Cameron hosted the local Div. 3 WIAA track and field sectional on Thursday, May 23, and the home cooking proved successful. The Comets set a new school record and qualified athletes for the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in two events.
The team of Tori Gerber, Payton Sevals, Taylor Severt and Maddie Wall placed second in the 800-meter relay at the sectional with a time of 1:50.54, finishing less than a second behind the first place group from Shell Lake.
Sevals added to her terrific senior season by placing third in the 300M hurdles in a new school record time of 47.93 seconds, also advancing to the state meet in that event. Abbotsford senior Melanie Kunze won the sectional title in 46.43 seconds.
The state meet will be held at UW-La Crosse’s beautiful facilities this Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. Preliminary races for both the Div. 3 800M relay and 300M hurdles will be held Friday, with finals on Saturday.
Among 16 Div. 3 state qualifiers in each event, Cameron’s 800M relay qualifying time ranks 11th and Sevals’ 300M hurdles time ranks sixth. The top qualifying 800M relay time of 1:45.35 was turned in by Aquinas, while Kunze is the fastest 300M hurdles state qualifier.
Cameron had sectional qualifiers in a number of other events that didn’t get the necessary top-four finish to advance, although there were a few close calls.
Severt, a freshman, placed sixth in the 800M run at the Cameron sectional in 2:36.57, less than 3 seconds out of fourth place. She also cleared 15’ 4.25” to place seventh in the long jump. Eau Claire Immanuel senior Cassidy Noeldner won the sectional title by a foot, soaring 17’ 7”.
Junior Aurora Felonk placed seventh in the 3200M run with a time of 12:53. Flambeau senior Rachel Lawton beat out Chetek-Weyerhaeuser freshman Lana Blumer to the line by 3 tenths of a second with the winning time of 11:57.08.
Sevals and Severt also joined Gerber and Wall to place eighth in the 400M relay with a time of 55.16 seconds. Shell Lake nipped Regis at the line to win the sectional title in 52.08 seconds.
Freshman Cali Romsos was 11th in the 1600M run. She joined Felonk, and freshmen Brooklyn Moravitz and Maddy Robel to place 11th in the 3200M relay with a time of 11:18.18.
For the Cameron boys, Brett Johnson, Logan Severt, Ian Payne and Caleb Gillett led the way with a sixth place finish in the 800M relay. Their time of 1:38.09 was just 1.39 seconds short of the final transfer spot into the state meet.
David Meznarich placed eighth in both the 110M and 300M hurdles, while Johnson, Severt, Payne and Dylan Holdeman raced to seventh place in the 1600M relay.
Sophomore Jordan Folz finished eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 38’1.5” and junior Brandon Groskopf placed ninth in the high jump, clearing 5’10”.
“A special thanks to seniors Brett Johnson, David Meznarich and Logan Severt for all their effort, leadership and talents they have shared with Cameron track and field the past four years,” coach David Martin said. “They will be missed.”