County track teams have long list of sectional qualifiersPierce County's prep track and field teams will all be well represented come Friday's sectional meets after Tuesday's WIAA regionals in Divisions 2 and 3.
By: Sean Scallon, Pierce County Herald
Pierce County's prep track and field teams will all be well represented come Friday's sectional meets after Tuesday's WIAA regionals in Divisions 2 and 3.
The top four finishers move on to sectionals.
At the Division 2 regional at Somerset, Ellsworth's girls paced third out of 10 schools while the boys were seventh. Prescott's boys were second while the girls were in sixth place.
The Panther girls will have a large sectional contingent at Medford. EHS qualified three relay teams, including the 400, 800 and the regional champion 1600-meter in a time of 4:11.15. Ellsworth also qualified athletes in 10 events. Freshman Lydia Kuhl will be in three of them, staring with 300-meter low hurdles which she won in :47.68 seconds. Also qualifying individually were Abby Oberg in the high jump, Kuhl in the 100-meter high hurdles and the long jump; Mariah Shonkweiler in the shot put, Abby Ristow in the discus, Carlie Melstrom in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes, Sabine Rudolph in the pole vault and Macy Olson in the 800.
Ellsworth boys qualified their 400 and 3200-meter relay teams along with Nick Oeltjen in the shot put and discus, Andrew Schneider-Adams in the shot put, Nate Pazdernik in the high jump, Nick Niedfeldt in the 400-meter dash and Hayden Hauschildt in the 3200-meter run.
Prescott's boys team was led by regional champion Royce Durham, who won the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, seven inches; Jessop Keene in the two-mile run in 9:56.74 along with their regional champion 1600 relay team, which won in 3:33.43. Also qualifying were the Cards' 800 and 3200 relay teams, Cole Geiger in the 200-meter dash, Davide Hall in the 300-meter IM hurdles and Mike Pechacek in the 800-meter run.
Prescott's girls qualified all their relay teams along with Kaycee Charette in the 300-meter low hurdles and Amy Carroll in the 200
Over at the Division 3 Colfax Regional, Elmwood-Plum City's boys' team was third with Spring Valley in fifth out of nine teams. The E-PC girls also placed fifth and Spring Valley was sixth.
E-PC's boys' team was led by discus thrower Ben Bechel, who uncorked a county-best throw of 133-4 to win the regional title. Teammate Nick Kernstock also placed first in the 110-meter hurdles in :17.08 seconds. Also qualifying for E-PC were Gabe Rodriguez in the long jump, Alex Hartung in the shot put, Tim Wayne in the 100 along with the 800, 1600 and 3200 relay teams. The Red Devils' 1600 relay team won in a time of 3:37.5
E-PC's girls will have three relay teams as well, the 400, 800 and 3200. Individually the Red Devils will have Jenna Reitz in the 100, Krista Yarrington in the discus, Jordyn Mark in the triple jump, Amanda Daleiden in the long jump and Becky Hartung in the 800.
Spring Valley had one of their best regional performances in several years led by senior Tyler Bosshart. He qualified for Friday's sectional meet, also at Colfax, by winning the 100-meter dash in :11.50 seconds and placing in the top three in the 200. He also was a part of the Cards' 400-meter relay team which also qualified.
Mitch Samuel, Bosshart's teammate, also qualified for sectionals in the 100. Spring Valley's Willie Coyne was a double qualifier in both the mile run and 300-meter IM hurdles. Conner Sieracki qualified in the 800 and helped Valley's 3200-meter relay team also qualify by finihsing fourth.
The Spring Valley girls will send their 400 and 1600-meter relays back to Colfax on Friday with Katelyn Neck and Kristine Ostertag qualifying individually in both the high jump and mile run in that order.
The Division 3 Colfax Sectional begins at 3:30 while the Division 2 Medford Sectional starts at 4 p.m.