Hodag girls advance to sectionals in three events; Alayna Franson 2nd in 1600
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Two individuals and a relay on the Rhinelander High School girls track and field team have advanced to Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 Sectional at D.C. Everest.
The Hodag girls picked up three top-four finishes in Monday’s Regional at Wausau West to qualify for the sectional competition.
RHS sophomore Alayna Franson placed second in the 1600-meter run (5 minutes, 44.22) less than a second behind the regional champion, Stevens Point junior Grace Belson.
Franson just missed out on also qualifying in the 3200 run after placing fifth in 12:30.09, about 6 seconds behind the fourth-place finisher, Wausau West sophomore Mackenzie Malone. D.C. Everest sophomore Katelyn Spooner won the race in 12:20.01.
Hodags senior Eva O’Melia punched her individual ticket to the sectional meet by placing third in the 800 run (2:26.09), 51-hundredths of a second behind the winning pace of Stevens Point senior Abigail Hyland.
O’Melia and Franson joined juniors Payton Hartman and Gracie Quinn as sectional qualifiers by placing fourth in the 4X800 relay (10:27.92). Wausau West finished first in 10:17.92.
RHS’s girls, who ended up in seventh in the team standings, placed in the top eight in three other events to score points with senior Susanna Robert finishing seventh in the 100 dash (13.37), sophomore Ellen Padgett coming in eighth in the 200 dash (29.09) and sophomore Carly Seidl and freshmen Ericka Jorgensen, Mattia Beske and Raven Sturtevant ending up eighth in the 4X200 relay (2:09.87).
Stevens Point won the girls team title with 176 points, followed by Wausau West (120), D.C. Everest (113), Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (76), Wausau East (72), Marshfield (70), Rhinelander (27), Merrill (24) and Antigo (20).
RHS boys 9th
The Hodag boys, who were shut out from qualifying for the sectional, ended up at the bottom of the nine-team standings when they could do no better than sixth place in three events. Stevens Point finished on top at 175, followed by D.C. Everest (138.5), Wausau West (107), Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (94), Marshfield (49), Wausau East (46.5), Merrill (40), Antigo (40) and Rhinelander (9).
The Hodags’ sixth-place finishes came from senior Eric Tracy in the 110 hurdles (16.76), freshman Anthony Kowalski in the 400 dash (54.5) and Tracy, senior Henry Kipper, junior Alec Bess and freshman Josh Francisco in the 4X100 relay (47.18).