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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.
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.
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.
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.