TRACK: Raider girls regional champs
One week after winning their fourth straight Big Rivers Conference title, the Hudson girls' track and field team added a regional title to their list of accomplishments, sending 16 athletes in 16 events to the sectional meet in the process.
The Raider girls racked up 161 points to win the WIAA Division 1 Regional in Menomonie Monday, May 20, 39 points ahead of second place Eau Claire Memorial. River Falls won the boys' title with 150 whie Hudson was second with 119.
Bailee Dierks paced the Raider girls by sweeping the 100- and 300-meter hurdle titles, anchoring Hudson's first place 4x200 relay team and placing third in the long jump. She won the 100 hurdles in 15.69 seconds, the 300 in 47.6 and cleared 16 feet, 02.75 inches to take third in the long jump to advance to the sectional meet in all three events. She also teamed up with Ava Wilber, Molly Kallenbach and Emma Olson for a first place time of 1 minute, 46.47 seconds in the 4x200 relay.
All four Raider relays qualified for sectionals, with Wilber, Kallenbach, Amber Robey and Emma Olson placing second in the 4x100 in 51.63 seconds, Mikayla Kallenbach, Olson, Mallory Scott and Rose Giblin taking third in the 4x400 in 4:11.53, and Emma Filipiak, Rachel Ball, Alicia Belany and Anna Czupryna third in the 4x800 in 10:16.97.
Ball and Belany took the top two spots in the 1,600 with Ball winning in 5:22.52 and Belany second in 5:24.8. Belany also advanced in the 3,200 with a fourth-place time of 12:12.28 while Czupryna took third in the 800 in 2:26.62.
Ava Jensen will join Dierks in the sectional 100 hurdle field after qualifying with a third-place time of 16.46 seconds, while Ashley Carey took third in the 200 on 27.95 seconds and Mikayla Kallenbach was third in the 400 in 1:03.24.
Audrey Hatfield took the discus title with a throw of 111 feet, 10 inches and took third in the shot put with a toss of 36-04.75 to move on in both events while Reilly Bishop cleared 8-6 to advance in the pole vault.
On the boys' side, Carter Maack swept the hurdle races and helped the Raider's 4x400 relay team move on and Torin Phillips and Jakes Assembo also advanced in three events each, including a pair of relays, as 13 Raiders qualified for the sectional meet in 11 different events.
Maack won the 110 hurdles in 15.3 seconds and the 300 in 39.95 while teaming up with Rocco Huppert, Landen Bilse and Phillips for a third-place time of 3:31.01 in the 4x400.
Phillips was also part of the Raider's 4x200 relay team along with Nolan Wade, Assembo and Charles Pierce that took fourth in 1:34.01, and added a third place time of 22.79 seconds in the 200, while Assembo also qualified in the long jump with third place leap of 20-3.25. Bilse, Jacob Daulton, Assembo and Pierce took second in the 4x100 in 44.25 seconds.
Tony Weeks and Noah Lundeen swept the top two spots in the 3,200 with times of 9:53.25 and 9:53.27, respectively, and Lundeen won the 1,600 in 4:41.81 while Tyler Auge finished second in the 800 in 2:03.3.
Paul Sparstad will join Assembo in the sectional long jump after leaping 20-02.75 to place fourth while Dane Demuth advanced in the discus with a third place throw of 122-05.
The WIAA Division 1 Sectional will be held at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield Thursday, May 23. The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the WIAA State Championships May 31-June 1 in La Crosse.