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Regional strength at sectional
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BANGOR - Five area boys and girls track and field teams are sending a combined 20 individuals and 10 relay teams to next week's WIAA Division 3 state track meet in La Crosse.

Darlington's Jeff Reichling easily advanced in the discus (150 feet, 1 inch) and the shot put (53-7.5), finishing as the sectional champion in both events. Albany's Nick Patchen also advanced in the discus with a throw of 140-05.

Albany's Jake Short qualified in the 3,200-meter run, and teammate Jake Lincicum advanced in the 800. Short and Lincicum teamed up with Simon Lundegard and Tyler Conley to qualify in the 3,200 relay.

Darlington's Jordan Heinberg advances in the 800, as well as the 3,200 relay with teammates Markus Garrison, Aaron Stauffacher and Kent Miehe. Stauffacher and Heinberg teamed up with Jordan Bryson and Trynton Schwartz in the 1,600 relay, finishing second. Bryson, Schwartz, Braden Zywicki and Tucker Wiegel qualified in the 800 relay. Bryson, Wiegel, Schwartz and Alex Erickson advanced in the 400 relay.

Erickson also qualified in the 400 dash.

Black Hawk's Tyler Whalen won the 400, and finished third in the 200.

On the girls side, Darlington is sending all four of its relay reams to state, which includes Hana Miehe, Ciara Wiegel, Olivia Wedig, Amy Jorgenson, Kelsi Blosch, Kayla Lange, Hannah Huffman, Chayse Hermanson, Kara Krahenbuhl and Lisa Kreidler.

Albany's 3,200 relay team of Jessica Mauerman, Ciara Kubesh, Rosy Bauman and Nicolette Blumer reached state, as did Black Hawk's 400 relay team of Katie Place, Savannah Ernzen, Rachel Rygh and Hailey Meier.

Meier reached in the 400 dash and Place advanced in the triple jump. Devan Brugger of Albany advanced in the 100 hurdles.

Krahenbuhl finished third in the pole vault, and teammate's Hannah Robiolio and Miehe qualified in the 3,200 run.

Also qualifying in the 3,200 was Monticello's Kelsey Bernet and Pecatonica-Argyle's Elise Sigg, who won the race by nearly 17 seconds. Sigg also won the 1,600 by nine seconds over her cousin, Kendra Sigg, a freshman who finished second. Bernet also advanced, finishing fourth.

To qualify for state, all participants must place in the top four at the sectional meet.

Darlington's girls team finished the sectional in sixth place with 49 points. Black Hawk, Pecatonica-Argyle and Bangor finished tied for seventh with 36 points. Albany had 17 and Monticello had 16.

On the boys side, Darlington came in fourth with 61 points. Albany finished eighth with 34. Black Hawk had 19 points and Pecatonica-Argyle had one point.