LA CROSSE — Lakeside Lutheran junior Ben Buxa loves being a thrower, so much so that he put in the extra work to go from being consistently good to becoming great at the perfect time.

In his first appearance at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships, Buxa reached new heights in the Division 2 boys discus with a personal best throw of 148 feet, 10 inches. That earned him a sixth place medal.