LA CROSSE — After gaining valuable experience at last year’s WIAA State Track and Field Meet, Hillsboro’s Max Sebranek used this year’s state championships as an opportunity to add to his medal collection.
The junior ran to a pair of fifth place finishes in Saturday’s finals of both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles at UW–La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Sebranek qualified sixth for the 110-meter finals by running a time of 16.31 in Friday’s windy prelims. He came back to place finish fifth with a time of 15.74 seconds on Saturday.
He qualified fifth for Saturday’s 300-meter finals with a time of 40.92 in Friday’s prelims. Sebranek held his seed in the finals racing to a fifth-place finish in a time of 40.61.
A year ago Sebranek placed sixth at state in the 110 hurdles and 10th in the 300 hurdles.
Sebranek was joined at this year’s state meet by fellow junior Matt Bartels.
Bartels, also a two-year state qualifier, earned a return trip to state in three events, but struggled in Friday’s wind.
He ran a 12.08 in Friday’s prelims of the 100-meter-dash, and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals. He placed 16th in the event.
Bartels ran the ninth fastest time of Friday’s 200-meter prelims with a time of 23.54 seconds, that was just good enough to qualify for one of the 10 spots in Saturday’s 200-meter final.
He eventually finished ninth with a time of 23.43 seconds.
Bartels also competed in Saturday’s D3 long jump competition placing 11th with a leap of 18–7. He did not qualify for finals.
Bartels was seeded 13th out of the 16 D3 state qualifiers in the event entering the state meet by virtue of his 19–4 at last week’s Fennimore Sectional.
With the eight points Sebranek scored the Hillsboro boys tied for 29th in the D3 boys’ team standings.
No Hillsboro girls qualified for this year’s state meet.