Track and field: 18 Pierce County athletes to compete at La Crosse
The Prescott girls' 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, Abby Syverson, Aly Reuvers, Westy Bartsch and Ellsworth's boys' 4x400 team qualified for the June 1-2 WIAA Division State Track and Field meet at UW-Lacrosse by placing fourth or better in their respected events at the Thursday, May 24 Colby sectional.
The Prescott girls came in sixth place out of the 34 teams that competed in Colby.
"We are beyond excited for the future of Prescott track and field with how well our underclassmen girls have performed this year," Prescott's co-head coach Emily Calabrese said after her team's sectional performance. "They are setting school records almost every time they compete, and we are looking forward to seeing what they can do at state. These girls amaze me with their performances every meet, and I can't even begin to express my excitement for them as they perform on the big stage next weekend."
The Cardinals totaled up 36 team points, while the Ellsworth girls' team took 20th with 10 points. Wittenberg-Birnamwood won the girls' regional with 66 points.
"I felt the girls went out to do everything they could to advance to the state meet," Ellsworth's girls' head coach Marcia Jahnke said following her team's sectional performance. "Stella Anderson jumped exceptionally well and cleared 5-00 on her first attempt, which we felt was very significant for her to advance. She just barely ticked the bar with her heal when attempting 5-02 and fell just short of advancing to state. Our sectional had the strongest high jump group of the four sectionals and I felt she held her own for a young jumper. She'll be even more determined to earn her spot next year."
Anderson took seventh in the high jump by clearing 5-00.
"Aly Reuvers ran very well especially since the home stretch required the sprinters to run directly into the wind," Jahnke said. "While the head wind did prevent her from earning a season personal record, she battled against in a strong group of sprinters to earn third and advance to state next Friday. Aly commits to training for track year round and it's always exciting to see hard work rewarded."
Jahnke and her girls squad had hoped to send one of its relays onto UW-La Crosse, but their disappointment was eased with two season best times. The 4x100 team ran a 52.03 to take seventh, and the 4x400 finished in 13th with a time of 4:27.82.
"Senior Julia VanWatermeulen was the starting leg for the 4x400 and has been a important contributor to our track and cross country teams throughout her high school career," Jahnke said. "It was emotional to see her run for us for her last time and she will be greatly missed.
"The rest of our relays are young and we are hoping for another chance at a trip to state for both groups next year. I'm very proud of how all the girls did and look forward to seeing Aly run at state next weekend."
Prescott finished in 19th place with 11 total points on the boys' side, while the Panthers finished right behind their fellow Middle Border Conference team with 10 points and a 20th-place finish. Rice Lake won the boys' sectional title with 85 team points.
Ellsworth's state-qualifying 4x400 relay team, made up of Jared Lansing, Alfonso Vilas Boas, Max Ekverne-Jamme and Alvaro Torres, ran another season-best time of three minutes, 30.22 seconds at the sectional meet where they placed third. The new season-best time was a three-second improvement.
"We talked about what had to be done this week in practice and what each of the boys would have to do for us to achieve the goal," Ellsworth's co-head coach Wade Kowalchyk said. "They all came through with the necessary times."
The boys' 4x800 (Lansing, Braden Matzek, Kyle Perkins and Vilas Boas) team also showed a season-best performance and dropped five seconds off of their sectional time to cross the finish line at 8:49.49 for a ninth-place finish.
Ekverne-Jamme was just shy of qualifying for state in the pole vault. The senior vaulter placed fifth with a vault of 12 feet, six inches. St. Croix Central's Nathan Strader took first with a 14-03.
Luckily, Ekverne-Jamme will still have a chance to compete at the state meet in his final high school track and field meet as a member of the Ellsworth boys' 4x400 team.
"We look forward to a challenging state meet," Kowalchyk said.
GIRLS' STATE QUALIFIERS:
4x200: 2. Prescott (G. Carlson, Urman, T. Benck, Syverson; 1:46.26)
4x100: 3. Prescott (Burmood, G. Carlson, T. Benck, Syverson; 51.23)
200: 1. Syverson (26.80) 3. Reuvers (27.24)
BOYS' STATE QUALIFIERS:
4x400: 3. Ellsworth (Lansing, Ekverne-Jamme, Vilas Boas, Torres' 3:30.22)
Shot put: 1. Bartsch (51-08.25)
Kassye Todd and Katie Feuker were prevalent in qualifying for the June 1-2 WIAA Division 3 State Track and Field meet on Thursday, May 24 at the Boyceville sectional. The two Elmwood/Plum City Wolves runners will face each other in the 800, and Todd will also try her luck in both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the UW-La Crosse Meet. The two distance runners boosted their team to a seventh-place sectional finish with 34 total points. Shell Lake won the girls' 30-team regional with 86 team points.
The Spring Valley Cardinals will be represented by the girls' 4x200 relay team made up of Erin Stans, Maddie Jacobson, Shye Klatt and Brianna O'Brien, along with Dylan Bosshart who became a state qualifier by taking fourth in the 110 hurdles at Thursday's sectional.
The Cardinal girls' team took 24th place with 10 points, while the boys tied with EPC and Boyceville for 23rd place by scoring eight team points. Regis was the boys' sectional champ after scoring 80 points at Thursday's 31-team meet.
EPC's Nic Forster was beat out in the 800 by less than 0.01 seconds by Johnathon Nowacki of Athens who finished in fourth place.
GIRLS' STATE QUALIFIERS:
800: 2. Todd (2:27.07) 3. Feuker (2:28.77)
1,600: 2. Todd (5:23.47)
3,200: 2. Todd (12:31.68)
4x200: 4. Spring Valley (Stans, Jacobson, Klatt, O'Brien; 1:51.58)
High jump: 4. Klatt (4-11)
BOYS' STATE QUALIFIER:
110 hurdles: 4. Bosshart (16.21)