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Prescott's bid for MBC track title falls short

Zach Sobolewski guts out the second lap of the 3200-meter relay through the heat and wind of yesterday's conference meet.2 / 5
Brandon Vandermarliere is on trajectory to make it over the bar.3 / 5
Kennedy Kowalchyk runs a leg of the 3200-meter relay.4 / 5
Autumn Schlecht gets a ready to deliver the shot put.5 / 5

The weight of the points Somerset scored in the field events was enough to offset a strong bid by Prescott to win the Middle Conference boys' track and field title at the MBC Meet held at Fuller-Symes Field in Ellsworth Tuesday.

The Spartans outscored Prescott 33-13 in the field events to provide the margin of victory in the team standings 145-130. Ellsworth finished fifth with 93 points.

Cardinal individuals certainly did their best to give PHS a fighting chance on the track. Prescott's Sam Smith swept the sprints, winning MBC titles in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. His winning times were :11.74, :23.05, and :52.03. Cole Hauenstein ruled the distance races, winning the half-mile in 2:03.37 and the mile run in 4:46.53. Prescott also took first in the 1600-meter relay in 3:35.77.

It was also gold medal day for Prescott's Victoria Simones. In her final MBC meet, the Cardinals senior came away with first places in the 800 and 1600-meter runs with times of 2:28.31 and 5:36.36. She also ran the anchor leg of the Cards' 3200-meter relay team which finished second. PHS took fifth in the girls meet, which was won by Osceola with 174 points to New Richmond's 169 for its first title since 2011 and fourth in school history.

Ellsworth's track sand field team had just one MBC champ in the meet on their home track. The Panthers' Alex Campbell took first in the high jump with a leap of 6-1. He placed second to Osceola's Mike Skiba in both the long and triple jumps. Brett Freier was second in the 300-meter IM hurdles.

The best finishes for the EHS girls came from Desiray Matthews, second in the shot put and Olivia Helmer, third in the long jump.

Next Monday Ellsworth and Prescott will compete in the WIAA Division 2 St. Croix Central Regional at Hammond starting at 4 p.m. Also competing are Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Durand, Osceola, St. Croix Central, St. Croix Falls and Somerset.