Madison Rizner, Richland Center’s lone representative in the WIAA State Track and Field Meet, triple jumped to a second place finish Saturday in La Crosse.
The Hornet capped an impressive freshman year with yet another PR (personal record) and school mark.
Her best jump flew 36-8.5 inches, which was only three-quarters of an inch shy of the best effort of Kyra Arendt of Bloomer.
Arendt, a sophomore, won the state championship at 36-9.25 while Meghan Pingel of Lakeside Lutheran was a close third at 36-7.5.
“I was happy to do my best and get a PR,” Rizner said of her performance at the State Meet. “The support from the community was great.”
Rizner’s best jump, which came on her third attempt in the preliminary round, gave her the lead in the competition until Arendt stretched the tape a little farther.
Athletic accomplishments are not new to Rizner, who earned starting roles on both the Hornet volleyball and basketball teams and played well enough to receive All-SWC second team recognition in both sports. But track success is a little different. “It’s so individual,” she said.
The second place finish gave the Hornets eight points and left them in a tie for 34th in the team competition with Westby, McFarland and Seymour. SWC champion Dodgeville-Mineral Point won the D-2 girls title with first place in the final event – the 4x400 relay. D/MP totaled 36 points while Mount Horeb had 35, Lakeside Lutheran 33 and Edgewood 32.
Whitefish Bay took the girls D-1 title and Cuba City the D-3 trophy. Bay Port won the D-1 boys title. Freedom prevailed in D-2, and Marathon in D-3.