Girls track team excited for state

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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Sitori Tanin qualified for state in the triple jump for a third consecutive season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

VERONA — Cory Christnovich knows first-hand just how stressful sectionals can be.

Christnovich — a standout track and field athlete himself at Neenah High School and UW-Stevens Point — understands the make or break, no-tomorrow nature of the meet.

“It’s a tough day. Without a doubt, it’s more stressful than state itself,” said Christnovich, Middleton’s girls’ head coach. “And as a head coach, it’s so hard because it’s so emotional one way or another for an event. At the end of this meet, I’m always exhausted.”

Christnovich’s Cardinals felt the same way when the WIAA Division 1 Verona Sectional ended last Thursday. For the most part, though, Middleton’s happiness level nearly matched its fatigue.

The Cardinals finished fifth as a team at sectionals with 64 points. Madison Memorial was the sectional champion with 111.3 points.

More importantly, though, Middleton advanced three relay teams and three individuals to the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

The Cardinals will be sending their 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams to state. Middleton junior Sitori Tanin qualified in the triple jump, freshman Lauren Pansegrau earned a trip in the 3,200-meter run and senior Shea Ruhly qualified in the 1,600-meter run.

“Overall, I think it was a good day,” Christnovich said. “We had some tough misses along the way, but everybody does.”

Pansegrau was part of a thrilling race at sectionals, where she finished second to Onalaska standout Kora Malacek. Pansegrau’s time of 10:55.22 was well behind Malacek’s (10:38.91), but was also the second-fastest time in the state.

Now, Pansegrau will be seeded second at state in the 3,200-meter run.

“It was really fun, definitely really competitive,” Pansegrau said of facing Malacek. “I’m really excited. I haven’t really experienced a big meet like state, so it should be really fun.”

Tanin had a good time, as well, winning the triple jump with a mark of 36-2 and qualifying for state in that event for a third straight year. Tanin is now seeded 13th at state, but expects to do far better than that.

“Overall, it was a good meet for me,” said Tanin, who was sixth at state in the triple jump last year and seventh as a freshman. “You always want to go for more things, but it will be nice to focus on one thing at practice (this) week because I’m usually running from one event to the next.”

Ruhly finished third at sectionals in the 1,600 and is now seeded 10th at state.

Middleton’s 3,200-meter relay team of Pansegrau, Kaitlyn Peters, Bella Chirafisi and Brielle McDonald was third at sectionals and is seeded sixth at state.

The Cardinals’ 1,600-meter relay team of Hadley Braaten, Peters, McDonald and Gabbi Butler was second at sectionals and is seeded 16th at state.

And Middleton’s 800-meter relay team of Abby Gessler, Butler, Molly Gaab and Tai Pritts was third at sectionals and is seeded 19th at state.

“When a day like this is over, you kind of breathe a sigh of relief,” Christnovich said. “No one wants their season to end today, so our goal was to get as many kids through to state as we can.”


Girls track and field

Verona Sectional

Team scores: Madison Memorial 111.3; Waunakee 82; La Crosse Logan 78.3; Verona 73.3; Middleton 64; Baraboo 62; Onalaska 53; Holmen 35.5; Madison West 33.5; Reedsburg 30; DeForest 19; Madison East 19; Tomah 17; La Crosse Central 12; Sparta 3; Sauk Prairie 2.

Automatic state qualifiers

100: 1, Korger-Mitchell, MM, :12.51; 2, Wade, MM, :12.56; 3, Smith, V, :12.57.

200: 1, Bova, Wau, :25.76; 2, Larsen, Wau, :26.11; 3, Smith, V, :26.47.

400: 1, Larsen, Wau, :57.42; 2, Bova, Wau, :57.93; 3, McBride, R, :59.37.

800: 1, Malacek, On, 2:17.11; 2, Hoopes, Wau, 2:18.52; 3, Remiker, V, 2:20.05.

1,600: 1, Malacek, On, 5:06.84; 2, Bowman, MW, 5:09.50; 3, Ruhly, Mid, 5:14.05.

3,200: Malacek, On, 10:38.91; 2, Pansegrau, Mid, 10:55.22; 3, Nashold, MW, 11:00.69.

100 hurdles: 1, Krysinski, Wau, :15.44; 2, Ashworth, MM, :15.90; 3, Rudolf, V, :16.15.

300 hurdles: 1, Krysinski, Wau, :47.33; 2, Rudolf, V, :47.71; 3, Mazur, T, :48.66.

400 relay: 1, Madison Memorial (Miller, Wong, Wade, Korger-Mitchell), :50.06; 2, Holmen, :50.40; 3, Baraboo, :51.04.

800 relay: 1, Madison Memorial (Wade, Miller, Sweet, Korger-Mitchell), 1:45.42; 2, Baraboo, 1:45.85; 3, Middleton, 1:45.95.

1,600 relay: 1, Waunakee (Armstrong, Thole, Grabarski, Meinholz), 3:57.84; 2, Middleton, 4:05.47; 3, Madison Memorial, 4:06.22.

3,200 relay: 1, Onalaska, 9:24.51; 2, Madison Memorial, 9:37.50; 3, Middleton, 9:39.11.

Pole vault: 1, Sowinski, MW, 10-9; 2 (tie), Brings, V, Sweet, MM, and Hanson-Myers, LCL, 10-0.

High jump: 1, Mink, D, 5-6; 2, Knoble, LCL, 5-4; 3, Korger-Mitchell, MM, 5-3.

Long jump: 1, Rudolf, V, 17-7¼; 2, Runnels, B, 17-4¼; 3, Buske, ME, 17-3½.

Triple jump: 1, Crary, R, 43-11½; 2, Mais, Wau, 43-11½; 3, Meyer, Mid, 43-6½.

Shot put: 1, Thorns, MM, 41-9¼; 2, Waite, LCL, 37-5¾; 3, Witcraft, LCL, 37-1½.

Discus: 1, Johnson, Bar, 135-10; 2, Rosales, MM, 129-9; 3, Waite, LCL, 125-3.


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