The Whippet Track and Field Teams had a good night in East Troy Thursday evening, qualifying 9 to the state meet in LaCrosse next weekend. The meet started with the field events at 3:30. First to compete were Cassidy Laue and Miranda Reynolds in the high jump. Cassidy had 2 very nice attempts at opening height, but missed all three and took a no height. While it was disappointing today, she was the only freshman to make it to Sectionals in the high jump. Miranda Reynolds was able to clear 4-8, 5-0, and 5-2 without a miss. She missed her first attempt at 5-3, but cleared on her second jump to secure her first trip to state. Sashi Popke was next to compete, going in the pole vault. His best coming into the competition was 11-6. He was able to get some good work on a bigger pole the last two days, and it paid off. He was able to clear 12-3 on the new pole and ended up finishing 4th and qualifying for state. This was a huge accomplishment for the sophomore, especially since he only began vaulting about 6 weeks ago. Logan Rasmussen was next as he was in the second flight of the triple jump. In what seemed to be his strongest event, Logan found himself in a dog fight to qualify. At one point in the competition, 4 jumpers were within 3/4 of an inch of each other, with only 3 of them set to advance. Logan cleared things up a bit on his final jump when he went 43-6 to win the competition. The girls’ 4x800 relay got the running events started at 4:15. The ladies ran a very good time and won the first heat. Ali Ketterhagen had a season best split of 2:39.6 to set the stage. Jenna Lee, Allisan Barrett, and Hailey Prager all ran splits between 2:44 and 2:46 to finish 15 seconds better than their seed time. It was good enough to finish 10th. The boys’ 4x800 relay had high hopes. They came in seeded 2nd, expecting to advance. Like any good Sectional race, they found themselves in a dogfight. Jacob Korf set the stage. He was in 6th coming down the home stretch, but passed a number of teams in the last 100m. Mike Mattingly took a good exchange and took the lead at the start of the second leg. He was passed by Ripon and handed off to Connor Laue in 2nd. Connor took off determined to keep up with Ripon. He may have gotten out a little too hard and fell a couple spots. That said, his aggressiveness brought him his best split of the season. Matt Mattingly had to keep the team in the top 4 to qualify. He was able to finish strong like he always seems to and finished with a 2:01 split and a 2nd place finish. Their time of 8:14.05 was a season best by 6 seconds. The 4x200 relays were next. The girls’ team of Morgan Radaj, Abby Grosinske, Rebekah Schumacher, and Hailey Murphy ran a great race, but ended up just 0.34 out of qualifying with a 1:48.73 and finished 5th. The boys’ team of Juan Cuellar, Sashi Popke, Seth Heine, and Tyler Sheffield ran a season best time of 1:34.24 to win their heat and finish 7th overall. 7 of the 8 athletes that ran come back next year, so both teams are excited for next year already, looking for a little redemption. Meanwhile, Logan was back at the jumps, this time going in the long jump. It was looking like he was going to be bumping up against his open 400m race, so he moved to the front of his flight to get his jumps in before running. His series was excellent, going 21-7, 21-4, and finally 22-4. His jump of 22-4 is the third best in WHS history and allowed him the luxury of watching all the other jumpers try to beat him while not needing to jump again. That jump is the best jump in Division 2 heading into the state meet. Logan got to ride the positive mojo into his 400m race. He was in the 1st heat and knew he would have to throw down a good time if he wanted a third event. He did just that, going 51.50. It was just enough, edging out a runner in the 2nd heat by 0.02 s for the final qualifying spot in the 400m dash. Unfortunately, that would be the last of the state qualifiers. The girls’ 4x100m relay was looking for a little redemption after the 4x2. Unfortunately they found the same fate. They ran a great race in heat 1, going 51.76. That was only good enough for 5th again, just .05 out of 4th. Morgan Wiedenhoeft, Grosinske, Radaj, and Reynolds had smooth handoffs, but it wasn't to be. The two near misses will sting for a while and provide motivation to work hard and get faster for next season. Jacob Korf got a chance for an individual race, going after it in the 800m run. He gave himself a chance, going out on the back end of the lead group. The others proved to have a little more as he dropped off in the second lap, going 2:06.94. The girls’ 4x400m relay team of Hailey Murphy, Abby Grosinske, Ali Ketterhagen and Rebekah Schumacher ran a season best of 4:17.76, good enough for 7th. Murphy and Ketterhagen both had their season best splits, while Schumacher and Grosinske matched their best splits. The boys’ 4x400m relay fell to the same fate as the girls. A 6th place finish was the best they could do. It was a more physical race through the exchanges and even at times on the backstretch than they were used to. But their 3:32.05 was where they had been most of the season. As a whole, almost everyone that competed performed at their best. They really peaked at the right time. It's always hard to see your season come to a close, but it's a little easier when you do so with your best performance of the year. Dalton Chenoweth and Daniel Soto will join the other qualifiers, ready to step in on the 4x8 relay should they be needed. All 9 WHS athletes will head to LaCrosse next Thursday night, and compete on Friday morning. The long jump is the only event that will be competed on Saturday. It will be a busy weekend for the seniors, as they will get home to walk across the graduation stage on Sunday. What a great way to end their high school careers.