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Webster places second in two events at state track, Freier, Gilles also place

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LA CROSSE - Spring Valley's Zac Webster nabbed silver medals in two events and helped SVHS's 1600-meter relay team also place in the WIAA State Track and Field Meet yesterday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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Webster finished second in both the high jump and long jump. Webster and Princeton/Green Lake's Jordan Wesner cleared 6-4 in the high jump and could not get past 6-6. But Wesner had fewer misses at 6-4 and thus the tie-breaker over Webster. In the long jump, Webster best mark was at 21-11 on his last attempt in the finals. However, Kristian Welch of Iola-Scandinavia beat that on his final attempt in the finals with a leap of 22-2 to finish in first place.

Valley's 4x400-meter relay team of Webster, Tyler O'Keefe, Devin Larson and Jacob Reilly finished in the eighth place with a time of 3:37.36. Iola-Scandinavia won in a time of 3:25.25.  The Cardinals' points totaled up to 27, good for fourth place and one of the best showings for the school in state meet history. Chippewa Falls McDonell held off a late charge by Marathon and Darlington to place first with 40 points followed by Marathon 38 and Darlington 30. 

Spring Valley's Aidan Manley finished 13th in the 3200-meter run.

Also placing in the state meet were Ellsworth's Brett Freier and Elmwood/Plum City's Sarah Gilles.

Gilles finished eighth in the 300-meter low hurdles in a time of :48.65. She also finished 10th in the 100-meter high hurdles.

Freier was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in :15.15 seconds hurdles and 10th in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. 

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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