After long months of training, meets and state tournaments, the top individuals from 13 states gathered to run in Kenosha, WI to run the Footlocker Midwest Regional. The top 10 finishers in each seeded race would qualify to San Diego to run at Footlocker Nationals, considered by many to be the highest individual achievement that one could reach in high school cross country. (Photo by Grant Lytle)
Caroline Alcorta (VA) ripped up the McAlpine Park course to the tune of 16:55! Many more dominate performances as well as a few surprises. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
This weekend the top girls from 13 states will compete for 10 spots in the Footlocker national championship. Here are some of the top girl participants slated to compete.
#1 Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) made history in New Jersey with an amazing 15:52 average on the Holmdel, NJ layout. Man are they ready for NXN!!
With Thanksgiving, football, and Black Friday shopping taking over this weekend, it means it is time for Foot Locker National qualifiers to be run.
Fort Collins took flight when it counted, narrowly beating Davis and earning an NXN berth. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Cerake Geberkidane (almost) ran away from a talented field. He'll have it down by nationals. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Briana Gess finally let the cat out of the bag, laying waste to a talented field at the NJ MOC on her way to a high ranking. (Photo by Robert Kellert)
A few editions to the rankings, but mainly status quo this week as the heavy hitters proved they belong right where they're at. (Photo by Scott Shaffer)
#4 Carmel (IN) won going away in the Nike Midwest Regional with 66 points and #12 Naperville North (IL) finished 2nd with 125 points. Also, shocker in NY as Saratoga Springs narrowly goes down.
Two more big regionals took place for Nike Nationals in the Northwest and the Midwest this weekend, making for some changes in the rankings. (Photo by Rick Blanchard)
Alexa Efraimson (yellow) won an epic duel with Makena Morley at the NXN Northwest meet.
#19 Edina (MN) makes it into the rankings after they took out #22 Wayzata (MN) 106 to 135 at the Nike Heartland Regional as both squads will make it to nationals.
Quietly in the top-10 for a few weeks, Blacksburg (VA) looks poised for big things this weekend at the VA state champs.
A big change occurred at the top of the rankings as a #1 is toppled for the second time this season. Many more action packed meets occurred as well so keep on reading! (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Vandine)
Efraimson, DeBalsi, Werner, Reilly tear up course records during a pretty fine weekend of XC racing!
Minnesota roared in the girl’s Heartland Regional Championships in Sioux Falls this afternoon as twin sisters Bethany and Megan Hasz went 1-2 in the individual race and Wayzata placed five in the Top 40 to cruise to the girl’s team title over East Ridge (MN). (Photo by Jesse Coy)
It was a meet of “firsts” for Brooking’s Addison Dehaven on the individual side and Edina in the team competition this Sunday at Yankton Trails, the site of the 2013 Nike Heartland Regional Championships. (Photo by Jesse Coy)
2014 Nike Heartland Boys Preview. Who are the teams and individuals that have what it takes to make NXN? Photo by Kernit Grimshaw (kernit.zenfolio.com)
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Colin Boyle)
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Chris Kane)
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
Wisconsin Alumni in College XC this season
Mt. SAC and the first crazy wave of State Championships across the nation made for quite the busy weekend for XC! And what a weekend it was!
Mt. SAC and the first crazy wave of State Championships across the nation made for quite the busy weekend for XC! And what a weekend it was!
Mt. SAC and the first crazy wave of State Championships across the nation made for quite the busy weekend for XC! And what a weekend it was! (File Photo by Margot Kelly)
Conference, District, Regional and State meets are upon us and teams will begin resting up to compete well at their championship meets before gearing up for the post-season championship meets. However, a few squads are already firing up the furnace for post-season action.
Conference, District, Regional and State meets are upon us and teams will begin resting up to compete well at their championship meets before gearing up for the post-season championship meets. Therefore the rankings haven't changed much this week with the exception of a VERY strong Davis squad moving up to #1 and a few more teams added to the watch list.
A quiet week of movement on the boys side, but there are quite a few harriers knocking on the door of a top-25 ranking as the post-season falls upon us. (Photo by Brian Stocks, El Modena T&F, XC)
There are a few more Invitationals on the schedule but we are starting to get into Conference, Regional, District and State action across the country. Therefore, not many changes to the rankings overall. (Photo by Diana Biles)
Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) rolled again this weekend to retain their perch atop the rankings and add to their legend, by winning with 90 points and a course record 12:44.34 team average. But that's not all!!
Simi Valley (CA) showed up big at the Clovis Invitational, winning with 60 points and the 6th fastest total team time average on the course! (Photo by Bob Binnie)
New York, New York!! Manhattan was just as exciting on the boys side as three elite harriers battled to the finish. US #14 Tony Russell (West Chester Henderson PA) led the charge!
The Manhattan Invite certainly lived up to the billing with top individuals and teams continuing to show their stuff. Kennedy Weisner (Elk County Catholic) ran #8 all-time on the course at 14:09.7 to take the win and move to #13 in the US. (Photo by Don Rich)
MileSplit would like to thank Kane Baker for helping to put Wisconsin High School T&F and XC onto the national stage.
Here is a recap of last week's High School XC meets in Wisconsin - 10/1 - 10/5.
Milesplit and Flotrack have partnered to broadcast the 28th Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Roy Griak Invitational is one of the most competitive early season cross country competitions nationwide. The meet will be live streamed via eight cameras on Flotrack.org for all Flotrack Pro subscribers.
Milesplit and Flotrack have partnered to broadcast the 28th Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Let the excitement begin!
MileSplit and Flotrack have partnered to broadcast the 28th Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Roy Griak Invitational is one of the most competitive early season cross country competitions nationwide.
Congrats to Brookfield Central Senior, Elizabeth Flatley for clocking the 2nd fastest time for the 4000 Meter Run in the country so far this 2013 XC season. (via www.brookfieldnow.com)
Algoma’s Kennedy Blahnik cemented her status as a Wisconsin preps track and field legend with three-peat state titles and new state championship records in the Division 3 discus and shot put events. (via www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
LA CROSSE — De Pere High School freshman Kylie Swiekatowski led a slew of qualifiers from the city schools in the WIAA Division 1 track and field state meet last week. Swiekatowski soared to third place in the girls pole vault at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. She was the top finisher among six girls who had a final clearance of 11 feet, 6 inches. Ashwaubenon senior Alex Flucke, the two-time defending state champion in the event, also cleared 11-6 and finished fifth. (via www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
LA CROSSE — When most track and field athletes finish competing, they put on their warmups, be it athletic shorts, sweatpants and sweatshirts, and so on. When Ozaukee senior Josh Werner finished his time on the Division 3 high jump at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships Saturday, he donned faded blue jeans with a leather belt, and his camouflage cap. (via www.sheboyganpress.com)
LA CROSSE — Elizabeth Pospyhalla crossed the finish for the final time as a high school track runner, and three teammates walked toward her with arms around each others’ shoulders. Then they embraced. An era had ended. (via www.wausaudailyherald.com)
LA CROSSE — Bonnie Draxler didn’t take in her usual haul of gold at the WIAA state track and field meet Saturday. Instead of leaving the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Memorial Field with two state championship medals around her neck for a third straight season, the Wrightstown junior was wearing three.Instead of leaving the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Memorial Field with two state championship medals around her neck for a third straight season, the Wrightstown junior was wearing three. (via www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
Results from the WIAA Track and Field Championships in La Crosse. Results appear with most recent events listed first, except for notable accomplishments. (via www.postcrescent.com)
The 118th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Track and Field Championships and the 43rd Girls Track and Field Championships will be h... (via www.wiaawi.org)
BOSCOBEL — Daniel Sweeney has a few more hurdles to cross before calling an end to his high school sports career. Sweeney, a lanky senior at Wisconsin Dells High School, became the Chiefs’ only qualifier for the WIAA Division 2 state track and field meet on Saturday, thanks to his impressive performance in the Boscobel Sectional.(via Wiscnews.com)
A pair of Whitnall seniors are making sure their high school track careers end on the state’s biggest stage. Needing to place in the top three of their respective events to qualify for next week’s WIAA Division 1 State Track and Field State Meet, Meredith Heller and Sam Mentkowski erased all doubt by posting victories at the Wisconsin Lutheran Sectional on Thursday. (via Greenfield Patch' )
Two Greendale Panthers will be making return trips to next weekend’s WIAA State Track and Field Meet. Senior Chelsey Heiden will be finishing her prep career on the state’s grandest stage, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, after she took second in the 3,200-meter run at the Wisconsin Lutheran Sectional on Thursday. Heiden’s time of 11 minutes, 23.35 seconds was behind only Racine Horlick senior Ally Anich’s 11:15.16.
GOING TO STATE Area track and field athletes qualified for the WIAA state track and field meet, May 31-June 1 in La Crosse:(via www.wausaudailyherald.com)
Green Bay Preble High School honored a pair of Hall of Fame coaches on Saturday. They dedicated their track to the late Jack Drankoff and the field at Gauthier Stadium to Pat Prochnow. (via WLUK TV)
Prep track and field: Dells girls, boys seventh, eighth in Baraboo Frosh-Soph Invite : Wisconsin Dells Events
BARABOO — Much like all the other track and field teams in the area, the Wisconsin Dells High School boys and girls teams have freshmen and sophomore who shine as varsity competitors in every meet (via Wiscnews.com)
Kelli Klitzke (via madison.com)
This article is Wisconsin D2 High School Girls Honor Roll as of April 27, 2013
Portage Warriors senior’s early-season outside work pays off as he wins the discus at the McFarland Invitational, days after setting a school record in the event. (via madison.com)
Carl Hirsch, a senior at Brookfield Central, was selected as a 2013 scholar athlete by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Thirty-two scholar athlete finalists, both boys and girls, were chosen from among 750 seniors nominated by more than 375 high schools in the state. Hirsch, along with the other finalists, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 5 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer Bill Ferrario will speak at the ceremony. (via Brookfield Patch' property='og:site_name)
Prep track and field: New faces Ethan Moehn, Jester Weah have no trouble on big stage at WTFA meet : Prep-zone
The Monroe distance runner and Madison Memorial sprinter each post victories against elite competition at UW-Whitewater. (via madison.com)
If the 24 state championships in three sports don’t indicate the level of talent Bonnie Draxler has, the number of recruiting letters that have come through her family’s mailbox will. (via www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
This article is the Honor Roll as of March 26, 2013 for Wisconsin High School Boys Track & Field.
This article is Wisconsin High School Girls Honor Roll as of March 26, 2013
Diffee was a bright spot for his squad at the 76th annual Madison West Relays, a week after La Follette claimed the City Indoor title. Running without a full roster, though, the Lancers could not recapture last weekend’s magic, running to a 12th-place finish at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center. Stevens Point claimed the Class A title for the first time since 2010, edging two-time defending champion Hartland Arrowhead by three points. Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/high-school/track/prep-track-and-field-la-follette-s-chandler-diffee-bests/article_5a9338de-99b9-11e2-9668-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2PAszwdqQ. (via madison.com)
James Frederickson, Senior at Racine Case signs on to run distance for Lewis University (Romeoville, IL). James was a D1 State Qualifier in cross country and 1600m event. He also was the SEC Boys Individual Champion 2012 Cross Country and D1 Sectional Boys Individual Champion.
Athlete: Valerie Thames High School: Milwaukee Riverside University Division: 1 Plans 2013-14: Southern University [Baton Rouge, LA] Events: Hurdle and sprint relay athlete Full Story on www.wisconsintrackonline.com...
MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It has nothing to do with lumber, but there is a 2x4 relay team on a Wisconsin girls track team that is playing pretty hard to catch! The girls who comprise the 1600 meter relay team at Riverside High School have a lot in common. First of all, they can fly — having set a record at state last year. Secondly, they are unified in seeking to improve their time this year. “We’re trying to work hard and beat our title right now, and set a new record,” Helen Thames said. The lead-off runner in the record books is Angel Malone. Number two is Helen Thames. Number three: Valerie Thames, and the anchor runner is Crystal Malone.... (via FOX6Now.com)
Prep track and field preview: 2013 Wisconsin Dells teams chasing new heights : Wisconsin Dells Events
Mace, Metcalfe lead talented girls squad; boys team depends on youth to climb out of South Central Conference cellar. (via Wiscnews.com)
State Qualifier in the Long Jump, Micaela Creighton of South Milwaukee High School signs with Auburn track and field program for the 2014 season.
November 24, 2012 - Live Interviews following Foot Locker's Midwest Regional in Kenosha, WI Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, IN - 1st place with new FL Midwest Course Record of 16:54 Taylor Werner of Sainte Genevieve, MO - 2nd place in 17:08 for Girls Seeded Race Jake Leingang of Bismarck, ND - 1st place in Boys Seeded race in 14:56 Sam Wharton of Tipp City, OH - 2nd place in 14:56 for Boys Seeded Race Nick Raymond of Erie, MI - 3rd place in 15:02 for Boys Seeded Race Samuel Prakel of Versailles, OH - 6th place with time of 15:04 in Boys Seeded Race Girls Seeded Championship Race Footage Girls Seeded Race PICS - link here Boys Seeded Championship Race Footage Boys Seeded Race PICS - Link here Freshman / Sophomore Boys Race Pics
Foot Locker Midwest Regional Coverage - GIRLS SEEDED RACE Michiwaka, IN Sophomore, Anna Rohrer wins Foot Locker's Midwest Regional CC Championships in new FLMW course record of 16:54 at the UW-Parkside National Course in Kenosha, WI. Results Below Girls Seeded Race Championship Footage Link to Girls Seeded Race PICS here Link to Interviews with Winner Anna Rohrer and 2nd place Taylor Werner
Foot Locker Midwest Regional Coverage - BOYS SEEDED RACE North Dakota's Jake Leingang outsprints Ohio's Sam Wharton for a 14:56 win of Foot Locker's Midwest Regional CC Championships in Kenosha, WI. Results Below Boys Seeded Race Championship Footage Link to Boys Seeded Race PICS here Link to Interviews with 1st place Jake Leingang, 2nd place Sam Wharton, 3rd place Nick Raymond and 6th place Sam Prakel.
Foot Locker Midwest Regional Coverage - Freshman / Sophomore Boys Race Link to Fr / So Boys Race PICS here Results Below
Kenosha, Wis., November 20, 2012– 275 Wisconsin high school athletes are slated to compete at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional race on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. Several high school runners are returning to yet again compete against some of the best runners in the region for a coveted spot in the national finals.
Alexandria Fons Competes at Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional Kenosha, Wis., November 20, 2012– Alexandria Fons will compete at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional race on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. Alexandria Fons of Franklin, WI, returns to compete against some of the best runners in the region for a coveted spot in the national finals. Fons, a senior, placed 15th in last year’s national race.
The Wayne E. Dannehl course is a dedicated cross country course on the west side of the UW-Parkside campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It has hosted every Foot Locker Midwest regional ever held, as well as 27 NAIA Championships (22 straight from 1981 to 2002). It’s a classic midwestern course, not far from Chicago and very close to the Lake Michigan shore. The start is in a wide clearing, which gradually narrows and eventually becomes just a tunnel through the trees. The course is rolling, and the university course maps even include an elevation profile. This is not a great course for spectators; the sylvan nature of the course makes it difficult to see much of the race. It is, however, the place where every midwestern high schooler with big-time dreams has come to run since 1979. A course preview video, again from Flotrack: Full Story on The Track & Field Superfan Blog...
Open for a prediction of the Nike Cross Regionals - Heartland (11/11) qualifiers to Nike Cross Nationals
WAY TO GO, ARROWHEAD GIRLS!!! Heartland (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin) 1. Arrowhead (WI) 2. Neenah (WI) 3. Eagan (MN) 4. Wayzata (MN) 5. Dowling Catholic (IA) 6. East Ridge (MN) 7. Rapid City Central (SD) 8. St. Thomas Aquinas (KS) 9. Bishop Carroll (KS) 10. Brookfield Central (WI)
Benton High School - Benton, WI Number of years coaching: 31 years coaching high school Track and Field. At a glance: In the 1980’s, Coach Paul Raley lead a strong track program at Benton High School before leaving to pursue other job opportunities. The program that he championed eventually folded, so when he retired from teaching he returned to Benton High School to revive the program that he loved so dearly. For the first four years, he funded the program on his own and continues to work for free as the volunteer head coach. Now as he faces his own personal medical struggles, he continues to coach as much as possible, so he can pass his joy of running and coaching advice onto his athletes.
PREVIEW 2012 Boys Cross Country High School Runners to watch, rankings in Metro Milwaukee - JSOnline
RUNNERS TO WATCH in this fall season of Cross Country from Metro Milwaukee's high school teams (via www.jsonline.com)
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. ESPN's High School 2012 Wisconsin Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year Winner: Carl Hirsch
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. ESPN's High School 2012 Wisconsin Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year Winner: Kennedy Blahnik
Name: Matt Williams School: Waunakee Year: Senior Sports: Track and field, football, basketball Track and field highlights: Matt was a four-time letterwinner and a three-time state qualifier competing in the triple jump and long jump. As a senior, he placed fifth at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump. A team captain, he was also named the team’s Most Valuable Performer. He was a four-time individual conference champion – winning the long jump and triple jump his senior year -- and a member of two conference team championships. He also competed at state in the triple jump as a junior and in the long jump as a sophomore.
Haley Johnson finished her career at Plymouth High School as the only female runner in the area in at least the last 17 years to accomplish two things. First, she broke the 11-minute barrier in the 3,200 — first at the WIAA Division 1 State Meet last year and then again this year — to win state gold in her senior season. Second, she became the only runner in area history to break 5 minutes in the 1,600 with a time of 4:58.60 — good for third place at State. The Sheboygan Press All-Area Athlete of the Year helped lead a strong Panthers showing at State along with fellow seniors Niki Rhyan and Jenni Rathsack. Johnson won the 3,200 on Day 1 while Rhyan took home gold in the 800 on Day 2 in 2:13.80, which is the fastest time in at least 17 years in that event. The trio led Plymouth to a second-place finish as a team, the area's best team finish in Division 1 ever.
It was a great 2011-2012 in both cross country and track across the Badger State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.
Four local prep track and field standouts competed for Team Wisconsin in the 14th annual Midwest Senior Spotlight track and field meet on Saturday. The meet is an invitation-only all-star meet for the best seniors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Fifty-five athletes from Team Wisconsin took part in the competition, which was hosted by the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. Jessie Reineck of Fox Valley Lutheran ran the final leg on three relay teams, two of which took first place in the girls competition. The 400-meter relay team took first in 49.51 seconds, the 800 relay took first in 1:44.89 and the 1,600 relay took second in 4:00.38, just behind the winning team from Iowa (4:00.36). Brett Pozolinski of Kimberly took sixth in the triple jump and seventh in the high jump in the boys’ competition. He jumped 43 feet, six inches in the triple jump and 6-4 in the high jump. AJ Scarbrough of Team Illinois won the triple jump with a leap of 46-11½. Logan Hovie of Neenah competed in the high jump and took eighth, one spot behind Pozolinski with a jump of 6-2. Kevin Spejcher of Team Illinois won the event with a jump of 6-10.
JOLIET, Ill. — Tessa Thurs continued her remarkable spring at the Senior All-Star Spotlight meet at St. Francis University this past weekend. The meet features senior athletes from Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Thurs, who won the 100 and 300 hurdles, respectively, and the triple jump, won the 400 hurdles at the all-star meet in 1 minute, 5.0 seconds, won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 2 1/4 inches, and took third in the triple jump (35-10 1/2) and 100 hurdles (16.02). For good measure, Thurs, who is headed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the fall, teamed with some fellow Wisconsin athletes to finish second in the 1600 relay. In another outstanding performance, Wausau West’s Sarah Poirier, headed to Marquette, dominated the 3200-meter field, winning in 11:25.94, more than 40 seconds ahead of second place.
Shortly after she won her third state title this month, a reporter asked Milwaukee Bradley Tech standout Elexis Fuller-Stewart if she could have pictured a better end to her high school career. "Having a team behind me, yeah," she said. "It would have been a lot better than to be by myself." Indeed the 2012 season was an adjustment for the senior who for the previous three seasons was a part of state championship and record-setting teams. Instead of being a cog in the machine this year, she was a one-person wrecking crew. The Journal Sentinel's track and field athlete of the year brought home three state titles, winning the 100 and 200 meters in Division 1 and repeating as the 100 high hurdle champion. And she did it all while nursing hip and knee injuries that appeared to hamper her production. The 100 and 100 hurdles is a combination rarely seen because the races are run back to back. At state, Fuller-Stewart had about 20 minutes between the events. That, however, was a piece of cake compared to the regional meet, where she had preliminary heats in the 100 and 200 and finals in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles, or the state indoor, where she had to run three heats of the 55 and 55 hurdles to win titles. Despite the unique challenge and her nagging injuries, Fuller-Stewart dominated...
More than 50 of Wisconsin’s finest track and field athletes competed in Saturday's 14th annual Midwest Senior Spotlight Track and Field meet, held at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. Here are results for those standout seniors sent to represent Wisconsin at this Midwest regional meet: http://www.wistca.org/spotlight/2012results.htm
LA CROSSE -- Tyler Schwartzman experienced the lowest of lows and the highest of highs Saturday at the WIAA state track and field meet. Seeded second in the 110 hurdles in the Division 3 competition Schwartzman was disqualified. The Tri-County junior redeemed himself in the 300 hurdles, winning the state title in 39.94 seconds, edging Marathon's Cody Ewert and giving him three medals for the weekend. "I was even more determined in the 300s after how disappointed I was after the 100s," said Schwartzman, who was also on the Penguins' fifth-place 800 relay team and earned a bronze in the triple jump on Friday. "This was my first state championship and I want to come back and do it again next year."
Boys Track: Brook East wins WIAA State T&F Championships While Brookfield East (39 points) beat out La Crosse Central (35) for the WIAA State Track & Field Championship on Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, perhaps the biggest surprise was the third-place finish by coach Mark Pulkownik's Brookfield Central team. "What a great weekend the athletes had," Pulkownik said. "To finish third was a great accomplishment for the kids that went to state and to finish with a state record (3,200 relay) as well. It was truly a state meet to remember." (See separate story on Carl Hirsch and the 3,200 relay team.) Three competitors who competed but didn't score in their individual events were junior Elliot Yanasak and seniors Nick Petersson and Amir Alwan. Petersson and Alwan were part of the record-setting 3,200 relay, however (see separate story). Yanasak finished 12th in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, 6 inches, while Petersson was 12th in the 3,200, finishing with a time of 9:38.25. Alwan finished 15th in the 800 (1:56.58).
Name: Leigha Hodge School: Madison La Follette Year: Senior Sports: Track and field, basketball, cross country, volleyball Track and field highlights: Leigha is a four-time letterwinner, competing as a sprinter in the 400 and the 400- and 800-meter relays. As a senior she qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state meet as a member of the 400- and 800-meter relays and was a team co-captain. The Lancers won Big Eight Conference and regional titles in the 400 and 800 relays and the sectional title in the 400 relay. She competed at state in the 3,200 relay as a junior and the Lancers finished ninth. She also competed in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore and the 400 and 800 relays as a freshman. She was voted the team’s Most Valuable Performer as a sophomore and Top Sprinter as a junior and freshman.
It was a dominant performance by an exceptionally talented group of runners. Not only that, it set a new state record in the process. At Friday's WIAA state track and field championships in La Crosse, the Neenah High School girls’ 3,200-meter relay team powered their way to victory. It was the second consecutive state title for the Neenah foursome of Alison Parker, Claire Knaus, Jessica Parker and Jennifer Parker. The Rockets demolished the rest of the state field in the Division 1 3,200 relay by setting the state record with a time of 9:00.42. Their closest competitor was Arrowhead with a time of 9:19.48, more than 19 seconds behind Neenah’s mark. “We knew we wanted to do it this year,” Knaus said. “We’ve come so close in other state meets of almost making it. There were no second chances this year. We were going to come out and do the best we could do, with no regrets. And I think we accomplished that.” All four splits are essential in a relay, but Knaus knew she had to get the Rockets off to a solid start. Neenah came in with a modest seed time of 9:55.15, but windy conditions in last week’s sectionals skewed many of the times.
LA CROSSE — As he accepted congratulations from teammates and competitors after winning the boys 800-meter run at the WIAA state Division 2 track and field meet on Friday, Monroe sophomore Ethan Moehn appeared stunned. With good reason. Showing poise beyond his years, Moehn ran the perfect race, eclipsing a talented field that included the defending state champion and breaking the state record of 1 minute, 54.30 seconds set by Waunakee’s Mike Raemisch in 1986. When Moehn saw his time of 1:54.00, he knew precisely the significance of the moment. “To hold that for 25 years, it’s a great record,” he said. “I hope it holds up 25 more.” Moehn eclipsed his previous best time by 2.65 seconds.
New WIAA State Meet Records » The Edgar girls set a state record in the 400 and 1,600 relays, breaking both marks that the program set in 2010. » University Lake School senior Molly Seidel won the Division 3 girls 3,200 for the fourth consecutive year and did so in a division record time of 10:21.93 » The Neenah girls 3,200 relay team of Clarie Knaus, Jennifer Parker, Jessica Parker and Aliscon Parker set a state Division 1 record with a time of 9:00.42. The previous mark of 9:03.38 was held by Marinette since 1994. » Two-time state champion Alex Flucke of Ashwaubenon and Arrowhead's Cami Gilson, the Division runner-up, both tied the state pole vault record with a height of 12-6. Ashwaubenon's Ashley Alme also reached that height in 2003. » Algoma's senior Zach Blahnik won the Division 3 boys discus with a throw of 175-6, and his sister, Kennedy, a sophomore, set a mark in winning the girls shot put in 47-11.0.
Friday saw many student-athletes from Northcentral Wisconsin bring home the hardware at the State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse. Champions include Kyle Schueller of Edgar, Darren Hudziak, and Jena Heidman of Edgar. Top finishers as well as a plethora of other sFond du Lac High School had three top-10 finishes from athletes at the first day of the WIAA Division 1 State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse. The best Fondy finish came from senior discus thrower Emily Riese, who threw 123 feet, 11 inches for fourth place. Riese was the top seed going into the event with a qualifying mark of 129-7. Madison Memorial’s Corinne Franz won with a 137-4 toss. Riese will compete on Saturday in the shot put along with senior Shavana Talbert, who is the event’s top seed. The Cardinals got two ninth places from other individual girls competitors.andouts took part in the D2 and D3 portion of Friday's meet.
Friday saw many student-athletes from Northcentral Wisconsin bring home the hardware at the State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse. Champions include Kyle Schueller of Edgar, Darren Hudziak, and Jena Heidman of Edgar. Top finishers as well as a plethora of other standouts took part in the D2 and D3 portion of Friday's meet.
LA CROSSE, Wis. --The Platteville girls 4x800-meter relay team once again put on a performance that will be hard to forget, and in doing so, nearly broke the state meet record. The relay team featuring senior Tricia Serres, juniors Laura Donovan and Julia Lawinger, and newcomer freshman Allie Serres came 17 one hundredths of a second of breaking the record, while coming from behind for a first-place finish that drew the attention of the entire Veterans Memorial Stadium at the WIAA state track and field meet Friday afternoon.
Blahnik won his first state title in the discus and did it in record fashion, throwing the disc 175 feet, 6 inches. The previous record was 175-3 by Wild Rose's Jeremiah Rolfs (1999). Neehah Girl's 3200 Meter Relay also sets Division 1 State Record. The Rockets relay team won the event by 19 seconds and all four runners return next season.
LA CROSSE — Two weeks ago, there was no certainty this day would come for Kennedy Blahnik. A WIAA Division 3 shot put and discus champion as a freshman, the Algoma standout sophomore sat in a doctor's office the day after the Algoma regional not knowing if her season would be over after a meniscus tear in her left knee. Although Blahnik initially was told she wouldn't be able to compete in the throws at sectionals or state, she was cleared in time to defend her titles at this weekend's WIAA state track and field meet at Veterans Memorial Stadium.