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Brodhead-Juda medals in 5 events to take 7th
Pecatonica-Argyle junior Josie Penniston finished fifth in the 400 with a time of 58.90 seconds. She also took sixth in the 200 (26.39). (Photo for the Times by Duke Goetz)
LA CROSSE - The Brodhead-Juda girls track team medaled in all five events it competed in at state to take seventh in the WIAA Division 2 state meet Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Brodhead-Juda sophomore Madee Harding finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (59.31) and fifth in the 200 (26.16). Harding also set a new school record in the 200 in the preliminaries at state (25.93).

Sophomore teammate Cora Purdue took fourth in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 15.72 seconds, which set a new school record.

Brodhead-Juda senior Taylor Bluemel finished sixth in the 1,600 (5:07.2) and broke a 39-year-old school record.

"It was not a surprise," Brodhead-Juda girls track coach Ken Peterson said of all events medaling. "We were hoping to do that. We did what we wanted to do."

For the second straight year, Sugar River junior Krista Diaz won a medal in the 100-meter high hurdles.

Diaz finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.23). As a sophomore last year, Diaz took sixth.

"I think she ran an exceptional race," Sugar River coach Willy Johnson said of Diaz. "It's probably the best I have seen her run in the hurdles besides the regionals in Monroe."

Pecatonica-Argyle junior Josie Penniston finished fifth in the 400 (58.90) and sixth in the 200 (26.39).

The Darlington girls 400 relay team of junior Sadie Fitzsimons, freshman Kaylee Meyers, freshman Kaylee Mathias and senior Carly Langkamp took sixth (51.40).

Darlington's Taryn Rankin took 11th in the discus (107-10).

After taking seventh in the 3,200 on Friday, Sugar River junior Noelle Marie took ninth in the 1,600 on Saturday (5:15.12).

Diaz teamed with freshman Kiara Donnell, senior Madalena Macht and senior Logan Fahey to take eighth in the 400 relay (50.54). With the time in that event, the Raiders set a new school record and just missed medaling by 0.16 seconds.

Monticello senior Andy Yaun wrapped up his prep career with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meters at the WIAA Division 3 state track meet on Saturday.

Yaun entered the finals with the sixth-fastest time in the prelims. He ran the 400 in 50.97 seconds on Saturday to medal.

Sugar River senior Landon Zimmerman took sixth in the shot put (53-2 1/4). In the boys Division 2 state meet, Wisconsin Lutheran edged Little Chute for the title 43-42. Freedom took third with 41 points.

Zimmerman's performance in the shot put came on the heels of a fourth-place finish in the discus on Friday.

"He has such a strong work ethic," Johnson said of Zimmerman. "His leadership shows in practice and competitions. I wouldn't expect anything less from Landon. He's very deserving of medaling in both."

Darlington sophomore Grady Rielly finished eighth in the 110 high hurdles (16.45). The Redbirds' 3,200 relay team of sophomore Tanner Evenstad, senior Sean Barbee, senior Blake Cwynar and junior Conner Hackett took ninth (8:23.47).