The Barron Golden Bear track and field team competed through two days of contrasting weather conditions last week, first at the Amery Invitational on Tuesday, April 30, and then at a Heart O’North meet at Bloomer on Thursday. The team recorded some impressive results at both events.
The Bears will be on the road again this week, competing Tuesday, May 7, at the Colfax Invitational and then traveling to Chetek on Thursday for the team’s final Heart O’North quad. The HON Conference Meet will be held Tuesday, May 14, at Chetek.
“The Bears’ road trip for the April 30th meet became a little bit longer than expected,” coach David Seis reported. “Amery’s track has been resurfaced, and due to the weather, has been unable to get lines painted on the new surface.
“Osceola was nice enough to take over hosting the meet on short notice. The change of venue, however, did nothing to improve the weather. On a rainy and cold evening, it was difficult for any athlete to produce at their highest level, but there was still success to be found.
“With only weeks left in the season, a meet of this caliber is important for the athletes to see how they measure up against top competition. A number of the stronger teams from our regional and sectional were competing at this meet, so to place is a very good sign.”
Senior Tristan Massie was again Barron’s top finisher, winning the 800-meter run.
“In typical Massie fashion, Tristan trailed another runner through the first lap,” Seis said. “He stuck to his pace and was able to pull ahead and stay ahead through the final 200 meters to earn the win. Massie’s time of 2:07.48 was not his best of the season, but considering the conditions, was still impressive.”
Massie was also part of the fourth place 1600M relay team that posted a time of 3:51.89. Senior Andrew Smith, junior Chase Peltier and freshman Colin Kappel rounded out the relay team.
“The boys ran a great race, and considering they were running in the slower of two heats, their top-four finish becomes even more impressive,” Seis said. “Peltier had a fantastic meet as well, placing in every event he was entered in.”
Peltier soared 38’8” in the triple jump to place third, missing first by less than 4 inches. He cleared 5’6” to place fourth in the high jump and was part of the fifth place 400M relay team. Joining Peltier on the relay were fellow juniors Riley Cutsforth and Lars Hoerle, and sophomore Lucas Lopez.
Sophomore Marcus Peterson also placed in multiple events, finishing eighth in both the 1600M and 3200m races.
Overall, Barron’s boys scored 34.5 team points, which was good enough to finish sixth out of 16 teams. The overall winner for the boys was Osceola with 137 points.
Kiley Lehman led the Barron girls.
“Lehman had a very long night, as all of the individual events she competes in have trials and finals,” Seis said. “Lehman made the finals in the 100M and 200M, which means she had to run both of these races twice. She also made finals in the triple jump and was part of the 400M relay that also placed.”
Lehman’s time of 13.92 seconds in the 100M finals was good for seventh place. She ran the 200M in 28.79 seconds to place eighth and leapt 29’8.25” for a seventh place finish in the triple jump.
Lehman was joined by fellow seniors Kiara Johnson and Jaylin Lansin, as well as junior Julia Wirth, in the 400M relay, taking seventh in 56.41 seconds.
Senior Hailey Zurn’s time of 6:12.79 allowed her to finish seventh in the 1600M. She also vaulted 6’6” to place seventh in the pole vault.
Osceola’s girls had the top team score of 137. Barron scored 15.5 points to finish 14th.
“The weather was much better in Bloomer for the conference Quad, resulting in a vast improvement in times and distances,” Seis said.
Hayward and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser joined Barron at Bloomer on May 2.
“Our boys had an outstanding night, scoring 71 points and finishing second to Hayward’s 87.5,” the coach said. “The boys finished first or second in seven different events and placed in almost every event, showing the team’s depth of talent.”
Massie had another great night, winning three events.
“In the 400M, Massie ran a 56.06, narrowly beating out teammate Andrew Smith, who ran a time 56.10 seconds, completing the one-two finish for Barron,” Seis said. “Barron was also able to take first and second in the 800M, with Massie claiming the top spot with a time of 2:16.53 and fellow Bear Abdinoor Hussein right behind him with a time of 2:16.94.”
Massie, Hussein, Smith and Peterson won the 3200M relay in 9:09.26. Peterson also won the 3200M individual race, finishing in 11:02.92.
Sophomore Isaiah Tallman ran a personal best time of 5:29.35 to place second in the 1600M, adding to Barron’s dominance in the distance events.
Peltier cleared 5’8” to win the high jump and finished third in the triple jump with a distance 38’6” to lead the Bears’ effort in the field events. Mitchell Gordon threw a personal best of 122’ in the discus, taking second overall, and was third in the shot with a throw of 38’9.5”.
“The top finisher on the night for our girls was senior Abby Stafford,” Seis said. “Stafford cleared 4’6” in the high jump to take first place.”
Wirth threw a personal best distance of 83’4” in the discus to place second, while Hailey Zurn had a very busy night. She cleared 8 feet in the pole vault to finish third, ran the 100M high hurdles in 19.12 seconds to finish third, ran the 1600M in 6:21.82 to place fourth and was second in the 3200M in 13:56.2.
Barron’s girls scored 44 points, finishing fourth. Hayward took the top spot, scoring 87 points.