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Somerset, St. Croix Central advance large groups to sectional track meet

Somerset senior Luke Praschak got out to a strong start in the 300 hurdle race at the St. Croix Central regional meet on Monday.

Track fans will see lots of red and blue uniforms at the Bloomer Division 2 sectional meet this Thursday.

That's because Somerset and St. Croix Central both advanced large groups of athletes through the St. Croix Central Division 2 regional meet on Monday.

Somerset came away with the boys championship in Monday's meet, while the Spartan girls placed fourth. St. Croix Central took second place in both halves of the meet.

Somerset and Central will rank among the most heavily represented teams in Thursday's sectional meet. Somerset advanced 19 individuals and four relay teams into the sectional meet. Central has 15 individuals plus five relay teams that will be competing on Thursday. Field events will begin at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Bloomer Middle School, with running events starting at 4:30 p.m.

Somerset advances six events as regional champions. Three of those titles were earned by senior Sarah Krig. Krig took the championship in the 100 hurdles, the pole vault and the triple jump. She also placed third in the high jump.

Somerset's boys also generated three regional titles. Robbie Lang took the top position in the 100 meter dash, Luke Praschak was the winner in the 110 high hurdles and Aaron Joppru soared to the top spot in the high jump.

The Spartans had scads of second place finishes. For the boys those included Shane Miller in the 110 hurdles, Praschak in the 300 hurdles, Lang in the 200 dash and the 400 and 800 meter relay teams. For the girls, second place finishes came from Sam Flandrick in the 100 hurdles and Natalie Broome in the 100 and 200 dashes.

Placing third for the Spartan boys were Alex Piletich in the discus throw, Tyler Ledbeter in the triple jump, Mitch McConaughey in the 200 meters and Brandon Mondor in the 3,200 meters. The spartan 1600 meter relay team also placed third. Krig was the only female third place finisher.

Advancing as fourth place finishers for the Spartans were Dallas Johnson in the long jump, Cole Harty in the 3,200 meters and the Spartan girls 400 meter relay team.

Central earned four titles on Monday, two by the boys and two by the girls. Laura DeSmith was the champion in the long jump as was Kayla Pabst in the discus throw. Aaron Delander captured the long jump title and Jordan Bringgold was the top finisher in the 3,200 for the Panther boys.

Several of those athletes were also second place finishers. DeSmith was second in the triple jump, as was Pabst in the shot put and Bringgold in the 1600. Also finishing second was Jag Johnson in the 100, the Panther girls 800 relay team and the girls 1,600 meter relay team.

Three Central relay teams took third place (boys 400, girls 400, boys 800). Individuals who placed third were Josh Freyholtz in the pole vault, Carol Moll in the 400, Johnson in the high jump and Dante Carlson in the 300 hurdles.

Placing fourth for the Panthers were Delander in the triple jump, Jessa Klinger in the long jump and Tony Berg in the pole vault.