What: The 122nd WIAA state boys track and field meet and the 47th state girls meet.
When: Friday and Saturday.
Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium, UW-La Crosse, 1725 La Crosse St.
Tickets: Available at the stadium for $8 per session or $12 for both Friday sessions.
Parking: Available at various entrances at $8 per car ($20 per bus) per day. A two-day permit, at $20 per car or $25 per bus, can be purchased at https://www.uwlax.edu/wiaa-housing/parking
Schedule: Friday — Division 2/3 session, 9:30 a.m.; Division 1 session, 3 p.m. Saturday — Finals for all divisions, 10:30 a.m. For a schedule of specific events and divisions, visit https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Sports/Track/2017statemeetschedule.pdf
On the air: A live stream of the state meet will be carried on the WIAA.tv portal of the NFHS Network and can be accessed for a subscription fee.
On the Web: Results, heat sheets, history and other details can be found at https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/BoysTrackField.aspx
Defending team champions: Boys — Division 1, Brookfield East; D2, Freedom; D3, Coleman, Marathon and Wild Rose. Girls — D1, Milwaukee King; D2, Jefferson; D3, Cuba City. Wheelchair — Boys, Milwaukee Marquette; girls, Burlington Catholic Central.
DIVISION 1 BOYS
Notes: Kimberly leads the field with 17 entrants (including all four relays), followed by Oak Creek with 14 (three relays) and Hartland Arrowhead with 13 (three relays). … The favorites’ No. 1-seeded entrants are Oak Creek’s James Carter (triple jump) and Arrowhead’s Cole Sandvold (1,600). … Brookfield East has won four of the last six state titles but is not expected to be in the running this year.
Mock meet: 1, Oak Creek, 46 points; 2, Kimberly 35; 3, Glendale Nicolet 33. Area notables: 19, Middleton 13; 23, Madison Memorial 11; 25, Janesville Craig 10. Note: The mock meet combines and compares all sectional performances in one division, scoring them as if they took place in one meet.
DIVISION 1 GIRLS
Sun Prairie is joined by Hudson and Muskego atop the field with 13 entries apiece. The Cardinals have one relay; Hudson and Muskego each have three. Milwaukee King and Hartland Arrowhead have 12 entries each; three King entries come in seeded No. 1. Sun Prairie has three top-six seedings in both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Mock meet: 1, Milwaukee King 62; 2, Sussex Hamilton 36; 3, Waukesha South 35. Other area notables: 5, Sun Prairie 28; 10, Baraboo 22; 11, Oregon 20.
DIVISION 2 BOYS
Minocqua Lakeland has 13 entrants, but Appleton Xavier has two top-seeded entrants (Nathan Broullire in the 800 and Luke Bailey in the 1,600) and River Valley also has two (Kyle Thomas in the 100 and Dustin Hatfield in the 3,200).
Mock meet: 1, Appleton Xavier 42; 2, River Valley 39; 3 (tie), Freedom and Rice Lake 34. Other area notables: 6, Lodi 31; 11, Lake Mills 22; 14, Monroe 16.
DIVISION 2 GIRLS
East Troy leads the pack with 10 qualifiers (two relays), followed by Freedom and Marinette with eight each (Freedom has one relay qualifier). Monroe’s Jordan Hirsbrunner is seeded first in both hurdles events and is seeded second in the high jump.
Mock meet: 1, Monroe 41; 2, Jefferson 32; 3 (tie), Edgerton, Little Chute, Milwaukee Lutheran, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 28. Other area notables: 11, Belleville/New Glarus 20; 19, Madison Edgewood 14.
DIVISION 3 BOYS
Darlington has a division-best 10 qualifiers, including three relays, and Spencer has nine (three relays). … Coleman emerges as the mock-meet favorite behind three No. 1-seeded entrants, Josh Pillath (100 and 300 hurdles) and Gunnar Patz (200).
Mock meet: 1, Coleman 40; 2 (tie), Royall, Spencer 27; 4, Webster 24. Other area notables: 7 (tie), Cambridge and Madison Country Day co-op 19.
DIVISION 3 GIRLS
Shell Lake leads the field with 10 entries (one relay), followed by Edgar and Benton/Scales Mound (Illinois) with nine each. … Edgar’s Macey Wirkus is seeded first in the triple jump. Oshkosh Lourdes holds the top seeding in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. … Nine individual champions and four relay champions return.
Mock meet: 1, Edgar 40; 2, Oshkosh Lourdes 38; 3, Algoma 36. Area notables: 14, Johnson Creek 18.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
DIVISION 1 BOYS
Finn Gessner, sr., Madison La Follette: After winning the 3,200 title last year in 9:01.81, 4.08 seconds short of the state-meet record, Gessner ran a 9:36.37 in the sectional for the No. 14 seeding. That could very well be a bit of gamesmanship from the University of Wisconsin recruit who has seen success worldwide in youth meets. The 3,200 field includes No. 3 qualifier James Giftos of Monona Grove and No. 4 Gus Newcomb and No. 7 Jack Rader of Middleton. Gessner also holds the no. 6 seeding in the 1,600 (4:21.88), behind No. 4 Noah Zamzow-Schmidt of Madison West and Gus Newcomb and Caleb Easton of Middleton at No. 7 and No. 8.
Jack Herkert, sr., Verona: The Stanford-bound Herkert hopes to repeat as the high jump champion, though his qualifying mark of 6-4 ranked fourth overall. He also qualified sixth in the 110 hurdles (:14.17).
David Dunlap, sr., Glendale Nicolet: Dunlap seeks a repeat title in the 200 as the No. 1 qualifier (:21.62).
Shon Pratcher, sr., Germantown: The defending long jump champ was the no. 1 qualifier (23-2¾).
Jose Guzman, jr., Ashwaubenon: The defending champ in the 400 was the No. 6 sectional qualifier (:49.27).
Nate Farrell, sr., Janesville Craig: Enters with the No. 1 seeding in what should be a very fast 800 race (1:54.90). Last year’s runner-up, Oregon’s Hudson Kugel, is seeded sixth coming in.
Other returning champions: Brookfield East 800 relay (No. 9, 1:29.36); Kimberly, 3,200 relay (7:55.65).
DIVISION 1 GIRLS
Alexis Jackson, jr., Oregon: Jackson exploded onto the scene last year, winning titles in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 800 relay. This year, she enters seeded No. 2 in the 100 hurdles (:14.74) and 300 hurdles (:44.65) and No. 6 in the long jump (17-8¾). Her 800 relay is seeded 16th (1:44.85).
Josie Schaefer, sr., Baraboo: The University of Wisconsin recruit is the defending champ in the shot put and discus, and enters with No. 1 seedings by comfortable margins in the shot put (46-5¾) and discus (165-4).
Cami Davre, sr., Whitefish Bay: The highly decorated Michigan recruit is chasing what would be fourth consecutive titles in both the 800 and 1,600. She holds the meet record in the 800 (2:09.22, 2015). Her qualifying times in the events (2:14.75 and 5:01.11) each rank second, and she holds the top qualifying mark in the 3,200 (10:59.92).
Brooke Jaworski, so., Wausau West: Returns to defend her titles in the 200 and 400 dashes, entering with the No. 2 seeding in the 200 (:24.67) and No. 2 in the 400 (:53.80). She also runs on West’s defending champion 1,600 relay (fourth, 3:57.71).
Sun Prairie distance crew: Senior Trista Pringle, sophomore Maddie Thompson and freshman Autumn Dushack qualified third, fourth and fifth in the 1,600, and Pringle, junior Katie Rose Blachowicz and Dushack qualified fourth, fifth and sixth in the 3,200.
Hailey Orlowski, sr., Wisconsin Lutheran: Won the Division 2 pole vault last year and qualified No. 3 at 12-0. Lutheran is in Division 1 this year.
Waukesha West, 3,200 relay: Won last year and holds the No. 1 qualifying time (9:20.80).
DIVISION 2 BOYS
Kenny Bednarek, jr., Rice Lake: Bednarek was a sensation last year, winning both the 200 and 400 dashes. He returns as the top qualifier in both events (:21.34 and :46.19). He set the Division 2 state-meet record in his qualifying heat last year (:47.42) and his qualifying time was .02 shy of the D2 200 record set by Collin Hofacker of Freedom in 2015 (:21.32).
Kyle Thomas, sr., River Valley: The defending champion in the 100 enters with the No. 1 seeding in the event with a qualifying time of 10.53 seconds, best in the state regardless of division. He also qualified second in the 200 (:21.87) and No. 4 in the long jump (21-9).
Ben Dunkleberger, jr., Lake Mills: The defending champion in the triple jump is this year’s top qualifier (45-7). He also holds the No. 3 qualifying marks in the 100 (:10.95) and long jump (21-10).
Robby Hatch, jr., Lodi: Holds the No. 1 qualifying mark in the 300 hurdles (:38.59) and ranks No. 2 in the 100 hurdles (:14.81).
Dustin Hatfield, sr., River Valley: Enters with the No. 1 qualifying time in the 3,200 (9:29.37) and No. 3 in the 1,600 (4:19.23).
Clark Otte, sr., Sheboygan Falls: The defending 1,600 champ enters with the No. 2 qualifying time (4:16.18).
Dodgeville/Mineral Point, 3,200 relay: Last year’s champion enters with the No. 3 qualifying time (8:05.88).
DIVISION 2 GIRLS
Ja’Cey Simmons, so., Milwaukee Lutheran: Aims to defend her titles in both the 100 (No. 1 seeding, :12.29) and 200 (No. 1, :24.89).
Jordan Hirsbrunner, sr., Monroe: The University of Wisconsin recruit is the defending champ in the 300 hurdles and enters with the no. 1 seeding in that event (:44.52). She’s also seeded No. 1 in the 100 hurdles (:15.08) and second in the high jump (5-4).
Kyra Arendt, sr., Bloomer: Chasing a third straight title in the triple jump but is seeded seventh this year (35-11).
Tess Keyzer, sr., Little Chute: Seeks her third consecutive title in the shot put and holds the top seeding coming in (47-6¼).
Dana Feyen, so., Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau: Seeded first in the 1,600 (5:08.33) and 3,200 (11:06.04).
Ashlyn Oren, jr., Edgerton: Comes in with the No. 1 seeding in the long jump (18-1¾) and is seeded second in the 100 (:12.37).
Other returning champions: Abbey Zastrow, sr., Arcadia (No. 1, :56.10); Destinee Haas, sr., Baldwin-Woodville, discus (No. 2, 135-10); Brooke Blazei, sr., Greendale Martin Luther, two-time champ in the high jump (No. 6, 5-3); Brielle Buechler, sr., Wrightstown, 2015 champ and 2016 runner-up in pole vault (No. 1, 11-6); Waukesha Catholic Memorial, 400 relay (No. 2, :49.76) and 800 relay (No. 1, 1:43.50); Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 1,600 relay (No. 2, 4:02.25); Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay, 3,200 relay (9:37.56).
DIVISION 3 BOYS
Josh Pillath, sr., Coleman: The returning champion in the 110 hurdles and high jump returns as the No. 1 qualifier in the hurdles (:14.78) and the No. 7 qualifier in the high jump (6-1). He also leads all qualifiers in the 300 hurdles (:39.84).
Chris Snook, so., Pittsville: Enters with the No. 1 seeding in the 100 (:11.16) and 400 (:50.84).
Obi Iwuagwu, sr., Madison Country Day co-op: Despite battling injury for much of the season, Iwuagwu enters with the No. 1 seeding in the triple jump (44-4) and is seeded third in the long jump (21-6½) and sixth in the 100 (:11.33).
Other returning champions: Caiden Haake, sr., Alma-Pepin, discus (No. 1, 182-5); Wausau Newman, 400 relay (No. 9, :45.13); Wild Rose, 800 relay (No. 8, 1:33.47); Rosholt, 3,200 relay (No. 6, 8:22.94).
DIVISION 3 GIRLS
Faith Lubner, sr., Reedsville: Lubner is out to become the 25th girl in WIAA history to win a fourth state title in the same event, and she is seeded No. 1 in the 300 hurdles. She’ll also try for her third straight title in the 100 hurdles (No. 1 seeding, :14.92). She’ll also try to earn a second long jump title after winning in 2015 and taking fifth last year; she is seeded No. 1 (17-7½).
Erika Kisting, jr., Iola-Scandinavia: Kisting aims to earn repeat titles in the 1,600 and 3,200. Her sectional 1,600 time of 5:19.54 ranks second, but her 3,200 time of 11:30.96 ranks first.
Hannah Constable, fr., Johnson Creek: The young star enters with the No. 1 qualifying time in the 800 (2:18.24) and the No. 2 time in the 400 (:58.14).
Other returning champions: Sydney Thompson, sr., Mercer, shot put (No. 1 qualifier, 43-3); Emma Richards, jr., Ozaukee, discus (No. 1, 138-11); Johanna Ellefson, sr., Spencer, pole vault (No. 1 qualifier, 11-0); Ashlie Lockington, so., Bangor, triple jump (No. 10 qualifier, 34-9¾); Cuba City, 400 relay (No. 1, :51.14); Wild Rose, 800 relay (No. 1, 1:47.44); Hilbert/Stockbridge, 1,600 relay (No. 5, 4:10.48); Oshkosh Lourdes, 3,200 relay (No. 1, 9:47.32).
Joe Schubert, sr., Milwaukee Marquette: Schubert seeks his fourth consecutive titles in both the 100 and 400 dashes. He qualified first in the 100 (:17.98) and second in the 400 (1:08.85).
Brenden Ojibway, sr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld: Ojibway seeks a repeat title in the 1,600 (No. 2 qualifier, 5:32.65) and aims to reclaim his 2015 title in the 800.
Leah Joslyn, sr., Burlington: The 2014 shot put winner took second last year in the 100, 400, 800 and shot put.