2010 WIAA Track And Field Championships: WHEELCHAIR

Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5, 2010: Veterans Memorial Stadium @ UW-La Crosse.Results: Meet | Team.

Capacity Crowd Witnesses Historical First At State Meet

Senior Kaley Wockenfus from New London [100m, 400m] and ninth grader Melanie Watson from Oconomowoc [800m, 1600m] became the first female athletes to participate in a wheelchair event at the WIAA State Meet.

Senior Kaley Wockenfus [New London] 100m and 400m Wheelchair Athlete.

Ninth grader Melanie Watson [Oconomowoc] 800m and 1600m Wheelchair Athlete

Above: Coach Patrick Middleton is shown with Melanie Watson. Coach Middleton stresses tempo, interval, and speed training as well as laying a foundation for distance in preparing Melanie for competition

Above: After warmups Melanie transferred herself to a non-racing chair while she awaited her events. Melanie is a member of the Oconomowoc track team and she accompanied teammates Olivia Radtke, Molly Pearcy, Carly Hall, Mandy Prom, Hannah Heidvogel, Katie Yaeger, Cassie Raduka, and Courtney Walden to the 40th Girls WIAA State Meet.

Wockenfus posted times of 29.10 and 1:58.15 in the 100m and 400m events. This improved her previous best times of 30.59 amd 2:03.32. In the 1600m event Watson posted a 5:48.85 to better her Homestead Sectional time of 6:16.07.