It seems like every year when track regional and sectional competition rolls around, the Hilbert boys’ relay teams really turn it up.
This year is no different, as the Wolves advanced three relay teams from Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 sectional at Princeton to the state track meet next weekend in La Crosse.
Hilbert’s 800-meter relay team of Jordan Jones, Austin Schaffer, Mitch Gruett and Spencer Schulz won with a time of 1:31.42. The 400 relay team of Jones, Schaffer, Gruett and Adam Mader took second with a time of 44.77 seconds. The 3,200 relay team of Zach Woelfel, Colten Hansen, Sean Wiese and Josh Morrison took second with a time of 8:28.47.
Schaffer, Schulz and Gruett also advanced in other events. Schaffer took first in the triple jump with a distance of 43-7¾, while Schulz finished third in the 100 with a time of :11.45. Gruett took fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of :41.69. Brady Gruett also moved on to the state meet, finishing third in the high jump at a height of 5-10.
St. Mary Central will be represented at the state meet in two events. Greg Greif won the 1,600 in 4:30.77 and took third in the 3,200 in 10:07.68.
Shiocton’s Jacob Van Asten qualified for the state meet by finishing second in the discus with a throw of 149-1.
Hilbert finished third in the boys’ meet with 63 points, St. Mary Central took ninth with 25 and Shiocton finished 19th with 10. Fond du Lac Springs won the boys’ title with 112 points.
Hilbert qualified for state in two events in the girls’ portion of the sectional. The 400 relay team of Katlin Krepline, AnnLeah Jones, Taylor Schoen and Maria Gruett won in 51.45 seconds. Amanda Valentine finished third in the high jump at a height of 4-11.
The Hilbert girls finished with 31 points and in eighth place. St. Mary Central had two points. Fond du Lac Springs won the girls’ meet with 78 points.
Molly Loughrin and Paige Schernecker made their plans for next weekend with the work they did at the Division 3 sectional.
Loughrin finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of :16.39 to advance to state, while Schernecker qualified for state by placing third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:32.29 and third in the 3,200 in 12:13.58.
The boys’ 800 relay team for Manawa will also be competing at state. The quartet of Matthew Radloff, Alex Murphy, Drew Meyer and Wesley Krauss took second in that event with a time of 1:35.20.
Edgar won the girls’ team title with 111 points. Manawa finished ninth with 29 points.
The title for the boys’ meet was won by Marathon with 80 points. Manawa finished 16th with 14 points.