WIAA Division 3 state track and field: Johnson Creek’s Hannah Constable wins the 800-meter title
LA CROSSE — It took 2 minutes, 15.64 seconds on Friday for Johnson Creek freshman Hannah Constable to make a name for herself at the WIAA Division 3 state track and field meet.
That was the time Constable recorded in winning the championship in the 800-meter run, edging Oshkosh Lourdes senior Emily Foley by 0.13 seconds at UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Constable’s strong finishing kick earned her the title. Deerfield senior Jessica Jacobs (2:22.04) finished eighth.
“For a lot of my races, I’ve passed a lot of people in the last 100, which is probably how I won that race right there,” said Constable, who also qualified for today’s 400 final by recording a time of :59.76 in Friday’s preliminaries.
With a chance to improve on an already impressive debut, the freshman is still in awe of the state meet spectacle.
“I’m shocked,” Constable said after her race. “It’s crazy with all these people here.”
On the boys side, Madison Country Day Co-op senior Obi Iwuagwu — who has battled hamstring and groin injuries — finished third in the triple jump (44 feet, 2¼ inches) and qualified for today’s final in the 100 (:11.57). He also will compete in the long jump today, seeded third.
Iwuagwu took basketball season off to train for track and field, but sustained an injury on the third triple jump attempt of his first meet this season.
“I tried to push really hard, and I heard a huge pop and ended up tearing my hamstring,” said Iwuagwu, who returned for the Trailways Conference meet and ran into more trouble at the Hilbert sectional last Thursday.
“Everything felt rushed and I wasn’t very warmed up. I was just gassed the whole meet,” Iwuagwu said.
The result: He sustained a groin pull during the 200 final.
“It’s hard. How hard I worked over the offseason, and just to come back and jump two feet under my (personal record),” said Iwuagwu, who will compete next season at NCAA Division II Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Cambridge senior Gus Kaiser placed sixth in the 3,200 (9:58.85) and anchored the third-place 3,200 relay team (8:08.14).
The Deerfield girls 1,600 relay of Maren Jensen, Gracie Wilson, Reece Matheson and Jacobs qualified for today’s final (4:11.93).