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SV's Webster wins state title in triple jump again

LA CROSSE – Spring Valley’s Zac Webster successfully defended his Division 3 triple jump championship from a year ago by winning the event again Friday at WIAA State Track and Field Meet at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Webster finished first with a jump of 44 feet, eight inches. The jump came on his second attempt during the preliminary round. Webster made the finals but did not have another jump better than that nor did any other 16 competitors.

The win gave Spring Valley 10 points which put them in third place after the first day’s competition in the team standings.

Webster also ran in the 1600-meter relay trials. The SV team of Webster, Tyler O’Keefe, Jacob Reilly and Devin Larson qualified in the eighth spot with a time of 3:32.63 and will run in today’s Division 3 finals.

Webster will look to add titles in the high jump and long jump today as well.

Other Pierce County athletes who will have busy Saturdays at the state meet are Elmwood/Plum City’s Sarah Gilles and Ellsworth’s Brett Freier.

Freier qualified for the finals of both hurdles races.  He had the seventh best time in the 110-meter high hurdles in  :13.26 seconds and the eighth best time in the 300-meter IM hurdles in :40.89 seconds. The top ten qualify for the finals.

Gilles qualified in the 100-meter high hurdles in 10th place at :16.85 seconds and in the 300-meter low hurdles in ninth place :47.95 seconds.  Gilles will also compete in the triple jump today.

In other results from Friday’s competition, in Division 2, the Prescott girls’ 3200-meter relay team placed 13th in 10:13.05. Dodgeville/Mineral Point won the event in 9:22.67; the Ellsworth girls’ 800-meter relay team failed to qualify for the finals and will finish in 15th place. Prescott’s Jack Geiger finished 16th in the 800-meter run.

In Division 3, the EPC girls’ 3200-meter relay team was 10th overall in 10:34.15. Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs team won the event in 9:32.02. EPC’s 1600-meter relay team did not qualify for the finals and will finish in 15th place. EPC’s Andrew Gilles finished 16th in the 800-meter run and O’Keefe finished 14th in the 400-meter dash. EPC's boys' 1600-meter relay team also missed qualifying for today's finals and will finish 13th.

Spring Valley’s Aidan Manley will be competing in the 3200-meter run today.