LA CROSSE – Marshfield Columbus Catholic sophomore Noah Eckelberg won gold medals in three wheelchair events at the 2019 WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Eckelberg was one of a number of area athletes that picked up a total of 13 medals with top-six finishes on Saturday as the two-day meet concluded. Columbus, Spencer, Stratford, Marshfield and Auburndale combined for 17 medals in all at the state meet.
Eckelberg won the 400 meters in 1:04.58, the 800 meters in 2:13.94, and the 1,600 meters in 4:41.23 to move his state medal total to four for this year. He placed third in the wheelchair shot put on Friday. Eckelberg also won the 400 and 800 races at last year’s state meet.
Spencer junior Hannah Zastrow, who finished fifth in the pole vault on Friday, earned a gold medal in the Division 3 girls 100 meters, finishing in 14.98 seconds. She also competed in the high jump on Saturday, taking ninth with a jump of 5 feet.
Leah Zastrow took sixth in the 100 hurdles for the Rockets to also earn a medal. She finished in 15.64 seconds.
Also grabbing a state title was the Auburndale girls 3,200-meter relay team. Macie Schmeiser, Erricka Zenner, Jordyn Karl and Vanessa Mitchell won the Division 3 event in 9:51.18. Schmeiser and Zenner were part of the Apaches’ 3,200 team that finished second at state a year ago.
Paityn Hamus, Schmeiser, Isabelle Hilber and Isabella Jewell won another medal for the Apaches, taking third in the D-3 girls 1,600 relay, finishing in 4:07.79.
Senior Logan Zschernitz wrapped up his stellar athletic career at Spencer by earning his second silver medal of the meet. He finished second in the Division 3 boys discus with a throw of 172 feet, 11 inches, to finish second. He also took second in the D-3 shot put on Friday.
Mason Barth also earned a medal for the Spencer boys, taking fourth in the Division 3 110-meter hurdles (15.22), and he finished 11th in the pole vault (12-0) as well.
Marshfield grabbed three more medals on Saturday to go along with the fifth-place finish by Molly Meyers in the Division 1 girls shot put on Friday.
Senior Caden Pearce placed fourth in the Division 1 boys 400 meters in 49.33 seconds, and fifth in the 200 in 22.03 seconds. His 400 finish was just one-half second behind the winning pace set by Chase Roberts of Wauwatosa East.
Junior Gracie Holland earned a fifth-place medal in the D-1 girls pole vault with a vault of 11 feet for Marshfield to gain her first state track medal.
Addison Hill finished 24th in the Division 1 boys 800 meters in 2:20.64 for Marshfield.
Auburndale’s Isabella Jewell took ninth in the girls Division 3 400 meters in 1:01.27.
Stratford’s Teddy Redman finished ninth in the Division 2 boys 400 in 51.63 seconds.
Loyal’s Mason Malm, who took second in the Division 3 boys pole vault on Friday, won two gold medals on Saturday, taking first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.53) and the 300 hurdles (38.59). A pair of his teammates also won medals for the Greyhounds as Savannah Schley took third in the girls 400 meters (59.83) and Gabrielle Hederer was fifth in the long jump.
The Edgar girls won four medals on Saturday. Marissa Ellenbecker took third in Division 3 3,200 in 11:23.96, and teamed with Rachel Brewster, Bailey Imhoff and Danielle Lemanski to take fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:09.25).
Two other Edgar relays teams also earned medals. The team of Brewster, Daria Hoesly, Lemanski and Imhoff finished second in the 400 relay (50.67) and fourth in the 800 relay (1:46.45).
The Edgar boys also picked up two medals. The 800 relay team of Karson Butt, Mason Stoudt, Drew Guden and Kyle Brewster finished third in 1:31.13, and the 1,600 team of Austin Dahlke, Stoudt, Brewster and Guden took second in 3:30.37.
Marathon’s boys 1,600 relay team of Aaron Schumacher, Cameron Schilling, Will Prihoda and Joe Kraimer took fourth in 3:30.67, and Kraimer won an individual medal for the Raiders by taking third in the 800 in 1:59.54.
Colby senior Mackenzie Huber won a medal for the Hornets in the Division 3 girls shot put, taking second with a throw of 42-2½.
Abbotsford’s Melanie Kunze won two medals in the D-3 girls hurdles races. She finished third in the 300 in 46.11 and the 100 15.41.
In Division 2, Medford’s girls 3,200 relay team of Franny Seidel, Lauren Meyer, Stephanie Mauzer, and Aubrey Anderson won a medal, finishing sixth in 9:34.33.