By Tim Kowols
The Algoma girls track and field team kept their title defense hopes alive by scoring 90.5 points en route to a second straight Division 3 sectional title at Hilbert Thursday. The Wolves were predictably powered by its field events with Katelyn Williams qualifying for state in shot put and discus, Bobbi Blahnik in shot put, Elizabeth McClure in pole vault and high jump, Jenny Farley in pole vault, and Anna McClure in high jump. Williams also qualified in the 100 meter dash along with Algoma’s 4x 100, 4 x 200, and 4 x 400 relay teams. Other state qualifiers at the Hilbert sectional included Sevastopol’s Olivia Stenzel (1600 meter run) and their 4 x 200 and 4 x 800 relay teams and Gibraltar’s Abbigael Sitte. On the boys’ side, Algoma received the area’s highest finish with a sixth place, 38 point performance. State qualifiers include Gibraltar’s Evan Henry (1600 meter run), Sevastopol’s Kiegen Sargent (long jump) and 4 x 800 meter relay team, and Algoma’s Aidan Wallace (discus), Sam Utesch (pole vault), Ryan Feuerstein (triple jump) and Max Schoening (shot put).
In Division 2, no local team finished higher than tenth in their sectional meet held at Freedom. State qualifiers on the boy’s side include Sturgeon Bay’s 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams comprised of Brady Wodack, Luke Brinkman, Hayden Shefchik and Nathan Greenlaw, Kewaunee’s Alex Hewett (triple jump), Southern Door’s Jared Conard, and Luxemburg-Casco’s Hunter Liebeck (1600 meter run). On the girls side, state qualifiers include Luxemburg-Casco’s Kate Hilbert (400 meter run) and Molly Wotruba (100 and 300 meter hurdles), Southern Door’s Hailey Shimon, and Kewaunee’s Haylie Novak (triple jump). The over 20 state qualifiers will have a week before they head to the state meet next weekend at the campus of UW-LaCrosse.