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Mathews qualifies for State in the 1600
BRIAN MATHEWS competing in the 3200-meter run at the Regional meet held in Boscobel on May 23. photo by Davina Meckley

MUSCODA - The Riverdale track team traveled to Bangor for the WIAA Sectional Track meet on Thursday.

The Chieftains took 13 athletes to the sectional. The girls’ 4x200 and 4x400 of Hannah Hanson, Macy Mau, Callie Arellano and McKenzie Couey finished 16th and 13th respectively in their races. Their times were a little off from their best times of the year.

“These four girls did a great job this season,” said Coach Todd McKay. “I am very excited to see what happens next year. All four of these girls are coming back next year.”

Hannah and Callie also competed in the triple jump. Hannah finished 10th and Callie finished 12th, with a personal best jump of 31’3”.  Rounding out the girls competitors was disc thrower Gabby Werthein. Gabby finished 13th in disc.

“Gabby is only a sophmore and to make it to Sectionals is a huge step for her,” the coach stated. “She made huge gains in both the shot and disc this year. She has a bright couple of years left.”

The boys were lead by Brian Mathews and Micah Arellano. Brian qualified for state in the 1600-meter run. Brian’s time got him within four seconds of the school record.

“Brian has two goals going into the state meet on Friday,” said Coach McKay. “The first goal is to get on the podium and second is to set the school record in the 1600-meter. Both are very possible,” stated Coach McKay.

Mathews had a little tougher time on in the 3200-meter run, where he finished seventh overall.

Micah Arellano finished fifth in the pole vault. Micah cleared 11’6” but could not get over 12’. Micah finished one place out of a state berth.

The boys’ 4x200 team of Athan Karabetsos, Colt Pechan, Dakota Fiebranz and Arellano finished 12th respectively.

“I am very proud of these group of guys. They worked very hard this year and had a very successful season. Again all these athletes are underclassman, so they all have at least one more season of track,” stated Coach McKay.

Mathews will move on to the WIAA State Track Championships on Friday. The Division 2 and 3 start running at 3 p.m. Brian is seeded seventh in the 1600-meter coming into state.

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