An Arcadia runner pushes for the lead during the 55-meter hurdles on Monday.

Winhawks wow the crowd at track and field meet


 Winhawk girls topped the pack in relay races taking first in the 4x800 and second in the 4x200.
Winhawk girls topped the pack in relay races taking first in the 4x800 and second in the 4x200.


On Monday afternoon, Winona Senior High’s boys and girls track and field teams competed against seven other regional schools at the St. Mary’s Gostomski Fieldhouse. The Winhawks mingled with hundreds of student athletes from the Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Mondovi, Arcadia, Durand, Necedah, Sparta and Bangor districts at a well-appointed indoor facility. Shotput, hurdles, polevault, high jump and relays as well as multiple shorter and longer dashes all shared the same huge room, as parents and boosters lined the track and the balcony along one wall.

Coach Jed Reisetter was pleased with both the boy’ and girls’ performances. Winona took a number of first-place berths.

“Robert Warren and Terrell Hall both performed really well in the 55- and 200-meter dash,” said Reisetter. Warren and Hall captured first and second in the 55 with Warren logging 6.59 and Hall 6.76. Warren snagged another first in the 200-meter dash with 23.26, with Hall and Winhawk Noah Schultz taking third and fourth. Preston Halleck landed second in the 800-meter run with 2:11.45. “Our high-jumper started off the season nicely,” Reisetter added, referring to Dakota Matthees, who took second in the event with a six-foot jump, trailing Bangor’s Cade Amborn by two inches. Brand Colten and Briggs Carter snatched up the second and third places in the boys 1,600- meter race, and Noah Schultz popped up again in second in the boys 400-meter. “On the guys side we saw a pretty good performance on the track. It’s fun to see them on the first meet after practicing for three weeks, for them to put on the uniforms and see where people are at,” Reisetter said.

The Winhawk girls also had a spectacular night. “[Marquetta] Berlin-Burns showed up, and ran really well in the 55 and 200,” said Reisetter, referring to the two first-place spots Berlin-Burns set with a 7.65 time in the girls 55-meter dash, and 28:76 in the 200. “Emily Beguin took second place [in the girls 1600-meter run.] She finished second in the event last year, and again this year,” Reisetter added. The girls team took first in the 4x800 meter relay with a 10:56.67 time, with their closest competitor, Arcadia, coming in at 11:00.00, as well as a second in the 4x200 relay. Winonans Jill Serleth topped the girls 400-meter and Anni Skillicorn won the 800-meter. Sela Kosidowski scored another first place for Winona in the shotput event, logging 32-09 over Arcadia’s 29-10. “We’ve got a pretty young team but we have good people competing in many events,” said Reisetter about this year’s girls team.

St. Mary’s holds four events for high school track and field each year. Reisetter explained, “They’ve got a really nice facility indoors which is great, especially with weather like this.” Winona State University is also sponsoring a track and field meet at Paul Giel Field on Monday, April 9, weather permitting.

These events are not part of the conference and do not affect the team’s season standing. “In track and field the only meet that matters in the conference is the conference meet held at the end of May. All the other invitationals are great preperation, great avenues for students to prove themselves through competition,” explained Reisetter. “We show up on the day of the meet and have an all-conference performance. It’s very high-stakes at the end.”


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