Lakeland hosts 16th annual T-Bird InvitationalSubmitted: 04/05/2014
Story By Marisa Silvas

MINOCQUA - Thank goodness for indoor gyms. There's still plenty of snow on the ground but track and field stars had the chance to show off today at the 16th annual T-Bird Invite.

Seven schools competed at the Lakeland Fieldhouse.

For the ladies, in the 600 meter run, Lakeland's Lauren Schilling took the top spot with a time of 1 minute 52 seconds.

In the 200 meter hurdles, Morgan Wirkus from Marathon came across first and Emily Kopecky of Phillips took second place overall.

For the 1,000 meter run Nicole Gilman from Lakeland finished first. Nicole was nearly 30 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

For the guys in the 1,000 meter, Chequamegon's Jordan Koski made a pass on the final lap and took the win just beating out Steven Studinski of Marathon.

For the 600 meter run. Keegan Bergman from Marathon was the winner with a time of 1 minute 36 seconds.

And in boys pole vault Chequamegon's Hunter Pritzl set a new personal best clearing 12 feet 6 inches. His previous high was 11 feet. Hunter took second place.

The top spot went to Marathon's Devan Gertschen. His best jump was 13 feet 6 inches.

In team scores, for the boys, Marathon finished first followed by Lakeland and Chequamegon.

And for the girls, Chequamegon was number one, Lakeland second and Marathon third.

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MINOCQUA - Every year thousands of kids go hungry. 

On Saturday nearly 600 volunteers from the Northwoods decided to help feed some of those children. 

The "Food for Kidz" organization, invited people to Lakeland Union High School, to help package non- perishable goods.

 The packages will be donated worldwide and to nearby food pantries.

Within the past eight years volunteers have packaged one million meals.

 Last year was the first year the organization started donating to local food pantries. 

This year volunteers will give 30,000 meals to the Northwoods community.

"It's just the recurring exuberance of the people that come in and do the packing we have many, repeat people that come year after year," said "Food for Kidz" Co-chairman John Breiten. 

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MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.

For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.

The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.

Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.

Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.

The goal is 175,000 packed meals.

Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.

"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.

Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.

The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.

Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.

"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.

Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.

The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.

Call John Breiten at 715-686-7570 for more info.

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