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Cards come away with champs at NR meet

Pierce County track and field athletes from the Middle Border Conference were in action Friday in local meets. Ellsworth's Amber Mamer leaps over a hurdle. Photos by Bob Burrows and Dave Newman1 / 2
Pierce County track and field athletes from the Middle Border Conference were in action Friday in local meets. Ellsworth's Alex Campbell gives a maximum effort in the 400-meter dash Photos by Bob Burrows and Dave Newman2 / 2

Prescott's track teams had several first place finishers at a five-team meet hosted by New Richmond Friday. The Cardinal boys' team placed third and the girls were fourth in the meet.

Ellsworth's teams were also in competition Friday at a quad meet in River Falls.

Blue ribbon

Blue ribbon winners for the Cards in the girls' meet included Victoria Simones in the two-mile run in 12:19, Autumn Stees in the 800-meter run in 2:35.9 and in the long jump with a leap of 15-5 and the Redbirds' 1600-meter relay team of Stees, Amy Carroll, Mindy Mutschler and freshman Emily Bayer with a winning time of 4:17.1. Bayer also took second in the 400-meter dash while Carroll was third in the 200.

PHS also had seconds from its 800 and 3200-meter relay teams while the 400 relay team took third.

New Richmond won the girls' meet with 115.5, followed by Rice Lake with 87.5, Hayward 68, Prescott 61 and Amery 42.

In the boys meet, Prescott firsts were won by Sam Carpenter in the 100-meter dash in :11.5 seconds, Matt Pechacek in the 800 in 2:05.9; Zach Sobolewski in the 3200-meter run in 10:58.6 and the 3200-meter relay in 8:59.7. Team members are Mike Pechacek, Harry Cutler, Cole Hauenstein and Matt Pechacek.

Prescott made it a clean sweep in the long jump when Carpenter took first with a jump of 20 feet, three inches.

New Richmond also made it a clean sweep as the Tigers won the boys' meet with 144 points followed by Rice Lake 87, Prescott 73, Hayward 43 and Hayward 27.

Also finishing in the top three for the Cards were Matt Pechacek in the 400, Tyler Dahl in the pole vault and their 800 and 1600 relay teams.

Crowded out

Both Ellsworth teams were crowded in between big schools Hudson, River Falls and Tartan High School of N. St. Paul, Minn. in the River Falls Quad Friday at Ramer Stadium.

Still, the Panther boys' team was able to finish second and the girls in third. Hudson won both meets.

EHS' boys were led by their lone champion in the meet, Nick Oeltjen, as he won the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, six inches.

The Panthers also had a second from Matt Solyntjes in the pole vault; a second by Alex Campbell in the high jump plus a third from him in the 400; a second from Jay Pavloski in the in the 800 and a second from Isaac Taplin in the mile run. Ellsworth's 400 and 1600 relay teams were both second.

The Panther girls' team was strong in field events again led by Shannon Campbell's first in the triple jump with a leap of 30-11 and a first by Abbey Ristow in the discus with a throw of 115-7. Mariah Shonkweiler finished second in the shot put and third in the discus.

Also placing for the Purple were Amanda VanderMarliere, third in the 100-meter high hurdles, Amber Mamer, third in the 300-meter low hurdles; Cassie Lofgren, third in the 800 and Sabine Rudolph, second in the pole vault. EHS' 400 and 1600 relay teams both took second.