WIAA track roundup: Locals fare well at State

WIAA track roundup: Locals fare well at State

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WIAA track roundup: Locals fare well at State

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LA CROSSE

Rachel Winter had a plan, and it worked.

The Manitowoc Lutheran junior started off strong and finished with just enough to take fourth place in the Division 2 400-yard race at the WIAA Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse.

The goal to put up personal bests on the track was mostly thrown out the window thanks to a strong wind into the start-finish line.

Of course, Winter’s time of 1:00.47 was a mere fraction from her top, 1:00.24. But this is State, and high placement is the goal.

“I set up faster than I usually do,” said Winter. “Started strong, and then hit the wind.”

Winter said instead of practicing the 400 this week, she worked on the first 200 to get a stronger-than-usual start.

That strategy worked, as Winter was part of the lead pack from start to finish, finishing just .98 seconds behind winner Elizabeth Posphyalla of Edgar.

“It’s good,” said Winter of her finish. “I’m hoping to have another good one in me (today).

Later Friday, Winter qualified for today’s 200 dash finals by taking ninth in qualifying, at 27.21.

Also for Lutheran, senior Sara Herzog squeaked into the finals of the 300 hurdles, taking 10th in 50.16. The top 10 advanced to today’s finals.

DIVISION 2

200 — Kiel freshman Kayla Lallensack finished 16th in her first taste of State (28.52).

DIVISION 1

200 — Manitowoc Lincoln sophomore Sidney Reindl finished 23rd in a tough field, running in 27.59.

BOYS DIVISION 2

Ashton Novy was seeded first in the Division 2 pole vault field at Friday’s WIAA State Track and Field Championships.

His sectional leap of 14 feet led the field. But the wind was a-blowing, consistent and strong, during competition at UW-La Crosse. As one could imagine, vaulting through the air bothered many of the competitors. The event became up for grabs.

Novy battled through, and his successful attempt of 13-9 wound up being good for third place, putting him on the medal stand.

Cason Cleveland of Edgerton and Colton Sorensen of Unity each jumped 14 feet.

DIVISION 2

3,200 relay — Valders finished seventh in the final heat and ninth overall, in 8:15.43. The team consisted of sophomore Derek Doescher and seniors Joey Kinscher, Joey Krizek and Michael Evans.

200 — Kiel junior Aaron Field did not qualify for the finals, finishing in 14th in 23.81.

DIVISION 3

3200 relay — Manitowoc Lutheran’s foursome of senior Kane Neubauer, freshman Reuben Vogt, senior Connor Rehbein and senior Philip Kran finished 15th in 8:40.78.

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