Top Events to Watch at the WI Indoor State Championships


Athletes from across the state will take to the oval and the field in Whitewater on Saturday hoping to earn coveted titles at the 2024 Wisconsin State Indoor Track & Field Championships.

That includes many defending champions and some of the states most experienced upperclassmen, as well as up-and-coming youth stars that have made an impression already in 2024.

PRs, meet records and even indoor Wisconsin state records could all potentially go down this weekend.

Continue below to read more on the top events to watch at the 2024 State Indoor Championships. 






Watch Charlize-Trinity McKenzie Run the 800m at adidas Track Nationals

Girls 800m
The 800m race at the 2024 Wisconsin State Indoor Track and Field Championships is set to be a thrilling battle between four top contenders. Charlize-Trinity McKenzie is one of the stars of the class of 2026 and the defending indoor state 800m champion. She owns  a personal best of 2:09.81 from February and will be considered the heavy favorite. She most recently ran a time of 2:12.54 at adidas Track Nationals, finishing as the runner-up. Sophia Bablitch, the 2023 D3 3200m outdoor state champion and runner-up in the 1600m, enters the race with a strong personal best time of 2:16.08 from just three weeks ago and is hitting her stride at the right time. Autumn Michalski, the 2023 D3 XC state champion and 800/1600m outdoor state champion, brings a wealth of experience and talent to the race, with a personal best of 2:18.96 indoors and a stellar outdoor PR of 2:12.13 from last year's state championships. Eliza Pfarr, who won the indoor state 1600m run in 2023, rounds out the top contenders with a personal best of 2:19.00. McKenziew ill be the favorite, but with such closely matched athletes behind her, the 800m race promises to be a tactical and exciting event, with each runner vying for the title of state champion.

Boys 1600m
The boys' 1600m race at the 2024 Wisconsin State Indoor Track and Field Championships is set to be a thrilling showdown, featuring three top contenders with incredibly close personal records. Bode Erickson, with a personal-best time of 4:19.14, has had a strong start to his season recently with a 1600m victory at Stevens Point and a near PR time of 4:22.56 at Oshkosh. His teammate Aloysius Franzen is hot on his heels, boasting a personal record of 4:19.37 and has burst onto the scene recently with two 4:19 performances at Oshkosh and Ripon. Franzen has quickly racked up the wins with four wins in March from the 800m distance to the 3200m. Charlie Vater, with a PR of 4:20.63, rounds out the trio of frontrunners. He will come in eager for a victory after finishing 2nd last year to Zachariah Vance. He has yet to compete this year, but has a strong track-record as a cross country runner and on the track. 

Girls Triple Jump
The girls' triple jump at the Wisconsin State Indoor Championships is set to feature a fierce competition between two standout athletes. Lily Taczala, with a jump of 38 feet 5 inches, enters the competition as a top contender. Known for her technique and consistency, Taczala will be looking to win her first major title. However, she faces stiff competition from Anisa Barnett, the 2023 D1 Triple Jump Champion, whose personal best jump is 39 feet 8 inches from earlier this season. Barnett has had an excellent indoor season, winning three triple jump titles and finishing 13th at Nike Indoor Nationals with a jump of 38 feet. With a couple of uber talented athletes in the field, the girls' triple jump promises to be a closely contested event, with each athlete pushing themselves to their limits in pursuit of victory.

Boys Pole Vault
The boys' pole vault event at the is shaping up to be a thrilling competition between two standout athletes. Sam Crenshaw, the 2023 State D3 outdoor champion, comes in with a personal best mark of 15 feet 9 inches and enters the competition as a strong favorite with a PR this season three inches higher than Rambatt. His consistent performance has led him to an undefeated indoor season with three wins in March and four total vaults over 15 feet this year (four of four meets). However, Kaden Rambatt is not to be overlooked, boasting a personal best mark of 15 feet 6 inches this year. Rambatt has only competed once in 2024 at the Nelson/Daniel's Classic, easily winning with a mark of 15' 6", two feet higher than the nearest competitor. With both athletes capable of clearing impressive heights, the boys' pole vault event promises to be a showcase of skill, determination, and athletic excellence.

Girls 60m Dash
The girls' 60m dash at the 2024 Wisconsin State Indoor Track and Field Championships is set to be a high-speed showdown between three top contenders. Annabelle Coudron leads the pack with a blistering personal best time of 7.75, showcasing her explosive speed with a spectacular indoor season that started back in December. Coudron currently ranks as the #3 60m runner in Wisconsin and the #1 200m runner. Hot on her heels is Charley Brinks, who boasts a personal best of 7.88 and is the top returner from last year's state indoor 60m race. Brinks recently started her season, but has started strong to the tune of four victories and an undefeated record. Lilly Wepking is also a serious contender, with a personal best time of 7.78 and a reputation for consistency and speed. She was the third place finisher at last years state indoor championships, just behind Brinks. With such closely matched athletes, the girls' 60m dash promises to be a thrilling race, with each runner pushing themselves to the limit in pursuit of victory.

Watch Michalski and Bablitch Run the 1600m at last year's state outdoor championships

Girls 1600m
The girls' 1600m race at the is set to be a thrilling competition, featuring a talented field of distance runners. Lily Kriegel stands out as the favorite, boasting an impressive personal best time of 5:01.49 indoors and a PR of 5:00.18 outdoors. Her speed and impressive endurance, being a sub 11 minute 3200m runner and sub 18 minutes 5K runner, make her a formidable opponent. She has however sparingly run any races in 2024, with her last coming in early February. She will however faces stiff competition from Eva Kuehn, who owns a PR of 5:02.76 from just two weeks ago and is undefeated in 2024. Autumn Michalski will also make a formidable opponent as since March 14th she has won six races at the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m distances, setting new PRs in all three events. She most recently set a new 1600m PR of 5:03.41 at the Marawood Conference Invitational on April 1st. Rounding out the fierce competition is Sophia Bablitch, who is also undefeated in 2024, with seven wins in the last three weeks alone. She most recently set impressive new PRs in the 800m (2:16.08) and 1600m (5:03.69) at the Rosholt-Webko-Politos Invitational. It is shaping up to be a top-notch race with the pedigree and talent these ladies hold.