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Friday, June 3, 2016

State Track & Field Concludes First Day

The first day of the State Track and Field Meet produced records and a number of champions repeating in their respective events.

The morning session featured Division 1 action under bright, sunny skies. After five finals, Middleton leads the boys’ team standings with 25 points. Kimberly is second with a score of 22, and Bay Port is next with 19.5 points.

Cole Van Lanen won his second championship in a row with a toss of 59-10 3/4 in the shot put.

De Pere leads the girls’ standings with 18 points, followed by Arrowhead with 17 and then Baraboo with 13.

Aubrey Roberts of Eau Claire Memorial set a record in the 3,200 run, winning her second straight title with a time of 10:13.68.  Kylie Swiekatowski of De Pere broke the pole vault record en route to her second consecutive championship at a height of 12-7.

The afternoon session featured Divisions 2 and 3 participants competing in warm, sunny conditions early in the session then rainy and cool weather by the middle of the session.

Freedom leads the boys’ Division 2 standings after the first day with 20 points. Wisconsin Lutheran is second with 14. Berlin is third with 13 points.

Kenny Bednarek of Rice Lake established a new record in the Division 2 400 dash in the prelims to advance to the finals with a time of 47.42.

Jefferson leads in the girls’ Division 2 team standings with 16 points. Five teams are tied for second with 10 points.

Tess Keyzers of Hayward won the Division 2 shot put for the second year in a row with a record throw of 47-3.  Alicia Monson of Amery successfully defended her title in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:40.10. Ja’Cey Simmons of Milwaukee Lutheran advanced to the finals in the 200 dash with a record time of 24.63 in the preliminaries.  A record-setting performance was also turned in by the Wittenberg-Birnamwood 1,600 relay. The quartet advances to the finals with a record time of 3:57.64 in the prelims.

Elmwood/Plum City and Cuba City share the girls’ Division 3 team lead with 14 points, and Iola-Scandinavia is third with 13 points.

Marathon is the Division 3 boys’ team leader with 18 points, and Unity is second with 11 points. Seven teams are tied for third with 10 points.

Kellen Kravik of Bangor repeated as the champion in the pole vault at a height of 15-0. Dakota Kauffman of Boscobel won his second straight crown in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:22.93, and Alex Idonije of Wayland Academy repeats as champion in the triple jump with a leap of 45-10 1/2.

Lauren Reesman of Catholic Central broke the record she set last year to win her second consecutive gold medal in the wheelchair shot put with a toss of 15-3 ½.

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