Rock Valley Conference throwers top area
The Rock Valley Conference threw its weight around in Thursday night’s WIAA Division 2 track and field sectional competition.
Walworth Big Foot’s Alyssa Lueck won the shot put, and Clinton’s Kevin Kitzman won the discus at the Kewaskum Sectional, while Brodhead/Juda’s Heather Clankie won the discus at the Boscobel Sectional.
Other area sectional winners were Big Foot’s Kenneth Walker in the 300 intermediate hurdles, Whitewater’s Kim Stonewerth in pole vault, along with Clinton’s 800 relay team of Katie Popanz, Karen Vidal, Laura Popanz and Brianna Hart. Laura Popanz also qualified for state by finishing second in both the 100 and 200.
The top four finishers in Division 4 advanced to next week’s WIAA state meet in La Crosse.
Klitzman, who was fifth at state a year ago in shot put, threw the discus 155-1 to win Thursday. The senior also qualified in shot put after finishing second.
Lueck, a junior, threw an impressive 42-1.5 to win the shot put. Whitewater’s Molly Griep, who was second at state a year ago, finished second behind Lueck with a throw of 38-1.
Stonewerth, the top-ranked pole vaulter in Division 2, cleared 11-0 to win Thursday at Kewaskum. Teammate Shaundra Rasmussen cleared 10-6 to finish second.
Clankie qualified for state for the second straight year after leading a 1-2 Brodhead/Juda finish in the discus with a throw of 128-9 at Boscobel. The Cardinals’ Alicia Condon was second at 121-3.
Walker raced to victory in the 300 intermediates with a time of 40.53 seconds, with Whitewater’s Sam Tisdale also qualifying for state after finishing third in 41.89 at Kewaskum. The Whippets’ Dawson Miller advanced in two events by finishing second in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600.
Jefferson’s Amanda Brom qualified for state for the second year in a row. The junior was third in both the 400 and the 800 at Kewaskum.
Turner’s Zach Sherrod was second in the 100-meter dash at the Boscobel Sectional in earning a repeat trip to state.
Monroe’s Jeffrey Hill, who was eighth at state a year ago in Division 2, won the Boscobel Sectional title in pole vault by clearing 13-9. Edgerton’s Brent Samuelsen was third with a qualifying height of at 13-6.
Madison Edgewood’s Eileen Gehring tuned up for state by winning the 100, 200 and 400 at Boscobel. Gehring is the defending state champion in the 100 and 400.