The WIAA Division 1 track and field sectional at Sussex Hamilton last Thursday featured some of the top teams and individuals in the state, and two of the best teams at the meet were the Arrowhead boys and girls.
The AHS girls team won the team championship with 137 points. Milwaukee King was second with 104 points, followed by Grafton with 68, Milwaukee Riverside 63 and Whitefish Bay 49.
In the boys scoring, Oconomowoc won the title with 102 points, and the Warhawks took second with 82 tallies.
The state track meet will be Friday and Saturday at Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse.
Girls qualify 10
The top three finishers in each event earn automatic state berths, and the Arrowhead girls finished with 10.
"The competition at Hamilton was very strong, so for us to get 10 entries through is a good sign," said Arrowhead coach Steve Kostka. "We had some outstanding performances. Our distance kids did some unbelievable things. But across the board, we had good efforts. We turned in some very good races and didn't make the state meet."
Arrowhead stole the spotlight at the sectional in the 1,600 run and the 3,200 run, grabbing the top three spots in the former and the top two spots in the latter. Last fall, those distance kids won the WIAA state cross country championship.
In the 1,600, Payton Wesley won with a time of 5:12.26 and Jackie Dubnicka took second (5:12.94) and Lea Patek was third (5:15.01). Natalie Burant then won the 3,200 at 11:08.12, and Patek was second at 11:18.46.
The only other individual winner was Taylor Amann in the pole vault with a personal-best jump of 12 feet.
The 800 relay team of Miranda Winkelman, Jenna Goulet, Caroline Bong and Vanessa Voss had a time of 1:45.09 and the 3,200 relay of Patek, Wesley, Tayler McCormack and Dubnicka won with a clocking of 9:31.86.
Others qualifying for state were Dubnicka with a second in the 800 (2:23.43) and Kathlean Wartman in the 300 hurdles (45.84).
AHS boys advance eight
The lone victory for the boys came from Jake Dubnicka in the 3, 00 run. Dubnicka won that race with a time of 9:40.18, six seconds better than his closest competition.
Other individual qualifiers for the Warhawks were Mark Duchow with a third in the 200 (22.43), Ben Bierman second in the 800 (1:57.84), Bierman second in the 1,600 (4:22.95), Steve Radeztsky third in the long jump (20-3) and Austin Fisher third in the shot put (50-9).
Arrowhead also qualified in two relays, taking second in the 800 (1:29.12) and second in the 3,200 (7:57.58). Running on the 800 team were Radeztsky, Duchow, Jake Mentzer and Karl Tremmel and members of the 3,200 were Bierman, Will Simons, Josh Bodnar and Steve Kelly.
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