Valle track to send 11 to state
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BY MICHAEL BOYD JR.
HERALD SPORTS EDITOR
NEW HAVEN, Mo. — Valle Catholic will send 11 members to the MSHSAA Class 2 state meet Friday and Saturday with its top-four sectional performances this past Saturday at the state sectional meet.
Overall, Valle advanced to state in seven events and won three of them as they swept the 4×800-meter relay races, and freshman Ava Bauman took the 800m run, at New Haven High, near Washington.
Sophomores Wil Kuehn and Madelyn Griffard both will compete in three events at state, while Bauman, senior Josef Flieg, sophomore Joshua Fallert and senior Sam Drury all qualified in two events.
Bauman won two first-place medals in the girls’ field, claiming gold in 800m run and was a part of the 4×800 gold squad.
Bauman also won the 800m with a time of 2 minutes, 29.23 seconds.
The 4×800 girls’ team of Bauman, freshman Lydia Brown, sophomore Brooklyn Weibrecht and Griffard won with a time of 10:35.08.
Griffard also took the bronze medal in both girls’ long-distance races, the 1,600m and 3,200m runs.
The 4×800 boys’ relay team of Kuehn, Josef Flieg, senior Peter Roth and Fallert won with a time of 8:35.09.
Drury took the silver in both boys’ hurdle events, the 110m and 300m.
Kuehn also will advance in the 800m run.
The 4x400m relay team of Fallert, Josef Flieg, senior Jayce Bales and Kuehn took fourth to advance to state.
Senior Joseph Flieg took fourth in the pole vault.
MSHSAA allows the top-four finishes to advance to the next round.
Although, team placements do not matter at the sectional meet, the Warriors scored 55 points, which would have been fifth place in the boys’ competition; while the Lady Warriors scored 34 points, which would have been sixth place.
Charleston led the boys’ field with 86 points, followed by Malden (64) and Christian (O’Fallon-63).
Malden led the girls with 73.5 points, followed by Jefferson (Festus-66) and Lutheran North (St. Louis-64).