Edgerton's Alex Schmidt captures D2 pole vault title

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Gazette staff
June 5, 2015

LA CROSSE--Alex Schmidt had a simple game plan heading into Friday's Division 2 boys pole vault competition at the WIAA state track and field meet at UW-La Crosse.

As the top seed coming into the state meet, the Edgerton High senior told himself to go big or go home.

Schmidt went big. He cleared 14 feet, 3 inches on his second attempt and went home a state champion.

“You just never know what can happen up at state, because in that one day all it takes is for one guy to do something special,” Schmidt said. “I wanted to make sure I was that guy.

“I didn't tie our school record (14-6), but it's still a great feeling. And none of this would've been possible without my coach, Kurt Muchow. He went above and beyond to work with me.”

Schmidt came into state as the top seed (14-0) in Division 2 and lived up to his billing. He cleared 13-6 and 13-9 on his first attempts but needed three vaults to clear 14-0. After clearing 14-3 on his second attempt, Schmidt just missed clearing 14-6, which would've tied former state champion Cason Cleveland's school record.

Milo Lingard of Madison Edgewood was second at 14-0. Whitewater's Keagen Stonewerth was fourth at 13-9.

Maurer third in discus

Logan Maurer came up just short in his bid to repeat as the Division 2 boys discus champion.

The Brodhead/Juda senior finished third Friday. Ryan Weber of Platteville won the event with a throw of 167-9, while Jefferson's Landon Ellingson was second at 167-3. Maurer was third at 165-5.

Miles Kilpin of East Troy was fifth with a throw of 159-6. The top six finishers in each event earn a podium spot.

Maurer gets another crack at defending a title today. Last year's shot put champ is seeded fifth entering today's competition.

Parker's Vance, 1,600 relay team advance to finals

Janesville Parker's 1,600-meter relay team kept its hopes alive Friday for a state medal.

The Vikings had the eighth-fastest time of the three qualifying heats and advanced to today's Division 1 finals. Parker's time was 3:21.76, while top-seeded Ashwaubenon had the top time at 3:17.23.

Parker's DJ Vance also advanced in the 200. The sophomore ran a 22.06 to qualify ninth. Maurice Simpson of of Milwaukee King has the top time at 21.55.

Janesville Craig's Ian Reinicke competes in triple jump today. The senior has the top qualifying jump at 45-10 and has finished third and fifth, respectively, the last two years at state in the event.

On the girls side …

East Troy's Hope Schneider was second in Division 2 girls high jump after clearing 5-5. Brooke Blazei of Martin Luther also cleared 5-5 but won with fewer misses.

Also in Division 2 girls competition, Edgerton freshman Ashlyn Oren finished fourth in long jump at 17-8.5. Nadia Williams of Mount Horeb won the event with a jump of 18-9.25.

Brodhead/Juda freshman Cora Purdue was fifth in the D2 800 with a time of 2:16.74. Allison Johnson of Clintonville won in 2:12.72. Orfordville Parkview's Camryn Burtness just missed the podium in the 800, finishing seventh.

In Division 1, Eva Laun-Smith of Beloit Memorial was fourth in triple jump. The sophomore went 38 feet, while Natisha Heideman of Green Bay Southwest won at 38-6.25.

Cami Davre broke one of the oldest girls Division 1 records Friday. The Whitefish Bay sophomore ran the 800 in 2:09.22, breaking the mark of 2:09.88 set by Suzy Favor of Stevens Point in 1985.


High school boys track and field

WIAA State Championships

Division 1

3200—Olin Hacker (Madison West), 9:00.86; Ryan Nameth (Verona), 9:07.30; Finn Gessner (LaFollette), 9:08.69; Robert Wagner (Pewaukee), 9:13.07; Patrick Treacy (Eau Claire Memorial), 9:15.14; Gus Newcomb (Middleton), 9:17.10.

3200 relay—Wisconsin Lutheran (Ben Bitter, Kyler Lueck, Drew Konkol, Eric Brown II), 7:43.18; Arrowhead, 7:43.65; Middleton, 7:44.82; Stevens Point, 7:45.70; Green Bay Preble, 7:51.77; Westosha Central, 7:54.15; 12. Badger (Alex Martinez, Cody Sadikoff, Mario Gomez, Kiley Lofy), 8:00.44.

High jump—Zachary Lorbeck (Bay Port), 6-7; Darron Murray (Menomonee Falls), 6-6; Ben Franzke (Kaukauna), 6-4; Zach Dybul (Mukownago), 6-4; Dylan Cooper (Holmen), 6-4; Cordell Tinch (Bay Port), 6-4; 15. Sam Lasch (Badger), 6-2.

Long jump—Zachary Lorbeck (Bay Port), 23-3; Aric Elmore (LaCrosse Logan), 23-2.75; Jake Anderson (Merrill), 22-10.5; Brion Nash (Milwaukee Riverside), 22-10.25; Jack Jesse (Middleton), 22-9.75; Shon Pratcher Jr. (Germantown), 22-6.

Shot put—Cole Van Lanen (Bay Port), 62-0; Logan McCormick (Kimberly), 55-3.5; Ryan Ray (GB Preble), 55-1.75; Marcus Matsche (Kimberly), 54-7.25; Julio Perez (Kettle Moran), 54-3; Alex Hauke (Muskego), 53-6; Mylik Williams (Janesville Parker), Foul.

Division 2

3200—Ben Eidenschink (Nekoosa), 9:07.70; Clark Otte (Sheboygan Falls), 9:24.41; Sam Kuhlmann (Shorewood), 9:25.92; Nick Zolondek (Mauston), 9:27.76; Morgan O’Flahrity (Edgerton), 9:27.90; Dan Pederson (Spooner), 9:27.92.

3200 relay—Lakeland Union (Caleb Anderson, Kav Fitzpatrick, Will Bodewes, Andrew Schilling), 7:52.04; Shorewood, 7:55.22; Little Chute, 7:58.89; East Troy (Jacob Remza, Evan Harding, Nathan Nguyen, Charlie Kutschenreuter), 8:00.19; McFarland, 8:00.72; Milwaukee Lutheran, 8:01.49.

Pole vault—Alex Schmidt (Edgerton), 14-3; Milo Lingard (Edgewood), 14-0; Chris Yauch (Two Rivers), 14-0; Keagen Stonewerth (Whitewater), 13-9; Mac Anderson (West Salem), 13-9; Jeremy Lee (Viroqua), 13-0.

Triple jump—Scott Hietpas (Little Chute), 44-5.5; Eric Schommer (Freedom), 43-11; Tyler Gnas (Saint Francis), 43-8.5; Tim Dimino (Lakeside), 43-6.5; Ben Dunkleburger (Lake Mills), 43-6.25; Garret Schleis (Cameron), 43-5.25.

Discus—Ryan Weber (Platteville), 167-10; Landon Ellingson (Jefferson), 167-3; Logan Maurer (Brodhead/Juda), 165-5; Landon Zimmerman (Belleville/New Glarus), 161-3; Miles Kilpin (East Troy), 159-6; Christopher Evenson (Valders), 151-7; 8. Jake Wendt (East Troy), 149-6.

High school girls track and field

WIAA State Championships

Division 1

800—Cami Davre (Whitefish Bay), 2:09.22; Emma Langer (Waukesha W), 2:12.87; Bobbi Patrick (Middleton), 2:12.90; Samantha Hanson (Waukesha W), 2:13.97; Jenna Lederman (Muskego), 2:14.06; Brehna Evans (West De Pere), 2:14.99.

1600—Cami Davre (Whitefish Bay), 4:56.12; Aubrey Roberts (Eau Clr Mem), 4:56.84; Anne Frisbie (River Falls), 4:59.00; Amanda Johnson (Racine Park), 5:00.72; Mason Kalander (Holmen), 5:00.78; Katie Kietpas (Sun Prairie), 5:02.54.

Pole vault—Rayce Albino (New Berlin W), 12-3; Kylie Swiekatwoski (De Pere), 12-0; Shaelyn Opichka (De Pere), 11-6; Miranda Severin (Eau Claire Memorial), 11-0; Tommie Brener (Reedsburg Ar), 11-0; Erin Neveau (Oshkosh North), 11-0; Brittany Ehlen (Burlington), 11-0.

Triple jump—Natisha Hiedeman (GBS), 38-7.5; Monique Felix (Sheboygan No), 38-1.75; Sydney Otto (De Pere), 38-.5; Eva Laun-Smith (Beloit Memorial), 38-0; Maddie Nelson (Hudson), 37-4.5; Jerica Kotarak (Muskego), 37-3.75.

Discus—Sam Noennig (Hartford), 161-6; Josie Schaefer (Baraboo), 155-01; Karly Murphy (River Falls), 139-2; Emily LaCount (Kimberly), 138-9; Holly Houston (Madison Memorial), 134-6; Jami Turriff (West De Pere), 133-1.

Division 2

800—Allison Johnson (Clintonville), 2:12.72; Mary Hanson (Dodge/Mineral Point), 2:13.23; Lauren Peters (Freedom), 2:15.51; Calli Linse (Jefferson), 2:16.07; Cora Purdue (Brodhead/Juda), 2:16.74; Rebecca Van Thiel (Brillion), 2:16.98; 7. Camryn Burtness (Parkview), 2:17.01; 11. Gloria Esarco (Big Foot), 2:23.58.

1600—Amy Davis (Edgewood), 4:53.17; Alicia Monson (Amery), 4:55.32; Kristy Terp (Two Rivers), 5:01.51; Morgan Florsheim (Shorewood), 5:01.97; Ave Grosenheider (Edgewood), 5:08.39; Taylor Bluemel (Brodhead/Juda), 5:09.92; 9. Sarah Ziolkowski (Whitewater), 5:17.99; 12. Julia Kaster (Clinton), 5:20.06.

High jump—Brooke Blazei (Martin Luther), 5-5; Hope Schneider (East Troy), 5-5; Emily Scott (Lakeland), 5-4; Julia Evans (Platteville), 5-5; Laura Hafenstein (Lakeside), 5-2; Kylie Schuettpelz (Seymour), 5-2; Faye Bailie (Platteville), 5-2.

Long jump—Nadia Williams (Mount Horeb), 18-9.25; Mikaela Grant (Jefferson), 18-2.25; Emily Sorenson (Bonduel), 17-9.5; Ashlyn Oren (Edgerton), 17-8.5; Laura Hafenstein (Lakeside), 17-5.5; Sydney Staver (Dodge/Mineral Point), 17-3.75; 8. Kailey Reynolds (Whitewater), 16-11.

Shot put—Tess Keyzers (Little Chute), 44-0; Katie Taylor (Hayward), 42-8.5; Annalese Lamke (Gale-Ettrick-Tre), 40-11.75; Kristina Herman (Seymour), 40-7.75; Emily Conley (Marinette), 40-3.75; Brooke Kary (Kettle M Lutheran), 39-6.

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