Prep report: Reprieve helps Northwestern's Nelson qualify for state track meetNorthwestern senior Tess Nelson didn’t allow the controversy over her initial disqualification in the 300-meter hurdles prevent her from winning the event at Thursday’s Division 2 sectional meet in Barron, Wis.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Northwestern senior Tess Nelson didn’t allow the controversy over her initial disqualification in the 300-meter hurdles prevent her from winning the event at Thursday’s Division 2 sectional meet in Barron, Wis.
Nelson, who was DQ’d in Monday’s regionals before receiving a reprieve from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association two days later, won the race by more than a second in 46.65 seconds to qualify for next week’s state meet in La Crosse. She has won the previous two state titles in the 300.
Nelson also qualified in the 100 hurdles, finishing second to Mosinee’s Brittany Dulak in 15.63 seconds.
The Tigers finished third in the girls team totals with 53 points, trailing only Osceola and Hayward. Other state qualifiers included fourth-place pole vaulter Logan Holly, the runner-up 3,200 relay team and two members of that relay — freshman Emma Nelson (runner-up in 3,200) and senior Jordan Johnson (third in 1,600).
The Northwestern boys placed a distant 26th and did not qualify any individuals.
The Ashland boys were strong, however, finishing in third place behind Prescott and Somerset, thanks to Bryce Miller’s victories in the 1,600 and 3,200 and runner-up finish in the 800. Anthony Litersky, a four-time individual champion at the Lake Superior Conference meet, was third in the 110 high hurdles and fourth in the triple jump to advance in both events while Ryan Hibbard set a school record of 21 feet, 7 inches to win the long jump.
Ashland freshman Harley Kinney advanced by finishing third in the two-mile run. Hayward’s Morgan Johnson won three events, including setting a Division 2 state record in the long jump (19-1).
Sophomore Lauren Magnuson also qualified for the Spartans, racing to third in the 200 in a school-record 26.15 seconds. That broke Raya Kosey’s four-year mark of 26.48.
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