COLFAX — One year ago, Jarret Jordan was helping the McDonell boys golf team advance to state.
On Thursday, he was winning a sectional championship individually with the Macks boys track and field team.
Jordan won the 3,200-meter run championship with a time of 10 minutes, 19.12 seconds on Thursday at the Division 3 track and field sectionals. The senior entered the event seeded seventh, but worked his way into the front of the pack and took the lead for good in the closing laps, picking up a victory by more than six seconds in front of Webster’s Andrew Ruiz.
Jordan picked up over 30 seconds in time from his regional time at Boyceville on Monday, where he finished second to Eau Claire Immanuel’s Dan Lau.
“He’s a conference champion in cross country and he showed why today,” McDonell coach Marty Bushland said of Jordan.
The St. Norbert College track commit Jordan got a late start to his first season in track due to an injury suffered during the hockey season, but has hit the ground running and given the Macks another strong threat in their distance program.
“I was concerned he took the lead a little earlier than I wanted him to, but the race broke open and it was basically him,” Bushland said. “He did outstanding.”
Jordan has also been a part of the McDonell cross country team’s state qualifying teams after starting with the sport in his junior season.
Teammate Brady Bauer finished in sixth place (10:44.06).
“A fortunate find for us to get him to get involved with cross country and track,” Bushland said of Jordan. “He’s helped the program so much.”
Jordan wasn’t the only Mack to take home a sectional title as junior Rachel Ohde tied for the high jump championship. Ohde and Unity’s Raelin Sorensen each jumped 5-feet-2. Ohde will make her first trip to the state meet next week after just missing state in the event last year when she took seventh.
The Mack boys 3,200 relay team of Charlie Bleskachek, Nathan Hoglund, Brady Bauer and Isaac Bohaty advanced to state on the strength of a second-place finish, timing in at 8:31.67. Unity won the title in 8:25.56. Next week’s appearance at the the state track meet in La Crosse will mark the 10th year in a row the McDonell boys have brought a 3,200 to the state meet.
Bohaty also took home a second-place finish in the 800 (2:00.43), less than one second behind Unity’s Jesse Vlasnik.
The boys 1,600 relay of Bleskachek, Bohaty, Evan Smith and Hoglund finished in third place in 3:32.73, tying the McDonell school record. The Cadott boys team of Tyler Gillett, Brady Carrell, Garrett Roth and Brandon Pederson won the event in 3:31.03 while the Lake Holcombe/Cornell team of Nate Parkhurst, Kyle Goltz, Luke Geist and Colton Hetke took fourth (3:35.95).
“A lot of tired legs, but the guys came through,” Bushland said of his team’s 1,600 relay.
The Macks also had a few athletes that just missed qualifying for state. Junior Eric Ohde took fifth in the discus (135-feet-07), the girls 3,200 relay of Grace Mrozinski, Julia Verbick, Abby Wampler and Abby Klimek finished fifth and Hoglund took fifth in the 400.
Verbick was seventh in the 3,200 run, as was the team of Emily Krause, Mrozinski, Wampler and Klimek in the 1,600 relay. Bleskachek took ninth in the 1,600.
Kyes, Hetke go for four
Cadott senior Elizabeth Kyes and Lake Holcombe/Cornell’s Colton Hetke each advanced to state in four events with Kyes taking home sectional championships in the 400 (58.23) and 800 (2:21.48) while taking third in the triple jump and fourth as a part of the 1,600 relay with Rachel Manier, Felisha Glomski and Cailin Rineck. Hetke won a sectional title in the 300 hurdles (41.60), finished third in the high jump, 110 hurdles and took fourth as a part of the 1,600 relay.
Kyes, the defending Division 3 state champion in the 400, avenged a second-place finish to Athens’ Autumn Wickman from regionals by taking the victory by nearly fourth-tenths of a second.
“She was really bummed about losing the regional to Wickman,” Cadott coach Pat Rothbauer said. “But she really, truly (was) better not bitter. She didn’t waste any time whining about losing, she just got her head in the right spot and really ran a great race.”
Kyes won the 800 by .15 seconds over Unity’s Raelin Sorensen, using a late push in both races to claim sectional titles. She had one more push left in her for her team’s final event of the day, running down Abbotsford’s Dylana Schreiner in the final stretch to claim the final state qualification spot.
Hetke carries a strong regular season into the postseason, winning regional titles in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles on Monday at regionals at Cadott. The Lake Holcombe/Cornell junior held off Eau Claire Immanuel’s Jesse Noeldner for fourth place.
“I knew he was right there on me,” Hetke said of his final push. “I had been saving it for the end because I knew we would be so close.”
Kyes will have plenty of Cadott company in La Crosse next week as Pederson (2nd in 400, 4th in 200) and Manier (3rd in 300 hurdles) each advanced. Manier ran the top time in the 100 hurdle preliminaries, but was disqualified in the finals for a hurdle infraction. Rothbauer said he was proud of the way the sophomore bounced back from that, running two strong races to advance to state in two events.
“She was really bummed, but she did a great job of refocusing and she knew she had two more races,” Rothbauer said. “I was never more happy to see her make it in the 300 (hurdles). That takes a little bit of the sting away.”
The boys 1,600 relay championship comes after the team won a regional championship on Monday, edging Lake Holcombe/Cornell.
Tyler Gillett helped the team get out to an early lead, then Carrell, Roth and Pederson shut the door, topping second-place Unity by over eight-tenths of a second.
“That’s the best race our boys have run all year,” Rothbauer said. “Our first runner Tyler Gillett, he didn’t have the (individual) 800 that he wanted (earlier) so he was pretty focused on that race. That was by far his best split of the year and when you have the first guy start you out like that it gets the other guys pretty fired up.”
The Cadott 800 relay team of Glomski, Rineck, Jenna Sedlacek and Saige Sikora finished sixth, as did the 400 relay of Glomski, Kayla Dubiel, Alexis Munroe and Sikora.
Lexi Moussette qualified for state with a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles while the Knights also had a number of athletes just miss advancing.
Dakota Popp finished fifth in the pole vault, Orianna Lebal tied for fifth in the pole vault and Kierra Walters finished fifth in the 300 hurdles, missing out on fourth place by mere one-thousandths of a second. Kyle Goltz (triple jump) and Andrew Brosted (shot put) each took sixth while Sara Stender (long jump), Geist (300 hurdles) and Courtney Lundmark (discus) each were eighth. Kyle Glaus (300 hurdles), Josh Grape (discus), Walters (long jump) and Lebal (3,200) each finished ninth.
This year marks the first time in the five-year history of the Lake Holcombe/Cornell co-op it has sent multiple athletes to the state meet.
The New Auburn boys 800 relay team of Natsuki Sakamoto, Kaleb Butterfield, Dylan North and Austin North finished in fifth place (1:37.81). The boys 400 relay team of Brandon Hilger, Butterfield, Dylan and Austin North was eighth. Sarick Hoege tied for ninth in the high jump for the Trojans.
Thorp’s Falon Immormino advanced to state in the 3,200 (2nd) and 1,600 (3rd) events for the Cardinals. Gilman’s Ethan Aldinger took second in the 100 and third in the long jump.
The McDonell boys finished second as a team with 43 points with Lake Holcombe/Cornell fifth (38), Cadott 14th (23) and New Auburn 27th (5). Unity won the boys title with 86 points.
The Cadott girls were fifth with 43 team points. McDonell took 14th (17) and Lake Holcombe/Cornell was 16th (16). Shell Lake won the girls team championship with 62 points. The WIAA state track and field meet takes place next Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse.