LA CROSSE – Madeline Tompach cut it close twice Saturday afternoon in La Crosse.

In the finals of the Division 2 200 meter dash, her time of 26.25 seconds edged out Appleton Xavier’s Kelsey Worachek by a tenth of a second for the final podium spot. She later clipped Lakeside Lutheran anchor Meghan Pingel by three-hundredths of a second for fourth place to cap the 1,600 relay in 4:01.91.

LA CROSSE - Several area athletes earned medals at Saturday's WIAA state track and field championships, headlined by a fourth-place finish from Beaver Dam's Matt Schneider.

Schneider was down to his final attempt at 14 feet, 6 inches when his pole broke on takeoff. Given a second chance, he cleared the height and went on to place fourth. Green Bay Preble's Jake Wallenfang set a new Division 1 state record in the pole vault by clearing 16 feet, besting Brookfield East's Glen Harold.

LA CROSSE – Trevor Zonnefeld wanted to stand on the award podium at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet since he was a freshman.

Zonnefeld made trips back to Memorial Stadium the next two years. His trips stopped short of the podium until Friday.

He cleared 43 feet to take fifth in the Division 3 triple jump. It washed away last year’s disappointment and the narrow miss of an eighth-place finish as a Central Wisconsin Christian sophomore.

“I was so excited after seeing people stand there,” Zonnefeld said. “I couldn’t help but smile and be happy.”