BOSCOBEL - This weekend will see Bulldogs track and field athletes competing in nine events at the WIAA State Track and Field championships after a successful showing at the Sectional meet held at Bangor last Thursday.
Senior runner Dakota Kauffman placed first in three events – the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.25; the 1,600-meter run at 4:26.09; and the 3,200-meter run at 9:59.45.
Kauffman won both the 1,600 and the 3,200 runs last year. He has the third-best qualifying time this season in the 1,600 at 4:26.09 and the fifth-quickest in the 3,200 at 9:59.45. In addition, his sectional time of 1:57.25 in the 800 run ranks first among qualifiers in that event, which returns its champion, senior Xavier Lechleitner of Marathon, who has qualified with the third-fastest time of 1:58.61.
Also heading to State from the boys’ team is the 4x400-meter relay team of Brandon Mindham, Jordan Molzof, Seth Laxton, and Chase Kull, which finished in third place with a time of 3:34.62; the 4x800-meter relay team of Jordan Molzof, Jack Latham, Seth Laxton, and Chase Kull, which finished in second place with a time of 8:25.5; and shot putter Wyatt Roth, who took fist with a throw of 49’04”.
The boys’ team finished second overall with a total of 62 points, trailing sectional rival Independent/Gilmont by a single point.
Representing the Lady Bulldogs, Mackenzie Kauffman took second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:04.46, as did the 4x800-meter relay team of Rachel Davis, Faith Glassbrenner, Molly Pegram, and Kauffman with a time of 10:22.43. Junior athlete Syndey Haines also earned second place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 9’.
The 121st Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Track and Field Championships and the 46th Girls Track and Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Division 3 competitions begin at 3 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, finals for Division 3 begin at 10:30 a.m.
Ticket prices for the State meet, if purchased at the stadium on Friday, are $8 for each session or $12 for both sessions.