LA CROSSE – The Edgar boys relay teams and Athens’ Caden Decker picked up gold medals and state titles at the 2021 WIAA Division 3 State Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Thursday.
Among the other Central Wisconsin participants, the Edgar boys won three relay titles and Athens’ Caden Decker earned a gold medal in the boys pole vault (13-9).
Edgar won six state medals in all as it finished second in the team standings behind La Crosse Aquinas.
Austin Dahlke, Konnor Wolf, Drew Guden and Kyle Brewster won the 400 relay in 43.44 seconds; Guden, Wolf, Ayden Weisenberger and Brewster took first in the 800 relay (1:31.06); and Kohlbe Weisenberger, Guden, Ayden Weisenberger and Dahlke won the 1,600 relay in 3:28.89, for the Wildcats.
Dahlke also grabbed two individual medals, finishing second in the 200 meters in 23.23 seconds, and fifth in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 5 inches.
Wolf snagged a medal in the boys 110-meter hurdles, taking sixth in 16.29 seconds. He also finished ninth in the triple jump (42-4¾).
The Edgar girls earned two medals as well. The 400 relay team of Rachel Brewster, Ella Morse, Amber Skrzypcak and Morgan Schnelle took fourth in 50.73 seconds, and the 1,600 relay team of Brewster, Morse, Makenna Guden and Schnelle was sixth in 4:14.63.
Schnelle finished 14th in the long jump (15-5¼) and 12th in the 100-meter preliminaries, and Brewster took 12th in the 300 hurdles (49.57) for the Edgar girls.
Decker won the boys pole vault with a vault of 13 feet, 9 inches, to earn a gold medal for Athens.
Also medaling for the Bluejays was Dana Felzkowski, who tied for sixth in the girls pole vault (9-6). Aiden Guralski also competed in the boys pole vault and finished 11th (12-0).
Savannah Schley earned two medals for Loyal, taking second in the girls 400 meters in 59.47 seconds and fourth in the 800 in 2:21.16. She also finished 11th in the 100-meter prelims and didn’t qualify for the finals.
Also competing for the Loyal girls were Aubre Robida (16th in the 100 prelims), Maragaret Reis in the pole vault (tied for 14th, 8-6), and the 400 relay team of Leah Scherer, Sheila Tellock, Robida and Alyssia Zvolena (seventh, 51.26).
Spencer junior Leah Zastrow earned a silver medal in the girls pole vault. Although she tied the state meet record with a vault of 11 feet, 9 inches, it wasn’t enough as Raegen Sorenson of Unity shattered the old mark with a vault of 12-3.
Zastrow, who won a sixth-place medal in the 100-meter hurdles at state two years ago as a freshman, finished 10th this year in 17.44 seconds.
Connor Clark, the lone Spencer boy to qualify for state, did not record a height in the pole vault.
Pittsville’s Savannah Frederick won a fifth-place medal in the girls discus with a throw of 110 feet, 6 inches. Julia Redmond took 10th in the girls 200 (27.91), Sara Lacoursiere was 13th in the girls 300 hurdles (50.56), and Jordan Denniston was ninth in the boys high jump (6-0) as well for the Panthers.
Auburndale had one girl and one boy qualify in individual events, and three boys relay team also compete at state. None earned top-six state medals.
Aliah Hamus was 14th in the girls pole vault (8-6) and Terrance Cottrell-Roberson took 14th in the boys 100-meter preliminaries (11.89), failing to qualify for the finals.
The Auburndale 1,600-meter boys relay team of Parker Empey, Charles Jewell, Carl Lundgren and Gavin White Eagle finished eighth in 3:36.76, the top finish among the three Eagles’ relay teams.
Empey, Austin Quinlan, White Eagle and Cottrell-Roberson finished 11th in both the 400 relay (45.69) and 800 relay (1:34.95).
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption’s lone state qualifier, Ainara Sainz de Rozas, finished eighth in the girls 3,200 meters in 12:04.97.
Among Colby’s seven state meet entries, one earned a medal, as Chase Oehmichen finished fifth in the boys 1,600 meters in 4:34.39. He also took ninth in the 800 in 2:03.15.
Caden Healy was ninth in the boys long jump (20-9½), Trinity Severson finished ninth in the girls 300 hurdles (48.77), Willow Oehmichen finished 10th in the girls pole vault (9-0), Malayna Rieck took 10th in the girls shot put (35-10½), and the girls 3,200 relay team of Oehmichen, Mercedes Sarkkinen, Daisy Feiten and Severson finished ninth in 10:17.72.
Stevens Point Pacelli’s two relay teams competing at the state meet did not earn a medal. The girls 1,600 relay team of Casey Vaughan, Maggie Hahn, Maya Kunze and Emily Trizinski took 12th in 4:21.46, and the boys 3,200 relay team of Jay Engebretson, Sam Carpenter, Adam Eiden and Gabe Hoerter took 10th in 8:45.11.
Marathon had five top-10 finishes, but no state medals.
Hope Krautkramer took eighth in the girls shot put (36-7¼) and 10th in the discus (103-6), Michael Kindlarski was ninth in the boys 110-meter hurdles (17.58), and the boys 400 relay team of Jared Sweno, Matt Vandeboom, Sam Dick and Mathew Annis was eighth in 44.86. Brett Gertschen took 10th in the discus (139-2) and 14th in the shot put (40-10¾).
Abbotsford’s Marcus Bohl took 11th in the boys discus (134-0) and Ty Falteisek was 15th in the boys 400 (53.31), and Greenwood’s Ashtin Palms finished 15th in the boys 300 hurdles (46.01).