Lena’s Seefeldt, Brooks medal at state; Johnson goes gold

Josh Staloch

LA CROSSE – A handful of TimesLand track and field athletes made major waves at this year’s Division 3 State Championship in La Crosse last Friday and Saturday.

From Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas, Anthony Seefeldt won a gold medal in the shot-put event and Eva Brooks brought home a silver medal in the high jump. Kamdan Johnson of Florence/Niagara won the gold medal in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles 

Seefeldt, a senior for the Wildcats who will be attending UW Oshkosh this fall to play football with plans to try out for the UWO track team, threw a personal best 51’ 09.25 to beat CJ Milliren of De Soto by two inches. 

“At the start of the year, I was kind of iffy about it,” said Seefeldt upon being asked when he felt like winning a medal at State was a possibility. “Going for a podium finish wasn’t a goal the whole year. At conference finals, it started to pick up, thought maybe I could have a shot. Then in the first round of regionals, I picked up the farthest throw in the state. But this feels pretty good. Football’s always been my thing but it was definitely nice to get on the podium.” 

Brooks, a junior standout on the Lena/STAA squad, cleared a height of 5’ 05 in La Crosse, only an inch off the gold-medal winning height of 5’ 06 set by Deerfield’s Rylee Berryman.

“I cleared almost 5’ 7 at sectionals,” said Brooks. “I thought I would be able to do it again at State. It was tough, it took about three hours to get through all 16 jumpers and it was hard to stay loose.” 

Brooks, happy to make it to the podium as a junior but disappointed she wasn’t able to improve on her sectional height, is motivated for another shot at it next year.

“There’s definitely going to be a lot of hard work between now and then,” said Brooks of next year’s quest to hopefully get back to, and improve at State. 

Other TimesLand notables from Division 3 action:

Kylah Betka of Crivitz took ninth place in the pole vault; Coleman’s Kiersten Jensen finished seventh in the discus; Micah Kuchta, also of Coleman took eighth in the 200-meter run; Dawson Patz, another Cougar, was seventh in the 100-meter dash and Bradyn Wendorff of GIllett was 14th in the 800-meter run.

In Division 2 competition, Peshtigo’s Christina Powers finished eighth in the shot-put event.


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