The Elk Mound track and field teams found Division II competition to be awfully strong when they were up against over 30 teams at the Amery sectional May 29. Although several members of the boys’ and girls’ teams had qualified for sectionals, only the boys will be represented at state as Jonah Bauer won the 100 m dash and took third in the 200 m dash, then helped the 4 X 100 relay place fourth to advance with Noah Zurbuchen, Jordan Van Schoonhoven and David Ward. The top four in each event qualified for the big show while the top eight scored team points. The Mounder boys finished 11th with 25 points with the Lakeland team winning with 87 points, while the girls were 23rd, scoring eight and a half points as Wittenberg-Birnamwood won the team title with 89 points.
In two very exciting races, Bauer ran a personal best 10.80 to defeat Jim Hoesly of Arcadia and Kenny Bednarek of Rice Lake, the only runner to beat him this year. But in the 200, the tables were turned as Bednarek won, Hoesly was second and Bauer third with a time of 22.29. The relay team ran a time of 44.82.
Jake Johnson ran a personal best 16.14 in the 110 hurdles and was one spot away from advancing, placing fifth but all the rest of the competitors for the boys were 13th including Chandler Schreiber in the pole vault (11-0), Hunter Johnson in the 400 m run (55.36), Caleb Kruger in the 3200 m run (11:03.73, pb by 16 seconds), the 4 X 400 relay with George Friberg, H. Johnson, Chase Morris and Aaron Maves (3:43.31) and the 4 X 800 with Kruger, Lucas Winter, Ryan Mohr and Nate Lind (9:10. 37, pb).
Elly Friberg came oh-so-close to making a return trip to state but she came up just short by placing fifth in the high jump at 4-10 but did not qualify for the finals in the 100 m dash (13.85). The 4 X 100 sprint relay ran a personal best 53.16 but ended up sixth with McKenna McVey, Kami King, Friberg and Kourtney Zurbuchen, Elizabeth Fasbender claimed a seventh in the 3200 run (12:51.54) and a ninth in the 1600 run (5:49.45, pb), the 4 X 200 was also ninth with McVey, Friberg, King and Callie Nyren (1:53.14) and Nyren ran the 200 but did not make it to the finals (27.49).