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Area track and field: Three E-PC relays make it to state finals

The Elmwood-Plum City relays shined in hot, windy conditions on the opening day of the Division 3 Track & Field State Championships.

In the girls 4x400-meter relay, E-PC finished in a time of 4 minutes, 14.73 seconds Friday on the Wisconsin-La Crosse campus. They enter today's final as the third seed. The team is comprised of Heather Von Holtum, Jessica Olson, Marah Boyer and Becky Hartung.

The E-PC team of Sarah Gilles, Boyer, Olson and Jenna Reitz posted the fifth-fastest time in the 4x200 prelims (1:50.50) and will run in the finals today.

"They ran really well," Plum City coach Rick Stewart said. "I think they're less than a second off of our record."

The E-PC also reached the finals of the 4x400 boys relay by taking seventh in prelims with a time of 3:34.06. The team's comprised of Lance Von Holtum, Seth Jones, Tyler Churchill and Alex Gilles.

In the 400 prelims, Gilles placed ninth and advanced to the finals. He posted a time of 52.14.

The top 10 reached the finals.

"He's got a really good chance at advancing his place," Stewart said.

The top eight runners score points and the top six earn all-state honors in today's finals.

E-PC came in 10th in the finals of the 4x800 boys relay (8:29.91). Churchill, Von Holtum, Tyler Dink and Jones were part of the team.

Division 2

Ellsworth sophomore Alex Campbell came in 10th in the triple jump finals with a leap of 42 feet, 7 1/2 inches. He will compete in the high jump today.

Lydia Kuhl, a Panthers junior, posted the eighth-fastest time in the preliminaries (16.08) and advanced to today's finals.

"She didn't run her best at all," Ellsworth boys coach Shalene Huth said.

"I think she's saving it for the finals."