North Crawford jumper Kenny Spencer surely made his presence known as an elite athlete at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet held at UW-LaCrosse on Saturday, June 6.
Spencer recently set yet another school record at the sectional meet on Friday May 28, with an incredible jump of 44’3.5”.
With a bigger stage at the state meet and lack of experience at that level, it had little to do with how the freshman performed. Going into the meet as the second best jumper in Division 3, Spencer had a good first jump of 42’3” which proved to give him confidence. On his second jump of the meet, he leaped to 43’1.25”, good enough to secure fourth place at the highest level of competition. Kenny Spencer will be a name heard in the newspapers for many years to come.
Also performing at the state meet for the North Crawford boys track team was senior captain Branden Baumeister, who competed in the 200-meter dash. Also a first time competitor at the state meet, Baumeister had a great showing and finished in 13th place overall with a time of 23.36.
“All of the boys performed great this year,” Coach Mike Allbaugh said of the just completed season. “This was a year to remember for sure, ending on a positive experience at the state meet. I am so proud of all of the athletes for their hard work this year and can’t wait until next season. Thank you to assistant coach Jesse Swenson for all of her hard work to aid in all of the team’s successes.”