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Track: Spring Valley girls edge out EPC, win regional title

BOYCEVILLE - In a total reversal of fortune in just a week's time at the same track and field facility, the Spring Valley High School girls track and field team won the WIAA Division 3 Boyceville Regional title, edging out Elmwood/Plum City Monday afternoon.

Spring Valley scored 139 points to EPC's 128. Only the week before EPC had beaten out Spring Valley to win the Dunn-St. Croix title by 10 points 130-120.

EPC loaded up their strength in the relays and won all four, the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200. But it was Spring Valley who had the edge in depth this time around. It was the Cardinals who scored the critical points by having multple individual placewinners in several events, especially the finals of the 200-meter dash where SV went 2-3-4 (Sam O'Brien, Shaunna Berg and Brooke Jacobson) to score 18 points while EPC did not have a finalist.

Those three qualify for Thursday's sectional meet in Colfax by placing in the top four. Also doing so for Spring Valley are Breanna Colbenson, who again swept the distance races winning the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter runs; O'Brien, who won the 100-meter dash; D-SC champ Molly Green, who scored crucial points by placing third in the long jump, third in the 100 and fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles; Lillie Anderson, who placed third in the 100 high hurdles; Sara King, who finished fourth in the 400 and the 800; Leah Jameson, who finished second in the discus, Riley Bowman, who finished fourth in the 3200 and the Cards' 400, 800 and 3200 relay teams which all finished third.

EPC won't be short changed when it comes to sectional qualifiers either. Along with their four relay teams also qualifying for sectionals individually are champs such as Sarah Gilles in the 300-meter low hurdles (she also finished fourth in the triple jump) Jessica Olson, second in the high jump and third in the 300-meter low hurdles; Marah Boyer, fourth in the long jump; Jillian Holt, third in the pole vault; Becky Hartung, second in the 400; Elaina Danzinger, second in the 800; Morgan Sweeney, third in the 3200 and Lexi Radle, fourth in the discus.

Spring Valley's boys team finished second in the meet behind Eau Claire Regis by a 159-109 point spread. They'll have plenty of sectional qualifiers to go with the SVHS girls squad.

Kyle Bosshart won the Cards' lone regional title with a first in the 100-meter dash. He also qualified by finishing second in the 200 and the long jump. Teammate Rex Gould qualified for sectionals in three events, placing second in the 110-meter high hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter IM hurdles and the high jump. D-SC champ Conner Sieracki took third in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200; Tyler O'Keefe was second in the 400 and fourth in the 200 and Kienan Seig placed fourth in the discus. SV's 3200-meter relay team also qualified for sectionals by placing fourth.

EPC's boys' team had one of its better meets of the season placing sixth out of the eight schools competing with nearly 60 points. They were led by Seth Jones's first place finishes in the 400 and 800. Trevor Traynor placed third in the discus to qualify for sectionals and the 1600 relay team qualified as well by placing fourth.

Thursday's sectional meet begins at 3 p.m. at Bjurquist Field in Colfax.