Ellsworth hosts WIAA Division 2 regional track meet
Fuller-Symes Field in Ellsworth was the site for a WIAA Division 2 track and field regional meet Tuesday, the first such meet in many years thanks to a resurfaced track and other renovations done to the facility.
The top four in each event qualify for sectionals, which will be held Friday in Bloomer.
At the D-2 meet in Ellsworth, the host Panthers and Cardinals will take contingents not quite as large as in year’s past.
Pat Ballosh had the Prescott boys’ lone regional title by winning the 200-meter dash in :23.09 seconds. He also qualified in the 400-meter dash by finishing second with teammate Jack Geiger taking third. Geiger finished fourth in the 800-meter run to make it in that event. Also qualifying for Prescott's boys' team were Garrett Ryan with his second place in the discus and third place in the shot put; Phillip Pena, a second place finisher in the 3200-meter run and the Cardinals’ 1600 and 3200-meter relay teams which both finished second. As a team Prescott finished fifth out of the nine schools competing.
Ellsworth’s boys’ team was led by Brett Freier as he won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in:41.08 seconds. He also finished second in the triple jump and the 110-meter high hurdles. He’s also their only sectional qualifier. EHS placed eighth in the meet.
Ellsworth’s girls’ team also had a regional champion as Olivia Helmer won the long jump with a season-best leap of 15 feet, 10 inches. She and freshman Alyson Stoetzel qualified in this event as well as she finished third. Helmer finished second in the triple jump. They’re also members of the EHS’s 800-meter relay team which placed second. Savanna Mark was Ellsworth only other sectional qualifier as she finished fourth in the shot put. The Panthers finished seventh in the girls’ team standings.
Prescott’s girls’ team will send its 1600 and 3200-meter relay teams to sectionals again. Both Cardinal squads finished in third in the regional meet. PHS also had two regional champions. Jennifer Kleinschmidt won the 100-meter high hurdles in a time of:16.92 seconds. She also qualified in the 300-meter low hurdles by finishing in fourth place. Teammate Rebecca Shirley won the triple jump with a season-best leap of 32-11. Prescott only other individual qualifier was Amanda Murphy in the 3200-meter run as she finished second. As a team the Cards’ finished in sixth place.
Osceola won both the boys and girls meets. Team scores in the boys’ meet were Osceola 138, Somerset 112, St. Croix Central 101, St. Croix Falls 83, Prescott 80, Amery 54, Baldwin-Woodville 52, Ellsworth 46 and Durand 36. In the girls’ it was no contest as Osceola amassed 176.50 points followed by B-W with 102, St. Croix Falls 91, St. Croix Central 86, Amery 63, Prescott 62, Ellsworth 59.50, Somerset 35 and Durand 23.