LA CROSSE, Wis. – The 2023 State Boys and Girls Track & Field Championships produced eight team champions and 118 event champions at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex Saturday.
Arrowhead and Stevens Point shared the Division 1 boys team championship by accumulating 47 points. In Division 2, Lakeside Lutheran earned the title with 45 points with Shorewood finishing runner-up with 43 points. Shiocton was the team champion in Division 3 with 38 points, six points more than runner-up Athens with 32. Marquette won the boys wheelchair team championship with 32 points, and Marathon was second with 30 points.
DeForest won the Division 1 girls team title with 46 points, and Muskego came in second with 41.5 points. Osceola won the girls Division 2 crown, finishing with 50 points, and Rice Lake placed second with 43 points. In Division 3, Fall Creek captured the team title with 55 points with Chequamegon and Lancaster finishing a distant second with 28 points. Turner won the girls wheelchair team championship with 40 points, and Sparta was runner-up with 24 points.
The meet was highlighted by a number of record performances with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s. In the Division 1 boys competition, Bryce Ruland of Waterford shattered the record in the discus with the toss of 201-11, eclipsing the mark of 193-3 that held since 1993. Aaron Cummings of Hartford won the pole vault at a record height of 16-8, which was seven inches higher than the former record of 16-1. Emmanuel Johnson of Racine Park leaped 7-1 in the high jump, breaking the record of 7-0 that had held since 1992.
There were three boys records set in Division 2. Kaden Rambatt of Big Foot posted a height of 15-2 in the pole vault, which is one inch higher than the previous mark, and Jacob Abel of Waupun leaped to a record in the long jump at 24-3 ¼, eclipsing the former record of 23-8 3/4. The Denmark 400-meter relay consisting of Simon Alexander, Jaycob Dittmer, Nolan Perry and Ethan Ovsak ran to a time of 42.11, surpassing the former record of 42.48.
Six records were set by girls in Division 2. Luciana Aizpurua raced to the record in the 100 dash with a time of 11.85, eclipsing the former record time of 11.95. Delea Martins of Shorewood set the new mark in the 200 dash with a time of 24.34, bettering the old record of 24.63. Eliana Sheplee broke her own record of 55.37 with a time of 55.25 in the 400 dash, and Elletta Uddin of Osceola finished the 300 hurdles in 43.56, which betters the previous record of 43.61. In the shot put, Megan Schultz recorded a throw of 49-2 ½, which is more than a foot farther than the previous mark of 47-8 ½. Ayianna Johnson of Jefferson set the record in the discus with a toss of 154-2, which eclipsed the former record of 153-11.
Five records were set by boys in Division 3. Landon Deneen of Shell Lake set the new standard in the 400 dash in a time of 48.00, which is .32 of a second faster than the former record pace. JJ Williams of Glenwood City completed the 800 in a time of 1:51.97, which is more than two seconds faster than the previous record of 1:54.29. Cade Stingle of Shiocton cleared the 110 high hurdles in a time of 14.38, breaking the record previous set at 14.50. Jordan Gaffney of Grantsburg went a quarter inch farther in the long jump than the previous record holder in Division 3 with a leap of 23-6 3/4. The former record was set 53 years ago. In addition, the Regis 800 relay consisting of Ian Andrews, Alex Figy, Evrett Tait and Carson Tait broke the former record of 1:28.88 with their time of 1:28.51 in the event.
Autumn Michalski of Chequamegon established a new Division 3 record in the 800 run with her time of 2:12.13, which eclipsed the former record time of 2:13.11.
There were a number of individuals that were champions in multiple events, including one four-event champion and two three-event champions. Rachel Cleaver of Turner captured the gold medal in the wheelchair 400, 800 and 1,600 races as well as the shot put. She became the most decorated girl wheelchair athlete with 10 State titles in her career. Eliza Aitken of West De Pere won the girls Division 1 pole vault and was a member of the winning 800 and 1,600 relays, and Nathan Cumberbatch of Shorewood won the boys 400 and 800 runs as well as being a member of the gold medal 1,600 relay team.
There were also 28 events in the meet that had former champions add their third gold medal to their collection in their respective events, including Cumberbatch, who did it in both the 400 and 800 runs; Sheplee in the Division 1 girls 400 dash; Nora Gremban of Northland Pines in the Division 1 girls 1,600 run; Brooklyn Sandvig of Chippewa Falls in the Division 1 girls 400 dash; and Cleaver in the wheelchair girls shot put.
Boys Results: Team | Div. 1 Individual | Div. 2 Individual | Div. 3 Individual
Girls Results: Team | Div. 1 Individual | Div. 2 Individual | Div. 3 Individual
Wheelchair: Team | Individual