The Lodi boys and girls track and field teams faced a tough challenge last week, as they competed on back-to-back days last Friday and Saturday.
Last Friday, the Blue Devils competed at the Freedom Invite, which featured the top Division 2 girls and boys teams in the host Irish.
The Lady Blue Devils finished in third at the 12-team invite with 77 team points. Freedom (185) and Fond du Lac (109) claimed the top two spots.
The Lodi boys registered 71 points to finish behind Freedom (193), Wild Rose (95), Brillion (81) and Aquinas (75).
“While we were targeting to simulate back-to-back meet days with little rest, we also knew that we would limit total race volume for sole kids at Freedom,” Lodi coach Randy Skellenger said. “With that being said, we withheld quite a bit while Freedom and Xavier didn’t leave much on the table.”
The Lady Blue Devils got individual titles from Mackenzie Heyroth and Lauryn Milne.
Heyroth topped the field in the 400 (1 minute, 0.54 seconds), to go along with a third-place finish in the 100 (:12.91).
Milne came out on top in the triple jump (34-feet, 1.75-inches). She was also fifth in the 800 (2:36.0).
Adding top-10 finishes for the Lodi girls were Claire Schoenemann (eighth, 800, 2:45.61), Isabelle Clary (third, 3,200, 11:51.35), Rhianna Walzer (third, 200, :26.78; sixth, shot put, 32-7), Hannah Busser (fourth, 200, :27.34), Taylor Ripp (eighth, 100 hurdles, :18.50; eighth, long jump, 14-10), Morgan McNeill (eighth, 300 hurdles, :54.35), Ella Puls (fourth, shot put, 34-7.75; fifth, high jump, 4-10), Allison Lochner (10th, pole vault, 6-6) and Mira Potter (10th, pole vault, 6-6).
The Lady Blue Devils had Busser Ripp, Rhianna Walzer and Amanda Miller finish third (1:49.28) in the 800 relay.
In other relay event, the Blue Devils were fifth in the 1,600 (4:22.15; Holly Jelinek, Puls, Amanda, Lauryn Milne) and 3,200 (11:27.89; Mandy Giese, Paige Walzer, Norah Lee, Schoenemann) and 10th in the 400 (1:00.14; Cloe Hix, Allison Lochner, Kristin Nachreiner, Molly Prieve).
Meanwhile, Lucas Heyroth had a huge effort for the Lodi boys; He garnered titles in the 110 hurdles (:14.94) and long jump (21-7).
Cayden Coddington (fifth, 100, :11.56), Luke Beckwith (ninth, 100, :11.72), Jack Hansen (10th, 200, :24.68), Owen Jelinek (third, 400, :52.10), Riley Faust (third, 800, 2:07.86), Quinn Faust (10th, 800, 2:22.86), Kyle Becker (third, shot put, 42-8.5; ninth, discus, 121-8), Melvin McIntyre (fourth, pole vault, 11-6) and Brody Nyffenegger (fifth, triple jump, 38-10) added top-10 finishes.
Beckwith, Coddington, Hansen and Tim Prosek teamed up to finish second in the 400 relay (:45.80). Beckwith, Coddington, Hansen and Heyroth came away with third in the 800 relay (1:34.18), while Riley Faust, Jelinek, Heyroth and Colin Statz earned third in the 1,600 (3:38.50).
The Blue Devils were also ninth in the 3,200 relay (10:00.93; Ben Avila, Josh Larson, Trenton Ness, Mason Marchand).
Last Saturday, Lodi took part in the very competitive Arrowhead Myrhum Invite.
The Lodi boys finished 12th with 22 points, while the Lady Blue Devils were 13th with 23.
“What an evening for the Lodi boys and girls teams,” Skellenger said. “Season-best times all around the roster to finish 12th and 13th out of 30 schools from all over the state. I’m very proud of these kids and how they competed in a state meet simulator after competing in Freedom the night before.”
Middleton edged Kimberly, 83.5-83, for the boys title, while Milwaukee King slipped past Kimberly, 74-67, for the girls crown.
Lucas Heyroth turned a lot of heads on the boys’ side, as the freshman claimed titles in the 110 hurdles (:14.94) and long jump (22-1.75).
Heyroth was the only Blue Devil to finish in the top 10, but Owen Jelinek (800, 2:01.31) and Melvin McIntyre (pole vault, 12-feet) both finished 11th.
Lodi’s foursome of Heyroth, Beckwith, Hansen and Coddington finished seventh in the 800 relay (1:32.85).
The Lady Blue Devils were led by Mackenzie Heyroth. She finished third to two of the top-16 runners in the country the 100 hurdles with her school-record time of :44.95 and fourth in the 100 hurdles (:15.13).
Rhianna Walzer came away with seventh place in the 400 (1:00.06) and ninth in the shot put (34-3.75).
Puls garnered sixth place in the shot put (34-11.25), while Milne was seventh in the triple jump with a school-record distance of 35-2.
Lodi’s foursome of Rhianna Walzer, Busser, Heyroth and Clary turned in the second fastest time in school history, 4:03.06, on their way to fourth place in the 1,600.
There was an error in the results for the Lady Blue Devils dual with Luther Prep in last week’s Enterprise. Morgan Lowehagen placed first in the discus.