WIAA 2024 State Championships Day 1 Top Performances


Welcome to our comprehensive recap of the Wisconsin State Track and Field Championships! This article brings you the highlights of the exceptional performances that defined this year's meet. From lightning-fast sprints to loaded distance events, from gravity-defying jumps to record-breaking throws, we've got all the thrilling moments covered. Join us in applauding the dedication, perseverance, and extraordinary talent of Wisconsin's top track and field athletes as they achieve their dreams and earn their state champion titles!


Ruland Beats Out Stiff Competition for D1 Discus Title

Waterford Union senior Bryce Ruland won his second straight D1 state title in the discus, capping off yet another undefeated season in the event. Ruland won with a throw of 212' 1", beating out Ben Smith by four feet, nine inches. With another throw over 210 feet, Ruland has now done that five times in his high school career, whereas no one else in Wisconsin state history has done it more than once. He has now won 26 straight discus titles dating back to April of 2022. 

His mark of 212' 1" beat his old #1 national mark this outdoor season of 210' 10" and he is the only boy nationally over 210 feet this season. 

2024 D1 Boys Discus Results
1Bryce Ruland212' 1"
2Ben Smith207' 4"
3Matthew Rusch188' 5"
4Andrew Baumgart187' 1"
5Hunter Sprangers181' 2"

Ciechano Joins Exclusive Pole Vault Club

Augustus Counard Ciechano won the D1 boys pole vault title a year after finishing as the runner-up and in the process became just the 7th boy in state history to pole vault over 16 feet. Ciechano finished with a mark of 16' 1", a six inch personal best and over two feet higher than his winning Sectional mark. He made his height on one attempt at heights of 14' 6", 15' 0" and 15' 6"; before taking two attempts at 15' 9" before clearing. He then hit 16' 1" on two attempts before bowing out at 16' 9" on three attempts. 

Ciechano is now the third Wisconsin pole vaulter to break that elusive 16 foot barrier this outdoor season, with Sam Crenshaw and Kaden Rambatt preceding him. Ciechano now ranks 5th all-time in Wisconsin for the pole vault. 

All-Time WI Boys PV Marks (Before Rambatt State Record)

1Glen Harold16' 9.25"
2Aaron Cummings16' 8"
3Sam Crenshaw16' 6"
4Kaden Rambatt16' 3"
5Augustus Counard Ciechano16' 1"


Charlize-Trinity McKenzie Avenges Runner-Up Finish from 2023

Standout Cedarburg sophomore Charlize-Trinity McKenzie avenged her runner-up finish from last year's state championships in the 800m, running a time of 2:08.20 to beat Abigail Sadler by almost two seconds. This was the opposite results from a year ago in which Sadler beat McKenzie for the title about about two-seconds.

This is a new WI #1 time this season by over two seconds, beating her old season best time of 2:10.23. It is also a new PR for McKenzie by a hundredth of a second, beating her time of 2:08.21 from the USATF U20 Championships last year. McKenzie now ranks 37th nationally this outdoor season and also ranks 4th overall in her class this season behind only Lily Alder, Gwen Hamilton and Abby Downin

Sophomore Girls Top 800m Times of 2024

1Lily Alder2:07.28
2Gwen Hamilton2:07.50
3Abby Downin2:08.03
4Charlize-Trinity McKenzie2:08.20
5Celia Schulte2:08.97


Cartier Smashes His PR, Enters Top-Ten All-Time

Andrew Cartier of De Pere, smashed his old personal best in the triple jump and moved from 16th all-time in the event up to 6th with one giant leap. Cartier won the boys D1 triple jump title with a jump of 48' 5.25" on his second attempt of the day and his first legal attempt. This beat his old PR of 47' 7" and makes him just the ninth boy in state history to jump over 48 feet. Cartier now ranks 19th nationally in the triple jump this outdoor season. 

All-Time WI Boys TJ Marks

1Cordell Tinch49' 2.25"
2James Carter Jr.49' 2"
3Josh Dixon49' 1.25"
4Victor Reynolds48' 11"
5Michael Cournia48' 6"
6Andrew Cartier48' 5.25"


Sadler Shines, Leads Team to Day 1 Lead

Abigail Sadler of Mount Horeb shined on the first day of the D1 State championships, taking home some hardware and leading Mount Horeb to a day 1 team lead. Sadler first ran in the 1600m, winning with a dominant time of 4:49.93 over Ella Ansschutz. This was just off her PR of 4:49.71 from earlier this season which ranks #9 all-time in Wisconsin. Sadler then came back a little bit later and finished as the runner-up in the 800m finals with a time of 2:10.13, just under two-seconds behind Charlize-Trinity McKenzie. This was a 1.5 second PR for Sadler, beating her old PR of 2:11.64 from her winning effort at last year's state championships. 

With her 1st and 2nd place finishes, Sadler scored all 18 of Mount Horebs points herself on day one. Their total of 18 points leads the way for the team race, with Neenah with 16 points just behind. 


Fouts Big PR Leads to Major Upset

It was the Lilie Fouts show in the Division 2 1600m race, with Fouts upsetting the three time defendign D2 state 1600m champion in Nora Gremban. Fouts finished the 1600m with a time of 4:49.05, just ahead of Gremban with a time of 4:50.97. This was a massive PR for Fouts, beating her old PR of 5:02.35. This moved Fouts from outside the top 100 times all-time in Wisconsin stat history, all the way up to 9th all-time in the 1600m.

All-Time WI Girls 1600m Times

1Roisin Willis4:41.46
2Brooke Novak4:43.20
3Jes Pedersen4:43.70
4Camille Davre4:46.40
5Kora Malecek4:46.46
6Samantha Valentin4:46.87
7Aubrey Roberts4:47.66
8Ashley Beutler4:48.37
9Lilie Fouts4:49.05
10Abigail Sadler4:49.71