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LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Cochrane-Fountain City High School boys and girls track and field teams got their seasons off to a strong start Saturday.

The girls finished fourth out of 14 teams and the boys placed eighth out of 18 teams at the Cashton Invitational at Mitchell Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus Saturday.

Abbey Engel led the girls by winning the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 2.63 seconds and ran the anchor leg on the second-place 1,600 relay (4:27.18). She also was fifth in the high jump (4-10).

The Pirates also won the 3,200 relay — Hayley Duellman, Kamryn Hand, Paige Allemann and Karen Scharlau ran in that one — in 11:14.70. Isabelle Ostrem won the shot put with a best heave of 35-1. Allemann, who was in the 1,600 relay, also took third in the 1,600 in 6:09.65. Scharlau, another 1,600 relay member, was fourth in the 800 in 2:32.70. Gabel, who filled out the 1,600 relay, was second in the high jump (5-2 and sixth in the 55 hurdles (10.57).

On the boys’ side, Garrison Barum won the high jump (6-0) and was second in the 200 in 25.36 seconds.

Niko Rich was fifth in the 1,600 in 5:10.16, while Tristan Haque was fourth in the pole vault (10-0).

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MENOMONIE, Wis. — Abbey Zastrow set a meet record in the 400, winning in 1:00.57 to lead the Arcadia girls to a third-place finish among 25 small schools.

Zastrow also won the 200 in 26.83. She was also a part of the second-place 1,600 relay (4:42.28) and was second in the long jump (15-5). The St. Charles girls placed sixth. Analise Fabre was third in the triple jump (31-5½) for the Saints.

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For the boys, Arcadia’s Ramon Romero won the 800 in 2:06.52. He was second in the 1,600 in 4:52.35. Arcadia was seventh out of 26 small schools.

Korrigan Dierks was second in the 800 (2:09.46) for St. Charles, which was 15th.

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Betzold was 3-for-3 in the opener, then was 3-for-5 in the nightcap, including an RBI single in the seventh inning to force the game into extras.

Kathi Opsahl was 2-for-4 with three RBI in the opener.

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