Wiedemeier, Valind win gold
Crivitz pole vaulter three-peats; Marine senior wins discus
Friday, May 31, 2013 7:00 PM
LA CROSSE, Wis. - Crivitz's Jake Wiedemeier became a three-time state champion and Marinette's Dustin Valind added to his amazing legacy with a state title Friday.
Wiedemeier won his third consecutive state pole vault title by clearing the bar at 14 feet on a windy day at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium.
The Crivitz senior hoped to break the school record of 14-9, set by his pole vault coach, Scott Banaszak, at state in 1998. That mark held up as the Division 3 state record for years. Lena's Bryan Klister is the current Division 3 recordholder with a height of 15-3.
Valind won Friday's Division 2 discus competition with a throw of 178 feet, 7 inches.
"He's all smiles," Marinette coach Bob Caelwaerts said. "Really it's great because he goes into the shot put (today) with more confidence."
The second-place finisher, Brad Walski of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, threw the discus 167-5.
Valind scratched on his first throw. He qualified for the finals with a 163-foot throw. In the finals, his second throw put him into the lead.
"And then he unleashed one," according to Caelwaerts. "It's a great thing for a kid who has been down here so much, worked hard."
Pewaukee's T.J. Watt - the brother of reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt - placed sixth (152-11).
Watt is the top state qualifier in the shot put event, to be held today. Valind is seeded fifth.
Peshtigo's Nicole Motkowski cleared 5-foot-2 to tie for third in the Division 2 high jump. Motkowski, a junior, is now a two-time state medalist.
Marinette's 400 relay team ran the fastest qualifying time, 43.40, in Friday's preliminaries. The foursome - Jaden Boivin, Zach Campbell, Colton Dessart and Dakota Vanidestine - will run in today's finals.
"Handoffs were a little conservative today," Caelwaerts said
By winning the preliminaries, the Marines will run in Lane 5 - a middle lane they're quite accustomed to this spring.
"We're sitting right where we want to be," the coach said. "Running in the middle, especially in relays, you're going to have people to chase, but you're not all the way inside where turns are tight."
Shorewood ran the second-fastest qualifying time, 43.73, and West Salem was third at 43.81.
Vanidestine also qualified for the finals in the 100 dash. He placed fourth in Friday's preliminaries with a time of 11.83 against the stiff wind.
"He didn't have a great start," Caelwaerts said. "His performance is predicated on his start."
Sam Tiahnybik, a senior from Waukesha Catholic Memorial, ran the fastest 100 dash qualifying time, 11.50. Tiahnybik also ran the fastest qualifying times in the 200 and 400 dadshes.
Boivin did not have a good day in the pole vault. He tied for 11th with a height of 12-6.
The Klister family has moved from Lena to Wrightstown. Bryan's brother, Eric, tied for sixth with a height of 13 feet.
In Division 3, Coleman's Hope Process qualified for the finals in the 300 hurdles with a sixth-place time of 49.52.
Suring's Stormy Gerndt tied for seventh in the high jump by clearing 5 feet,
Kathryn DeJung of Gillett qualified for the 100 hurdles finals with a sixth-place time of 17.26.
Suring's Cody Christensen qualified for the finals in both hurdle events. He took ninth in the 110 hurdles (16.71) and was eighth in the 300 hurdles (42.18).
Clint Long of Gillett won a sixth-place medal in the discus with a throw of 140-10.
Ben Fischer of Crivitz placed 17th in the 100 dash and did not qualify for today's finals.
After five events, the Marine boys were tied for fourth with 10 team points.