Chelsea Track Teams Send Thirteen to State Finals

A strong showing by the Chelsea track teams at the Division 2 Regional at Milan last week as the Bulldogs had 13 athletes qualify for the Division 2 state finals.

The boys came away with their sixth straight Regional title, while the girls came up just short and finished second.

“This was a very satisfying performance,” boys’ coach Eric Swager said. “We really did not have any poor performances across the board. All the places I thought we could score, we did.”

Tom Oates was a four-time state qualifier. He was regional champ in the 1600 and 800 and was part of the winning 4×800 relay team along with Jensen Holm, Carson Rabbitt, and Connor Gilbreath. He also qualified in the 3200 with a third-place finish.

Holm qualified in three events. Along with the 4×800, he finished 2nd in the 3200 and 5th in the 1600.

Rabbitt also qualified in the 1600, while James Mida was runner-up and second in the discus.

Even though he did not qualify in any event, Hunter White had a big day, finishing fourth in the 100, 200, 400. He accounted for 17 points for the Bulldogs.

The girls had seven qualify for state with their second-place finish overall.

Kaehla Manly was Regional champion in two events. She won the 300 hurdles and was part of the winning 4×400 relay team along with Sydney Matusik, Riley Thorburn, and Myranda Montoye.

Matusik also qualified in the 400 with a second-place finish, while Montoye was third in the 400. Allison Hause was second in the 1600, while Jenna Gileczak was second and Sabrina Matusko fifth in the pole vault and both qualified for the finals.

Other top finishers for the girls were the 4×800 team of Thorburn, Emily Chizek, Jacqueline Taylor, and Hause in fifth with their second-best time of the season, Jordan Holton sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot put, Hailey Neal sixth in the long jump, and Thorburn eighth in the 800.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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