The Pirates, Tigers and Dragons will all have representatives at the State Track Meet this coming Friday and Saturday.
Said Webster coach Max Anderson, “The girls team will send one athlete to the state meet. Jeni Petersen qualified in the pole vault for the third consecutive year. We're pretty excited. She made it even after dislocating her elbow earlier this year in the first meet.
We didn’t know if she would even pick up a pole again the rest of the year and here we are heading to La Crosse.”
Continuing, “The boys had a really exciting, yet bittersweet night. The boys were sectional champions and will send two boys to state.
Jack Washburn won three events and broke the school record in long jump and triple jump.” (The third event Washburn won at Sectionals was the high jump.)
“Harlo Olson was first in the shot put and second in the discus (at Sectionals). If you combine that with two fifth place finishes from the boys 4x800 (Hunter Erickson, Carter Doriott, Kerik Stubbe, Xavier Stanton) and Hunter Erickson in the 1600 and we ended up with enough points to bring home the trophy.”
“I use the word bittersweet because of the two fifth place finishes. As you know, the top four move on to the state meet and we had a great group of kids who ran their best times of the season and still end up on the outside looking in. We just want to commend that relay team and Hunter who ran crazy good times and gave absolutely everything. There were three seniors on that relay that had a career of dedication and it now sadly, comes to an end. We are proud of the way they represented our school and team. Even though they didn't move on, they congratulated every team in front of them. Just a bunch of really classy kids were sad to see be done. Like I said, bittersweet.”
Coach Brad Nelson of the Pirates commented, “We took 17 athletes to Sectionals and have 11 advancing to State. It was a very exciting night for us. Every athlete that we felt had a shot at making the top four achieved it. This is the largest group we've taken to State since Kim (Hallberg) and I have been coaching, so we are really proud of how hard these athletes have worked to get to this point. Some of the athletes are returning to state, while others are making their first trip. We also had some incredible performances from athletes who did not advance to state, like Brody Bongaarts and Chase Doornink in the 1600m run and Amy Harmon in pole vault.”
Coach Hallberg added, “We are so proud of all of our athletes. They competed in some gritty competitions and were able to excel. Many not only qualified for state but they also sent a new personal record which is incredible! There is something about a sectional track meet that you can't explain, the environment is electric! Our kids really left it all out on the track.”
From Siren, Julia Cederberg will be competing in the girls discus.
Summarizing Webster's participants, they include: Jack Washburn, boys high jump, long jump and triple jump; Harlo Olson, boys shot put; Jeni Petersen, girls pole vault.
Grantsburg will have for the boys, Nate McKinley, 400 meter dash; David MacKean, 800 meter run; the
4x400 meter relay team (Derek Lee, Jared Van Watermuelen, David MacKean, Nate McKinley).
The girls will have Allison Peterson, triple jump; the 4x400 meter relay team (Linda Harmon, Sarah Chenal, Alexis Slater, Gracie Gerber) and the 4x800 meter relay team (Alexis Slater, MacKenzie Rombach, Kylie Robelia, Gracie Gerber).
The State Meet is May 31-June 1 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of UW-LaCrosse.