Lourdes Academy’s Abby Moore and Nora Keller will each be returning from the WIAA State Track and Field Meet with more than they originally brought to La Crosse.
Moore and Keller both picked up state medals as they finished back-to-back in the Division 3 1,600-meter run on Friday.
The teammates pushed each other throughout the race and were only separated by a couple hundredths of a second, as Moore finished fourth (5:22.66) while Keller fifth (5:22.91). Keller was the third seed in the race.
“I felt pretty good,” Moore said. “I started a lot slower than what I’m used to but that was probably because of the wind. I knew I had to go to pass the kickers so I just went for it.”
It was worth it, because without her late push, Keller wouldn’t have placed right behind her.
“Abby did an excellent job getting me through that last lap,” Keller said. “The wind was brutal but I’m glad I hung in there and I’m proud of my finish.”
It’s not the first time the two have had this type of finish.
In last year’s 3,200 meters, Moore finished third and Keller was fourth as each picked up medals as well.
Another Knight didn’t fare so well on Friday, as Dylan Sommerfeld failed to record a distance in his first three discus attempts and didn’t advance to the finals.
Sommerfeld was seeded first in the event but scratched on all three preliminary attempts.
In the Division 2 1,600 meters, Berlin’s Kinsey Harmon contributed points as the junior finished seventh in the 1600 with a time of 5:14.22.
Harmon also finished seventh last year and was eighth as a freshman.
Berlin’s Jenna Horn finished 11th in the long jump with her best jump measuring 16-feet, 7½-inches.
In the Division 2 discus, Ripon’s Trevor Robichaud finished 11th with a throw of 146-4.
In Division 1, Oshkosh West’s Hunter Markee finished in a tie for 10th place after clearing 6-feet-2.