Two Northwoods athletes traveled 8,000 to showcase their skillsSubmitted: 07/21/2018
Northland Pines athletes Lochlan Siegmeier and Paige Hickson competed in the 'Down Under Sports' track 
and field competition in Australia against some of the best high schoolers in the world.

The 10-day trip offered the kids to explore a new country, and provided a new challenge on the track.

They both placed in the top 20 out of more than 300 athletes.

Siegmeier competed in 7 events placing in the 15 in each of them.

His notable lands were 1st in high jump, 2nd in the 4 by 4 and 3rd in the 4 by 1.

Hickson placed 12th in pole-vault, and made it to the semi-finals in both the 100 and 200 meter dash.

She said she's very grateful for the opportunity and believes the meet molded her into a stronger competitor.

"I learned that it takes a lot of concentration when you are competing against such good athletes. There are so many good athletes out there and it takes a lot to be one of the best ones," Hickson said.

Siegmeier said this trip is one he will never forget.

He made lots of new friends and loved wearing the red, white and blue.

"Having the jersey say USA on it and knowing that you are from the Midwest representing them and then Wisconsin and our small town of Eagle River is really cool," Siegmeier said.

The two Eagle competitors left on July 7th and returned to the main land on the 16th.

Both athletes hope to make it back to The Land Down Under again before they graduate.

Here are their placings:
1st - high jump
2nd - 4x 400
3rd - 4 x 100
5th - 300 hurdles
8th - long jump
10th - 110 hurdles
14th - 200m
17th - 200m
20th - 100m
12th - pole vault

Story By: Mazie Vincent

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