Olivia Wingo was all smiles after running the 55 meter dash on Tuesday, March 19 at UW-Stout.
Olivia Wingo was all smiles after running the 55 meter dash on Tuesday, March 19 at UW-Stout.
As the track season rolls along, the Lakeland Union High School track and field team saw itself at UW-Stout for a weekend meet.

On March 23, LUHS participated in the Northern Badger Classic Large School Meet. Even though the distance was long, Lakeland was excited for another opportunity to grow as a team. 

Some of the teams at this meet with Lakeland included Medford Area, Menomonie, New Richmond and Rice Lake.

One of the first great performances came from Ashley Peterson, who rose victorious in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter run. Her time in the 3,200 came in at a time of 11:21.64, two seconds away from her personal best. In the 1,600, she ran a 5:29.25.

“Her performance in the 3,200 is the top time in the state regardless of divisions,” coach Dan Claussen said.

Other great performances came by the way of Stephanie and Riley Mauzer, finishing second and third in the 800. Stephanie finished with a time of 2:32.62 and Riley finished with a time of 2:33.56. 

Kate Melms also ran strong, running to the finish line for fourth place during the 3,200 meter run. She finished with a time of 12:41.39.

“(Melms) had a huge effort with a fourth place in the 3,200,” Claussen said.

The pole vault continues to be another strength for this Thunderbird team. Olivia Wingo finished third in the pole vault for the girls with a height of 8-06, while Zach Hayes and Vincent Strong finished third and fourth for the boys. Hayes had a height of 12-06 and Strong a height of 12-00.

It was a meet filled with good times and great competition, something which is important early in the season.

“Great performances by the athletes that participated, they rose to the occasion,” Claussen said.

But as always, there is room for improvement, always a chance to get better. These meets will help this team continue to get better.

“Our team has a number of highly talented athletes, but we still have a lot of holes to fill to be competitive at our conference outdoor meet,” Claussen said.

With more and more performances like these, there is optimism for another great season for the Thunderbirds. Their next meet is Tuesday, March 26 at Northland Pines starting at 4:30 p.m.

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