There will be plenty of local athletes competing at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships after qualifying for the Division 1 and Division 2 sections on Thursday.
The Hudson girls will have reps in 11 events in the Division 1 portion of the competition next weekend at La Crosse while three Raider boys have qualified. New Richmond is sending a total of 13 athletes to nine states while River Falls has qualified 12 athletes in 10 events.
Somerset will be represented in the men’s Division 2 competition by Caymen Gebheim in the discus and Conrad Webb in the high jump.
The Hudson girls racked up 77 points to finish third in the 16-team Division 1 section at Marshfield while River Falls finished fifth with 52 and New Richmond 10th with 36. DC Everest won the girls tag team title with 97.
Hudson’s Ella Carstensen and the Raider girls’ 4×800-meter relay teams won section titles with the River Falls girls’ 4×200-meter relay team. On the boys’ side, Ethan Turbeville of New Richmond won the section title in the 200 meters and Isaac Carns of River Falls won the 300 meters hurdles title.
Hudson’s Manon Field, Rebecca Belany, Ruby Mitchell and Haley Loewe kicked off the competition by winning the 4×800 meters relay in 9 minutes, 43.07 seconds, while Carstensen won the 300 meters hurdles in 47.57 seconds.
Loewe also qualified for the state in the 1600 and 3200 meter races, finishing third in the 1600 in 5:10.85 and fourth in the 320 in 11:10.17, while Field took third in the 400 meters in 1:00.91, and Belany was third in the 800 meters in 2:19.33. Ava Wilber advanced with a fourth-place jump of 15 feet, 9.25 inches in the long jump and Reilly Bishop cleared 9-6 to take fourth and qualify in the pole vault.
Three Hudson boys reached second place – Henry Czypruna in the 800 meters in 1:58.6 and William Coenen with a 6-3 high jump – while Lynden Colemen qualified with a fourth place finish in 51.53 seconds. at 100 meters.
Turbeville led the New Richmond boys with a first time of 22.27 seconds in the 200 meters and anchored the Tigers 4×100 meters relay team in third place behind Andrew Trandahl, Kennan Stowers and Brock Unger, who qualified with a time of 43.39 seconds.
Stowers, Drew Brinkman, Vance Landa and Unger took third place in the 4×400 relay in 3:26.75, while Mason Hughes advanced with a 5-10 fourth-place jump in the high jump and Parker Stephens qualified with a fourth place of 48-02.75. in shot put.
The Tiger girls will send three relay teams to the state, including the Sydney Unruh 4×100 team, Dyllan Powers, Katelynn Doehrmann and Angie Blinderman after their second place finish by 50.35 seconds. Blinderman, Doehrmann, Izzy Jensen and Powers advanced with a time of 1:45.66 in the 4×200 for third place, and Blinderman, Ceana Dietz, Jensen and Powers followed with a time of 4:05.26 in the 4×400. Powers also qualified in the long jump with a jump to third place of 16-05.5.
The River Falls girls will also have three state relay teams, led by section champions Elise Frisbie, Morgan Prigge, Brooklyn Silloway and Rebeca Randleman, who teamed up for a time of 1:44.34 in the 4×200.
Frisbie, Allie Humburg, Silloway and Randleman qualified in the 4×100 with a time of 50.42 seconds for third place, while Prigge, Lilly Jensen, Allie Humburg and Ella Peters took fourth place in the 4×40 in 4: 08.59.
Randleman also qualified in the 100 meters with a second time of 12.79 seconds, and Peters advanced to the 400m with a fourth time of 1:00.94, while Brianna Strehlau took second place in the 100 hurdles in 16.22 seconds to pass.
Carns won the men’s 300-meter hurdles title in 40.46 seconds and was part of the Wildcats 4×200-meter relay team with Samuel Rixmann, Jordan Karras and Jacob Gilbertson who took third place in 1:29.84, while Rixmann, Robert Anderson, Karras and Gilbertson qualified in the 4×100 with a fourth-place time of 43.6 seconds.
The WIAA State Track and Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the UW-La Crosse campus.