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WIAA State Track & Field in LaCrosse This Weekend

The 122nd Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Track and Field Championships and the 47th Girls Track and Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 

Ticket prices for the meet are $8 for each session or $12 for both sessions Friday if purchased at the stadium. Tickets may also be purchased online with an applicable convenience fee. To order online, access the ticket link on the WIAA"website homepage.

The meet features two sessions Friday. The Divisions 2 and 3 session begins at 9:30 a.m. with the competition proceeding in the order of events. Division 1 session begins 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.

The  live stream of the State Meet will be produced by PlayOn!"Sports on the WIAA.TV portal of the NFHS Network. To purchase a subscription to the live programming, log-on to www.nfhsnetwork.com and click on the subscription image on the home page.

In the 2016 boys competition Brookfield East won the Division 1 championship with 48 team points. Kettle Moraine and Middleton  finished runner-up, compiling 41 points. Freedom won the Division 2 title with 45 points, which was two more than runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran. In Division 3, Coleman, Marathon and Wild Rose all shared the title by scoring 42 points. Marquette won the team championship in the wheelchair competition with 35 points. Wisconsin Heights/ Barneveld was second with 29 points.

Last year's team results for girls saw in Division 1, Milwaukee King win the D1 team championship by accumulating 44 points. Brookfield East finished runner-up with a point total of 30.5. Jefferson earned the title in Division 2 with 44 points, which was two more than runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran with 42. Cuba City won its second straight crown in Division 3 by scoring 34 points to edge runner-up Weyauwega-Fremont by a single point. Catholic Central won the wheelchair competition for the second straight season, tallying 40 points. Burlington placed second for the fourth consecutive season, compiling 32 points.

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 competitors 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 in a career 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). Milwaukee South lays claim to the most event titles throughout the history of the meet with 99. Whitefish Bay is second with 96.

Madison West and Rosholt have won the most girls' team titles with six. Three of West's titles came in succession from 1980-82. Arcadia, Marathon and Nekoosa have won five titles with Edgar, Madison Memorial, Milwaukee Bradley, Prairie du Chien, Waukesha West and Whitewater next on the list with four. Twenty-four girls have won the same event four times during their career. Kennedy Blahnik of Algoma, Bonnie Draxler of Wrightstown, Molly Seidel of University Lake School and Joanna Schultz of Holmen are the only athletes to accomplish the feat in two different events. Blahnik won the discus and shot put from 2011-14; Draxler won the 400 dash and pole vault from 2011-14; Seidel won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs from 2009-12; and Schultz captured the titles in the 200 and 400 dashes from 2003-06. Draxler, Jaclynn Kriegl of Florence, and both Elizabeth Pospyhalla and Tess Thurs of Edgar hold the record for the most championships won by in a career by an individual with 10. Dana Collins of Milwaukee Marshall, Heather Hyland of Nekoosa and Jenni Westphal of Marinette are next in line with nine. Edgar has won the most events in the history of the meet with 40 titles. Madison Memorial is next on the list with 34.

Senior Josh Pillath of Coleman accounts for two of the returning champions in D3. He won both the 110 hurdles and the high jump last year. He has the top qualifying time this season in the 110 hurdles at 14.78 and is tied for the seventh-highest jump at 6-1. In addition, his sectional time of 39.84 in the 300 hurdle ranks first among qualifiers in that event.


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