Craig's Ashley Pohlman leaps to fifth in triple jump
LA CROSSE There are scratches in races, and then there are scratches.
Janesville Craig’s Ashley Pohlman had to put up with both kinds Friday at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet.
The Craig High sophomore endured the most painful type of scratch in the state 800 relay.
“She ran into some tough luck,” Craig coach Mark Marsden said.
The Cougars botched a baton pass, and Pohlman ended up diving to make the pass to her Craig teammate. She was successful, but it left patches of her body on the UW-La Crosse track.
“She was all skinned up,” Marsden said.
Just five minutes later, she was supposed to start competing in the triple jump.
Pohlman then had the other type of scratches to contend with.
She just overshot the takeoff board on her first attempt, resulting in a scratch. She then hit jumps of 36 feet and then 36 feet, 10 inches.
Pohlman then nailed a jump of more than 37 feet, but that jump also was scratched.
“She was just a little over,” Marsden said. “That jump might have won it.”
The winning jump was 37-9, and Pohlman took home a fifth-place finish.
“I’m real pleased,” Marsden said. “She was very excited. She’s only a sophomore, and I think she’ll be back the next couple of years.”
The other highlight for the Craig girls team was Maggie Slatter earning a spot in the tough 100-meter field. Slatter was seeded 20th in the event and moved up 10 spots. The finals are today.
Janesville Craig senior Cy Badertscher finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 6.5 inches.
“I’m sure Cy always wants to do better,” said Craig coach Jeff Deininger. “But this was a very competitive field. He jumped according to the way he usually jumps. He was pretty much right on.
“But the field was just incredible.”
Badertscher will go for another shot at state honors today in the triple jump.
In other Division 1 action:
n Boys 100 prelims—Milton senior Nate Hammon qualified ninth for today’s finals with a time of 11.35 seconds.
n Boys 200 prelims—Elkhorn senior Kyle Banta missed the finals at 23.9. The last spot went to Sun Prairie’s Joseph Miggins (22.5).
n Boys 400 prelims—Senior Brian Beaudo advanced for Fort Atkinson at 49.77 seconds, which was the field’s seventh fastest.
n Boys 3,200—Craig sophomore Spencer Hrycay finished 11th in 9:44.45 in one of five Division 1 events that were final. Appleton East senior Dan Schubert won the championship with a 9:18.01 time.
n Boys 110 high hurdle prelims—Janesville Parker senior Austin Lloyd posted a time of 15.22 seconds, fifth-fastest going into today’s finals. Junior teammate Erik Albeck missed the cut with an 18th-best time of 15.94.
n Boys 300 intermediate hurdles prelims—Beloit Memorial senior Josh Werling advanced to the finals with the second-fastest qualifying time, 38.94. Junior Edward Ruzga of Lake Geneva Badger joined him with the No. 6 qualifying time of 40.05.
n Boys 400 relay prelims—The Delavan-Darien team of Jordan Hesebeck, Justin Fowlkes, Marcus McLin and Ricky Wojeiechowski qualified 10th in 43.03.
n Boys 800 relay prelims—Milton’s 1:31 wasn’t enough to advance, while Delavan Darien was disqualified in its heat race.
n Boys 1,600 relay prelims—The Parker team of junior Brad Money and seniors Colin Burkheimer, Austin Lloyd and Dan Treinen finished 22nd in 3:33.12.
n Boys 3,200 relay—In a final event, Craig’s Joe Sarow, Evan Lalor, Spencer Hrycay and Tommy Meister finished 23rd in 8:23.61.
n Boys shot put—Parker senior Trever Steinke had a 47-3.75 effort that left him in 23rd place.
n Boys high jump—Parker’s Lloyd was eliminated at the 6-foot mark.
n Girls 100 high hurdles prelims—Parker’s Paige Demos qualified for the finals in 16.19, seventh-fastest in the field. She also competes today in the high jump after getting a fourth-place tie a year ago.
n Girls 800 relay prelims—Craig, with sophomores Ashley Pohlman and Alisha Coleman, senior Mia Metcalf and Slatter, was 18th 1:48.36.
n Discus—Elkhorn senior Sarah Woellert’s throw of 117 feet was good for sixth place.
n Girls pole vault—Craig senior Sara Ennocenti’s mark of 9-6 left her in 18th place.
Marc Wehrs contributed to this report.