2011 WIAA Track And Field Championships: THROWS

Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2011: Veterans Memorial Stadium @ UW-La Crosse. Results.

Photographs by Joe Frontier , Bob,Burrows, Jill Nell, and Steven Brickner

Algoma ninth grader Kennedy Blahnik made an impressive debut in her first WIAA State Meet. The D3 discus record was held by Kami Sweet from Riverdale [148' 09, 2003]. The former D3 SP record was set by Jamae Gjermo from Deerfield [46' 7.25, 2002]. Blahnik broke both records with throws of 150' 07 in the discus and a put of 47' 00.25 in the SP. Joe Frontier's action photographs show some of the outstanding perfomances in the throwing rings at the 2011 State Meet.

Kennedy Blahnik - Algoma. [ Video SP & Discus ]

Above: Kailee Kamps [11, Belmont, 130' 03] was 2nd in the D3 SP and Discus events.

Left: Blahnik in the SP as throws judge Dick Lambrecht looks on. Interview after record throw.

Above: The Blahnik family. Kennedy's brother Zach is the D3 SP Champion and finished 2nd in the D3 discus.

Below: Algoma throws coach Dean Blahnik and Kennedy.

Above: Algoma throws coach Dean Blahnik and Kennedy.

Left: David Kamps and his daughter Kailee.

David is the throws coach at Belmont

Right: Melanie Brickner [12, Marathon, 3rd-128' 08].

Left: Melanie Brickner and her parents after her competition.

Below: L-R: Long time throws coach at Marathon Gary Raether, Melanie Brickner, and Algoma assistant track coach Jeff Schneider.

The extended Brickner family attended the meet

Siren senior Ashley Guevara [126' 07, 4th]

D3 discus athletes L-R: Kailee Kamps [11, Belmont, 2nd], Leah Nass [11, Manitowoc Lutheran, 5th], Ashley Guevara [12, Siren, 4th], Melanie Brickner [12, Marathon, 3rd], Kennedy Blahnik [9, Algoma, Champion], and JoHannah Theisen [9, Eau Claire Regis, 6th].

D3 SP awards L-R: Maddie Erickson [11, Glenwood City, 6th], Karissa LeCaptain [11, Algoma, 4th], Kailee Kamps [11, Belmont, 2nd], Kennedy Blahnik [9, Algoma, Champion], Melanie Brickner [12, Marathon, 3rd], and Haley Zakrzewski [12, Rosholt, 5th].

Senior Lyndsey Thorpe from Stanley-Boyd won the D2 SP [43' 08]

Junior Heather Clankie won the D2 discus [129' 03]

Sophomore Kali Belonga from Altoona was 3rd in the D2 SP [40' 08].

Shelby Mahr a senior at Stanley-Boyd placed 2nd in the D2 SP [41' 08.00]. Photo provided by Kari Thorpe.

D2 discus throwers L-R: Abbey Ristow [11, Ellsworth, 2nd], Paige Garriga [12, Osceola, 4th], Sydney Tepley [11, Racine St Catherine, 3rd], Kali Belonga [10, Altoona, 6th], Taylor Hoppe [12, Marinette, 5th], and D2 Discus Champion Heather Clankie a junior from Brodhead-Juda.

Above: Throws coach Amber Curtis with Heather Clankie. Curtis holds the D2 discus State Record [153' 11]. Curtis is a former Brodhead-Juda track and field athlete and was a thrower on the University of Nebraska Track and Field team

Left: Joe Frontier's photograph captures Clankie's concentration prior to one of her throws.

D1 SP Champion Jamie Lindstrom [above] of Hudson reacts after a throw. her winning throw was 42' 05.25.

Right: D1 Discus Champion KeKe Burks [right] a junior at Madison La Follette launches a throw in the discus. Her winning throw was 133' 08.

Hudson volunteer throws coach Caleb Johnson congratulates Lindstrom.

Madison La Foleltte junior KeKe Burks with her throw coaches Willie Collins and Becca Schmitz.

Jamie Lindstrom SP Champion from Hudson

Photograph by Bob Burrows~Sports Editior

Photo used with permission from the Hudson Star-Observer

Jamie Clark from Shawano [above left] was 2nd in the SP [41' 10.50]. Junior Kayla Brown [above right] from La Crosse Logan placed 3rd in the D1 SP [40' 04]. Fond du Lac's Shavana Talbert [below left] was 5th in the SP. Kimberly senior Lindsey Thomas [below right] was 4th in the SP.

D1 SP L-R: Lindsey Thomas [12, Kimberly,4th], Paige Day [10, D.C. Everest, 6th], Jamie Clark [11, Shawano, 2nd], Champion Jamie Lindstrom [12, Hudson], Kayla Brown [11, La Crosse Logan, 3rd], and Shavana Talbert [11, Fond du Lac, 5th].

D1 Discus L-R: Corinne Franz [10, Madison Memorial] and Lindsey Thomas [12, Kimberly]

D1 Discus L-R: Corinne Franz [10, Madison Memorial, 4th], Lindsay Thomas [12, Kimberly, 3rd], Renee Sladek [9, Merrill, 5th], Paige Day [10, D.C. Everest, 2nd], Jamie Clark [11, Shawano, 7th], and Champion KeKe Burks [11, Madison La Follette].