Weather shifts Neillsville meet indoors
In elsewhere last week, the weather impacted the April 14 track meet. But unlike baseball and softball, a track meet can be moved indoors, given the proper site conditions. As such, the April 14 meet at Neillsville, was not cancelled, being moved inside. Coach Bob Seidl shared some thoughts after the results were in Thursday.
“Our outdoor meet at Neillsville was canceled and converted to an indoor meet,” he said. “The indoor track at Neillsville is only 120 meters in length so we concentrated our entries in the field events and allowed the younger athletes to run the relays. Over half of the running events were eliminated to accommodate all seven teams that competed in that small facility. Overall it was a good meet for our boys and girls teams. The competition in the field events was tough and we had a number of 1st place fin ishes.”
Regarding individual fin – ishes, Seidl said that Cooper Nichols won the long jump and 45-meter dash. Nichols also placed second and tied with first for height in the pole vault Seidl shared, hitting the 11 -foot mark.
As to Carsen Hause, "he won the high jump at 5-10," Seidl reported. "The indoor surface was once again slick and he opted not to jump at 6 ft as he nurses an ankle strain. He is anxious to jump on an out door rubber track.”
For the girls results, Seidl shared that Leslie Derks had won the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:21.1, while Janelle Schesel placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.4.
Teagen Becker, meanwhile, placed 2nd in the high jump with a score of 4'10" and went out at 5 ft, Seidl shared. In addition, the girls sprint medley placed 6th with a time of 2:28.8, while the 12-lap relay team placed second with a time of 4:08.1. More results are posted below. The bottom line, though?
“The weather needs to take a turn for the better soon," Se idl said. “Our athletes are ea- ger to run on a full 400 meter track.”
Cooper Nichols on the pole vault at Neillsville. Submitted phot o.