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Birds earn sixth straight regional sweep
Black Hawk & Belmont to be well represented at sectionals; Shullsburg moves on one athlete
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DARLINGTON SOPHOMORE Kyle Johnson won regional titles in the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the WIAA Division 3 Regional Track and Field Meet held in Cuba City on Monday, May 21.

    CUBA CITY – The road to state started in Cuba City for area track and field teams with 36 individuals and 12 relay teams advancing to sectional competition from the WIAA Division 3 Regional Meet held at CCHS on Monday, May 21.
    Darlington swept the regional team titles for the sixth year in a row, winning the boys’ title with 151 points and the girls’ title with 130 points. The Redbirds claimed 11 total regional championships while advancing nine individuals in seven events and all four relays to sectionals on both the boys and girls sides of the meet.
    Black Hawk finished third in the boys’ meet (90 points) and fourth in the girls’ meet (81), while capturing six regional titles and advancing nine individuals in 13 events and four relay teams to sectionals.
    Belmont placed third in the girls’ meet (83) and eighth in the boys’ meet (36). The Lady Braves won two regional titles and advanced five individuals in eight events, while the Braves garnered one title and moved three athletes on in five events.
    Shullsburg took 10th in both meets with 18 points and one sectional qualifier for the Miners and four points and no qualifiers for the Lady Miners.
    Black Hawk sophomore Jen Wellnitz claimed four regional titles after winning the 100 (:13.19) and 200 (:27.11) meter dashes along with the long jump (16’10”) and triple jump (33’1”).
    Belmont senior Kailee Kamps won her third consecutive regional title in the shot put (43’8.75”) and her fourth regional title in the discus (135’8”) to lead the Braves, while Darlington sophomore Tyson Miehe ran away with the boys’ 1,600 (4:36.53) and 3,200 (10:23.35) meter runs and Redbird sophomore Kyle Johnson won the 110-meter high hurdles (:16.72) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (:43.39) for Darlington.
    Junior Quinn Cullen finished first in the boys’ 800 (2:03.89) and junior Christa Wamsley won the girls’ 3,200 (12:44.3) for the Redbirds.
    T. Miehe and Cullen joined with Kent Miehe and Destin Komprood to win the 4x800 relay (8:36.53) for the Redbirds.
    The Lady Redbirds swept their four relay races on Monday. Carly Reilly, Claire Scott, Hannah Huffman and Alison Wedig taking the 4x100 in 52.38 seconds. Scott, Huffman and Wedig teamed with Rebecca Mathias to win the 4x200 in 1:49.82 and with Amy Jorgenson to win the 4x400 in 4:12.85. Jorgenson and Wamsley joined with Tatum Evenstad and Hannah Robiolio to win the 4x800 in 10:29.3.
    Dejay Warrell, Hayden Schliem and Jayden Rufenacht led the Warriors to regional titles in the boys’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay races. The trio teamed with Jace Johnsrud to place first in the 400 (:45.5) and with Kyle Woodruff to take first in the 800 (1:35.33). All five Warriors also advanced to sectionals in individual events as well.
    Junior Brandon Wedig added a regional title for the Braves in the boys’ triple jump (39’11.5’).
    Senior Nate Carrier was the lone Shullsburg athlete to advance to sectionals after placing second in the long jump (20’4”).
    All other sectional qualifiers are listed below.
    The WIAA Division 3 Sectional Meet will be held at Bangor High School on Thursday, May 24. The field events will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the track events will start at 4:15.
    The top four finishers in each event are guaranteed a berth in the 2012 State Track and Field Meet to be held in La Crosse on June 1-2. Also qualifying for state are individuals and relay teams whose performance at sectionals rank among the eight best marks at each sectional.         

Girls Team Scores- Darlington 130, Cuba City 104, Belmont 83, Black Hawk 81, Southwestern 77, Benton/Scales Mound 59, Pecatonica/Argyle 54, Albany 47, Monticello 42, Shullsburg 4.

Other sectional qualifiers: 100- 2- Jordyn Kamps, Bel, 13.66; 200- 2- J. Kamps, Bel, 27.85; 800- 2- Cheyenne Wolfe, D, 2:26.5; 4- Tatum Evenstad, D, 2:37.8; 1600- 3- Harley Douglas, D, 5:46.13; 3200- 2- Hannah Robiolio, D, 12:44.3; 100HH- 2- Cassie McCarthy, Bel, 17.21; 3- Cassie McCarthy, Bel, 17.94; 300LH- 2- Amanda Adams, Bel, 48.31; 3- Olivia Holland, BH, 49.95; 1600R- 4- Black Hawk (Michelle Flanagan, Kristen Walters, Kate Quinn, O. Holland), 4:31.74; 3200R- 3- Black Hawk (Katie Powers, Brittany Klemm, O. Holland, Walters), 11:22.91; PV- 3- Shannon McDaniel, D, 7’3”; HJ- 3- Abigail Merriam, D, 4’8”; 4- Jannie deHaan, Bel, 4’7”; TJ- 2- Adams, Bel, 33’1”; SP- 2- Haily McGowan, D, 34’11”; 4- Brianna Reichling, D, 32’0.5”; D- 2- McGowan, D, 113’7”; 4- Quinn, BH, 96’6”.

Boys Team Scores- Darlington 151, Cuba City 116, Black Hawk 90, Benton/Scales Mound 81, Pecatonica/Argyle 68, Southwestern 50, Albany 49, Belmont 36, Monticello 31, Shullsburg 18.

Other sectional qualifiers: 100- 2- Jace Johnsrud, BH, 12.2; 3- Jayden Rufenacht, BH, 12.21; 200- 2- Hayden Schliem, BH, 24.34; 4- John Hentrich, Bel, 25.13; 400- 4- Hentrich, Bel, 54.73; 1600- 2- Chris Priebe, BH, 4:38.38; 3- Destin Komprood, D, 4:45.74; 3200- 2- Michael Sinclair, D, 10:29.57; 3- Kent Miehe, D, 10:30.26; 4- Priebe, BH, 10:37.8; 300IH- 2- Kyle Woodruff, BH, 45.02; 4- Sam Johnson, D, 46.5; 400R- 4- Darlington (Dylan Nyffenegger, Adam Wiederholt, Cole Whalen, Dane Siegenthaler), 48.79; 800R- 3- Darlington (Ethan Glendenning, Cedric Flesher, Kyle Johnson, Storm Wiegel), 1:39.23; 1600R- 3- Darlington (Flesher, Levi Wedig, Quinn Cullen, Wiegel), 1:39.23; PV- 2- Wedig, D, 12’3”; HJ- 2- Glendenning, D, 5’10”; LJ- 3- Schliem, BH, 19’8”; TJ- 3- Dejay Warrell, BH, 39’8”; SP- 3- Tucker Wedig, D, 42’6.75”; D- 3- T. Wedig, 125’8”.