by Samuel Ripp
MEDFORD — Elk Mound had five events qualify for this year’s state track and field meet at the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Track Meet held last Thursday, May 26 in Medford.
The Elk Mound boys took 11th out of more than 30 teams that competed in Medford while the girls’ team finished 21st.
Osceola took home the top spot in the girls with 73 points and Rice Lake won the boys’ side with 67 points.
Like regionals, the top four place winners in each event qualifies for the state meet which will be held this weekend at Memorial Stadium on the UW-LaCrosse campus.
The Elk Mound boys were able to get four events to state including a pair of relay teams and two more in individual events.
The 4×200-meter relay team finished third to earn a state berth finishing with a time of 1:32.96. The team consists of junior Noah Zurbuchen, senior Jordan VanSchoonhoven, junior Tyler Sahm and senior Ben Mack.
The 4×100-meter relay team, with much the same make-up as the 4×200 squad, also punched it’s ticket to the state meet. The team of Preston Eppers, junior Noah Zurbuchen, senior Jordan VanSchoonhoven and junior Tyler Sahm finished fourth with a time of :44.72.
Earning individual state berths were sophomore Jake Johnson and Noah Zurbuchen, who will compete in three events in LaCrosse later this week.
Johnson finished fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of :15.30 and helped his team with five points. Zurbuchen took a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of :11.31.
Tyler Sahm also ran in the 100-meter dash and finished ninth with a time of :11.70. Sahm will be at state with the two relay teams. Jake Johnson was unable to move on to state in the 300-meter hurdles as he finished sixth with a time of :42.26.
The 4×400-meter relay team finished 12th with a time of 3:37.69. This team consisted of junior George Friberg, junior Hunter Johnson, senior Chase Morris and junior Chandler Schreiber.
Junior Elizabeth Fasbender will be the Lady Mounders lone representative in this year’s state meet after she finished fourth in the 3,200 meter run. Fasbender turned in a time of 12:10.07 to make the state cut. She also participated in the 1,600-meter run, but was unable to move on in that event after she took 13th in a time of 5:56.32.
The rest of the girls’ sectional competitors saw their seasons come to an end in Black River Falls last Thursday. The 4×800-meter relay team finished ninth on the afternoon with a time of 10:37.70. This team consisted of freshman Brook Plaszcz, freshman Alana Plaszcz, junior Victoria Fasbender and sophomore Claudia Paul.
The 4×100-meter relay team also finished ninth on the day with a time of :53.08. This team was made up of freshman Kaitlyn Baier, sophomore Maddie Jenson, sophomore Callie Nyren and senior McKenna McVey.
Callie Nyren also ran in the 200-meter dash and finished ninth with a time of :27.59. Brook Plaszcz took 14th in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:06.66 and twin sister Alana Plaszcz took 11th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:34.37.
The Lady Mounders participated in two field events as well. Junior Mikayla Solberg finished tenth in the discus with a distance of 94 feet. Senior Taylor Deling participated in her final event of her high school career in the shot put where she took sixth with a distance of 32’ 9”.
The 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Championship will be held at UW-LaCrosse on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 with Division two competition beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday.