Vincent Strong leaps over the hurdle in the 110 meter hurdles, trying to outrun the competition. It was one of his three victories on the day, Tuesday, May 14 in Minocqua.
Vincent Strong leaps over the hurdle in the 110 meter hurdles, trying to outrun the competition. It was one of his three victories on the day, Tuesday, May 14 in Minocqua.
Long days, late nights and many practices both indoors and outdoors have all led the Lakeland track and field teams to the conference meet.

Lakeland Union High School was the host for the Great Northern Conference Championships on Tuesday evening. It was Rhinelander coming out as champion on the boys side with 142 points — ending Lakeland’s nine-year run a top the GNC?boys’ standings. Medford won the girls’ meet with 188 points.

The Lakeland boys finished fourth with 105.5 points and the Lakeland girls finished third with 101 points.

One of the big wins of the night for the girls came from the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Riley Mauzer, Aubrey Anderson, Ashley Peterson and Mia Case ran a time of 4:13.49, edging Medford by two seconds.

“We’re trying to get that team qualified for state, and we’ll tweak the lineup a bit,” coach Dan Claussen said.

The distance ladies were back at it again. Peterson was the champion of the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:12.19, winning by a margin of more than 27 seconds.

Anderson won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:20.01. Anderson continues to prove why she is one of the best runners in the state.

Stephanie Mauzer also had a solid night in the sprints. She finished fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.94 and finished second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.75.

For the boys, Zach Hayes came out on top in the pole vault. He won with a height of 12-6, a foot higher than second place.

“It was great to finally get some good weather and build off the confidence he got from the meet last night,” Claussen said.

Tyler Wallschlaeger came up big again in the 400 meter dash with a win. He ran a 51.37, edging out Rhinelander’s Anthony Kowalski.

Vincent Strong came up victorious in a number of events. He won three events with one of those being the 110 meter hurdles. He won with a time of 16.18.

Strong also won both the long and triple jump. He won the long jump with a jump of 19-11 and won the triple jump with a jump of 43-5 1/4, more than two feet over second place. His triple jump was a conference record. He also was the field event athlete of the meet.

“We want him to qualify for sectionals and then qualify for state so we want to make sure he is really focused on the events he wants to do strongly in,” Claussen said. 

Henry Evenhouse had another strong night in the throws. He finished second in the discus with a throw of 125-7 and third in the shot put with a throw of 44-7 1/4.

Lakeland hosts a WIAA?Division 2 regional on Monday.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.