Ladysmith qualifies eight for state track meet
The Ladysmith Track & Field team competed at the Sectional Meet in Cameron on Thursday. There were 45 schools at this meet and the top four athletes in each event qualify for the State Meet. The girls team finished in 3rd Place overall and the boys team finished in 8th Place overall. Overall their are eight Ladysmith track athletes who qualified for this weekend’s state track meet in La Crosse, which is the most in recent history under head coach, Jacob Ebner.
Taking home sectional championships for Ladysmith were the girls 3200m relay team of Faith Meltz, Cassidy Stanger, Kylee Becker, Erica Loe, Maddy Nybakke and Holly Rands with a time of 10:25.56.
Second place finishes for Ladysmith and qualifying for the state track meet were Kylee Becker in the 300m hurdles, Erica Loe in the 1600m run with a personal best time of 5:35.96. Connor Berg also qualified for the state meet in the 1600m run.
Third place finishes for Ladysmith were Kylee Becker in the 100m hurdles, breaking her own school record again last week with a time of 16.30 and
Caden Dupee took home third place finishes in the 300m hurdles and long jump with a person best jump of 21-01.25. Dupee also qualified in the high jump as an extra qualifier for this week’s state track meet.
Also qualifying for state with fourth place finishes were Cassidy Stanger in the 800m run, with a personal best time of 2:33.79. Kylee Becker -broke the school record in the triple jump as she qualified for La Crosse with a jump of 34-06.25.
Ladysmith also had more person record posted by Blake Prince in the 800m run and Rachel Sovacool in the 3200m run. “Tonight was fun. Tonight I got to watch the excitement early on in the meet as our girls 3200m relay started off the meet with a first place finish. All six girls on this relay competed in either the Regional Meet and/or the Sectional Meet. Five of these six girls will be going to the State Meet for the first time. I also got to see the tears of joy from two seniors, Connor Berg and Cassidy Stanger, as they qualified in individual events for the State Track & Field Meet for first time. In addition to that, I saw the relief from Erica Loe as she qualified for the State Track & Field Meet for the first time individually as well. Our two State Qualifiers from last year, Kylee Becker & Caden Dupee, will be returning to State this year as well. Kylee is my first female athlete to ever qualify for the State Meet in 4 events in one season. Both Becker and Dupee will have their eyes on making it on the podium at the State Meet this time around. We had several other athletes who participated in the Sectional Meet tonight. All of our Sectional qualifiers represented Ladysmith High School very well. Tonight we also had 3 seniors compete in their final meet - Brookelle Davis, Harvey Hill, and Tyler Dicus. We will miss the contributions from these seniors moving forward,” stated head coach, Jacob Ebner.