LA CROSSE - Jake Wiedemeier didn't know what to expect when he started his defense of the Division 3 pole vault title Friday at the state track and field meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium, but when it was all over with, he was just where he hoped to be.
For the third straigth year Wiedemeier won the pole vault title, this year with a height of 14 feet.
"It feels pretty amazing, that's for sure," the senior said.
Despite having success at the state meet, Wiedemeier had questions.
"This year, we lost a lot of meets because of the weather," he said. "Not a very good day at sectionals. I wasn't feeling very safe but I pulled through at the end."
Wiedemeier failed to clear 14-6, the highest he's vaulted this season. Still, he was pumped to three-peat.
"I was pretty motivated when I woke up today," Wiedemeier said. "I had a good mindset."
Draxler in position
Wrightstown's Bonnie Draxler will look to win three state titles Saturday and post three-peats in the Division 2 pole vault and 400-meter dash.
Draxler ran away from her heat in the 400 Friday, posting a season's-best time of 56.69 seconds, which was close to her state-winning time of 56.57 last year.
In the 100, Draxler crossed the finish line in 13.31, which qualifies her fifth. However, her time is just .23 seconds off the No. 1 time.
In the pole vault, Draxler is a heavy favorite with a seed of 13 feet. The No. 2 height is 10-9.
Murphy places second
Seymour's Bridget Murphy ended her high school career by placing second in the Division 2 800. The Indiana State recruit recorded a time of 2:15.33, one second behind the winning time (2:14.33) of Rachel Atchinson of
Parker wins 1,600 title
Neenah's Jessica Parker won the Division 1 1,600 run with a time of 4:56.91. Parker entered the final lap in second place behind Racine Case's Stephanie Nielsen, but ran her down midway through the final lap and won by about five seconds.
"I went into the race and my main goal was to get under five (minutes); I've been at 5 (minutes) so many times," Parker said. "The rest was extra."
Parker said earlier in the day she wasn't feeling great, but that obviously meant nothing.
"In my warmup today my legs felt a little tired," Parker said. "It feels really good. Something I've been working toward all season."
Parker, who led the first lap, intentionally stayed back in the middle of the race and then kicked it in the final lap. She had a good feeling on the backstretch.
"I felt good," Parker said. "I just wanted to finish it. I could kind of hear her coming."
Kaukauna's Nytes captures title
Trent Nytes of Kaukauna won the Division 1 high jump with a height of 6-8 1/2. Nytes entered state with a 6-4 seed height, but just one inch off De Pere's Camden Coble's mark of 6-5.
Nytes failed three times at clearing 6-10.
Coble finished fifth at 6-4.
Wallenfang in position
Green Bay Preble's Jake Wallenfang entered Friday in the second heat in the 100 but showed why he's likely going to finish in the top four in the event. The senior won his heat in 11.23 and had the No. 2 heat time behind Madison Memorial's Jester Weahwho is No. 1 at 11.12.
Wallenfang got the best of Weah in the 200 with a top heat time of 22.03, while Appleton North's Connor Seiler is second at 22.05 and Weah third at 22.11.
Furthermore, the Preble 400 relay team of Robert Starnes, Will Daniels, Cory Cegelski and Wallenfang set a state record with a time of 41.50 in a preliminary. The Hornets run for the state title Saturday, with Milwaukee King having the second-best time at 42.35.
It's possible Wallenfang could win three state titles on Saturday, including the relay.
Hiedeman can't macth brotherr but takes second
Green Bay Southwest's Natisha Hiedeman placed second in the Division 1 triple jump with a leap of 37-9 3/4, and she was happy.
However, she didn't match brother, Sandy Cohen of Seymour, who won the Division 2 triple jump.
Still, not a bad day.
"I did better than last year, so I'm really happy," said Hiedeman, who placed sixth last year as a freshman. "Second, I'm pretty proud of that."
Hiedeman will compete in the long and high jumps Saturday, so she's hoping to match Cohen's gold at least once.
"My brother is a state champion, so I have to get on that level and hopefully win tomorrow," Hiedeman said.
Parkers finish 2nd, 4th
Jennifer and Alison Parker placed in the top four in the Division 1 800 run, with Jennifer placing second at 2:16.21 and Alison fourth at 2:16.64.
For complete results of Day 1 of the meet, click this link: http://www.pttiming.com/page/show/841642-2013-wiaa-state-track-and-field-championships%27
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