Pickens sets the pace for area school state qualifiers

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Lauren Pickens from Peabody-Burns set the pace for area schools last Friday at Class 2A Regionals at Yates Center.

Pickens won three events and helped the girls? 4×100 team come in third to qualify for state in four events.

?It was good to see Lauren back running in all of her races,? coach Brian Lightner said.

?The 4×100 relay qualifying for state was definitely the highlight of the evening.?

Pickens won the 100 with a time of 12.4 seconds, the 200 in 26.5 and the 400 in 59.60.

The 4×100 team, which included Beckah McCullough, Paige Lewis, Silvia Flores and Pickens, took third in 54.30.

Flores also qualified in the long jump with a leap of 14-3 for third place.

For the Warrior boys, Sheldon Wiebe qualified in two events, placing third in the 800 in 2:04 and fourth in the 1,600 in 4:54.

?We struggled to find our rhythm in all of the field events,? Lightner said. ?Wiebe running was both strong and smart. He was able to set a personal record in the 800, while qualifying for state in both of his races.?

Canton-Galva qualified two athletes for state at the Class 2A regionals at Yates Center.

Angel Little took second in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 31?2 inches, and Cayla Sommers placed fourth in high jump by clearing 4-10.

Centre?s Theo Kassebaum qualified for state for the second time at the Class 1A regional in Burlington. She edged Goessel?s Tia Goertzen for first place in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.8. Goertzen finished in 16.96. Last year Kasse?baum finished eighth at state.

Goessel qualified athletes in six events at Burlington.

For the boys, Laird Goertzen qualified in two events, winning the 3,200 in 10:24 and finishing third in the 1,600 in 4:53. John Berkholz qualified by placing fourth in the 400 in 53.68.

In addition to finishing second in the high hurdles, Tia Goertzen also qualified in the 300-meter hurdles with a third-place time of 51.87.

The girls? 4×400 team, which includes Tia Goertzen, Jennifer Van Horn, Ali Buller and Jessica Harvey, qualified by placing fourth in 4:37.

?The Goessel track teams competed well at regionals,? coach Curtis Guhr said. ?The rain held off and it was a great day for track.?

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