Pierce County athletes qualify for Division 2 track sectionalsA large group of prep track and field athletes will be attending Thursday's WIAA Division 2 Medford Sectional after qualifying in Monday's regional meet at St. Croix Central.
HAMMOND - A large group of prep track and field athletes will be attending Thursday's WIAA Division 2 Medford Sectional after qualifying in Monday's regional meet at St. Croix Central.
Ellsworth girls placed third out of nine schools with 94 points and Prescott was sixth with 67.
Prescott's 1600-meter and 3200-meter relays teams both won regional titles along with Victoria Simones in the 1600-meter run and Amanda Murphy in the 800. Simones finished second in the 3200-meter run, Autumn Stees was second in the long jump.
Ellsworth was led by Abbey Ristow's first place in the discus and Lydia Kuhl's firts place in the 300-meter low hurdles. Ristow and Kuhl have won titles before but Olivia Helmer won he first regional championship by winning the long jump. Kuhl also finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles and fourth in the long jump. Also qualifying for the sectional meet from EHS were Bethany Olson, fourth in the 300 hurdles; Helmer, third in the triple jump and the Panthers 1600 and 3200 relay teams, both of which finished fourth.
Ellsworth's boys' track team finished fourth and Prescott fifth in Monday's regional meet. But both teams will send a lot qualifiers to the sectional meet.
EHS's Alex Campbell was again a triple champ, winning regional titles in the long jump, high jump and triple jump. He was joined atop the award stand by Jaylen Pavloski, who took first in the mile run. Ellsworth also qualified Matt Priest, who placed second in the 3200; Sam Mahffey, who placed second in the pole vault; Brett Freier, who placed third in the high hurdles; and Matt Solyntjes, who finished fourth in the high jump. The Panthers' 1600 relay team placed fourth.
Prescott's 1600 and 3200 relay teams were both regional champs in the boys' meet, while PHS also qualified its 400 relay team which finished fourth and their 800 which finished second. Sam Smith won the Cardinals' lone individual championship in the 400. He also placed second in the 200 and third in the long jump. Prescott also qualified Alex Brunner, third in the 100; Cameron Cruz, fourth in the 200 and Cole Hauenstein and Matt Pechacek, third and fourth respectively in the 800.