Ahead of the 2019 Great Northern Championships set in Minocqua this week, the Northland Pines girls track and field team took part in the Hatchet Invitational last week, finishing third out of seven teams.

Tomahawk won the meet with 158 points, ahead of Three Lakes-Phelps (121), Pines (75), Rhinelander (64), Lakeland (50.5), Mercer (44.5) and Wabeno (20).

Following Tuesday’s end to the regular season, the team will prepare for the WIAA Division 2 Regional at the same venue just one week later.

Taking part in the Regional meet will be host Lakeland, Pines, Antigo, Medford, Mosinee, Rhinelander, Stratford, Tomahawk and Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

Mosinee will host the Sectional May 23 with the State Championships set in La Crosse, May 31-June 1.

Last week in Tomahawk Paige Hickson (13.02) and Samantha Huelskamp (13.57) finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 100-meter dash.

 Huelskamp raised the bar in the 200-meter race, winning with a time of 28.30.

Hickson did the same, as she posted a new Pines record in the pole vault, sailing over the bar at 11-0 to win by more than 30 inches. Huelskamp was fifth with a height of 7-0. Avery Adam­ovich was seventh at 6-0.

Hickson came back and won the long jump with a distance of 14-1.

The team of Lily Bontrager, Jacqueline Smith, Huelskamp and Hickson blistered a near-flawless race in the 4x100-meter relay, winning easily in a time of 54.63, two seconds better than Tomahawk in second.

In the 400-meter race, Meg Hayes just missed scoring with a time of 1:18.44, good for ninth.

Sofia Lane (3:16.25) and Hayes (3:35.05) each scored in the 800-meter race with sixth- and eighth-place finishes.

Vera Hrdlicka, Frankie Will, Ad­am­ovich and Lane were fourth overall in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 2:14.37.

Bontrager was eighth in the shot put with a distance of 25-4. Teresa Kopanski was 10th (23-7) and Hrdlicka (20-8) was 12th.

Kopanski had a good toss in the discus, finishing in eighth place with a distance of 75-1. Smith won the high jump, bettering the field by four inches with her best effort at 5-4. McKenzie Parnewicz was fourth (4-6) while Will was eighth (4-4).