Brodhead/Juda's Clankie wins state discus title
LA CROSSE Heather Clankie of Brodhead/Juda took home a gold medal Saturday by winning the Division 2 discus title, highlighting area individual finishers at the WIAA state track and field meet.
Clankie, a junior, won the event at 129 feet, 3 inches.
Clinton senior Kevin Kitzman finished second in the Division 2 shot put with a throw of 55-0.75 feet, improving on his fifth-place finish at state as a junior. Kitzman placed seventh in the discus on Friday.
“He didn’t quite throw his best, but I don’t think anyone threw their best today,” Clinton coach Ray Vance said. “He was within five inches of his best.”
Kitzman is headed to UW-Whitewater next year.
Meanwhile, Whitewater High senior Kim Stonewerth finished second in the Division 2 girls pole vault at 11-3. Stonewerth had one more miss than champion Bonnie Drazler, a freshman from Wrightstown, who cleared the same height.
“She was a little disappointed because she’s been higher than that,” said Whitewater
coach John Houwers, who added Stonewerth went 11-8 earlier this season.
“Her miss was hardly a miss,” Houwers said. “She went to plant the pole and it popped out of the box and hit the pit. She didn’t leave the ground, but because the pole hit the pit it was counted as a miss.”
Stonewerth, a two-time state gymnastics champion, is planning to compete at the University of Minnesota next year.
Whitewater’s boys 1,600-meter relay placed fifth. The team of seniors Nick Romani, Dawson Miller and Clark Zinzow and junior Bryan Edwards timed in at 3:24.7 after leading Friday’s preliminaries at 3:26.05.
“It was a pretty good time, a pretty good effort for them,” Houwers said. “They were a little disappointed. They were hoping for better because they had the best time in the preliminaries.”
Senior Laura Popanz led a memorable day for the Clinton girls team with a fourth in the 100 (12.56 seconds), a fourth in the 800 relay (1:46.24) and a fifth in the 200 (25.47).
Clinton girls coach Kris Wallace said Popanz tied her best time in the 200 and was close to her personal record in the 100.
“Overall, it was a really good day,” Wallace said. “These are some of the better finishes we’ve had on the girls side. I don’t think we’ve ever had a girl finish on the podium in three events at state before.”
Popanz, who is headed to Augustana, S.D., next year, anchored the 800 relay team that had the ninth-best time in Friday’s preliminaries. Wallace said better exchanges on Saturday led to a big improvement in the finals. The relay team also included Katie Popanz, Karen Zidal and Brianna Hart.
Other area Division 2 action:
n Jefferson sophomore Megan Linse was 10th at 17.06.
n Edgerton senior Tyler Dobratz took fourth in the boys 110 high hurdles in 15.36. seconds. Walworth Big foot junior Kenneth Walker was ninth in that event at 15.7 and fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.03 seconds.
n East Troy freshman Bryzena Santos took third in the girls triple at 36 feet, 6.75 inches. Senior teammate Caitlin Dolan was 12th at 32-1.
n Monroe senior Dylan Starck was fourth in the boys 800 at 1:57.9 and fourth in the 1,600 at 4:23.29.
n Whitewater senior Dawson Miller ran ninth in the 800 at 1:59.19 and eighth in the 1,600 at 4:27.16.
n Monroe senior Michael Barrett placed eighth in the boys high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches. Orfordville Parkview sophomore Ben Davisson was 12th at 6 feet.
n Turner took third in the boys 1,600 relay at 3:24.08 with an all-senior team of Tim Laursen, Joe Pickett, Paul Sorenson and Ben Sagona. The Trojans were fourth in the 800 relay with Sorenson, Zach Sherrod, Laursen and Quay Grace. Sherrod, Mathew Kreiser, Laursen and Grace ran the Trojans to sixth place in the 400 relay at 43.61 seconds.
n Brodhead/Juda senior Shannon Klein was fourth in the girls 400 in 57.81 seconds. Jefferson senior Amanda Brom was sixth at 58.87.
n Lakeside Lutheran’s girls 1,600 relay team took second at 4:01 with a team of Keri Bahler, Sarah Hackbarth, Katherine Becker and Rachel Behl.
n East Troy’s girls 400 relay team was sixth with Alicia Olsesen, Claire Loth, Frankie Morris and Alee Schahczinski.
In Division 3:
n Albany senior Hillard Best took seventh in the girls dicus at 114 feet, 6 inches.