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Buchholtz repeats as champ, falls short of high jump record

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 31, 2008
— Normally, an athlete wouldn’t complain about winning a state title.

Becca Buchholtz is not the norm.


The East Troy High School senior standout won the WIAA Division 2 high jump title for the third straight year here Friday, but she was in no mood to celebrate.


The Michigan State University recruit won with a jump of 5-4, but her season-long goal of breaking the girls’ oldest state record never materialized. Cedarburg’s Wendy Markham cleared 6 feet in 1980 to set the mark. Buchholz failed to clear 5-7.


“It feels bad to say I’m frustrated, but this is the worst meet I’ve had all year,” Buchholtz said. “My steps were off. My timing was off. I don’t think I’ve ever had a meet like this.


“It’s nice to know I can have a bad day and still win, but this isn’t what I expected at all.”


Orfordville Parkview’s Anna Soyck was one of eight jumpers who cleared 5-2. The freshman was fifth.


Buchholtz bounced back from her self-proclaimed “poor performance” in the high jump to finish sixth in the long jump.


She jumped 17-2, while Southern Lakes rival Chelsea Heil of Whitewater was fourth at 17-7.5. Arcadia’s Maya Vazquez won with a leap of 18 feet.


Rock Valley vaulters second, fourth


Brodhead-Juda’s Elias Klar and Evansville’s Pat Meredith took their season-long pole vault rivalry to a much bigger stage Friday. Klar cleared 14 feet to tie for second with Richland Center’s Garrett Vetesnik in Division 2 behind Pewaukee’s Tyler Lorenz, while Meredith mastered 13-6 to finish fourth.


Klar had the school record of 14-3 in sight entering state, but was pleased with 14 feet and a silver medal.


“This feels about as good as I imagined it would,” Klar said. “I was hoping to go about three inches higher and get the school record and my PR, but there was a little bit of a crosswind blowing.”


Klar said he was happy to share a spot on the podium with Meredith.


“He has really come on his last three meets or so,” Klar said of Meredith. “He PRd by more than a foot at one meet, and you don’t see that very often.”


Jefferson senior Tyler Mueller, second in the Division 2 triple jump a year ago, soared to 44-3.5 to finish third Friday. University of Wisconsin recruit and defending champion Paul Annear of Richland Center won the event with a jump of 45-10.


Four state records set


State records can only be set at the state meet, and four were set Friday.


In Division 1, the Milwaukee Vincent boys 800 relay team of Justin Rogers, Berevon Wyatt, Dominic Blackmon and Centrell Minter ran a 1:27.29 in the preliminaries to eclipse the old mark of 1:28.15 set by Racine Case in 1983.


Not to be outdone, the Milwaukee Bradley Tech girls 800 relay team of Dezerea Bryant, Sharonda York, Symona Gregory and Jasmyn Hudgins also broke a record with a time of 1:40.11. That time shattered the mark of 1:41.49 set by Milwaukee Vincent in 2006.


Two records fell in Division 3. Jack Szmanda of Wausau Newmanc cleared 15-2 in the pole vault to break Daniel Drewek of Arcadia’s record of 15-1 set in 2007. Aileen Lemanski of Florence jumped 18-6.25 to break the mark of 18-2.25 she set last year.



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