River Falls junior Rebecca Randleman wins her heat of the 100meter dash at the WIAA Division 1 Regional event at Hudson High School on Monday, May 23. Photo by Reagan Hoverman
River Falls boys’ track team earns third at BRC meet, girls fourth

By Reagan Hoverman

The annual Big Rivers Conference meet, held this year in Menomonie on Monday, May 16, was a situation for the Wildcats where everything would have to go correctly to win a conference title.

The Wildcats performed close to their season averages – with a couple of student athletes exceeding expectations – which cul

minated in a third and fourth place finish for the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams at the Big Rivers Conference meet.

Throughout the year there have been two teams on the boys’ side that have produced excellence consistently in New Rich mond and Menomonie – the two teams that beat River Falls at the BRC meet with team scores of 145 and 132.5 respectively. The Wildcats finished with a total team score of 95.

River Falls head coach Max Haskins knew that it was going to be tough to battle with New Richmond and Menomonie at the BRC meet. He spoke about the results and what he made of the third

place finish for his boys.

“I thought the BRC meet shook out in a way that was pretty predictable,” Haskins said. “I knew that we had an uphill battle to overtake NR and Menomonie and that proved to be true. They both have incredibly talented kids and run tremendous pro


While Haskins spoke highly of the impressive results from NR and Menomonie, he also spoke about his athletes, their re

sults, and how hard they worked throughout a highly

competitive BRC meet.

“We got some fantastic performances from our kids,” Haskins said. “Conference is a tough meet because we ask so much from our athletes. A lot of kids did a lot of events and gave it their all for their team. I’m very proud of our team and how they battled until the very end even when victory was out of reach.”

While many student athletes produced results around their season averages, River Falls junior Jacob Gilbertson had one of the best days of his track and field career. He finished third in the


meter dash and second in the 200 meter dash, scoring 14 of River Falls’ points early in the meet.

“(Jacob Gilbertson) had a heck of a day,” Haskins said. “He


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set personal records in both open events, dropping his 100

meter time by 0.34 seconds and his 200 meter time by 0.65 seconds, as well as anchoring the 4×200 meter relay to a win.”

River Falls senior Isaac Carns also had a great showing at the conference meet. He finished second in the 300

meter hurdles and was on the first

place 4×200 meter relay and the third



meter relay.

The short

distance and relay events have been the strength of River Falls all season, and that certainly remained true at the Big Rivers Conference meet in Menomonie last Monday afternoon. Haskins spoke about the relays and their construction.

“We had a few new faces on our 4×100 and (sophomore Jacob Lane), and (sophomore Trey Hartung) so it was tremendous to see those guys step in and perform while the lights were brightest. They had been waiting for their shot all year and their hard work paid off.”

The relays in track and field are some of the most competitive events at any given meet throughout the entire season. For River Falls, the 4×400 meter dash has been a work in progress all sea

son. At the BRC meet, they finished third among some of the toughest relay groups in western Wisconsin.

“Our 4×400 relay team has been trending in the right direction all year and had another strong showing,” Haskins said. “Being in the top three of those relays is no easy task, so I’m incredibly proud of our kids and the hard work they’ve put in to be in a po

sition to do that.”

As for the girls’ side of the Big Rivers Conference meet, River Falls posted a fourth

place team score of 93.5 points. The Wild

cats trailed only Hudson, Eau Claire Memorial and New Rich


Notable results for River Falls include junior Rebecca Ran

dleman, who posted a second place finish in the 100

meter dash and a third

place finish in the 200

meter dash. Sophomore Lilly Jensen earned a second place finish in the 800

meter run with a time of 2:25.37.

Senior hurdler Brianna Strehlau secured a first

place finish in the 100

meter hurdles, winning by half of a second against sec


place Ellen Somerville of Hudson. Similar to what the boys’ team did, the girls’ team had strong showings in nearly every relay event.

The group of seniors Elise Frisbie and Allie Humburg and jun

iors Abi Banitt and Rebecca Randleman secured a first

place fin

ish in the 4×200 meter relay. The girls also had success in the


meter relay. The relay group of Frisbie, Humburg, and sen

ior Josephine Johnson and junior Brooklyn Silloway earned a sec


place finish in the 4×100.

River Falls also earned a third

place finish in the 4×400 meter relay. Senior Zoe Wise just missed out on all

conference honors with a fourth

place finish in the girls’ triple jump event. Haskins spoke about how the conference shook out for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

“We had a lot of kids place very highly, but I don’t think we had anyone come out of the woodwork for a super surprising fin

ish,” Haskins said. “We needed a few dominoes to fall our way to get a team title and that didn’t quite happen.”

Up next, the Wildcats compete in the WIAA Division 1 Re

gional at the Hudson High School on Monday, May 23. The meet was slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

River Falls senior Samuel Rixmann competes in the 100meter dash preliminaries at the Division 1 Regional in Hud son. Rixmann earned a seventhplace finish in the 100 meter dash at the Big Rivers Conference meet last week in Menomonie. Photo by Reagan Hoverman

May 24, 2022