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The Elk Mound boys’ and girls’ track and field teams faced some stiff competition in last Thursday’s WIAA Division 2 sectional meet held at Rice Lake High School.
After qualifying in 25 events – 15 for the boys and ten for the girls – for the sectional, only the boys’ 4×800 meter relay team was able to advance to the state track and field championships. The state meet will be held this Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the UW-La Crosse campus.
With the top four place winners in each event at the May 26 Rice Lake Sectional advancing to state, the Elk Mound boys’ 4x800m relay finished fourth to earn the school’s only state berth for the 2022 season. The team, consisting of senior Cason Pederson and juniors Trae Schaefer, Ian Hazen and Aiden Schiferl, ran a 8:22.80 to finish just four-hundredths of a second ahead of Bloomer who came in fifth.
The team is set to compete Saturday morning, June 4.
Senior Kordin Verdon’s bid to return to state came up short as he placed sixth in the 200 meter dash and was ninth in the 100 meters.
Ian Hazen finished seventh in the 1,600 meter run to earn the boys’ final two team points.
Aiden Schiferl finished 11th in the 3,200 meter run, freshman Grandt Mueller placed 11th in the high jump and 12th in the 110 meter high hurdles, and Trae Schaefer took 16th in the 800 meter run. The 4x200m relay was tenth, the 4x100m relay placed 13th and the 4x400m relay came in 14th.
Overall, the Elk Mound boys finished 22nd out of 30 scoring teams in the sectional meet with ten points.
Sophomore Lydia Levra had the girl’s top sectional finish with a sixth place in the 400 meters.
The only other point-getter for the Lady Mounders was junior Aleya Hadenfeldt who earned a team point with an eighth-place showing in the 100 meters.
Those two finishes gave the Elk Mound girls four points which was good for 28th place out of 32 teams ranked in the final standings.
Also competing for the girls were sophomore Marley King who took 12th in the 800 meter run, junior Kate Mohr hurdled her was to 13th in the 110 meter highs while the 4x100m relay team finished in 11th place.
La Crosse Logan took the boys and girls’ sectional team championships with the boys posting a score of 79.50 to top runner-up Osceola by 16.5 points and the Ranger girls tallied 65.5 points beating Osceola who finished with 49 points.