Rockford’s O’Reilly captures third at state in hurdles

Junior Jordan O’Reilly from Rockford was the local standout at the state high school track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

O’Reilly finished third at state in the Class A 300-meter hurdles after taking second at the section meet.

He also helped the 4×400 relay place eighth along with Zach Guthrie, Hayden Thomas and Sasha Galka.

Section 1600-meter champ Abby Botten captured eighth place at state. Galka qualified for the 400 but did not make the finals. The boys 4×100 relay also did not reach the final nine despite being the third seed. The relay included Hayden, Kenny Gilb, Guthrie and Galka.

Delano’s Alex Wittinger found the competition in the hurdles in Class AA to be extra strong this year.

The sophomore made her third trip to state in both hurdle events. She did not make it to the finals in either event this year. Wittinger did improve on her qualifying time in the 300 hurdles.

She ran in the slow heat in the preliminaries where the top two qualified and then the next five times. Wittinger’s heat sent two to the finals, while seven came from the other preliminary heat.

Sophomore Marissa Bartels was one of three entered in the wheelchair division and finished second in the 100-meters.