Points were hard to come by.
That was a problem for the Poynette track and field teams at the Capitol Conference meet.
“Everyone that competed worked extremely hard,” said Erin Lowery, co-head coach of the Pumas. “They put their best foot forward to accomplish many difficult feats. We are very proud of the athletes, and their many accomplishments throughout the season. We are looking forward to what our junior varsity team will be able to accomplish on Friday. We are also looking forward to regionals on Monday.”
The Poynette girls tied for eighth place, totaling 22 points, while the Puma boys ended up seventh with 45.
Piper Johnson paced the Puma girls, finishing second in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:33.27. It was enough to give her first-team, all-conference honors in the event. She also placed seventh in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:34.86.
Taking fifth in the 3,200-meter run, Felicia Ritzke finished in 12:57.22, a personal record (PR) for her. Also, Leah Hutchinson ended up seventh in the shot put with a throw of 32’5.5” – also a PR.
In the relays, the 800-meter group of Hutchinson, Rachel Yelk, Olivia Radewan and Emily Walz took fifth in 2:01.88, while the 400-meter crew of Emma and Rachel Yelk, Radewan and Olivia Ripp ran a time of 58.04 to finish seventh. Piper Johnson, Raelyn and Kennedy Pafford, and Marlaina France placed ninth in the 1,600-meter relay in 5:07.11.
Lowery also said, “For the first time this season the boys really struggled hard to put up the numbers they are used to. They also left everything they had on the track and in the field.”
Poynette’s depth helped the boys’ team, with Tucker Johnson leading the way by taking second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:36.67 and fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:12.75, as Trent Chadwick placed fifth in the latter, finishing in 10:27.82.
Hans Mueller shined in the hurdles, taking fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.90, a PR) and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (46.56).
In the field events, Brock Chadwick was fifth in the triple jump (38’9”), Clayton Nehls placed ninth in the discus (109’7”) and Lucas Pickarts took seventh in the high jump (5’10”). Meanwhile, Cornelio Gray and Carsten Small tied for 10th place in the pole vault with an 8’6” height.
The top performance in the relays came from the boys’ 3,200-meter relay group of Trent Chadwick, Austin Kruger, Tanis Crawford and Trent Sickenberger, who took third in 8:39.71. The 400-meter (Brock Chadwick, Avery O’Dea, Jimmy Heath and Hunter Borgens) and 800-meter (Brock Chadwick, O’Dea, Borgens and Mueller) relay teams both placed fifth in 46.08 and 1:37.36, respectively.
The boys’ 1,600-meter relay crew of Sickenberger, Kruger, Levi Mueller and Brock Chadwick ended up seventh in 3:48.70.
“Again, we are so proud of all out athletes and the hard work they have put in this season,” said Lowery.
Two Puma girls and five Poynette boys are moving on to sectional, along with three relay teams on the boys’ side.
“What a fabulous evening the girls had,” said Lowry. “While we did not have many that moved on to the next level we did have a few. The girls overall placed ninth at regionals with a total of 28 points. They all participated with their full hearts to overcome some of the greatest fears. They did very well, and I am proud of each of the athletes.”
Piper Johnson is a double qualifier, as she placed fourth in both the 800-meter run (2:31.88) and third int the 1600-meter (5:39.10) runs. Johnson’s time in the 800 was a personal record.
She’ll be joined at sectional by Felicia Ritzke, who took fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 13:19.88.
The girls’ 800-meter relay team of Rachel Yelk, Hutchinson, Radewan and Emily Walz just missed out on a trip to sectionals, finishing fifth 2:01.11.
“Looking to see what these ladies can do on Thursday and hopefully beyond,” said Lowry. “Very excited for the next steps.”
As for the boys, Lowry said, “It was amazing to see their hard work paying off for some and disappointing for those that worked and struggled so valiantly but could not overcome the extremely strong field they were put up against.”
Poynette’s boys took fourth overall at regionals, totaling 71 points.
“They put their hearts into every event they participated in,” said Lowry. “I look forward to watching the athletes that moved on to the next level as they continue to grow in their athletic experiences.”
Individually, in the 3,200-meter run, both Tucker Johnson (10:42.13) and Trent Chadwick (10:42.14) punched their tickets to sectionals by finishing first and second, respectively.
Tanis Crawford and Austin Kruger both qualified in the 1,600-meter run, with Crawford (4:59.06) taking second and Kruger (4:59.89) placing fourth. Meanwhile, Hunter Borgen took fourth in the 100-meter dash in 18.16 to advance.
Also, Poynette is sending three relay teams to sectionals, including the 3,200-meter relay group of Kruger, Trent Chadwick, Tucker Johnson and Trent Sickenberger. They finished second in 8:24.64, while the 800-meter crew of Brock Chadwick, Avery O’Dea, Reggie Buss and Hans Mueller took third in 1:36.48. The 400-meter relay team of O’Dea, Borgen, Jimmy Heath and Brock Chadwick also advanced, ending up fourth in 45.96.
“The entire coaching staff is looking forward to the next several days as we work hard with the athletes that have moved on to the next level,” said Lowry. “We also look forward to our returning athletes for next season to see how they have grown and will continue to work. We have had a wonderful season and look forward to what is next to come.”
Sectionals are slated to take place in Prairie du Chien on Thursday, May 26.