Colbenson places fifth in the 3200-meter run at stateSpring Valley's Breanna Colbenson was the only Pierce County athlete to place Friday at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet.
LA CROSSE - Spring Valley's Breanna Colbenson was the only Pierce County athlete to place Friday at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the UW-La Crosse campus.
The Cardinals' freshman distance runner placed fifth in the Division 3 girls' 3200-meter run in 11:35.06.
Colbenson's Spring Valley teammate Katelyn Neck nearly placed. She finished ninth in the high jump, getting as high as 5-0, her best all season. Teammate Aarynn Deutsch finished 10th, clearing 4-10.
Several athletes and relay teams qualified for the state finals Saturday as they finished in the top 10 in Friday's prelims.
Elmwood-Plum City's Gabe Rodriguez will run in the 400-meter dash, E-PC's Jenna Reitz will compete in the 200-meter dash, both of E-PC's 1600-meter relay teams qualified for the finals as well.
Prescott's boys' 1600-meter boys' team also qualified for Saturday's finals. The girls team finished 14th in 4:08.84.
Also failing to qualify for the finals, Spring Valley's Mitch Samuel placed 16th in the 100-meter dash, Rodriguez was 16th in the 200, Reitz placed 15th in the 100, PHS' Joe Smith was 12th in the 400 while the Cards' Amy Carroll placed 15th in the same event. Elmwood-PC's Nick Kernstock placed 11th in the high hurdles.
Competing for points on Friday, E-PC's Alex Gilles placed 12th in the 800-meter run in 2:01.65, his best time of the season. Prescott's Victoria Simones was 13th in the 3200-meter run in 11:51.84.
Colbenson will run in the mile run Saturday as will Simones. Also competing Saturday from Pierce County will be brother-sister Ty and Autumn Stees for Prescott in the shot put and 800 respectively; Alex Hartung for E-PC in the Division 3 shot put, E-PC's Becky Hartung in the girls Division 3 800-meter run, E-PC boys' 3200-meter relay squad plus all the remaining individual and relay qualifiers.
Pepin's Hannah Norwick won the Division 3 long jump state championship with a leap of 16 feet, 11 inches.