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State Champion: Big Foot/Williams Bay track's Annie Murphy wins pair of events
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State Champion: Big Foot/Williams Bay track's Annie Murphy wins pair of events

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Big Foot/Williams Bay junior Annie Murphy won a pair of state track and field championships on June 25, taking first in the pole vault and triple jump during the Division 2 competition in La Crosse.

Murphy’s performance headlined an impressive slate of local competitors during the three-day event from June 24-26.

Murphy’s two championships gave Big Foot/Bay its first track and field state championship since 2016, when Zanzie Demco, Grace Gillingham, Gloria Esarco and Brooke Wellhausen teamed up to win the 4x800 relay.

Murphy continued to rewrite of the BFWB record books. After breaking three school records in the regional and sectional meets, Murphy’s height of 12 feet in the pole vault and her triple jump of 37 feet, 5.25 inches both broke marks she set on June 17.

She also made the podium in a third event, placing fifth in the long jump at a distance of 17 feet, 4 inches.

This is not Murphy’s first time winning state titles, though, as the junior is a two-time gymnastics state champion with the Wilmot/Union Grove/Williams Bay co-op as well.

Two Big Foot/Bay boys earned podium spots.

Freshman Kaden Rambatt took second in the pole vault with a height of 14 feet, 3 inches, breaking the record of 14 feet he set on June 17. Osceola senior Luke Haase won the event at 14 feet, 10 inches.

Junior Tyler Wilson placed second in the triple jump, recording a length of 44-feet, falling just shy of Beloit Turner junior Camden Combs’ 44-feet, 7.5-inches in first place.

Also for the ChiefDogs, senior Tess Gillingham finished in a four-way tie for 12th in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet, 6 inches.

Gillingham joined up with Murphy, senior Ava Beyers and junior Lydia Larson to run the 4x100 relay, which took 14th place in 52.25 seconds.

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As a team, the Big Foot/Williams Bay girls placed seventh out of 65 teams with 24 points. Freedom won the team state title with 59 points.

The ChiefDogs boys scored 16 points to take 13th out of 68 teams, with Lodi and Jefferson named co-champions with 40 points.

Badger

Senior Emilee Booker got a place on the podium by finishing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 46.69 on June 26.

That performance was an improvement from Booker’s first trip to state in 2018, when she placed 13th in the event.

The senior earned Badgers’ only points of the meet (five), which was good for a 41st place finish out of 59 teams.

Booker also competed in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 12th in the preliminaries with a time of 15.99. She just missed qualifying for the finals as DeForest sophomore Anna Szepieniec took tenth with a time of 15.93.

Also for Badger, junior Vivian Ford placed 15th in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.80.

Sophomore Camryn Knaack took 15th in the triple jump, recording a leap of 33 feet, 2.5 inches.

For the Badger boys, senior Seth Linnenmann had the team’s best finish, taking 12th in the 400-meter dash (52.01).

In the 4x100 relay, freshman Wade Brewington, junior Jack Spende, junior Billy Bernardo and senior Josh Amann placed 15th with a time of 44.71.

Sophomore Jackson Albanese took 17th in the 3200-meter run (9:48.86), while junior Angel Toribio ran a 4:49.81 in the 1600-meter run, taking 23rd place.

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