NINE AREA SCHOOLS QUALIFY 27 FOR STATE TRACK MEET AT DIVISION 3 MONDOVI SECTIONAL
MONDOVI – Spencer’s Leah Zastrow won the girls pole vault, and Marshfield Columbus Catholic’s Andrew Scheer was runner-up in two events to qualify for next week’s state meet at the WIAA Division 3 Track & Field Sectional on Thursday at Mondovi High School.
Zastrow, a senior, won the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches, to earn a spot at the state meet for the third time in her career and the second-straight year in the pole vault. She be Spencer’s lone entry into the 2022 WIAA State Track & Field Championships, which will be held June 3-4 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Scheer, a junior, was second in both the boys 1,600 meters (4:33.08) and the 3,200 (10:12.19), and will joined at state by his younger brother, freshman Isaac Scheer, who took fourth in the 3,200 (10:17.98).
The top four finishers in each event earned spots to the state meet, with a number of other area athletes also making the cut on Thursday.
Colby had five individuals qualify in six events, and three girls were part of two different relay teams that also will be going to state.
Malayna Rieck won the girls discus with a toss of 123-3 and placed second in the shot put with a throw of 34-6 ¾ to lead the way for Colby.
Joining her at state will be Trinity Severson in the 300 hurdles (second, 47.96), Hayden Willner in the 300 hurdles (48.16), Willow Oehmichen in the pole vault (third, 10-3), the 1,600 relay team of Severson, Oehmichen, Willner and Daisy Feiten (second, 4:10.41), and the 3,200 relay team of Mercedes Sarkkinen, Oehmichen, Severson and Feiten (fourth, 9:51.83). Caden Healy was the lone Colby boy to earn a spot at state as he placed second in the long jump with a leap of 20-8 ¼.
The Loyal girls team will also be well-represented at state as three individuals and two relay teams qualified.
Alyssia Zvolena won the high jump (5-5) and Abrial Kubista took first in the triple jump (34-11) to grab sectional titles for the Greyhounds. Sheila Tellock was second in the pole vault (10-10) and part of both relay teams that qualified. The 400 team of Leah Scherer, Tellock, Zvolena and Aubre Robida placed second (51.64) and the 800 team of Zvolena, Tellock, Lisa Steffens and Scherer finished third (1:50.30).
Neillsville’s Taytor Lowry was a double sectional champion as he won the boys 1,600 (4:31.13) and 800 meters (2:00.69). He will be joined at state by teammate Mason Roenz, who placed third in the shot put with a throw of 47-3¾.
Greenwood’s Lauren Ingold moves on to state in the girls shot put as she finished fourth with a toss of 33-1½.
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption also had one state qualifier as Blake Lobner took third in the boys 800 in 2:02.59.
Abbotsford had a pair of qualifiers. Ty Falteisek took fourth in the boys 400 meters in 51.93 seconds, and the girls 400 relay team of Sommer Brodhagen, Chloe Cihlar, Briseida Escalera and Sydney Falteisek was fourth in 52.55.
Pittsville will be sending three athletes to La Crosse as Savanna Frederick was third in the girls discus (112-8), Reese Grimm placed fourth in the girls 400 (1:01.45), and Jordan Denniston was fourth in the boys high jump (6-2).