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Crivitz’s Ezekial Lawrence (left) and Suring’s Mitch Stegeman (right) run side by side in the 300-meter hurdles at the WIAA Boys Track & Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis., on Saturday.
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Crivitz’s Ezekial Lawrence (left) and Suring’s Mitch Stegeman (right) run side by side in the 300-meter hurdles at the WIAA Boys Track & Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis., on Saturday.

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Crivitz boys track team finished in the top 10 in the state at the WIAA Division 3 Track & Field Championships on Saturday.

Crivitz totaled 19 points to tie for eighth place with Webster. Aquinas took first with 58 points, Wild Rose was second (43) and Cambridge (33) was third.

Junior Tony Jopek led the Wolverines with a second-place finish in the pole vault. After scratching twice at 13 feet, 9 inches, Jopek cleared it on his last attempt to move into the final round with Suring senior Mitch Stegeman.

Stegeman cleared 14-0 on his last attempt and Jopek scratched all three times to take home the silver medal.

Another junior, Ezekial Lawrence, took sixth in the 110 high hurdles and ran to a fifth-place finish in the 300. In the preliminary round on Friday, Lawrence placed fourth with a time of 15.29. Unfortunately, his time went the wrong way in Saturday’s finals as he settled for sixth (15.45).

In the 300, his time improved by almost a full second. On Friday, he finished in 41.27 and when it mattered most, he ran 40.57 for his top 5 finish. Stegeman of Suring also competed in the 300 hurdles, placing seventh (41.19).

Junior Jaden Bemis took eighth in the 100-meter dash (11.33). Aquinas sophomore Lukas Beck set a new state record in Division 3 with his time of 10.73.

The 800 relay team of Bemis, Jopek, senior Kody Richlen and Lawrence placed sixth (1:33.45). The relay team from Aquinas beat the previous state record of 1:29.40 by finishing in 1:28.88.

Stegeman took part in the high jump as well for Suring, taking home a top 5 finish with his fifth-place jump of 6-2. He was the only participant for the Eagles, leading them to a tie for 11th place with 16 total points.

For Gillett, sophomore Sylvia Hansen competed in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. In the 1,600, she got herself a top 10 finish by taking seventh with a time of 5:18.74. In the 3,200 she finished just shy of the top 10, finishing 11th (12:02.95). Sophomore Aubrey DeBauch took sixth in the 300 hurdles (47.85).

For Marinette in Division 2, junior Katelyn Kitzinger qualified for the finals in the 400-meter dash with a new personal-record of 1:00.14 in Friday’s prelims. While she ran a good race, she was nearly a second off her preliminary time and came in 10th (1:01.05). Sophomore Emma Wendt just missed out on qualifying for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles, coming in 11th in the prelims with a time of 16.79.