Lindi Jusufi’s best throws might have come before the actual competition started Tuesday afternoon at Wausau West.
But the D.C. Everest senior did well enough to make sure his prep track career continued.
Jusufi won the boys discus with a throw of 154 feet, 9 inches, and was second in the shot put (46-7.25)
“In discus I hit one about 170 (feet) in warm-ups,” Jusufi said. “Then in competition, it’s 154. But it was still enough to win, and I was happy with that.”
Jusufi advanced to Friday’s sectional meet in Stevens Point in both events.
That was the goal for all the athletes of the nine schools that competed on the West track.
“It was more about doing what we needed to get to Friday, but overall I was pretty happy,” said Wausau West senior Katy Cihlar, who won the girls shot put and discus. “I was throwing pretty well in the shot put and that kind of carried over to the discus. But there’s definitely been better days for sure.
“The wind wasn’t favorable, and it was kind of a long weekend, coming off (Memorial Day weekend),” Cihlar added. “Still, pretty good overall.”
The Wausau West girls and SPASH boys notched regional team titles.
Marshfield’s Keiron Howlett qualified for the sectional meet in four events — winning the 110 meter hurdles, triple jump and long jump and finishing second in the 300 hurdles.
He set a Wausau West facility record in the long jump, as he won the event with a leap of 22-5.75
Howeltt’s mark was one of 14 facility records either set or tied at the meet, nine coming in the girls competition.
Marshfield’s Martha Kupfer set the track record in the triple jump (36-2), as did West teammates Alyssa Faucett (25.94) and Marissa Matushak (2:19.73) in the 200 and 800 meter, respectively.
Wausau East’s Kennidi Knoblock set the mark in the 1,600 (5:11.93), as did Merrill’s Hannah Merrier in the 300 hurdles (46.39). Records were also set in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays, and Everest’s Sophia Schuessler tied the mark in the pole vault (11-0).
Everest teammate Darren Sanchez set a mark in the boys pole vault (14-3), and records were also set in a pair of relays — the 800 and 1,600.
West freshman Matt Hass also set marks in the 100 and 400 wheelchair events.
SPASH senior Sean Van Helden didn’t set a record, but won the boys high jump, as he cleared 6-2.
With the win in hand, he took three unsuccessful attempts at clearing 6-4.
Still his focus was getting a chance to jump on his home track Friday, with an opportunity to move on to the state meet.
“I usually clear it about every meet, but 6-6 is my best, and hopefully I can get that at the sectional meet,” Van Helden said. “I’m pretty comfortable (at SPASH), so that should help a lot.”