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County track teams compete in indoor meets at Stout.

Ellsworth’s Olivia Helmer extends herself over the long jump pit at the Blue Devil Open.1 / 4
Ellsworth’s Brett Freier is bracketed by two Hudson runs in the finals of the 55-meter hurdles at the Blue Devil Open.2 / 4
Elmwood/Plum City’s Andrew Gilles (center) and Dalton Shields (Left) run near the front of their heat in the 1600-meter run in the Blue Devil Open.3 / 4
EPC runners make the exchange during a heat in the 800-meter relay in the Blue Devil Open. 4 / 4

MENOMONIE – Pierce County track and field teams took part in indoor meets at Johnson Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout last week.

The Ellsworth and Elmwood/Plum City track and field teams took part in Blue Devil Open indoor meet Tuesday afternoon.

The EPC boys placed ninth out of 22 teams participating thanks to newcomer Levi Wolf's third place in the triple jump. He leap was 40 feet, five inches. Also placing for the Elmwood-PC boys were Andrew Gilles, fourth in the 1600-meter run, Hunter Schoengarth, fifth in the 800-meter run and the Wolves' 1600-meter relay team, eighth. 

EPC's girls finished 12th. Their highest finishes came from Sarah Gilles, third in the 55-meter hurdles in :9.55 seconds and sixth in the 400. Teammate Elaina Danzinger finished fifth in the 800 and EPC's 1600-meter relay team finished seventh.

Ellsworth's boys' team finished 21st with its best finish coming from Brett Freier in the 55-meter hurdles, third in :8.23. The Panther girls finished 19th. Olivia Helmer placed seventh in the triple jump and Joanne Lanegran, seventh in the 200-meter dash.

River Falls won the girls' meet with 83.50 points with Hudson second with 71 points. Hudson won the boys' meet with 86.50 points with River Falls second with 79 points.

EPC was back at the Johnson Fieldhouse Saturday for the Northern Badger Invitational along with Prescott.

PHS did well for their first meet of the season. The Cardinal girls placed eighth out of 24 schools with 26 points in the Small School Division while the boys’ were 12th with 20 points.

Prescott’s top place winner in the girls’ meet was Amanda Murphy, finishing second in 2:37.97 in the 800-meter run. She also finished sixth in the 3200-meter run. 

Also placing for the Cards’ was Annika Carlson, fourth in the mile run; Andrea Lewis, seventh in the long jump and Rebecca Shirley, fifth in the triple jump.

PHS’s boys’ got a third place from Jack Geiger in the 400-meter run in :54.70 seconds and the Redbirds’ 1600-meter relay team in 3:49.84. Also placing for the Cards’ were Pat Ballosh, fifth in the 400; Nolan Schock, seventh in the 800 run; Monty Stenroos, eighth in the 800 run and Garrett Ryan, eighth in the shot put.

EPC’s girls placed 10th  with 25 points and the boys’ were 17th with 14 points. Gilles did the bulk of the Wolves’ scoring as she finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 31-1; fourth in the 55-meter hurdles and fifth in the 200. EPC’s Libby Feuker finished fifth in the 800 and the Wolves 1600-meter relay team also finished fifth.

The EPC boys were led by Andrew Gilles’ third in the mile run along with a fifth in the 1600-meter relay, a seventh by Mark Anderson in the pole vault, a seventh by Wolf in the long jump and an eighth place finish by Chris Gift in the 3200.

Arcadia won the girls’ meet with 84 points and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser won the boys meet with 68 points.

Ellsworth and EPC will compete in a meet in River Falls Tuesday at UW-River Falls’s Knowles Center while Prescott hopes enough snow will be melted for the first outdoor meet of the season, the Prescott Invitational on Thursday at Laney Field.