R-P/H tracksters compete at Lancer Invitational

Scott Bestul

The Trojans track and field teams mixed it up with some heavy hitters at the La Crescent-Hokah Invitational last week. Nine teams, including those from larger schools from Winona and LaCrosse Logan, participated in the meet. R-P/H athletes saw some of their stiffest competition of the season and, while no team scores were kept, the Trojans turned in some good performances.

Boys’ results

The R-P/H sprinters had all they could handle in La Crescent. Caledonia’s Jack Beardmore set a meet record (11.10) in the 100-meter dash, topping a talented field by nearly a half-second. R-P/H’s Brady Gile placed seventh (11.87), Tieson Pestana 16th (12.39) and Jon Smith 22nd (13.28). In the 200-meter dash, Gile tied for sixth (24.76) with Westby’s Dawson Marshall, while Jonah Sievers placed 21st (28.22) and Robert Walker 22nd (28.87). Luke O’Hare was eighth in the 400-meters (55.97), with Austin Agrimson 18th (1:05.56) and Brad Colbenson 23rd (1:09.11).

The relays were equally competitive. R-P/H’s 4X100 squad of Aaron Prinsen, Wyatt Walters, Smith, and Pestana placed eighth (51.32). In the 4X200, the quartet of Walters, Alex Van Gundy, Nick Schmitz and Gile was fifth in 1:44.29. The 4X400 (Nick Schmitz, Van Gundy, Smith, and Dalton Hoel) placed seventh (4:11.0), and the 4X800 (Ricky Buchanan, Dominic Jenkins, Hunter Mart, and O’Hare) was fourth (9:10.75).

Triton Meldahl pulled off a double victory in the hurdles, claiming the 110-meter crown with a time of 15.73, while teammate Aaron Prinsen grabbed 11th (18.93). Meldahl returned to win the 300-meter hurdles (42.36), with Prinsen 12th (48.91) and Walker 17th (57.67). In the distance races, Ricky Buchanan was second in the 800 meters (2:15.24), and Mart was 16th (2:27.01). Jenkins placed seventh in the 1600 meters (5:14.69), while Colbenson was 14th (5:42.62) and Brendon Honken 20th (6:30.17). In the 3200 meters, Tyler Rislov placed fourth (11:01.20), and Mitchell Ledebuhr was sixth (11:10.28). 

True to form, R-P/H throwers and jumpers did well in the field events. Van Gundy tied for fifth in the high jump (5’-09”) and John Luhmann tied for ninth (5’-05”). In the pole vault, Luhmann placed 11th (9’-09”), Carlos Horton 12th (9’-09”) and Prinsen 13th (9’-03”). Meldahl grabbed a third in the long jump (20’-07”) and Van Gundy was fourth with a jump of 20’-03”. In the triple jump, Gile leapt 39’-04” to land in third place, while Isaiah Rasmussen was right behind in fourth with a jump of 39’-01”. Ben Weiser snatched up a second-place medal in the shot put with a toss of 46’-04”, and Brett Betthausen was 15th with a 33’-02” throw. Weiser claimed the discus title with a winning throw of 127’-01”, Matt Nelson was ninth (107’-01”) and Betthausen 16th (85’-08”).

Girls’ results

The girls sprint field was even more competitive than the boys, with the top two 100-meter finishers breaking the meet record of 12.96. Kjersta Hinz was the top R-P/H finisher in the event (fifth place, 13.47) while Allison Papenfuss was seventh (13.62) and Ariana Rasmussen 25th (16.08). Papenfuss came back to take fifth in the 200 meters (29.25), while Lakyn Rasmussen was 14th (31.90) and Jaelyn Johnson 22nd (34.83). Papenfuss also ran the 400 meters, placing eighth (1:09.85) and Jayden Serres was 12th in 1:12.24.

The relays were hotly contested, and the top R-P/H finish came in the 4X100, where the team of Hinz, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Alayna Helgemoe and Brielle Rasmussen ran 54.76 to place second. The 4X200 squad of Hinz, Helgemoe, Amelia Torgerson and Jenny Albrecht clocked 2:02.31 to grab fifth. In the 4X400, Serres, Jadeyn Rasmussen, Helgemoe and Brielle Rasmussen teamed up to run 4:55.56 and place eighth. The 4X800 quartet of Emily Didier, Hannah Linder, Lauren Honken and Grace Buchanan covered the eight laps in 11:40.88 and placed fifth.

In the distance races, Buchanan placed 12th in the 800 meters (2:55.4), while Maci Woodard was 19th (3:10.84) and Leora Smith  20th (3:11.46). Didier was the top R-P/H finisher in the 1600 meters, placing eighth (6:07.95) while Therese Jore ran 7:03.81 to grab 15th. The Trojans had only two hurdlers entered. Shelby Semling was 14th in the 100-meter hurdles (22.01) and Brielle Rasmussen ran 56.43 to place ninth in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Lady Trojans were, as expected, highly competitive in the field events. Kaleah Davis won the shot put with a toss of 35’-07”, while Jenny Albrecht placed 10th (29’-01”) and Liz Jandt 15th (26’-07”). Davis came back to take fourth in the discus (102’-08”), Jandt was 13th (75’-05”) and Lauren Lawston 16th (66’-10”). Bieberdorf claimed another triple jump title, winning the event with a leap of 31’-09”, while Helgemoe was seventh (29’-08”) and Albrecht eighth (29’-06”). In the high jump, Hinz leapt 4’-09” to place third, and Bieberdorf tied for seventh with a 4’-05” jump. R-P/H entered three pole vaulters, and Hailey Alfson was the top finisher, tying for fifth (7’-09”) while Jadeyn Rasmussen and Emma Geiwitz landed in a three-way tie for 14th (7’-03”). In the long jump, Geiwitz placed sixth (15’-02”), Lawston was seventh (15’-01”) and Albrecht eighth (14’-11”).


R-P/H hosted a 9-team invitational on Tuesday, April 30. Look for results of that meet in our next issue. The junior high team will also have a home meet on Thursday, May 2.