Local athletes eye success at 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Meet
Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse
By Paul Lecker
The Spencer brother-sister duo of Noah Zastrow and Hannah Zastrow will be busy this weekend as each competes in four events at the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at the University of La Crosse.
Events begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Noah Zastrow, a senior, will be participating in the Division 3 pole vault, among the first field events on Friday. Later in the day he will run in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles preliminaries, and on Saturday morning he will take part in the D-3 long jump.
He is looking for his fourth medal in the pole vault after finishing third in his first two tries and second last year as a junior.
Hannah Zastrow, a freshman, will start her first state meet experience with competition in the Division 3 girls high jump Friday morning. Also Friday, she will be in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries and the 400 relay preliminaries along with teammates Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup, and Johanna Ellefson.
On Saturday, Hannah Zastrow will compete in the D-3 girls pole vault, as will teammate Ellefson, the defending D-3 state champion in the event.
Spencer will also have a number of other Division 3 participants.
Sophomore Logan Zschernitz will compete in the boys discus on Friday and the boys shot put on Saturday. Teammate Max Johnson, a senior, will also be in the shot put on Saturday.
Jacob Miller will join Noah Zastrow in the pole vault competition Friday, and Aaron Pankratz will run in the 400.
The 800 girls relay team of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Eichman, and Northup will compete in prelims Friday morning.
Marshfield Columbus Catholic has one person in the state meet. Freshman Jessica Jakopin will take part in the D-3 girls shot put on Friday afternoon.
Auburndale also has a large group of girls at state.
Rachel Gronemeyer will be in the D-3 400 for the second year in a row and is part of the 1,600 relay team, along with Isabella Jewell, Kali Karl, and Isabelle Hilber, that will both run Friday.
Karl will be in two other events for the Apaches. She will run in the 800 finals Friday afternoon, and will join Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell, and Macie Schmeiser in the 3,200 relay on Saturday morning.
Hilber is also in the 200 meters, which run preliminaries Friday afternoon.
In Division 2, Cade Lehman is Stratford’s only representative at the meet. He will take part in the boys 3,200 meters Friday afternoon.
Marshfield has three athletes at the state meet. Junior Meg Bryan and freshman Gracie Holland will participate in the Division 1 girls long jump on Saturday morning, and junior Skyler Theisen will run in the 300 hurdles preliminaries late Friday afternoon.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships
June 2-3, at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Local Athletes’ Events
Friday, June 2
Division 3 boys pole vault: Noah Zastrow, Spencer, and Jacob Miller, Spencer
Division 3 girls high jump: Hannah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 boys discus: Logan Zschernitz, Spencer
Division 3 girls 100 hurdles preliminaries: Hannah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 girls 800 relay preliminaries: Spencer (Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup)
Division 3 boys 110 hurdles preliminaries: Noah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 girls shot put: Jessica Jakopin, Marshfield Columbus Catholic
Division 3 girls 400 relay preliminaries: Spencer (Delaney Eichman, Kaily Northup, Hannah Zastrow, Johanna Ellefson)
Division 3 girls 400 preliminaries: Rachel Gronemeyer, Auburndale
Division 3 boys 400 preliminaries: Aaron Pankratz, Spencer
Division 3 boys 300 hurdles preliminaries: Noah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 2 boys 3,200 finals: Cade Lehman, Stratford
Division 3 girls 200 preliminaries: Isabelle Hilber, Auburndale
Division 3 girls 1,600 relay preliminaries: Auburndale (Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, Kali Karl, Isabelle Hilber)
Division 1 boys 300 hurdles preliminaries: Skyler Theisen, Marshfield
Division 3 girls 800 finals: Kali Karl, Auburndale
Saturday, June 3
Division 3 girls 3,200 relay: Auburndale (Taylor Stanton, Vanessa Mitchell, Macie Schmeiser, Kali Karl)
Division 1 girls long jump: Meg Bryan, Marshfield, and Gracie Holland, Marshfield
Division 3 boys long jump: Noah Zastrow, Spencer
Division 3 girls pole vault: Hannah Zastrow, Spencer, and Johanna Ellefson, Spencer
Division 3 boys shot put: Max Johnson, Spencer, and Logan Zschernitz, Spencer