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Brodhead-Juda girls 3,200 relay brings home silver
Brodhead-Juda senior Amber Pickel runs a leg of the Cardinals silver medal winning 3,200 relay. (Photo for the Times: Duke Goetz)
LA CROSSE - The Brodhead-Juda girls 3,200-meter relay team ran to a silver medal at the WIAA Division 2 state track meet Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals' 3,200 relay team of senior Amber Pickel, senior Taylor Bluemel, senior Cameron Novy and sophomore Cora Purdue finished the 3,200 relay with a time of 9 minutes, 38.33 seconds.

Brodhead-Juda entered the state meet with the fastest qualifying time, but they finished about four seconds behind state champion Big Foot. The top three teams in the event were from the Rock Valley Conference with Jefferson finishing third.

"They ran their best time of the year by a couple of seconds," Brodhead-Juda girls track coach Ken Peterson said. "It's a little disappointing not to win it against a team we beat at the Rock Valley Conference. It was really close. They (Big Foot) were just a little more up for it."

Sugar River senior Landon Zimmerman finished fourth in the discus at state with a throw of 160 feet, 11 inches. Jefferson senior Landon Ellingson, a Stanford recruit, captured the state title in the discus (178-8).

Zimmerman will look to win another medal today in the shot put.

Sugar River junior Noelle Marie took seventh in the 3,200 (11:0177) and was 0.19 seconds away from a medal. It marked Marie's personal-record time by 20 seconds.

Brodhead-Juda sophomore Madee Harding finished third in the preliminaries of the 400 dash (58.48) and fifth in the prelims of the 200 (25.93) to qualify for today's finals in both events. It's the third straight meet she has set a school record in the 200.

"That was a little better than we were expecting from her," Peterson said of Harding. "She is the first girl we have ever had break 26 seconds in the 200. If everyone we bring up here medals that would be fantastic."

Sugar River junior Krista Diaz took fifth in the 100 hurdle preliminaries with a time of 15.66 to qualify for Saturday's finals. Jefferson senior Mikaela Grant, the two-time defending state champion and state record holder in the 300 hurdles, had the fastest time in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles (14.98).

Sugar River's 400 relay team of Diaz, Kiara Donnell, Logan Fahey and Madalena Macht took 10th in the preliminaries (51.13) to earn the last finals spot and set a school record.

In the Division 3 state meet, Pecatonica-Argyle junior Josie Penniston took fourth in the preliminaries of the 400 (58.99) to qualify for the finals. She also qualified for the finals in the 200 after finishing sixth in the prelims (26.26). Cadott senior Elizabeth Kyes is the defending champion in the 400 and Athens senior Autumn Wickman is the defending state runner-up in the 400.

"You want to be in the top 10 to get a time to move on to the finals," Pecatonica-Argyle coach Pat Hardyman said. "I knew the 400 was her (Penniston's) strength and the 200 would be more of a challenge. The state champion and the state runner-up from last year are both back and they have run in the 57s. I think she is in good shape. I know she will have to run better tomorrow. I think in order to get on that award platform she has to keep doing what she is doing. Josie will have to have a special race to stay up there with those two."

The Albany girls 3,200 relay team of freshman Sydney Bloedel, senior Sydnee Woyak, freshman Kirsten Oliver and junior Ciara Kaderly took seventh (10:10.76) and just missed a medal by about four seconds.

The Darlington girls 3,200 relay team of Jaci Moseley, Reghan Komprood, Ilse Mendez and Paige Schilling took 14th (10:25.17). Komprood ran to a 16th-place finish in the 3,200 (12:43.83).

Monticello senior Andy Yaun took sixth in the preliminaries of the 400 dash (51.18) to qualify for the finals.

Darlington sophomore Grady Rielly took 10th in the preliminaries of the 110 high hurdles (17.18) to qualify for the finals.

The Darlington girls 400 relay team of Roxi Reuter, Kaylee Meyers, Kathleen Mathias and Carly Langkamp took sixth in the preliminaries (51.47) to qualify for the finals.

The Redbirds' 800 relay team of senior Carly Langkamp, Meghan Douglas, Mathias and Meyers finished 11th in the preliminaries and didn't make the finals.