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Cheesemakers on the brink of placing at state
Photo for the Times: Jim Horne Monroe senior Meaghan Tomasiewicz goes up in the pole vault at the WIAA Division 2 state meet in Mitchell Hall at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday.
LA CROSSE - Expectations greeted Monroe senior Meaghan Tomasiewicz at the WIAA Division 2 state pole vault competition.

Tomasiewicz entered the state meet Saturday as the No. 2 seed after clearing a school record 11 feet earlier this year. She cleared 9-6 on Saturday as the rain forced the pole vault inside Mitchell Hall at the University of La Crosse's campus and she finished eighth.

Richland Center junior Danielle Vetesnik cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault state title. Tomasiewicz took two runs at 10-0 before pulling up and then finally missing on her last attempt.

"Pole vault is a crazy event," Monroe girls track coach Curt Miller said. "Sometimes that happens. It doesn't take anything away from the great pole vault career she has had at Monroe."

Miller said he didn't think pole vaulting inside changed anything for Tomasiewicz.

"Unfortunately, it didn't work out the way she wanted it to," Miller said.

The Cheesemakers' 1,600-meter relay team of Madeline Arnold, Tessa Frutiger, Stephanie Wyss and Tess Seichter finished in 13th place with a time of 10:00.91. Monroe entered the state meet with the third fastest time.

"We didn't run as well as we did at sectionals," Miller said. "Sometimes that happens up here."

Three-fourths of the 3,200 relay team ran on the 1,600 relay on Friday that just missed qualifying for the finals. Seichter added a 14th place finish in the 3,200 with a time of 11:51.57.

"I think that had something to do with it," Miller said of the 3,200 relay team's increased time. "Madeline Arnold ran a great first leg. She has really come on the last half of the season."

Monroe won the Badger South Conference for the first time since 2001 this year and five of the seven athletes who competed at state this year will return next year.

"We are on the bubble of competing," Miller said of the state meet. "Hopefully, that will happen next year."