Roloff, Lowney lead Shawano at state track and field meet

Menominee Indian’s Corn places 3rd in shot put
By: 
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

The Shawano Community High School track and field teams enjoyed a strong day of competition at the Division 2 WIAA State Track and Field Championships on June 25 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

Juniors Isabel Roloff and Elliott Lowney led the way for the Hawks after claiming a second-place finish each. Roloff was second in the girls pole vault, while Lowney placed second in the boys 200-meter dash. Roloff cleared 11 feet, while Lowney posted a time of 22.16 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Roloff also took fourth in the 100 with a time of 12.34. Lowney was seventh in the 400 with a mark of 50.98.

“Making the podium (top six) in two events at state is a feat that I am very proud of,” said Roloff. “The hard work that I have put in throughout my track seasons thus far has been paying off, which gives me even more motivation to achieve my goals for next year.”

“In the 400, I was ranked eighth and I took seventh, so improving is always nice,” said Lowney. “I came in ranked second here (in the 200) and took second. I wish I would have took first but the guy who took first (Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau’s Luke Vance), he’s a great athlete, he’s going to run track at a Division I school (in college) so I can’t hang my head on that. There was a lot of seniors in that event, so next year I’m looking to come back and hopefully win it.”

Big Foot’s Annie Murphy won the girls pole vault after clearing 12 feet. Roloff qualified for the 100 finals after posting a time of 12.65 in the preliminary race, which was good enough for seventh.

Lowney took first in his 200 heat race with a time of 22.49, behind only Vance (22.26). Vance ran a 22.02 in the finals.

Shawano’s Gage Timm also earned a spot on the podium after finishing sixth in the boys triple jump with a top leap of 43-2¾.

That jump was Timm’s first of the day and helped him earn a spot in the finals. All three of Timm’s preliminary jumps, plus two of his three finals jumps were over 41 feet.

“I feel like I preformed pretty good, it wasn’t my best day jumping but I can’t say it was bad,” said Timm. “Ending on the podium was really special, just being able to end on such a high note was amazing.”

Morgan Weinig, Shawano’s other individual competitor, finished 14th in the girls shot put (34-9½).

“It really brings a sense of closure and feeling of accomplishment to my season and career that I was able to accomplish goals I set for myself when I was 12,” said Weinig of ending her high school sports career at state.

The quartet of Lydia Beyer, Odessa Arce, Grace Beyer and Grace Chelberg represented Shawano in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

The 4x800 team earned a spot on the podium with a fifth-place finish in 9:45.83, which also set a new school record.

“Unexplainable. Leaves me in tears just thinking about it,” said senior Lydia Beyer of making the podium. “Definitely something I’m so proud of after working towards it for four years. Means even more that I could accomplish this goal with my sister and teammates. Really is the icing on the cake to an amazing athletic career at Shawano High.”

The 4x400 relay team came in 16th with a time of 4:18:74, a personal record for the group.

“State was an exciting experience, and easily the best experience I’ve been a part of,” said Arce, a junior. “I was nervous to run at such a high level at a large stadium, but once I was in the race, it was the most fun race I’ve ever been in. The tremendous amount of support from our families and friends made it the best.”

After getting a taste of state, Arce, Grace Beyer and Chelberg will hope to carry that momentum into next track season.

“Heading into next year I know how much hard work and dedication it takes to make it and that the goal of making it to state is achievable,” said Beyer. “This track season has made me more excited for next year in hopes to make it to state again.”

“This year’s state experience has taught me that there will always be another competitor that is working just as hard as me,” said Chelberg. “I know that if I want to make it to state again I’m going to have to work twice as hard.”

Menominee Indian

Menominee Indian’s Guadalupe Corn made the most of her one state event, finishing third in the girls shot put after a top throw of 40-0.

She advanced to the finals with a mark of 39-11½ on her final preliminary throw. He throw of 40 came on her second throw in finals.

Bonduel

The Bonduel girls 4x800 relay team of Kendra Troxel, Breanna Schnell, Ashlyn Kurey and Kara Troxel, along with Kara Troxel individually in the 800, competed in the Division 3 meet on June 24.

The relay team placed 13th with a time of 10:25.17. Kara Troxel took 15th with a time of 2:30.7 in the 800.

“Getting the chance to go to state as a senior for track is just super special,” said Kara Troxel. “If there’s one way to go out of high school, I would definitely want my last experience to be competing at a state event. I’m truly grateful that I had the experience to run at state.”

“Ending my high school career at a state meet was extremely thrilling,” said Schnell. “It was the best way to end my final season with my team. I truly enjoyed the trip down to UW-La Crosse and I made memories I will never forget. I’m hoping I can come back next year to watch my old teammates and cheer them on.”

While the two seniors move on, Kendra Troxel and Kurey will hope to use the state experience as a springboard for the rest of their high school careers.

“Though I was determined going into state this year, I realize I need to be even more determined next year’s track season to make it back at state and hopefully share this exciting experience with more athletes from Bonduel,” said Troxel.

Full results from the state meets can be found at https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Spring/Boys-Track-Field/Tournament.

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