Elmwood/Plum City junior Beau Holt competes in the pole vault at the Regional track meet in Durand on Monday, May 23. At the Dunn_St. Croix Conference meet the week prior, Holt earned a third_place finish in the pole vault. Photo by Gaylen Bicking
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Spring Valley, Elmwood/Plum City track and field compete in conference championship

SV boys finish fourth, girls eighth. Elmwood/Plum City boys, girls finish sixth

By Reagan Hoverman

On Tuesday, May 17, the Spring Valley and Elmwood/Plum City track and field teams competed in the annual Dunn _ St. Croix Conference meet, which was hosted by Glenwood City this year.

The Spring Valley boys’ track and field team had the best showing out of the local teams at the Dunn _ St. Croix Conference meet. The boys’ fourth

_ place finish included junior Justin Rielly’s first

_ place finish in the 100 _ meter dash event. Rielly also earned a third

_ place finish in the 200 _ meter dash.

Spring Valley also had strong showings in the relay events. The Cardinals posted a third

_ place finish in the 4×800 _ meter relay and secured a win in the 4×200 _ meter relay. That 4×200 group included seniors Ryan Burr and Colin Anderson, as well as Rielly and freshman Tanner Dicus. The Cardinals also posted a second _

place finish in the 4×200 _ meter dash.

The Cardinals’ excellence in the relays and certain individual events put Spring Valley on the board early in the conference standings. Freshman Cade Stasiek continued adding to that point total with a third

_ place finish in the triple jump.

When all was said and done, Spring Valley had totaled 91 team points, trailing only Glenwood City, Mondovi and Elk Mound. While the girls’ roster didn't fare as well in terms of total team score, there were still several individual highlights from the con

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ference meet for the Lady Cardinals.

Spring Valley freshmen Abby Biggs secured a third

_ place fin

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ish in the 200

_ meter hurdles to get the Cardinals on the board. The Spring Valley girls’ 4×200 _ meter relay, which consisted of seniors Allison Graham and Kaitlin Graham and freshman Au

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drey Mathison and Raeann Traynor, posted a fifth

_ place finish which scored points for the team.

The Cardinals also scored points in the long

_ distance events, including senior Claire Anderson, who earned a fifth

_ place finish in the girls’ 3,200

_ meter run. Overall, the Cardinals scored 33 total team points in their effort at the Dunn _ St. Croix Conference meet in Glenwood City.

Elmwood/Plum City boys, girls finish sixth

The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves boys’ and girls’ track and field programs both earned a sixth

_ place finish at the Dunn _ St. Croix Conference meet on Tuesday, May 17, in Glenwood City.

The sixth

_ place finish for the girls’ roster included edging out Boyceville and Spring Valley, teams that finished in seventh and eighth

_ place respectively. The girls’ best performance was in the

4×200

_ meter relay finals.

The Wolves squad of juniors Allyson Fleishauer, Lily Webb, Isabella Forster and Hannah Forster posted a first

_ place time of

1:52.32. That relay was more than two seconds better than the second

_ placed Durand relay. The aforementioned relay group also ran the 4×100

_ meter relay and took home second place and trailed only Mondovi in the standings for that event.

Hannah Forster also had a strong showing in the 300

_ meter hurdles with a second _ place showing. Senior Breanna Schwartz took second place in the 200 _ meter dash and Isabella Forster se

_ cured a victory in the girls’ long jump. Isabella Forster also took second in the girls’ triple jump.

The boys also had a similar showing to the girls’ program. The boys’ sixth

_ place finish beat out the two bottom teams in Colfax and Boyceville. The Elmwood/Plum City boys opened up the scoring with a second _ place finish in the 4×200 _ meter relay. That group of juniors Tyler LaCroix and Trevor Asher, senior Luke Webb and Riley Bechel trailed only Spring Valley’s roster during the event.

Elmwood/Plum City also had a strong performance in the

4×100

_ meter relay. That Wolves’ relay group missed out on first place by less than a quarter of a second to the Mounders of Elk Mound. The aforementioned Luke Webb and junior Beau Holt earned second and third

_ place finishes respectively in the pole vault.

Senior Ethan Rupakus was dominant in the high jump, win

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ning by more than six inches over the second _ place finisher from Elk Mound. Trevor Asher also took second in the boys’ long jump and third in the triple jump.

Although neither squad from Spring Valley or Elmwood/Plum City won the conference title, both teams showed flashes of great performances at the Dunn _ St. Croix Conference meet. Both teams will compete in the Regional track meet at Durand on Monday, May 23. That meet is slated to begin at 4 p.m.


(From left): Spring Valley junior Heline Pinsard, freshmen Taylor Traynor, and Raeann Traynor stand together at the Bauer Built Sports Complex in Durand for the WIAA Regional track meet. Photo by Gaylen Bicking

May 24, 2022