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Erickson named Player of the Year in Capitol South
Jack Erickson

By Natalie Dillon


BELLEVILLE — The Capitol Conference recently released its all-conference selections for track and field, and Sugar River’s Jack Erickson was named Player of the Year in the South.

Erickson was a three-time all-conference selection in the 300-meter hurdles (first team), 100-meter dash (first team) and 200-meter dash (second team). 

Teammate Carter Scholey was another multiple-event all-conference athlete. He earned first team in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

Jonah Wortman earned first-team all-conference in four events: 100-meter wheelchair, 400-meter wheelchair, 800-meter wheelchair and shot put wheelchair.

Other Raiders that made first-team all-conference include Cade Thayer (high jump) and Charlie Sarbacker (pole vault). 

Second-team all-conference members from Sugar River include Gabe Nass (110-meter hurdles), Aiden Campbell (400-meter dash) and Andrew Sarbacker (pole vault).

The Sugar River boys were undefeated in Capitol South duals, earning the league title. In the overall Capitol Conference, the Raiders took third (104 points) behind Lakeside Lutheran (188 points) and Lodi (161 points).

Four athletes from Lakeside Lutheran earned Player of the Year in the North — Tyler Dahlie, Ben Krauklis, Karsten Grundahl and Cam Wieland. 

In North duals, Lodi prevailed for the championship.

On the girls side, the Raiders had the most success in relays and long distance. 

The 4x800 relay of Camryn Arnett, Abigail Biank, Olivia Fox and Ruthie Zuber earned first-team all-conference. The 4x200 relay, made up of Anika Pederson, Elle Lancaster, Kalia Malaise and Marie Besley garnered second-team all-conference. The third relay to earn league recognition was the 4x100 team of Addison Edge, Leyna Westphal, Malaise and Besley (second team). 

Individually, Alora Spiegel and Lucy Melvin nabbed both second-team spots in the 1,600-meter run. Melvin and Marty did the same in the 3,200-meter run.

Arnett earned her second league honors with a second-team finish in the 800-meter run.

Gracie Atkinson was the final Raider to earn all-conference, making first team in the long jump.

Sugar River girls were undefeated in Capitol South duals, earning the league title. In the large Capitol Conference meet, the Raiders took fourth (80 points) behind Lodi (132.5), Lakeside Lutheran (126.5) and Columbus (92 points). 

Female Player of the Year in the South was Bryn Meyer of Wisconsin Heights and Player of the Year in the North was Izzy Bahe.

As did their male counterparts, Lodi girls won the Capitol North based on duals.