Brodhead/Juda's Logan Maurer a state champion
LA CROSSE--Logan Maurer made his second trip to the state track and field meet a memorable one.
The Brodhead High junior won the Division 2 discus Friday.
Maurer threw 163 feet, 9 inches in winning by more than six feet over Landon Ellingson of Jefferson.
“I had already won going into my last throw, so I just decided to go for it,” Maurer said of his final throw. “Because I was so excited knowing that I had already won, everything came together and I got my personal best.”
Maurer stayed calm through the event by listening to music and not watching the scoreboard. The strategy paid off.
“My practice throws are never as good as my competition throws, so I wouldn’t really say that I was throwing that well in warm-ups,” Maurer said. “I don’t really look at what everyone else is doing. I just worry about myself and try to stay relaxed until it’s time to throw.”
Maurer competes again in shot put today. He was seventh in the event at state last year.
East Troy’s Bryzena Santos was also a Division 2 champ. She jumped 17 feet, 7 inches to beat Jefferson’s Mikaela Grant by an inch in the long jump.
Edgerton’s Cason Cleveland tied the school record but came up short in his bid to repeat as Division 2 pole vault champion. The senior cleared a school record-tying 14-6, but Aaron Joppru of Somerset won at 14-9. Cleveland was second.
Clinton’s Heather Buckler was third in Division 2 shot put. The senior threw 42 feet on her third of six throws. Andrionna Ellis of Milwaukee Lutheran won the event at 42-4.5.
Whitewater’s Liz Mielke was sixth in the 3,200 in Division 2.
In Division 1, Janesville Parker sophomore Bree Porter advanced to today’s final in the 100-meter high hurdles. Porter qualified with the eighth-fastest time at 15.7 seconds. Danielle Riggins of Kenosha Tremper had the top time at 14.17.
Friday’s meet was delayed for two hours in the afternoon due to lightning in the area. Pole vault was held in the nearby indoor facility.