Craig's Badertscher highlights Janesville's first day in state track
A few hours later, though, he was all smiles.
The Janesville Craig junior finished fourth, a mere inch out of second place, at the WIAA state track and field meet.
“I thought it was going to be bad coming in with all the rain,” said Badertscher, who was seeded fourth and matched his personal-best effort of 22 feet, 1 inch. “But as soon as I did my first jump, I knew I was going to have a good day. I hit my 22 and tried to go from there.”
Badertscher entered finals in first place after having his best jump of the day on his first attempt in the competition.
But Mukwonago’s Chris Haase (22-10), Lake Geneva Badger’s Justin Bowers (22-2) and West Bend West’s Brandon Cowie (22-2) all overtook him in the finals.
“I guess, I dropped down to fourth because other guys felt better than I did,” he said with a grin. “In finals, I thought I was feeling it. But eventually after four hours of warming up, your legs just get tired.”
Badertscher said he was trying to get as close as he could to the Cougars’ school record of 22-9.
“I got close, and I was an inch out of second place,” he said. “It was still a good day.”
Sophomore distance runner Tommy Meister also scored points for Craig with a sixth-place finish of 4:20.79 in the 1,600. Elkhorn senior Dan Sullivan was fourth at 4:14.44, and Appleton East’s Taylor Wardall won with a time of 4:10.62.
Meanwhile, Janesville Parker junior Paige Demos advanced to today’s finals in the girls 100-meter high hurdles by placing 10th in Friday’s preliminaries with a time of 15.53 seconds. She also will be one of the top seeds today in the high jump, an event her graduated sister, Shelby, won the last two years.
Parker advanced to the finals in the boys 1,600 relay with a team of Brad Money, Ryan Shelton, Colin Burkheimer, and Cody Speaker. The Vikings finished eighth in the preliminary run with a time of 3:23.31, while their 800 relay team finished 21st.
Money ran a 1:58.09 to finish 15th in the 800-meter finals. Ryan Shelton was 12th in the 200 preliminaries at 22.81, and Parker sophomore Erik Albeck was 18th in 110 high hurdle trials at 15.23.
Parker senior Calvin Nauer finished 15th in the shot put at 51-7.5 and will compete today in the discus. The Vikings also will have Speaker in the pole vault.
Craig senior Hailey Smith finished 21st in the 800 finals. The Cougars’ 800 and 400 girls relay teams failed to advance with 13th- and 16th-place finishes in the trials. The Craig boys will compete today in the 3,200 relay.