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Pillath Tabbed Wisconsin Track Athlete of the Year
Coleman's Josh Pillath and Wausau West's Brooke Jaworski were named athletes of the year this past week by members of the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association (WISTCA) Executive Committee last week.
Pillath had one of the more unique lineups at the state meet, competing in two hurdle events, a jumping event and a throwing event " and the junior acquitted himself well in all of them. He amassed 34 points in his four events, winning two gold medals to help Coleman claim a share of the Division 3 boys championship.
Pillath won the Division 3 110 hurdles (14.86) and high jump (6-6), while placing second in the 300 hurdles (40.16) and third in discus (150-6). He was one of only two boys in the meet in any division to medal in four individual events, not including relays.
Pillath is just the second male Athlete of the Year from a Division 3 school, along with 2000 recipient Andrew Rock, of Stratford, a WISTCA Hall of Famer who went on to compete at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Jaworski became the first freshman to be named a WISTCA Athlete of the Year, and only the second underclassman. She won three events at the state meet, claiming individual victories in the Division 1 400 and 200 and anchoring the school's victorious 4x400 team.
Both Pillath and Jaworski also claimed places on the WISTCA All-State team, with Pillath finishing in a tie for the third highest high jump state-wide and Jaworski leading the state in her three events, the 200, 400, and 4x400.
The 2016 WISTCA All-State team is made up of 285 athletes from 112 different schools. Athletes and relays earn a place on the All-State team by virtue of their state performances being in the top six across all divisions, including ties.
For boys and girls combined, Middleton had the most All-State entries of any school with 10, followed by Brookfield East's eight. Milwaukee King and Oregon had seven apiece, while Ashwaubenon and Kettle Moraine each had six and Appleton North, Jefferson and Kimberly boasted five.
Brookfield East's Drew Bullen was the only athlete to earn four All-State honors, as the senior did so in the long jump and as part of the Spartans' 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Jaworski was one of 14 additional athletes to earn All-state accolades in three events, joined by Appleton North's Annalise Peebles and Sydney Squier, Arcadia's Jim Hoesley, Brookfield East's Saxton Williams, Glendale Nicolet's David Dunlap, Jefferson's Mikaela Grant, Middleton's Perrin Hagge, Oregon's Alexis Jackson and Alexander Duff, Waukesha West sisters Becca and Emma Langer, Wawatosa West's Azya McLin and Wisconsin Lutheran's Audrey Janik. Another 51 athletes appear on the list in two events apiece.