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Area athletes punch the tickets to state track and field meet
Jen Wellnitz qualifies in four events & Tyson Miehe wins three sectional titles; Darlington sweeps s
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    VIROQUA - Black Hawk’s Jen Wellnitz had such a good time at last year’s state track and field meet, she’s ready to do it again– and this time she hopes to bring even more medals home with her.
    The Warrior junior duplicated her noteworthy feat from a year ago by qualifying for state in four events at the 2013 WIAA Division 3 Sectional Meet hosted by Fennimore High School in Viroqua on Thursday, May 23.
    Wellnitz claimed sectional titles in the 100-meter (:12.51) and 200-meter (:26.17) dashes at Thursday’s meet, while adding a third-place finish in the long jump (16’9”) and a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (33’10.25”) to earn four berths in this weekend’s state meet.
    Last year, Wellnitz qualified for state in those same four events and she brought home a pair of medals with a second-place finish in the 100 and a fourth in the triple jump. This year, she has already turned in the state’s top D3 time in the 100 along with the second-best mark in the long jump and fourth-best marks in the 200 and triple jump.
    Joining her at state will be junior teammate Olivia Holland and the Lady Warriors’ 3,200-meter relay team. Holland placed second in the 300-meter low hurdles (:48.75) to earn her first state berth, and she joined with senior Kristen Walters and freshmen Melissa Flanagan and Aleigha Sigafus to take fourth in the 4x800 race (10:36.49) for another state berth.
    Darlington captured the girls’ sectional team title with 71.5 total points on the strength of their relay teams and the efforts of senior Cassidy Chambers.
    The Lady Redbirds’ 1,600-meter relay team of seniors Claire Scott and Alison Wedig, junior Carly Reilly and freshman Carly Langkamp won a sectional title in 4:13.14, and the 3,200 squad of seniors Cheyenne Wolfe, Tatum Evenstad and Christa Wamsley and junior Claire Cullen won another sectional title in 10:09.99.
    Scott, Wedig, Reilly and Langkamp also earned state berths with third-place finishes in the 400 relay (:52.59) and the 800 relay (1:49.65), while Wamsley qualified for state in the 3,200 run (12:13.89) with a third-place effort.
    Chambers added a sectional title for the Redbirds in the high jump (5’1”) and she placed third in the pole vault (9’0”) as well to lock up another state berth. Senior Abigail Merriam will join her at state in the high jump after taking third (5’0”) in the event at Thursday’s sectional.
    Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg sophomore Brittany Davis will also be busy at state after qualifying in three events for the tri-op. Davis captured a sectional title by winning the 400-meter dash in a D3 season-best time of 58.6 seconds, and she added a second in the 200 (:26.46) and teamed with senior Blaire Lutes, junior Sarah Redfearn and freshman Sonja Townsend to take second in the 1,600 relay (4:13.75).
    Belmont sophomore Keegan Kamps earned her first career state berth after winning a sectional title in the discus with a toss of 112’5”, and her cousin, junior Jordyn Kamps, returns to state after missing a trip last season after placing fourth in the 200 (:26.93).
    Darlington junior Tyson Miehe won three sectional titles to help the Redbirds claim the boys’ team title at Thursday’s meet.
    The Redbirds finished first overall in the team standings with 69 points to win the team championship at the sectional along with the Lady Redbirds, who won the girls’ sectional title with 71.5 points.
    Miehe took home sectional titles in the 1,600-meter run (4:28.78) and the 3,200-meter run (9:35.12), while joining with seniors Quinn Cullen and Garth Garrison and sophomore Dane Siegenthaler to capture another title in the 3,200 relay (8:19.83).
    Garrison added a state berth with a second-place finish in the 3,200 run (10:02.15) and Cullen garnered a berth after finishing third in the 800 (2:01.59).
    Junior Kyle Johnson was a dual state qualifier for the ‘Birds, finishing third in the 110-meter high hurdles (:15.34) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (:42.14).
    Belmont brothers Tucker and Brandon Wedig combined for three state berths for the Braves at Thursday’s meet.
    Sophomore Tucker Wedig earned his first state trip with third-place finishes in the shot put (47’10.25”) and the discus (143’3”), while senior Brandon Wedig will also be making his first state appearance after placing third in the triple jump (41’9”).
    Black Hawk and Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg did not advance any athletes to the state meet this season.
    The WIAA State Track and Field Meet will be held at UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. Competition in Division 3 will begin at 9:30 a.m. each day.

Girls team Scores: Darlington 71.5, Luther 70, Cuba City 65, Blair-Taylor 58, Cashton 53, Black Hawk 45, Melrose-Mindoro 43, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg 33, Albany 32, Kickapoo/La Farge 30, Royall 29, Belmont 27, Fennimore 21.5, Osseo-Fairchild 20, River Ridge 18, New Lisbon 17, Whitehall 14, Riverdale 10, Alma/Pepin 8, North Crawford 8, Independence 7, Pecatonica/Argyle 6, Cassville 5, Hillsboro 3, Monticello 3, Cochrane-Fountain City 3, Necedah 2, Southwestern 0.

Other Sectional Results: 100- 5- Jordyn Kamps, Bel, 13.08; 400- 11- Aleigha Sigafus, BH, 1:07.04; 800- 9- Darby Fitzsimons, D, 2:39.46; 10- Cheyenne Wolfe, D, 2:40.09; 1600- 6- Harley Douglas, D, 5:57.49; 12- Johanna Meister, D, 6:06.05; 3200- 5- Claire Cullen, D, 12:22.79; 6- Tatum Evenstad, D, 13:00.57; 100HH- 5- Abagail Davis, BSMS, 16.69; 6- Cassie McCarthy, Bel, 16.77; 300LH- 6- Allie Klein, Bel, 51.38; 12- Courtney King, D, 54.79; 4x100R- 8- BH (Michelle Flanagan, Mikayla Sigafus, Taylor Werren, Nicole Diehl,), 54.77; 10- BSMS (Lindsay Walton, Maggie Neis, Katie Kruger, Blaire Lutes), 55.24; 4x200R- 6- BSMS (A. Davis, Neis, Lutes, Sarah Redfearn), 1:54.62; PV- 7tie- Shai Rowe, D, 8’0”; LJ- 12- Lutes, BMS, 15’3”; TJ- 15- Meghan Davis, BSMS, 28’8”; 16- Cassie McCarthy, Bel, 28’0”;  SP- 13- Kelsey Wiegel, D, 28’5.25”; D- 7- Jordyn Kamps, Bel, 104’0”.

Boys Scores: Darlington 69, Whitehall 61, Melrose-Mindoro 60, Bangor 49, Independence 46, Hillsboro 45, Cuba City 39, Necedah 33, Albany 30, Luther 30, River Ridge 1828 Cochrane-Fountain City 22, Fennimore 22, Riverdale 20, Belmont 19, Blair-Taylor 19, Ithaca 17, Monticello 13, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg 12, Brookwood 11, Cassville 9, Kickapoo/La Farge 9, Wauzeka-Steuben 9, Lincoln 6, Wonewoc-Center 5, Osseo-Fairchild 5, DeSoto 3, North Crawford 3, Pecatonica/Argyle 2, Royall 2, Black Hawk 2, Alma/Pepin 1, Southwestern 1.

Other Sectional Results: 100- 9- Jayden Rufenacht, BH, 11.66; 200- Finals- 7- Rufenacht, BH, 24.03; Prelims- 9- Storm Wiegel, D, 23.93; 400- 8- Brandon Wedig, Bel, 53.75; 1600- 8- Robert Martin, D, 5:00.37; 3200- 5- Thomas Schultz, D, 10:25.49; 110HH- 6- Patrick Dixon, BSMS, 15.67; 300IH- 8- Dixon, BSMS, 43.93; 12- Blake Cwynar, D, 45.76; 4x100R- 9- Darlington (Kyle Schulte, Dane Siegenthaler, Ethan Glendenning, Wiegel), 47.1; 13- BSMS (Kyle Pulvermacher, Cody Groskreutz, Bradley Sigwarth, Kethan Rood), 47.78; 4x200R- 11- BSMS (Dixon, Bret Doyle, Derian Phillips, Rood), 1:38.87; 13- Darlington (Cole Trumble, Cole Whalen, Payton Steiner, Schulte), 1:42.45; 4x400R- 5- Darlington (Siegenthaler, Kyle Johnson, Schulte, Cullen), 3:36.55; PV- 6tie- Patrick Roche, D, 11’0”; HJ- 11- Glendenning, D, 5’6”; 13- Rood, BSMS, 5’4”; 14- Cwynar, D, 5’4”; LJ- 5- Shannon Mellenberger, BSMS, 19’1”; 12- Phillips, BSMS, 18’8.5”; 14- Justin Nordorft, Bel, 17’11.75”; TJ- 5- Phillips, BSMS, 41’4.75”; 12- Dixon, BSMS, 39’1.75”; SP- 7- Cruz Bahena, D, 42’8.5”; 10- Reid Schwartz, BSMS, 41’4”.
At Viroqua HS, on Thursday, May 23