Gibraltar’s girls track-and-field team placed third Monday in the WIAA Division 3 Regional at Hilbert, and in the process, they qualified for Thursday’s Rosholt Sectional in nine of 18 events.
The Vikings’ 81.5 team points ended up only a point behind runner-up Howards Grove, with Manitowoc Lutheran topping the 12-team standings at 125. Door County’s other high school competing in Division 3, Sevastopol, placed eighth with 36 points.
The top-four finishes in each event qualified for the sectional.
The Vikings’ 4×800-meter relay finished first at the regional in 11 minutes, 27.79 seconds.
Gibraltar’s Nida Zukauskaite qualified in three events by being the runner-up in both the high jump (5 feet) and pole vault (7-9) and coming in third in the 300 hurdles (50.94 seconds).
The Vikings’ McKailey Reisen added a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.08).
Gibraltar’s Betsy Lecy was a double sectional qualifier after placing third in both the 1,600-meter (6:01.52) and 3,200 (13:33.03) runs.
The Vikings’ other individual qualifier was freshman Remy Carmichael, who placed fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:11.89).
Gibraltar’s girls also qualified for the sectional by placing fourth in the 4×400 relay (4:45.24).
Two Pioneer girls were sectional qualifiers, with Bea Dramm finishing as runner-up in both the 1,600 (5:40.06) and 3,200 (13:01.53) runs and Kylee Duessler placing second in the 200 dash (27.68).
Pole Vault Champion
In the boys regional competition, Gibraltar senior Connor Thompson won the pole vault after clearing 11-6.
The Vikings’ two other sectional qualifiers were Logan Mittermann, who finished third in the 3,200 run (11:25.75), and Victor Jauregui, who placed fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.29).
Gibraltar finished ninth in the team standings with 42.5 points. Sevastopol, which had no sectional qualifiers, finished 12th with nine points.
Sheboygan Lutheran topped the boys standings with 114 points, followed by Hilbert (108) and Howards Grove (78) rounding out the top three.
D2 Wrightstown Regional
The county’s other two mainland high schools, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay, competed in the nine-team Division 2 Wrightstown Regional.
The Clipper girls, who placed fifth with 54 points, qualified for Thursday’s Little Chute Sectional in four events, with Cate Anderson placing second in the 100 hurdles (16.52) and third in the 300 hurdles (50.03); Ella Tarkowski coming in third in the 400 dash (1:04.22); and Andrea Wilke finishing fourth in the pole vault (8-6).
The Eagle girls, who came in seventh with 41 points, had an individual regional champion, with Danica Neville winning the 400 dash (1:02.07), and a double sectional qualifier with Brooke Strege placing third in the 1,600 run (5:39.87) and fourth in the 3,200 run (11:45.63).
Green Bay Notre Dame won the girls regional championship with 145 points, followed by Two Rivers (121) and Luxemburg-Casco (105) in the top three.
D2 Boys Qualifiers
Southern Door’s boys, who placed seventh with 40.5 points, also had a double sectional qualifier, with Kaden Bordovetz placing third in the 110 hurdles (16.85) and long jump (19-7.5).
The Eagles’ Andrew Kluth qualified by placing fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.37).
Sturgeon Bay, which placed ninth with 24 points, had two sectional qualifiers, with Espen Walker placing third in the high jump (5-10) and Craven Lautenbach finishing fourth in the triple jump (38-1).
Little Chute won the boys regional title with 131 points, followed by Green Bay Notre Dame (130) and Two Rivers (101) in the top three.The top-four finishers at Thursday’s Division 2 and 3 sectional meets, which took place after this issue of the Peninsula Pulse went to press, automatically qualified for the state meet June 3-4 at UW-La Crosse.