Headed toward the finish line

Seniors Patrick Fasick, left, and Andrew Pahnke head toward the finish line in the 800 during Saturday's WIAA Div. 2 state track meet. Fasick took fifth place and Pahnke earned the state runner-up title. Pahnke also took second in the 1600.

The WIAA Division 2 state boys track and field meet in La Crosse exhibits the finest athletes in the state. Saturday’s 800-meter run showed how finite the ability of the top six finishers.

McFarland senior Andrew Pahnke took second place in the event with a time of 1:57.08, just .02 seconds behind race winner Nate Griepentrog of Valders.

Yet, with just a little bit more of a finishing kick, four other runners, including senior Patrick Fasick of the Spartans, could’ve pulled off the victory. Sean Waldvogel of Catholic Memorial took third in 1:57.14, and Josh McLinn of Waupun was fourth with a time of 1:57.53.

Then came Fasick, who crossed the line in 1:57.83 with sixth-place finisher Robert Martin of New Berlin West coming in at 1:57.97. Thus, the top six finished .91 seconds behind the race winner.

Pahnke and Fasick were one-two in the East Troy sectional with times of 1:55.59 and 1:56.04, respectively. Pahnke pulled another impressive run in the 1,600-meter run by finishing second in 4:18.46. Senior Henry Chapman of East Troy took first in 4:16.95.

In the shot put, sophomore Bryce Taylor’s final toss of 46-06.50 put him in 13th place in his first trip to the state tournament. Rice Lake’s Adam Strouf won with a distance of 56-09.00.

Senior jumper Evan Crane also competed in two events. He finished 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 42-03. Jo’Vontae Coleman of Beloit Turner was the winner with an attempt of 45.05.75. In the long jump, Crane ended 16th with 18-00.25. Brown Deer senior Dameco Walker had the top distance.

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