Track and Field: Upsala-Swanville Area opens outdoor season at Pillager

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Upsala-Swanville Area sophomore Brooke Westrich springs out of the blocks in the 4x200-meter relay at Pillager, Thursday. Westrich and the Patriots won the event in 1:56.84.

Upsala-Swanville Area sophomore Brooke Westrich springs out of the blocks in the 4×200-meter relay at Pillager, Thursday. Westrich and the Patriots won the event in 1:56.84.

Lane one wasn’t available due to melted snow, shot puts thudded into mud and temps hovered just above freezing.

But after a month layoff, any conditions allowing outdoor competition were ideal, as Upsala-Swanville Area took part in Thursday’s Pillager track and field meet.

The Patriots girls earned sixth place, led by first-place finishes by the 4×200-meter relay team of sophomores Brooke Westrich and Danica Cheney and seniors Marissa Evans and Makenna Peterson (1:56.84) and sophomore Danica Hanson in the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches).

Other top performances were delivered by senior Emma Guthrie in second in the high jump (4-feet, 6-inches), Peterson in third in the 400 (1:05.36), junior Amanda Rieffer in fourth in the high jump (4-feet, 6-inches), the fourth-place 4×100 relay team of sophomores Stephanie Koetter and Ashlie Kaun, eighth-grader Kendra Lange and Cheney (57.17), Koetter in seventh in the high jump (4-feet, 6-inches) and Westrich in eighth in the 100 (13.83) and 200 (30.13).

USA senior Makenna Peterson speeds down the backstretch as the Patriots won the 4x200-meter relay at Pillager, Thursday.

USA senior Makenna Peterson speeds down the backstretch as the Patriots won the 4×200-meter relay at Pillager, Thursday.

The Patriots boys were led by their relay teams, including a sixth-place effort by the 4×400 team of freshman Dunkin Westrich, sophomore Joe Jensen, freshman Matthew Laliberte and senior Paul Fruechte (4:09.79) and seventh-place efforts by the 4×100 relay team of Jensen, Westrich, Laliberte and freshman Garrett Karnes (50.6) and the 4×200 relay team of Karnes, senior Travis Koetter, Justin Schneider and freshman Ethan McCoy (1:49.77).

Fruechte also took eighth in the 400 (58.47) and freshman Carter Loven took eighth in the 1,600 (5:21.65).

More photos from Thursday’s meet can be found in The Record’s online gallery via this link.

 

 

 

 

USA senior Jacob Opelia launches his first shot put of the season ... into the mud. Nonetheless, the Patriots were the first area team to compete outdoors this spring.

USA senior Jacob Opelia launches his first shot put of the season … into the mud. Nonetheless, the Patriots were the first area team to compete outdoors this spring.

 

 

 

Senior Marissa Evans takes the handoff from sophomore Danica Cheney in the 4x200 at Pillager, Thursday.

Senior Marissa Evans takes the handoff from sophomore Danica Cheney in the 4×200 at Pillager, Thursday.

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