The Osceola Chieftain girls track and field team has a history of competing well, especially at the big meets of the season. When the competition heats up the Osceola athletes respond. The Chieftains won the 34 team sectional on June 17th in Osceola and in doing so had eight athletes qualify in seven events for the State meet that was held last Friday in La Crosse, Wisc. When the last event was in the record books Freedom High School was crowned the D-2 champions followed by Shorewood. Xavier was in third place with Osceola, Madison Edgewood and Rice Lake just two points behind Xavier.
“The ladies team tied for fourth place with Rice Lake at the state meet,” Osceola head girls coach Theresa Ellefson began. “They had several podium finishes and some personal bests of the season. The 4x800 team which consisted of Alli Fogelberg, Adelyn Ellefson, Lauren Ellefson and Rachel Ulrich took home a fourth place finish and ran their season best time. Hattie Fox placed fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.69 and seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.92. Rachel Ulrich took home a second place finish in the 800 meters and a third place finish in the 1600m. She set the school record and ran personal bests in both events; her time in the 800 was 2:17.73, and a time of 5:01.52 in the 1600. Both Allyson Mallin and Gabbie Neumann had personal bests in the vault. Allyson cleared a height of 9’-6” and Gabbie a height of 10’. This sophomore and freshman group of ladies has some talent that I am hoping we will continue to build upon in the next few years.”
Lauren Ellefson ran a good race in the loaded 1600m event and finished in 10th place in a closely contested race. The 1600m relay team of Fox, Ava Irlbeck, Lauren Ellefson and Adelyn Ellefson also finished 10th.
Ulrich credited the large crowds and stiff competition to help her set a pair of OHS school records.
“It was amazing to be down at La Crosse for the state track meet to face huge crowds and tough competition,” Ulrich said. “I was both shocked and ecstatic to break the 1600m record. After looking back at the season, I know I owe so much to my teammates and my coaches.”
“The coaches, Rick Stewart, Greg Hayton, Ron Cormican, Holli Stewart and Missy Ulrich, all played a critical role in getting the athletes we took to the state meet prepared and ready to compete,” Coach Ellefson said. “We are extremely lucky to have a dedicated coaching staff.”
Ulrich started her busy day by anchoring the 3200m relay team to a fourth place finish. Other members of the 3200m relay team were Alli Fogelberg, Adelyn Ellefson and Lauren Ellefson.
Lauren Ellefson ended her high school track and field career by competing in three events at State. Besides the 3200m relay team she was a part of the 1600m relay team and ran the 1600m. The Chieftain 1600m relay team of Lauren Ellefson, Adelyn Ellefson, Ava Irlbeck and Hattie Fox placed 10th. Lauren Ellefson placed 10th in the open 1600m as well.
Osceola had great athletes and great coaching in 2021. This is what it takes to place fourth at the state meet. The Chieftains will have to say goodbye to a trio of great senior competitors who competed in their last meet ever for OHS at state.
“Our senior leadership is going to be greatly missed next season,” Theresa Ellefson said. “Allyson Mallin, Lauren Ellefson and Alli Fogelberg have made state appearances in all of the years they were part of the track and field program. They have modeled work ethic and passion for the sport which are attributes the younger athletes got a chance to observe.”