Spartan teams sweep Simpson InvitationalThe Northwestern High School track team hosted the 32nd annual Dennis Simpson Indoor Track and Field Invitational Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Health and Wellness Center.
The Northwestern High School track team hosted the 32nd annual Dennis Simpson Indoor Track and Field Invitational Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Health and Wellness Center. Schools competing in the track meet were Ashland, Drummond, Esko, Hayward, Ironwood, Lakeview Christian Academy, Northwestern, Superior and Unity.
The Superior boys track team defended its title from last year by dominating the meet with 164 total team points. Ironwood finished second with 95 points, and the Tigers team was fifth with 59 points.
The Spartan boys finished first in six events, including sweeping the top three places in the 400 meter dash. Dustin Ritchie claimed first place in the 400 with a time of 53.89 seconds, followed by Joe Reichert (55.92) and Ethan Taylor (56.01).
NHS finished first in two events, including a one-two finish in the boys pole vault. Zak Reynolds cleared a height of 11 feet, six inches to take first place, and Chris Stovern cleared 11 feet to finish second.
For the girls, Northwestern was looking to repeat as champions from last year, but the Spartans managed to edge into first place in the team standings with 130 points to the Tigers’ 113.5 points.
Superior won three individual events, but NHS won three as well. In relays, Superior had an edge over the Tigers, as SHS won all three of the relay events with NHS finishing second in two.
Kelly Stipetich of Superior did well in the sprints, finishing first in the 50 meter dash and second the 200 meter dash. She also finished second in the long jump with teammate Christa Diedrich taking first place with a distance of 15’ 3” and Spartan Caitlyn Vaughn claiming fourth.
As with the boys, the NHS girls easily outdistanced their opponents in the pole vault. The Tiger girls finished 1-2-3 in the event with Nikki Weyandt taking first, Alex Baillie second and Susanna Schafter third.
More results from the meet will appear in Monday’s paper.