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Hillsboro boys shine at Boscobel
Track team finishes third; Bartels named Most Valuable Athlete
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Matt Bartels won two individual events and anchored the winning 4x100 relay en route to being named Most Valuable Athlete at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational. - photo by Contributed/Jo Peterson

BOSCOBEL — The Hillsboro boys track team, led by senior Matt Bartels, turned in a number of outstanding performances at last Friday’s Sparky Reynolds Invitational in Boscobel.

Bartels won a pair of individual events and anchored the winning 4x100 relay and was named the boys’ Most Valuable Athlete of the meet by a vote of each team’s coaches following the conclusion of the meet.

Bartels won the 100 in 11.51 seconds and the 200 in 22.88 seconds.

He teamed with fellow seniors Brandon Stanek, Max Sebranek and Noah Mayberry to win the 4x100 relay in 46.40 seconds.

Stanek also had a very nice day earning second-place finishes in the triple jump and long jump, as well as fourth place in the high jump.

Stanek, who also plays baseball this spring for Hillsboro, set a new school record in the triple jump with a leap of 41–7¾. He long jumped 20–1½ and cleared 6–0 in the high jump.

According to Hillsboro head coach Chad Schmidt, Sebranek ran one of the best races in his career to win the 300-meter hurdles in 41.68 seconds. He also placed third in the 110 hurdles (:16.73).

Mayberry set new personal bests in both the 800 and 1,600. He finished sixth in the 800 (2:06.63) and seventh in the 1,600 (4:42.80).

As a team the Hillsboro boys scored 72 points and finished third out of 23 teams behind only Dodgeville/Mineral Point (107) and Darlington (78).

“The Sparky Reynolds meet is a big meet. There are a lot of schools, with talented athletes and we had a number of highlights,” said Schmidt.

The Hillsboro girls didn’t fare quite as well, scoring just two points to place 19th out of 21 teams.

The 4x800 relay team of Adriana Reese, Breanna Beaver, Michaela Bach and Shauna Parish finished seventh with a time of 11:37.15.

Hillsboro was scheduled to take part in the Scenic Bluffs Conference Championships Tuesday at Bangor, weather permitting.

The Tigers  competed at Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 Onalaska Luther Regional. The top four finishers in each event will advance to next Friday’s D3 Boscobel Sectional.