Parker senior speaks loudly in state pole vault
The Janesville Parker High senior finished second in the pole vault in the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet Saturday.
Speaker cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to place second in the event to Brookfield Central’s Matt Korgman, who cleared 14-9.
“My personal best is 14-7, but I’ll take 14-6 and take second over sharing fourth place with four other people like I did last year,” Speaker said. “I missed all three attempts at 14-9. My legs were dead.
“But this is a great way to end my high school career.”
Parker boys coach Joe Dye admired Speaker’s effort.
“What a way to finish his career,” Dye said. “To win a conference championship, and back-to-back place finishes at state. He was pretty much walking on air when we left.”
Korgman and Speaker first hooked up at the Parker Invitational, which turned out to be a dual meet.
“The competition between those two was outstanding,” Dye said. “Cody would have dearly loved to beat Korgman, but he conducted himself like a champion.”
Speaker had the eighth-best qualifying height entering the meet.
Parker junior Paige Demos was pleased to have a place on the podium after she tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.
“It feels good,” Demos said. “It was kind of cold, and I didn’t jump very well.”
Demos’ sister, Shelby, was a two-time state champion in the event.
Paige Demos said she tried to ignore a steady rainfall and falling temperatures late in the meet that made jumping an adventure.
“I’ve never missed 5-2, so it was kind of depressing,” she said. “But I’ve got another year.”
Demos also finished 10th in the 100 high hurdles in 16.48.
Parker’s 1,600 relay team placed ninth in 3:24.72.
“I knew it was going to be a challenge,” Dye said of the finish. “The field was very deep.”
Other Parker finishes included an 11th-place finish in the 3,200 relay and a 15th-place finish by Calving Nauer in the discus. Brad Money also finished 15th in the 800.
Craig’s Cy Badertscher took home the Cougars’ top finish Saturday, placing sixth in the triple jump (44-1 ¾), while Craig’s 3,200 relay team finished 11th.
Craig sophomore Devon Radloff earned two medals in the WIAA’s first presentation of wheelchair events. He took second in the 100-meter dash in 22.3 seconds and was fourth in the 1,600 at 6:20, giving the Cougars 13 points and fourth place in the team standings.