LA CROSSE – When Fond du Lac’s Annie Moore and Ally Gietzel found out they would be running together in the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet, they were ecstatic.
It’s something they are used to, in both practice and cross country in the fall.
Both competed in the same section in the 800 finals Friday, and Gietzel used a last charge to finish 11th while Moore was right behind her in 15th.
Gietzel ran a time of 2:20.57 while Moore finished in 2:21.94.
“It was what we expected, everyone started out fast and running our pace so it was really close the entire time,” Moore said of the 800. “I really like it because I like having another teammate with me to warm up with and push me in the race, which we did in cross country all of the time.”
Gietzel, a freshman, used Moore to help her come up with one last charge in the race as she cut off three seconds from her seed time.
“I thought it was a great experience because it was my first time at the state meet,” Gietzel said. “The atmosphere … everyone just runs their best and it pushes me.”
Moore also competed in the 1,600 finals, finishing 16th with a time of 5:14.13.
“I didn’t have a lot of expectations place wise, it was more of a time based,” Moore said of the 1,600. “I was happy with the time.”
Fondy’s Peter Andrew finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 53-03.5. He had the second highest seed entering the event. Andrew will compete in the discus Saturday.
Teammate Jason Toshner also competed in the shot put, finishing 11th with a throw of 50-08.25.
Alyssa Mertes was the other Cardinal to compete in Friday’s finals. Mertes finished 18th in the pole vault, clearing a height of 10-feet.
It may not have been the finish she was hoping for, but she was happy to end her career at state.
“I was a little disappointed, I wish I would have gotten 10-6,” Mertes said. “It was cool being a senior and making it to state, so I’m just happy I did that.”
Alex Wolf writes for Oshkosh Northwestern Media