It was a powerful showing for the Chelsea girls’ track and field team when the Bulldogs ran away with the D2 Regional title Friday, May 17.

Fourteen Bulldogs qualified for the D2 state finals on their way to 128.5 points, easily outdistancing second-place Monroe Jefferson with 99.

Carley Grabarczyk qualified for the final in three events with a second-place finish in the 100, a qualifying time in the 200 with a PR and a fourth-place finish and was part of the 4×100 relay team that finished second along with Leila Wells, Aleeah Wells, and Teagen Hill.

Leila Wells qualified in three events. She won the regional title in the 100 hurdles, was part of the 4×100 and the 4×200 relay that finished third with a qualifying time with Aleeah Wells, Addie Howard, and Hill.

Karlie Van Remortel was the regional champion in the pole vault and will be joined at the state finals by Lissa Krueger that finished second.

Anna Brant finished second in the shot put for the Bulldogs.

Also qualifying were the 4×400 relay team of Howard, Brinna Wenzel, Sam Bieber, and Caitlyn Ash that finished second, and the 4×800 relay team of Ceci Bayer, Sofie DeMea, Madison Morgan, and Bieber with a second-place finish.

Highlights – Additional All-Region Athletes

  • Claire Ash placed 8th in the discus throw with a distance of 87’ 10”, which is a PR. Claire is a hard worker and continues to improve in her throwing skills. Her future is bright!
  • Kennedy Anderson placed fourth in the high jump with a height of 4’ 11”, which is a PR. Kennedy just missed 5’ 1” a couple of times in the meet (i.e., the additional State qualifier was 5’ 1”).
  • Madeline Collins placed in the high jump with a height of 4’ 9”, which tied for 5th place. Also, Madeline placed 5th in the long jump with a distance of 15’ 0”, which was her best jump of the season. After battling through illnesses this season, Madeline, a senior, was able to have a good day for her last home meet.
  • India Barney placed 8th in the long jump with a distance of 14’ 4.75” and placed 5th in the 100m hurdles with 17.23, a SB. India provides much needed points in big meets and adds to our versatility in lineups.
  • Teagan Hill placed 4th in the 100m dash with a time of 13.11. Teagan’s preliminary time was a 12.93, which is outstanding time for a freshman This places her 10th all-time in Chelsea history for 100m dash and #1 fastest freshman all time in this event.
  • Ceci Bayer placed 6th in the 1600m run (5:29.55) and 5th in the 800m run (2:30.79). She ran three quality races on a warm afternoon to help the team seal the regional win.
  • Natalia DeMea placed 7th in the 1600m run (5:32.98) and 5th in the 3200m run (12:09.34). Natalia was able to run well in the heat and earn All-Region honors in two tough events on the same day.
  • Sam Bieber placed 6th in the 800m run with a time of 2:36.27. Also, Sam’s splits helped her relay teams qualify for States.
  • Seren Angus placed 7th in the 3200m run with a time of 12:32.02 in the heat. Seren continues to provide much needed depth in this event.
  • Brinna Wenzel placed 5th in the 400m dash with a time of 62.19, which is a PR. Brinna continues to cut her time throughout the season and is a key member of the 4x400m relay (a State qualifier).
  • Addie Howard placed 7th in the 400 with a time of 63.68. Addie is a member of the State qualifying 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams. She is a selfless teammate, a hard worker, and provides the depth of speed on our relays.

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