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Whitewater collects more gold

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 31, 2008
— What would the WIAA Division 2 state track and field meet be without the Whitewater Whippets making a splash?

And although they waited until the meet’s final race, that’s exactly what the Whippets did here Saturday.


Whitewater High won both the boys and girls 1,600-meter relays to cap off another success state meet for coach Mark Maas’ prolific program.


Saturday turned into Senior Day for Whitewater girls team. Seniors Megan Tommet, Chelsea Heil, and Megan Theune ran on three medal-winning relay teams, including the 1,600, to lead the Whippets to another top-five team finish at the state meet. The Whippets scored 33 points to finish fifth, while Arcadia won with 45.


The day began with Tommet, Heil, Theune and sophomore Kelsey Harms running to a second-place finish in the 800 relay. Whitewater finished in 1:46.11, while Kewaskum won in 1:45.62.


“We wanted to set our PR,” Theune said of the 800 relay, “but we were really happy with our finish.”


Heil said the second-place finish set the tone for the rest of the meet.


“That got us excited about our last two races,” Heil said. “We got our medal, so that allowed us to just go out and run and not worry about getting a medal.”


The three seniors, along with fellow senior Leah Harms, then raced to a fourth-place finish in the 400 relay less than a half hour later. Whitewater crossed the line in 50.75, while Brown Deer won with a time of 49.42.


Brown Deer had set the state Division 2 record a day earlier in 49.35 and ran a 49.42 in the finals.


“We wanted a school record in the 400, but we just missed it,” Tommet said. “And we lost to a team that set the state record, so that isn’t so bad.”


The three Whippets topped off the day, along with Kelsey Harms, by winning the 1,600 in 4:02.72, a Whitewater school record.


The Whippet boys completed the sweep in the 1,600 relay, thanks to two incredible legs from senior Alex Adkinson and Grant Bughman. The team won in 3:23.90 after entering the race as the second seed.


“We were on a mission,” Bughman said of the relay team. “I’ve been on this team since I was a freshman, and everybody put in the time and effort each day to get to this point.


“It’s even better for our high school that the girls won, too.”


Bughman finished sixth to pick up a medal in the 400, while Whippet senior Sara Levine was eighth in the 3,200.


Buchholtz wins state title


East Troy senior Becca Buchholtz capped off a magnificent high school career Saturday by winning the Division 2 triple jump—her fifth state title in three years. her career.


The Michigan State University recruit jumped a personal-best 37-3.75 to win the event for the second straight year, while Whitewater’s Leah Harms was sixth at 35-2.25.


“Surprisingly, my best jump came in the finals,” Buchholtz said. “I usually don’t do as well in the finals as I do in the preliminaries, but I felt really good day.


“I popped a 37-3 in the finals, so I guess I saved my best for last.”


Buchholtz’s teammate, Tia Nowak, was fourth in the 400, while Jasmine Haines finished fifth in the 200.


Thanks to 22 points from Buchholtz, East Troy finished fourth overall in the team standings in Division 2 with 36 points.


Fort Atkinson’s Spencer Agnew was seventh in the 3,200 in Division 1, while Milton’s Tasha Randall finished 20th in Division 1 shot put.


Clinton’s Campbell finishes fifth


Cody Campbell would’ve loved to bottle up his warm-up toss in Division 2 boys shot put and saved it for the real thing.


The Clinton senior uncorked a throw near 60 feet in warm-ups, but he couldn’t duplicate the feat in the preliminary or final round. Campbell, the top-seed coming in, settled for fifth place after a throw of 53-2.5. Tomahawk’s Joe Lilek won the event with a toss of 55-4.5.


Campbell said the fifth-place medal was disappointing.


“Everything went wrong today,” Campbell said. “My form was off, and I couldn’t get anything going.


“After finishing fourth last year, winning was a high priority this year. It just didn’t happen for me today.”


Clinton’s Alex Marchillo finished eighth in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 41.16.


Along with Campbell’s trip to the podium, one other Rock Valley Conference athlete picked up a medal Saturday.


Brodhead-Juda’s Shannon Klein, who as a freshman has a bright future, finished fourth in the Division 2 800. Klein made a strong push the last 100 meters to finish in 2:18.52.


West Salem’s Courtney Oldenburg won the event in 2:15.03, edging defending champion Deidre Dillman of Prairie du Chien (2:15.18).


Edgerton’s Shea Sweeney finished eighth in Division 2 pole vault after clearing 9-6, while Evansville’s Ryan Ammerman was 11th in the 3,200.



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