The Lodi and Poynette boys and girls track and field teams will be well represented at the WIAA State meet in La Crosse this week after great showings at the Division 2 Richland Center Regional on May 20 and the East Troy Sectional on May 23.
The Lodi boy and girls combined to qualify for state in 13 events, while Poynette advanced in sixth. It is the most qualifiers the Pumas have had since 2005.
“We had lots of excellent performances,” Lodi coach Randy Skellenger said. “What a great night for our sport. I’m Very proud of the kids and how they competed.”
The Lady Blue Devils claimed the sectional title after compiling 67 points. Viroqua was second with 55.
The Lady Pumas finished in 13th place with 26 team points.
The Lodi boys earned 53 points to place second behind Monroe (69).
The Poynette boys were 15th with 18 points.
The Lady Blue Devils had Mackenzie Heyroth, Rhianna Walzer, Isabelle Clary and Ella Puls all punch their tickers to state individually. Lodi also had its 1,600 relay qualify.
Heyroth extended her great season by winning sectional titles in both the 100 hurdles (14.94 seconds) and 300 hurdles (:45.18).
Clary and Walzer also qualified in two individual events.
Walzer is moving on after finishing third in the 200 (:26.66) and 400 (1:00.29), while Clary qualified in the 800 (fourth, 2:21.49) and 1,600 (third, 5:18.30). Walzer was also sixth in the shot put (35-feet, 7.5-inches).
Puls qualified for state in the shot put. She finished in third place (36-10.25).
Lodi’s 1,600 relay team of Hannah Busser, Clary, Heyroth and Walzer advanced after winning a sectional title (4:03.41).
Busser (seventh, 200, :27.88) and Lauryn Milne (fifth, triple jump, 34-11) had the only other top-eight finishes for the Lady Blue Devils.
Lucas Heyroth and Melvin McIntyre are both moving on individually for the Lodi boys.
Heyroth led all local athletes by qualifying in three events. He won sectional titles in the 110 hurdles (:14.83), 300 hurdles (:39.80) and long jump (21-11.25).
McIntyre advanced in the pole vault after placing fourth (12-6).
Lodi had Cayden Coddington, Heyroth, Jack Hansen and Luke Beckwith advance to state in the 800 relay. They finished fourth (1:31.55) at the sectional.
Also scoring points individually for the Lodi boys was Owen Jelinek (fifth, 400, :51.30), Riley Faust (eighth, 800, 2:06.03), Beckwith (fifth, 200, :23.22), Coddington (eighth, 200, :24.30) and Kyle Becker (seventh, shot put, 46-3.25).
Riley Faust, Jelinek, Beckwith and Colin Statz finished eighth in the 1,600 relay (3:30.77).
The Poynette boys had Brayden O’Connor and Jake Buss qualify for state.
O’Connor was fourth in the 100 (:11.41), while Buss was third in the shot put (48-2.25).
“Brayden O’Connor just missed going to state last year in the 100,” Poynette coach Charlotte Reddeman said. “His goal this year was to get to the big dance. Last year Jake Buss was a sprinter, hurdler and high jumper for us. Due to an injury, he could not sprint this year. So, he has been impressively throwing shot and disc all season.”
Elias Ritzke (eighth, 1,600, 4:37.71) and Christian Bault (seventh, long jump, 20-feet; fifth, triple jump, 42-6) were the only other Pumas to score a team point.
Katelyn Chadwick and Megan Reddeman punched their tickets to state for the Lady Pumas.
Chadwick is moving on after placing fourth in both the 1,600 (5:19.91) and 3,200 (11:42.42), while Reddeman won sectional title in the high jump (5-4) and was fourth in the pole vault (10-feet).
“Megan just missed going to state in the high jump last year and was not about to let that happen again this season,” Reddeman said. “I was pretty confident she would get to state in the high jump, but I knew she would have to have her best performance of the season in the pole vault to make it to state and she did just that. Katelyn is so tough. She is very focused and a smart racer.”
Jessica Bruchs (eighth, 400, 1:02.31) scored the only other points for the Lady Pumas.
The WIAA State track and field championship is this Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
Lodi pulled off the team sweep at the Richland Center Regional.
The Lady Blue Devils easily claimed the title after garnering 156 team points, while Viroqua (115) and Richland Center (85) were second and third, respectively.
The Lady Pumas placed sixth with 64 points.
“We had many great performances at our regional meet,” Reddeman said. “I told our athletes no matter where you are seeded come to this meet with the passion to compete and end your day with your top performance of the season, and we did just that. We had 10 athletes gain their personal best in their respective events and 11 athletes move on to sectionals.”
The Lodi boys won a close battle with Westby, 112.5-105, for the crown.
Poynette was a close third with 103 points.
Rhianna Walzer led the way for the Lady Blue Devils with regional titles in the 200 (:26.86) and 400 (1:00.36) and second-place finish in the shot put (34-1).
Mackenzie Heyroth was the regional champ in the 100 hurdles (:15.22) and 300 hurdles (:44.54).
Puls was crowned champion in the shot put (36-9). She was also fifth in the high jump (4-10).
Clary was the runner-up in the 800 (2:25.39) and 1,600 (5:26.08).
Also advancing to the sectional with top-four finishes was Amanda Miller (second, 100, :13.68), Busser (second 200, :27.40), Mandy Giese (fourth, 3,200, 13:37.05) and Milne (fourth, triple jump, 34-10.25).
The Lady Blue Devils also advanced all four relays, including the 400 (fourth, :53.66; Chloe Hix, Puls, Taylor Ripp, Lexi Mitchell), 800 (first, 1:49.61; Busser, Puls, Miller, Milne), 1,600 (first, 4:03.98; Busser, Clary, Heyroth, Rhianna Walzer) and 3,200 (third, 11:00.73; Norah Lee, Milne, Claire Schoenemann, Mandy Giese).
Also scoring team points for the Lady Blue Devils was Holly Jelinek (sixth, 400, 1:06.70), Caitlin Skellenger (seventh, 400, 1:07.78), Lee (sixth, 800, 2:37.51), Schoenemann (eighth, 1,600, 6:08.85), Taylor Ripp (fifth, 100 hurdles, :17.88; fifth, long jump, 14-11.5), Morgan McNeill (sixth, 300 hurdles, :53.61) and Gwen Lincoln (eighth, discus, 94-1).
Lucas Heyroth led the Lodi boys with three regional titles. He topped the field in the 110 hurdles (:15.40), 300 hurdles (:40.30) and long jump (21-6.5).
Coddington had the only other individual crown. He was first in the 200 (:23.68).
Beckwith (third, 200, :23.93), Owen Jelinek (fourth, 400, :51.15; fourth, 800, 2:08.95), Riley Faust (third, 800, 2:08.08), McIntyre (third, pole vault, 12-6) and Kyle Becker (second, shot put, 44-8.25) also advanced out of the regional. Jelinek was also sixth in the triple jump (39-6.25), while Becker was sixth in the discus (119-1).
The Lodi boys matched the Lady Blue Devils by advancing all four relays, including the 400 (fourth, :46.85; Jack Hansen, Coddington, Tim Prosek, Austin Davis), 800 (second 1:32.78; Coddington, Heyroth, Hansen, Beckwith), 1,600 (second, 3:35.0; Riley Faust, Jelinek, Beckwith, Statz) and 3,200 (fourth, 9:09.65; Brandon Grover, Quinn Faust, Zach Potter, Marcus Malig).
The Blue Devils final points came from Hansen (seventh, 100, :12.25), Statz (sixth, 400, :54.73), Parker Heintz (sixth, 1,600, 5:06.17), Brandon Grover (seventh, 3,200, 11:04.61), Nick Prosek (seventh, 300 hurdles, :46.31) and Brody Nyffenegger (fifth, triple jump, 40-2.25).
Meanwhile Chadwick and Reddeman both won individual titles for the Lady Pumas.
Chadwick won a title in the 3,200 (12:09.94) and was fourth in the 1,600 (5:32.36), while Reddeman was first in the high jump (5-4) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (:51.37) and pole vault (9-6).
The Lady Pumas had Jessica Bruchs finish fourth in the 400 (1:02.81) and Abby Marquardt was third in the 800 (2:27.86). Bruchs was also seventh in the long jump (14-3) and triple jump (32-1).
Raschel Taylor (seventh, 100 hurdles, :18.36; seventh, 300 hurdles, :54.27) was the only other Lady Puma to score in an individual event.
Marquardt, Reddeman, Chadwick and Bruchs advanced in the 1,600 relay after placing fourth (4:21.78).
In other relay events, the Lady Pumas were sixth in the 800 (2:01.80; Michaela Stewart, Olivia Ripp, Leah Hutchinson, Olivia Radewan) and seventh in the 400 (:56.84; Stewart, Ripp, Tillie Petersen, Radewan).
Buss led the way for the Poynette boys with titles in the shot put (46-8.75) and discus (126-11).
Elias Ritzke claimed a crown in the 1,600 (4:44.60), to go along with a third-place finish in the 3,200 (10:41.43).
Poynette’s Brayden O’Connor is moving on in the 100 (:11.59) and long jump (20-2.25) after placing first and fourth, respectively.
Christian Bault had a big meet for Poynette, as he was second in the 110 hurdles (:16.41) and long jump (21-3.25) and third in the triple jump (41-3.25).
Poynette’s Quentin Pinherio advanced in the 300 hurdles (fourth, :44.14). He was also seventh in the 110 hurdles (:18.62).
Bault, Gabe Yelk, Jimmy Heath and O’Connor came away with second place in the 400 relay (:45.65).
The Poynette boys were fifth in the 3,200 relay (9:29.82; Brock Chadwick, Trenton Chadwick, Austin Kruger, Trent Sickenberger) and eighth in the 1,600 relay (3:51.99; Brock Chadwick, Tyler Milewski, Ritzke, Quentin Poinherio).
Poynette’s final points came from Heath (sixth, 200, :24.96), Kruger (seventh, 1,600, 5:07.50), Logan Bahr (eighth, high jump, 5-6) and Yelk (fifth, pole vault, 12-feet).