While the Ripon High School track and field teams may have finished sixth out of eight schools at the Kewaskum Invitational last week Friday, there were plenty of positives to take away.
“We are having people with some breakthrough improvements, and we have people starting to find events by themselves,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said of the meet, which consisted of teams from Winneconne, Slinger, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Kewaskum, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Oostburg and North Fond du Lac/Horace Mann. “... In the events we competed in, most of them had multiple places, so that was very worthwhile. We saw season records, personal records on the boys’ side and the girls’ side in several events.”
One of the athletes who recorded a breakthrough performance was Lucy Beuthin. The junior trimmed more than seven seconds off her previous personal-record in the 800-meter run, finishing fourth with a time of 2 minutes, 41.52 seconds. She wasn’t the only Tiger girl to run a personal-record time either as Jasmine Moldenhauer cut nearly nine seconds off her previous best, which was set a little more than a week earlier to finish sixth with a time of 2:43.67.
Tirion Radtke added a season-record time in the 800 run that was nearly seven seconds faster and was one spot away from scoring points for Ripon as she placed ninth, finishing in 2:49.95.