LA CROSSE, Wis. — After just missing out on a trip to the state track and field meet last year, Platteville’s Austin Jentz earned himself a pair of medals to conclude his junior season.
On Saturday, Jentz threw 168-1 in the discus, earning him the Division 2 state title. Friday, he took home a sixth- place finish in the shot put.
“I threw one of the best series of my life today,” Jentz said. “I felt great when I woke up this morning, and I knew I could win it if I got some solid throws. My goal was to be a state champ, and it feels pretty good.”
Joining Jentz on the podium Saturday was teammate Gabe Tashner, who finished tied for fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6. Tyler Moss just missed out on a trip to the medal stand with a seventh- place jump in the triple jump at 42-5 1/4, as did Calvin Wernimont in the pole vault. He finished tied for 10th with a jump of 13-0.
In Division 3, the Potosi/Cassville co-op earned its first team medal with a sixth-place finish from the 4x100 relay team of Jeffrey Jacobson, Evan Bloyer, Ty Bausch and Colin Esser. The team finished in 44.64, breaking the school record in both the preliminaries and finals.
“We were really shocked with how we finished yesterday because we came in seeded 11th,” Jacobson said. “To break the school record yesterday and then again today is just an awesome feeling, and to make the podium is an amazing accomplishment.”
This is the first year for the Potosi/Cassville co-op.
“To know that we earned the team’s first state medal is great,” Bausch said. “It’s a good feeling to go out on.”
Also earning a medal with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump was Lancaster’s Weston Pink. He finished with a jump of 42-11, while the Lancaster 4x400 relay team of Aaron Murphy, Isaac Oyen, Hayden Wagner and Morgan Seippel took fifth in 3:31.44.
Darlington’s Ross Stauffacher just missed out on a medal with a seventh place throw in the discus at 145-10, while Fennimore’s Reid Larson finished ninth in the 300 hurdles in 42.02. Prairie du Chien’s Ben Teynor finished 10th in the Division 2 race.
In the wheelchair events, Cuba City’s Benny Guerin took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 21-9, fourth in the 100 in 22.16, fifth in the 400 in 1:21.47 and fifth in the 800 in 2:55.50.