Three Lakes sophomore Eli Nafziger takes the baton from senior Jared Kleinhans during the boys 4x100-meter relay event last week during the Edgar Invite.
Three Lakes sophomore Eli Nafziger takes the baton from senior Jared Kleinhans during the boys 4x100-meter relay event last week during the Edgar Invite.
In one of the few meets this season where the competition was leveled on the Division 3 athletic lines, the Three Lakes-Phelps boys and girls track teams fared well.

The boys came home with a runner-up finish, placing only behind host Edgar. On the girls side, the  the Jays finished in a fourth-place tie with Rib Lake, ahead of Flambeau and Laona-Wabeno. Edgar girls would also win the meet.

“We had great team showings on both rosters,” said coach Andy Wyss. “For our boys team especially, to finish that high up in a field of like opponents, says good things about the work they’re doing. And with only 10 athletes on our girls roster, we’re always right in the thick of things. It really is impressive.”

The final regular season meet of the season was the first and only regular-season meet against all Division 3 opponents, including Abbotsford, Assumption, Flambeau, Laona-Wabeno, Rib Lake, and host Edgar.

“After seeing larger schools all year long, it’s a nice change of pace to compete against schools our size,” Wyss said. “It was a great opportunity to get our last times and marks in before the Northern Lakes Conference and Regionals meet.”

Wyss said on the girls side the story of the evening was the return of senior captain Emily Fink.

“After being sidelined for two weeks with a foot injury, Fink returned to the throwing ring with a vengeance,” Wyss said.

Fink broke her previous school record in the shot put with a throw of 45-2, easily winning the competition there.

“Not only was that throw a new school record, it's also the best throw in either Division 2 or 3 this year,” Wyss said. “In fact, only one other thrower in the state of Wisconsin has a further throw this year, senior Danni Langseth of DC Everest, who has committed to throw for the Badgers next season.”

Wyss said Fink’s throw also ranks as the 35th best throw of all time in the state of Wisconsin, across any division in any year.

Later in the meet, Fink doubled down in the discus, also winning that event with a new personal best and school record toss of 101-feet.

“Emily flipped a switch last week,” Wyss said. “Her excitement and focus are back, and she’s ready to do big things.”

The Bluejays had several other event winners as well, including junior captain Trevin Walkowski in the 100-meter dash (11.51), juniors Jason Berube (11-0) and Kara Sowinski (8-6) in the pole vault.

Freshman Tyler Janikowski was first in triple jump (39-11⁄2). Also finishing in first were the 4x800-meter relay team of Jesse Kleinhans, Levi Gleason, Eli Nafziger, and Jared Kleinhans, and the 4x200-meter relay team of Berube, Janikowski, Walkowski, and freshman Toby Volkmann (1:36.68).

The boys 4x400-meter relay team of Berube, Walkowski, Janikowski and Sam Eppler finished runner-up in that event with a time of 3:43.86, their best of the season.

Eppler also finished runner-up in the triple jump, behind teammate Janikowski, jumping 39-11⁄4. The girls 4x200-meter relay team of Kara Sowinski, Mollee Gruszynksi, Isabelle Wiley, and Kallie Volk finished in second place as well, running 1:56.32, also their best time of the season.

Volk added third place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles (52.99) and high jump (4-10). Tyler Janikowski added a third place finish of his own in the High Jump (5-4). And Jesse Kleinhans ran to a bronze finish in the 800-meter run (2:28.90).

Other top-five finishes included Isabelle Wiley in the pole vault, Mollee Gruszynski in the high jump, Levi Gleason in the high jump, the boys 4x100-meter relay team of Jared Kleinhans, Eli Nafziger, Wes Meyer, and Gleason (4th) and the girls 4x100-meter relay team of Wiley, Jessica Fairchild, Karlee Weavers, and Kaylie Grasse (5th).

The Bluejays will begin postseason preparations after hosting the Northern Lakes Conference Meet yesterday.

Three Lakes will also host their WIAA Regional competition to be held Monday, May 14.