14 area athletes crowned champs at WIAA state track & field

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State Track & Field concluded Saturday evening. Plenty of notables winners from Central Wisconsin.
Division 3 cleaned up on day 2. The Auburndale girls 4×800 relay team snagged the first medal of the day and were quickly followed by Spencer’s Hannah Zastrow in the 100 meter hurdles.
“It’s a pretty good feeling knowing that all the workdone with my coaches and my teammates paid off,” Zastrow said.

The boys also did well. Ashton Schwartzman would defend his state title in the 400 meter dash, while his teammate Caleb Williams triumphed in the boys triple jump.

“It’s exciting it’s not about who’s the best during the year, it’s about who’s the best today at this time,” Williams said. “I was thankful to do my best.”

Rosholt’s Adam Rzentkowski added two more gold medals to become a 3-event WIAA state champion.

In the wheelchair events, Columbus Catholic’s Noah Eckelberg joined Rzentkowski as a 3-event champ. He smoked the competition in the 400, 800 and 1600 meter races.

“Being able to defend my two state titles from last year and pick up another one in the 800 meter feels really great,” Eckelberg said.

No area teams earned titles in Division 2, but Division 1 showed some promise. SPASH’s freshman phenom, Roisin Willis, struck again, electrifying the stadium and elevating the Panthers 4×400 relay team to the top of the podium.

In the final race of the day, it looked like the D.C. Everest boys would win the 4×400, but several teams tripped during the third lap. It was decided the teams would re-run, resulting in a third place finish for the Evergreens.

” I don’t think there should have been a re-run, just because that race was fair and it was only those two teams that cuased a collision, but the fact that we didn’t have to re-run that, I didn’t mind that, because we were all tired and we thought we were fine, but obviously that wasn’t the case,” Zach Rahn said.

Alexis Geffin

Alexis Geffin

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