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Spring Valley track squad shines in D-3 regional meet

BOYCEVILLE - Spring Valley High School's track and field teams didn't run their first meet until the end of April even though the season began almost a month an half earlier. But Monday's WIAA Division 3 Boyceville Regional the Cardinal boys and girls teams were finally at their best.

Both SV teams finished third in the nine-team field. Eau Claire Regis swept to both the boys and girls team titles. Valley scored 101 points in the girls meet and 97 in the boys. Colfax finished second in both meets too. Spring Valley's girls won the regional title in 2012.

"The most gratifying part of yesterday's meet was the perfect weather conditions to compete in," SV co-coach Karen Fesenmaier said. "We had waited so long for a meet which had the right conditions and where the kids couldn't compete in their events that everything was just right for a good showing and that's what happened."

Champions for the Cards' in both meets include Breanna Colbenson in the 3200-meter run in 11:21.15, and 1600-meter run in 5:14.39. She also was a part of the Cards' champion 3200-meter relay team along with Sara King, Riley Bowman, and Emma Gaustad. They won in a time of 10:03.66. Valley's Zac Webster won the regional title in the triple jump in 45 feet, six inches and he won the high jump too with a leap of 6-2.

There will be plenty of Spring Valley athletes competing at Thursday's sectional meet in Colfax. Qualifying for the meet (finishing in the top four) were Webster, second in the long jump; Rex Gould, third in the 110-meter high hurdles and third in the high jump; Lucas Olson, fourth in the high jump; Tyler O'Keefe, third in the 400-meter dash; Julian Manley fourth in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs and SV's 400-meter and 1600-meter relay teams, both fourth.

SV girls will have Colbenson in her events plus their champion 3200-meter relay team, Lillie Anderson, third in the 100-meter high hurdles; Sam O'Brien, second in the 100-meter dash; King, third in the 800; Gaustad, fourth in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and Pearl Davis, fourth in the 1600-meter run.

Also having a good meet were Elmwood/Plum City boys' team. They had their best showing this spring with a fifth place finish scoring 74 points and will take one of their largest contingents to Colfax in two years. EPC had a regional champion in their 1600-meter relay team of Kyle Webb, Hogan Kernstock, Tristan Bagley and Seth Jones. Also qualifying for sectionals was Webb, second in the 400; Jones third in the 800; Trevor Traynor, third in the discus; Mark Anderson, third in the pole vault; Josh Fenter, fourth in the 110 hurdles and Alex Boyer, fourth in the triple jump. EPC also qualified their boys 3200-meter relay team which finished third.

EPC's girls placed fourth and loaded up their relay teams for sectional competition to defend their co-championship with Spring Valley. EPC took first in the 800 relay in 1:51.43. Team members are Jessica Olson, Sarah Gilles, Kaitlyn Lee and Marah Boyer. EPC's 1600-meter relay team of Heather Von Holtum, Boyer, Elaina Danzinger and Gilles won in a time of 4:13.11. EPC's 400 relay team finished second and their 3200 quartet finished third.

Winning individual regional titles for the EPC girls was Danzinger in the 800 in 2:29.74 and Gilles in the 300-meter low hurdles in :49.31. Gilles also placed fourth in the triple jump and qualified there along with Jillian Holt in the pole vault she placed third and also the high jump where she placed fourth.

Thursday's sectional meet at Colfax's Bjurquist Field will begin at 3 p.m. for the field events and 3:45 for the running events.