Ryan Brewer, third from left, stays on the heels of a pair of Winneconne runners during the 3,200-meter relay.
Ryan Brewer, third from left, stays on the heels of a pair of Winneconne runners during the 3,200-meter relay.

   The Ripon High School track and field teams used their final quadrangular to experiment by placing athletes in new events, while shoring up other events Tuesday.

   The experiment reflected in the team standings at the boys finished third out of four teams with 52 points and the girls were fourth out of four with 29 points.

   Berlin won the boys’ title with 106 points, while Winneconne captured the girls’ crown with 83.

   Kewaskum was the other school in attendance for the quadrangular.

   “What we saw were a lot of great performances,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said, noting he’s not worried about the team standings. “We played with relays; we put people in different events to see what they could they do, knowing we still want to be fresh to have a good meet on Friday when we go to the Dells. So we put some people in more events than what they’re used to and backed others way off.”

   One example was Lucy Beuthin. The freshman traditionally is a distance runner, but ran just the 200 dash and finished in sixth place.

   As a result of finishing with a time of 30.25, Gatzke noted, Beuthin could fit into an alternate spot on a relay if need be, which is what Ripon is looking for on the girls’ side since the team is small.

Read the full story, which includes information about other notable performances, in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.