June 03, 2014 | 04:51 PMThe 119th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Track and Field Championships and the 44th Girls Track and Field Championships will be this Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The Lake Geneva Badger track team will be competing in seven events.
Megan Wadsworth and Sydney Collins are Lake Geneva Badger representatives in the girls competition..
Wadsworth made it in the long-jump and Collins in the high jump after sectional competition on Friday.
“Sydney didn’t jump her highest, however she was very focused,” said coach Jenn Chironis. “She didn’t have any misses other than at her final height. She was very consistent and performed well.”
Wadsworth re-broke her own school record set earlier this season with a jump of 17’. Collins leaped 5’ 02” in the high jump.
“She was very determined, which resulted in her taking first place in that event,” Chironis said. “Both of these young ladies are hard workers and deserve to be competing with the best in the state.”
Evan Gibson, Alex Martinez, Jordan Mason and two relay teams made it for the boys.
Gibson, a senior, will be competing in the shotput. Junior Alex Martinez is in the 1,600 meter run. Junior Jordan Mason will be doing the 300 meter hurdles.
Gibson put the shot 47 feet in sectionals. Martinez, the school record holder, ran a 4:28.11 at sectionals, and Mason qualified by running 40.27 in the hurdles.
The Badger 4x400 relay team composed of freshman Mario Gomez, Mason, sophomore Kiley Lofy and senior Christian Sontag, took second at sectionals. They’ve run 3:27.42.
The 4X800 team also came in second. Senior Mike Adams, freshman Miguel Burrena and sophomores Cody Sadikoff and John Holeman ran 8:41.06 at sectionals.
The state meet features two sessions Friday. The Division 1 events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the competition proceeding in the order of events. Division 2 and 3 events begin at 3 p.m. The competition resumes Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The order of the finals for each event Saturday begins with Division 3, followed by Divisions 2 and 1, respectively. Some highlights and insights, courtesy of WIAA:
Whitefish Bay has won the most boys team championships with 18, 16 of them coming consecutively from 1937-52. Milwaukee Riverside and Kohler are second with 16 titles each.
Only two individuals have ever won the same individual event four times.
Dave Greenwood of Park Falls won four titles in the high jump from 1976-79 and Paul Annear of Richland Center repeated the feat in the same event from 2005-08.
Three individuals have won four relay titles in the same relay. Kevin Bledsoe of Milwaukee South did it in the 400 relay (1984-87) as did Josh Dickerson of D.C. Everest (1993-96) and Greg Bracey of Milwaukee Vincent (2000-03). Justin Austin (2005-08) of Brown Deer holds the boys record for the most titles won by an individual with nine.
Darrell Jansen of Kimberly (1958-60) and Annear have won eight championships. Three others have won seven titles.
Only Alvin Kraenzlein of Milwaukee East has won five State titles in one meet (1895), and Andrew Rock of Stratford is the only other athlete to win four State titles in the same year (2000).
Madison West and Rosholt have won the most girls team titles with six. Kimberly has qualifiers in 14 events, including relays, to lead the rest of the division.
Middleton and Wisconsin Lutheran both have competitors in 12 events, while Brookfield East has participants in 11 events.
Four individual events and three relays return their champions from last year. Senior Daurice Fountain of Madison Memorial accounts for two of the individual events returning a champion. He won both the long jump and 110-meter hurdles last year. In his quest to repeat in both events, he has the top qualifying time in the 110 hurdles at 14.41, and he has the second-furthest mark in the long jump with a qualifying leap of 22-11.5. Senior Trent Nytes of Kaukauna is the returning champion in the high jump. He enters the meet as the favorite to repeat with the best qualifying jump of 6-7. Junior Eric Brown of Wisconsin Lutheran returns to defend his record-shattering victory in the 800 run last season. He set the meet record with a time of 1:51.48. He is the 10th fastest qualifier this year with a time of 1:56.24, more than two seconds off the best qualifying pace.
West Bend West is entered in the most events with 15, including relays. Arrowhead, La Crosse Logan, Muskego and Wausau West are next with 11. Kimberly is next in line with participants in 10 events. Six individual events and all four relay teams feature the return of their defending champion. Junior Khadiya Hollingsworth of Brookfield East is the returning champion in the high jump. She possesses the best qualifying height in the field at 5-8, which is inches higher than the next best qualifier. Junior Rayce Albino of New Berlin West is one of three qualifiers to reach 12 feet in the pole vault. She enters the meet with a qualifying time of 13.89, the only time under 14 seconds. Senior Talia Spiegelberg of Wisconsin Lutheran is the defending champion in the 800-meter run. In Division 2, Seymour will compete in 12 events, including relays, which is the most of any school in the division. Freedom, Little Chute and Monroe are represented in nine events, with Grafton, Lodi and Mount Horeb next with eight. Osceola is represented in the most events for the girls with 14, including three relays.
St. Mary’s Springs will be competing in the most number of events with 11 in Division 3, including relays. Cuba City and Regis have athletes competing in 14 events, including relays, to lead the division.