming up to get a feel for the environment,” Calabrese said. “By the time they competed on Day 1, their nerves were only ‘good nerves’.”
Calabrese said that her young runners took pride in their age and walked into the state meet with confidence that had blossomed throughout their successful 2018 season.
“It also worked for them to know everyone on their relay team were freshmen,” Calabrese said. “None of them felt any more or less prepared than the other because it was a first experience for all of them. They told me after the finals race that they were chatting with other girls in their race, and kept getting ‘wow’ comments about being so young. This increased their confidence right before the race because they knew what they were doing was an incredible feat for freshmen.
“Seeing these girls take the podium was an incredible experience. I know how hard they have all worked all season, and for them to be able to end their freshman year in such an accomplished way was rewarding. Their smiles and excitement all weekend, ending with medals and a podium finish was the most rewarding thing a coach could ask for.”
Three of Prescott’s 4x200 competitors — Carlson, Benck and Syverson — also ran the 4x100 on Friday, June 1, with Megan Gilles. Though the relay team didn’t qualify for Saturday’s finals, they walked away with a new school record time of 50.76 seconds.
“The girls had a goal to make finals in both races, and unfortunately didn't quite make it in the shorter relay,” Calabrese said. “However, when their time came up on the big screen, we were all very satisfied. This gives them just a little more motivation for next year to make something even better happen, now that they know what it takes to compete at state.”
While there were many reasons for the Cardinals to celebrate at the weekend’s state meet, senior Katie Burmood’s career-ending injury was not one of them. Gilles stepped in for Burmood at state in the 4x100 after the senior sprinter and jumper injured herself while long jumping at sectionals.
“Katie still joined us at state and was a support system for these girls throughout the weekend,” Calabrese said. “It was a tough weekend for her to know how far she made it this season and that she would be competing in that relay if it wasn't for her injury the week prior. This would have been Katie's first time competing at state, so as a senior this was a really tough experience to go through, but she stayed strong all weekend and was very proud of her underclassmen teammates and how they performed.”
Burmood, like Bartsch, will be missed by the Cardinal crew and played a large part in leading her teammates to victory this season.
“We are very proud of all of our athletes this season,” Calabrese said. “We believe Prescott track and field has put itself on the map for other schools to notice this year. We look forward to making more waves in the conference, regional, sectional and state moving forward, and hope to find ourselves in more competitive meets that will push these talented athletes to their maximum potential. The support system these athletes have from their families and friends has been wonderful to see this year.”Ellsworth ends state run in Friday prelims
Ellsworth’s Aly Reuvers represented the Panthers in the 200-meter dash and dropped 0.95 seconds off of her sectional time for a 12th-place finish and a new Ellsworth school record. Prescott’s Syverson came in behind Reuvers for the first time this season with a time of 26.58 seconds, which was a 0.22-second improvement from her state-qualifying time at the Colby sectional.
“We had hoped that when Aly was challenged by a heat of fast runners that she would break the school record,” Ellsworth co-head coach Marcie Jahnke said. “It has been a goal of hers and the conditions were right. There was a slight wind to the runner's backs and she had a field of runners that really pushed her. She's already looking forward to next season and has her sights set on the 100-meter record and a spot on the podium. She's worked very hard to get where she is and it's was so much fun to be there with her.”
Ellsworth’s boys’ 4x400 team placed 16th out of 18 relay teams in Friday’s preliminaries. Jared Lansing, Alfonso Vilas Boas, Max Ekverne-Jamme and Alvaro Torres wrapped up their 2018 track seasons by completing the relay in 3 minutes, 34.10 seconds.
JUNE 1 DIVISION 2 GIRLS’ RESULTS:
200 prelims: 12. Reuvers (Ellsworth, Jr., 26.29) 14. Syverson (Prescott, Fr., 26.58)
4x100 relay prelims: 12. Prescott (Gilles, Carlson, Benck, Syverson; 50.76)
4x200 relay prelims: 4. Prescott (Carlson, Urman, Benck, Syverson; 1:45.48) (qualified for finals)
JUNE 1 DIVISION 2 BOYS’ RESULTS:
4x400 relay prelims: 16. Ellsworth (Lansing, Vilas Boas, Ekverne-Jamme, Torres; 3:34.10)
JUNE 2 GIRLS’ DIVISION 2 RESULTS:
4x200 finals: 5. Prescott (Carlson, Urman, Benck, Syverson; 1:46.70)
JUNE 2 BOYS’ DIVISION 2 RESULTS:
Shot put: 5. Bartsch (Prescott, Sr., 52-00.25)Bosshart and Todd leave La Crosse with eighth-place finishes
Spring Valley’s Dylan and Bosshart and Elmwood/Plum City’s Kassye Todd made their presence known at the 2018 WIAA State Track and Field Meet on Friday-Saturday, June 1-2.
Bosshart competed in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries on Friday, June 1, and ran a personal-best time of 15.80 seconds, which was a 0.41-second improvement from his Boyceville sectional time. Bosshart’s 15.80-second time earned the Spring Valley junior an eighth-place finish in prelims and a ticket to Saturday’s finals where he also finished in eighth place with a time of 16.33 seconds.
“(Dylan) improved dramatically throughout the season, especially given the short period of time that he had to compete in meets this year due to the weather,” Dylan’s head coach Rob Bosshart said. “It was a really good way for him to finish the season and I think it will provide even more motivation for him to continue to work hard in his strength and conditioning program as he prepares for next year.”
Todd had another impressive showing in the 3,200 on Friday where she cut over 50 seconds off of her sectional time. The EPC senior completed the two mile race in 11:41.49 for an eighth-place finish and a team point for the Wolves.
Todd returned to the UW-La Crosse track on Saturday where she claimed another eighth-place finish in the 1,600 with her time of 5 minutes, 20.84 seconds. Todd and sophomore teammate Katie Feuker completed their state meet appearances by competing in the 800. Todd crossed the finish line at 2:27.14 to earn a 12th-place state finish, while Feuker came in 15th place with a time of 2:30.21.
Spring Valley’s girls’ 4x200 team also competed on the first day of the state meet and took 13th in Friday’s prelims. Erin Stans, Maddie Jacobson, Shye Klatt and Brianna O’Brien did not move on to Saturday’s finals, but did drop 0.67 seconds off of their state-qualifying time.
JUNE 1 DIVISION 3 GIRLS’ RESULTS:
4x200 prelims: 13. Spring Valley (Stans, Jacobson, Klatt, O’Brien; 1:50.84)
3,200 finals: 8. Todd (EPC, Sr., 11:41.90)
JUNE 1 DIVISION 3 BOYS’ RESULTS:
110 hurdles prelims: 8. Bosshart (Spring Valley, Jr., 15.80)
JUNE 2 DIVISION 3 GIRLS’ RESULTS:
1,600 finals: 8. Todd (5:20.84)
800 finals: 12. Todd (2:27.14) 15. Feuker (2:30.21)
JUNE 2 DIVISION 3 BOYS’ RESULTS:
110 hurdles finals: 8. Bosshart (16.33)