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Hudson senior Claire Zais, right, screams encouragement to junior Jordan Huber after Huber took the baton from Zais for the final leg of the girls 4x100 meter relay at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse last Friday. Senior Julia Douglas, sophomore Kali Denis, Zais and Huber combined for a 21st place time of 50.25 seconds. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Bob Burrows)

Raiders perform at state track meet in La Crosse

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Junior John Uchytil earned a silver medal in the pole vault and senior Jared Johnson took home a bronze in the discus during the Division 1 competition at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships last Friday and Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

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A severe storm that hit the area shortly after the start of Saturday’s competition, and the impending threat of more severe weather, forced the pole vault event across the street from Memorial Stadium indoors to UW-La Crosse’s Mitchell Fieldhouse. It also caused a five-hour delay for the rest of the competition.

Uchytil took the move in stride and tied his personal best, clearing 15-feet, 3-nches, to take second in the pole vault. Glen Harold of Brookfield East won the state title with a new state record of 16-1.

Johnson’s discus competition didn’t get underway until early Saturday night but he didn’t let the delay keep him from beating his state qualifying mark by nearly seven feet to take third place. Johnson earned a spot at state with a throw of 160-feet, nine inches at the Stevens Point Sectional before throwing 167-3 Saturday to earn his bronze medal. Bryson Kasper of Kimberly won gold with a distance of 177-02.

Johnson also competed in the shot put event on Friday and placed ninth with a throw of 51-5.25. Matt Weinhold of Kimberly was first with 56-11.

Senior Ryan Schramm posted a time of 49.82 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries of the 400 meter dash to qualify for Saturday night’s finals, where he just missed a spot on the podium with a seventh place time of 50.11. Corbin Ellis of Oconomowoc won the state title in 47.94.

Schramm also joined senior Connor Theisen, senior Nate Bennett and sophomore Joe Geissler in Friday’s prelims of the 4x400 meter relay, where they finished 19th with a time of 3 minutes, 26.36 seconds. The team from Oconomowoc took first in 3:20.55.

The Raider girls top finish came from senior McKenna Daulton in the pole vault. Daulton cleared a new personal best height of 11-feet in Friday’s competition to finish ninth. Kylie Swiekatowski cleared 12-3 to win the state title.

Sophomore Miranda Miller finished 16th in the 800 meter run Saturday with a time of 2:22.15 while senior Sadie Kroll was 18th Saturday in the 1600 meter run in 5:10.87. Cami Davre of Whitefish Bay won both events with times of 2:13.97 in the 800 and 4:51.27 in the 1600.

Miller and Kroll also teamed up with sophomore Nicole Berdusco and senior Erin Wetzstein for Friday’s first event of the day -- the 4x800 meter relay -- where they finished 16th with a time of 9:37.52. Neenah won the state title in 9:10.97.

The Raider girls 4x100 meter relay team of senior Julia Douglas, sophomore Kali Denis, senior Claire Zais and junior Jordan Huber combined for a 21st place time of 50.25 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries. Milwaukee King won Saturday’s finals with a time of 48.34 seconds.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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