LA CROSSE — Kyle Weiland set school records, conference records and helped lead the Baraboo boys track and field team to a Badger North Conference title this spring. The Baraboo senior had one goal left, and he accomplished it on Saturday, reaching the podium in the 300-meter hurdles on day two of the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Weiland crossed the line in 38.83 seconds, trailing Eau Claire Memorial’s Drake Schneider (:38.05), West Allie Central’s Kelvon Johnson (:38.11) and Kimberly’s D.J. Stewart (:38.42).
“Senior year, ending it off on the podium feels great,” Kyle said, noting that he didn’t mind running in the 90-degree heat. “I kind of like racing when it’s hot out like that. All the hurdles felt great until the wind hit us right in the face and I kind of hit those last two (hurdles). That kind of messed me up and out of my place, otherwise it was just a good race.”
Weiland was peaking at the right time in the hurdles, breaking his own school record on Friday with a time of 38.74 seconds in the preliminaries.
“My goal for this year was to get in those 38s,” Kyle said. “And to get in those 38s here at this meet, that’s just the top I can do.”
Kody Weiland just missed qualifying for the finals in the triple jump. The senior finished 11th overall with a jump of 43 feet, three inches, a half-inch short of the final qualifying spot, which went to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln’s Isaiah Westfall (43-03.5). Kyle Weiland added a 15th-place finish in the event (42-05.25).
The Baraboo boys tied for 23rd place, as Kyle’s fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday and Kody’s fourth-place finish in the long jump on Friday were each worth five points. Kimberly claimed the boys’ championship with 41 points, just edging out Oak Creek (40) and Bay Port (37).
The weekend wrapped up a big senior year for the Weilands.
“It’s been great, I just owe it all to the coaches and everything,” Kyle said. “It’s awesome to end it here at the state meet.”
Results from around the area
Reedsburg and Sauk Prairie each sent one athlete to the Division 1 state meet this weekend.
Reedsburg’s Brooklyn Schyvinck took her place at the starting line in three events. The junior nearly reached the podium in the 400-meter dash, placing seventh overall in 57.30 seconds. Wausau West’s Brooke Jaworski won the event in a state-record time of 53.71 seconds, while Waukesha West’s Maddie Frey took the final podium spot, finishing sixth in 56.33 seconds.
Schyvinck also reached the finals in the 200-meter dash, taking 10th overall in 25.99 seconds. Finally, Schyvinck tied for 19th in the 100-meter dash (:12.97).
Sauk Prairie’s Ethan Schad competed in the Division 1 pole vault on Saturday. The junior was eliminated after missing his three attempts at the opening height of 13 feet.
Green Bay Preble senior Lucas McCormick claimed the pole vault title by clearing 15-03.
It was the second consecutive state trip for Schad, who tied for 19th last year after clearing 13 feet. Schad is the only Sauk Prairie athlete to qualify for the state track meet since Alex Fiske and A.J. Musser competed in 2014.