Prairie Farm’s Shaylee Stokes continued her fantastic freshman track and field season by qualifying for the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
She placed in second in both events at the Div. 3 Cameron Sectional on Thursday, May 23, twice finishing just behind Thorp junior Molly Milliren. Milliran won the 100M finals in 12.59 seconds, with Stokes second in 12.88 ticks.
Stokes finished the 200 in 26.81 seconds, with Milliren winning in 26.35. Of 16 Div. 3 state qualifiers in each event, Stokes has the ninth fastest seed time in the 100M and 12th fastest in the 200M. Haley Durst, an Ithaca/Weston senior, has the fastest qualifying time in both events – 12.08 seconds in the 100 and 25.38 in the 200.
Stokes will next compete Friday, May 30, in the state meet at UW–La Crosse in both the 100M and 200M preliminaries. Those advancing will run for all the marbles during Saturday’s finals.
Prairie Farm had a number of other athletes competing at the Cameron Sectional who didn’t achieve the necessary top-four finish to advance to state in their events. Sophomore Makaylin Christenson came close to moving on in two events, placing sixth in the 200M dash in 28.09 seconds.
After making the state high jump field last year, Christenson came heartbreakingly close to advancing through the Cameron Sectional, placing fifth with a leap of 4’10”.
The second through sixth place finishers all posted the same height, but Christenson missed out based on the number of attempts it took to clear the 4’10” mark. Shell Lake senior Cassie Skattebo soared 5 feet to win the sectional title.
Christenson also joined freshman Madison Harren, senior Cara Miller and Stokes to place seventh in the 800M relay with a time of 1:54.6. Shell Lake’s formidable team won the sectional title in 1:49.71.
Miller also placed eighth in the shot put with a distance of 35’4.5”, with Mercer junior Aubrey Schoeneman taking first place with a big throw of 42’6” – winning by well over 2 feet.
Juniors Camryn Christopherson and Emma Bird ran with sophomore Alyssa Voldberg and freshman Emma Regalado to place 14th in the 3200M relay in 11:55.41. Ladysmith had the top time of 10:27.56.
With more than 40 teams in attendance, Prairie Farm’s girls placed 10th in the team standings with 26 points. Shell Lake topped the field at 53, edging Flambeau by five points.
For the Panther boys, sophomore Evan Klefstad finished 15th in the 1600M run in 5:27.71. Athens junior Jonathon Nowacki won the sectional title in 4:37.5.