Hodags, Raiders win big at track and field regionalSubmitted: 05/20/2019

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MINOCQUA - After a team wins its first conference title in 52 seasons, what's next?

Well, if that team is Rhinelander boys track and field, the answer is apparently go win some more.

The Hodag boys took first place in Monday's Division Two regional track and field meet at Lakeland Union High School.

Rhinelander took first in the 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay triple jump events.

They'll send more than a dozen entries to the Thursday sectional round in Mosinee.

Head coach Aaron Kraemer said that this year's senior class helped change the culture of the track and field team.

"The kids have bought in to everything we've done in training and in injury prevention and taking care of our bodies and because of that, our kids are thriving," Kraemer said. "So that's what we ask for, is to thrive every day."

This meet was pretty much a repeat of the GNC Championship for both the boys and girls.

The Medford Raiders took first place again on the girls side thanks to a whole host of top three finishes.

Their relay teams have been among the best in the conference all year long.

"I would say that our team for the 4x200 is doing really well this year," sophomore Marissa Fronk said. "I know we cut off some time from last year. We took first today, and I'm really looking forward to running sectionals and I hope we're going to go to state."

These athletes will get some much-deserved rest over the next two days before hitting the track again on Thursday for sectionals.

Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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