Kole Mewhorter (400)
Stephanie Sawicki (100, 200, high jump)
Tyana Loiselle (400)
Elli Daniels (800)
Ally Lehmann (wheelchair 100, shot put)
What to watch: The Cardinals bring no shortage of talent to La Crosse. Stephanie Sawicki will be competing in four events (100, 200, high jump and 1,600 relay) while Tyana Loiselle (1,600 relay, 3,200 relay, 400) and Elli Daniels (1,600 relay, 3,200 relay, 800) are in three each. Ally Lehmann is Chi-Hi’s first-ever wheelchair competitor and she will be competing in a pair of events. The Chi-Hi girls relay teams have plenty of state experience while the boys team is heading to state for the first time.
Isaac Bohaty (3,200)
Julia Verbick (3,200)
What to watch: The McDonell boys are the defending Division 3 state team champions and head to state as the 2-time defending champions of the 3,200 relay. The 400 relay has already broke the school record twice this season. Bohaty makes his first trip to state in the 3,200 and is one of two freshman boys in the state to qualify in the event while Verbick is back for the second year in a row after taking 13th last season as a freshman.
Kyra Arendt (long jump, triple jump)
Kendall Zeman (1,600)
What to watch: The Blackhawks are represented this year by a pair of sensational underclassmen with the sophomore Arendt and freshman Zeman. Arendt is seeded well in both events (second in triple jump, eighth in long jump) and should contend for podium positions in each. Zeman makes her first trip to state after taking second in the 1,600 last week at sectionals.
Ben Kyes (triple jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles)
Tyler Gillett (800)
Brandon Pederson (400)
Elizabeth Kyes (triple jump, 400, 800)
Charlene Holte (100 hurdles)
What to watch: Hornets black and gold will be on display plenty in La Crosse as Cadott will be represented in 11 total events. Ben and Elizabeth Kyes will each be competing in four events and are threats to make multiple trips to the podium. The Cadott boys 1,600 relay took fourth place last year and brings back two of those runners (Kyes and Brandon Pederson).
Brian Koch (Pole vault)
Peyton McCauley (300 hurdles)
Heather Milas (discus)
What to watch: A pair of familiar faces lead the way for the Orioles as McCauley and Milas make return trips to La Crosse this season. McCauley finished seventh in the 300 hurdles and Milas was eighth in the discus last year. Koch is making his first trip to state in the pole vault, the latest in a strong lineage of Oriole vaulters.
Eric Nedland (pole vault)
What to watch: Nedland makes his second straight trip to state, fresh off a sectional championship in which he set a school record in the event (12-6).
Just outside county lines
Gilman’s Ethan Aldinger (long jump) and Colton Schmitt (discus) along with Thorp’s Josh Oberle (200 and long jump) advanced to state. Schmitt is seeded fifth overall in the discus event. Oberle and Aldinger will are competing in the the first and second flight, respectively, in the long jump.
Division 2 & 3 begin at 9:30 a.m.
Division 1 begins at 4:30 p.m.
All Divisions begin at 9:30 a.m.
State Champions by School
Chi-Hi 14 — Boys: Dave Czech (Discus) (1989); Girls: Lisa Jolicoeur (Shot Put) (1996)
McDonell 16 — Boys: 3,200 relay (Grant Pulver, Sam Bleskachek, Zach Ruf, Nick Zander), Nick Zander (800, 1,600) (2014); Girls: Anne Willkom (300 hurdles), 800 relay (Laura Dahl, Colleen Loomis, Kelli Sullivan, Anne Willkom) (2001)
Bloomer 7 — Boys: Malcolm Wankel (800) (2010); Girls: Samantha Mayer (discus) (2005)
Cadott 10 — Boys: Al Erickson (Long Jump) (1980); Girls: Brooke Steltzer (100, 400), 1,600 relay, Amanda Soppeland (long jump) (1997)
Stanley-Boyd 9 — Boys: Mike Yaeger (High Jump) (1970) (Stanley); Girls: Lyndsey Thorpe (Shot Put) (2011)
Lake Holcombe/Cornell 0 (Lake Holcombe 1 and Cornell 8 individually) — Lake Holcombe: Dustin Nitek (Shot Put) (2000). Cornell: Boys: Chris Walter (Long Jump) (1999)
New Auburn 2 — Mike Horbinski (200) (1980)
*Most recent champion listed for boys and girls