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Webster ready to win another state title for Spring Valley

Spring Valley's Zac Webster competing in the triple jump in last year's sectional meet. Herald file photo

SPRING VALLEY - For the Spring Valley High School track and field program, one out of three won’t be bad if the one can duplicate what he did a last spring.

Zac Webster returns for his senior season for the Cardinal thinclads as the defending state champion in the triple jump in Division 3. The UW-Madison bound Webster will look to match that and perhaps do more for the Valley in the 2014 season.

Webster will compete in the jumping events and run in one of SV’s relays as well. Not only did we win state but also took first in the conference, regional and sectional meets as well in the jumping events. He helped SV take fifth in the Dunn-St. Croix meet, third in regional and second in the sectional meet.

But Webster is the only one of the trio of Spring Valley athletes who scored points in the state meet back this spring. Both Breanna Colbenson, the state champion in the mile and two miles runs, and Julian Manley, who placed in the mile and two-mile runs also and won D-SC titles, have graduated and are running in college. Also graduating was Riley Bowman, who led Spring Valley’s 3200-meter relay team to the conference, regional and sectional titles, Lance Snyder, Rex Gould and Jaron Turner.

The Cards will try to match Colbenson’s point production in the distance events with several athletes, including letter winners like senior and St. Cloud State recruit Emma Gaustad and junior Pearl Davis along with other sophomores Becky Fesenmaier, Christa Brorson, Jackie Dieckman and Rachel Coyne. Senior newcomer Claire Arneson is a cross country runner and will add to the girls’ team’s distance depth.

But the SV girls, who placed sixth in the D-SC meet, third at regionals and sixth in sectionals, can go to other events and athletes for points, such as junior Sam O’Brien, who was the D-SC champ in the 100-meter dash and qualified for state, senior Lillie Anderson, who placed in the hurdle events, junior middle distance runner Cassie Quinn and sophomore throwers Belle Rabitoy and Jordan Waikky.

The boys’ team picked up two cross country runners in senior Derek Huebel and junior Tyler Ellefson to join with returning lettermen Aidan Manley and Kevin Fesenmaier and by returning sophomores Quinton Elliot and Chase Mattison in the distance events.

Spring Valley also returns several throwers in Matt Fesenmaier and Trent Miller. Fesenmaier finished seventh in the discus at the conference meet last season and fifth at regionals.   Nick McDonald and Miller are the top returning shot putters.  McDonald is looking to build from a fifth place finish at regionals and just missing qualifying for sectionals.

Also back for the Cardinal boys’ team is senior runner Tyler O’Keefe, who ran the 400 at state last year, and sophomore runners Jacob Reilly and Devin Larson. Junior Lucas Olson, who qualified for sectionals in the high jump, is back also.

Spring Valley begins its season April 8 at the Eleva-Strum Invitational.