WIAA T&F: Dunkleberger, Stendel lead way to State
MCFARLAND —?Ben Dunkleberger and Emily Stendel each won two events at the WIAA Division 2 McFarland Sectional, headlining a long list of area qualifiers for the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships, to take place next weekend in La Crosse.
Dunkleberger won both the triple jump and long jump while qualifying in the 100-meter dash. The junior will defend his Division 2 State title in the triple jump after covering 45-feet, 7-inches, beating runner-up Brayden Zettle of Monroe by over 2 feet.
Dunkleberger’s night was far from done. He added a first in the long jump, leaping 21-10 to win a showdown with River Valley’s Kyle Thomas (21-9) and Wisconsin Heights’ Rickie Williams (21-3 1/4).
Dunkleberger completed his huge night with a third-place finish in the 100 dash (:10.95), totaling 26 of the L-Cats’ 30 team points.
Stendel will return to State in both the shot put and discus. The junior won the discus with a throw of 42-feet even, but it was her discus throw that created the biggest buzz. Stendel’s throw of 136-9 not only was over 8 feet further than runner-up Trevonna Rave of Black River Falls, but also broke her own school record of 135 set earlier this season.
For the second time in three days Stendel and the Lady Eagles finished second to Monroe, racking up 57 points to the Cheesemakers’ 70.
Stendel will be joined by a bevy of teammates at next week’s WIAA State Meet. Jefferson’s 4x200 relay team won a Sectional title, as Audry Wright,?Parker Fetherston, Emily Becker and Emily Hottinger held on for a 1:46.53 finish, just leaning out Dodgeville/Mineral Point (1:46.72) at the tape.
The same JHS?foursome qualified in the 4x100, as Wright, Fetherston, Becker and Hottinger ran a :50.99 to finish fourth.
Also qualifying for Jefferson were: Hottinger (4th, 100 hurdles, :15.51) and sophomore Mariah Linse (4th, 1,600, 5:16.88).
The Lakeside Lutheran girls had three individuals and one relay qualify.
Senior Danielle Schilling finished second in the pole vault (10-6), junior Amber Rowoldt was runner-up in the triple jump (36-10), and sophomore Kaitlyn Shadoski placed second in the long jump (16-8 1/2).
Meanwhile, Rowoldt, Shadoski, Lauren Thiele and Janae Jensen teamed up for a third-place finish in the 4x200, crossing the finish line in 1:47.78.
Lakeside Lutheran’s Zech Schleef had quite a day, qualifying once as an individual and was part of two State-qualifying relay teams.
Schleef was runner-up in the 200 dash in the time of :22.56, second only to River Valley’s Thomas who won in :21.87.
Schleef, Casey Ponyicsanyi, Nick Chesterman and Eli Gartner teamed up for a runner-up finish in the 4x200 relay (1:30.24), and Brevin Jegerlehner joined Schleef, Ponyicsanyi and Gartner in finishing second in the 4x100 (:44.27).
The Warriors’ Mitchell Georgi also is headed to State, finishing second in the 3,200 (9:36.96).
The Jefferson boys will be represented in four events, headlined by senior Rylee Miller who will be competing in his third and final WIAA State Meet after a second-place finish in the 800 meters, running a personal best 1:57.17.
Joining Miller will be senior Stephen Novak (3rd, high jump, 6-2), senior Daustin Martin (3rd, shot put, 49-11) and junior Keith Bowling (3rd, triple jump, 42-9 1/4).
“We are extremely proud of how are athletes responded to such great competition,” said Jefferson head coach Doug Siegert. “We knew we were going to have to grind it out, with a lot of teams bringing State-podium competition. All of our athletes stepped up. We had so many athletes perform their best on their last race or jumps, it is hard to think that they can have their best performance, but still come up short in their goal of making it to La Crosse. It is a little bittersweet. We can’t wait to see what next week brings though.”
The 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships take place June 2-3 at Memorial Stadium on the UW-La Crosse campus.