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North Crawford Boys Track sends five to state competition
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NORTH CRAWFORD BOYS TRACK ATHLETE Dallas Hershberger leads Jack Polensky, right, out to greet Pierre de Beul after they win the 1600-meter relay at sectional competi-tion.

Heading to Bangor following the regional track meet, the North Crawford boys track team had high aspirations of getting to the state track meet. The top four finishers in each event would qualify to compete at the WIAA Division 3 State Track & Field Championships to be held at UW-LaCrosse on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.

First to qualify for the state meet was triple jumper Kenny Spencer who finished in third place with a jump of 42’11”. This is Spencer’s third consecutive trip to the state meet.

Next was fellow jumper Skyler Olson who finished in second place in the long jump with a leap of 20’11”. The trip to state is no surprise, as Olson qualified for the state meet last year in the triple jump.

Foreign exchange student Pierre de Beul kept his winning streak going by winning the 400-meter dash in a career best time of 51.09 seconds, setting a new school record. Pierre is currently ranked as the third best 400-meter runner in the state heading in the weekend meet.

Lastly was the boys 4x400-meter relay team with members Pierre deBeul, Skyler Olson, Dallas Hershberger and Jack Polensky, which also set a new school record in an incredible time of 3:29.15, smashing the existing record set last year in a time of 3:31.29. The relay team currently holds the second best time run in Division 3 this year and is nipping at the heels of the number one seed, Rosholt.

Other results were:

800-meter run – de Beul – 16th 2:17.69

1600-meter run – Gavin Forkash – 10th – 5:09.97

3200-meter run – Dominic Carstens – 16th – 11:50.96

110-meter high hurdles – Polensky – ninth – 16.89

300-meter intermediate hurdles – Hershberger – fifth – 42.43 (CB), Polensky – 11th 44.15

4x800-meter Relay – 14th – 9:21.58 – Tristan Peters, Dylan Ghormley, Cameron Steyer, Gavin Forkash

Long Jump – Kenny Spencer – 10th – 18’9”

Triple Jump – Skyler Olson – fifth – 42’0”

The team finished in fith place at the sectional meet out of 38 area teams. Darlington won the meet with 76 points, followed by Luther with 67,Cuba City 47, and Royall 45.

“The boys stepped up in the 4x400-meter relay and should do well at state,” coach Mike Allbaugh said after the meet. “They have high hopes of performing well at the state meet and I am proud to take seven boys to the next level.”