GREEN BAY - Green Bay Preble High School won its fourth consecutive Wisconsin Track and Field Association indoor state title this past weekend, thanks in part to meet MVP Jake Wallenfang.
Wallenfang finished second in the 55-meter dash and ran one leg of the 400-meter relay, which finished first as well. Wallenfang's performance was highlighted by a win in the pole vault. He cleared 15 feet, six inches, bettering the current Preble record by more than a foot.
"Those three years of looking at it and now being above it, it's just incredible," the Preble senior said.
Wallenfang will have to wait for the outdoor season to officially break the record, currently only outdoor results are counted, and once he hits that mark he plans on continuing his assault on the school's record board.
"I look at that to keep motivated. 200 I'm number two on there right now," Jake said. "I want to get number one on there as well. 100 I'm number seven so I want that too," Wallenfang said with an ear to ear smile.
In addition to his contributions in the pole vault, sprints and relays, Wallenfang's coach says Jake is a tone setter for the team.
"He's just a really special kid. His work ethic is one of the best I've seen," Nick Marcelle said Wallenfang is also the most competitive athlete he's ever coached. "At practice or in drills he wants to be the best all the time."
Wallenfang's competitive fire can be traced to having someone to go stride for stride with since birth. Jake's fraternal twin Zak is also a decorated multi sports athlete, who placed at last year's state outdoor track meet.
"We were always weight lifting partners. We would always work out together and just always wanting to be better than the other one," Jake said of the competition with his twin brother.
Zak Wallenfang added, "We're always getting better together as we work out and just to compete with him and excel with him."
With the Wallenfangs leading the way, the team is poised for a run at its first team state title.
"The athletes are more fired up than ever," Jake said. "We have a serious chance at winning it for the first time in school history. That would just be incredible."
That's one first place finish even the ultra competitive Wallenfang would gladly share.
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