Senior Lauren Beauchaine closed out her standout career by taking eighth in the 3,200-meter run at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Saturday, June 1, in La Crosse, with a personal-best time of 10:57.43.
Beauchaine had broken a 35-year-old school record in the 3,200 the week before at the sectional.
“I was really happy to get to compete against some of the best competitors from around the state,” Beauchaine said. “All of the girls around me pushed me because I was mentally focused on staying with that pack.”
Beauchaine will be competing in cross country and track and field at UW-La Crosse next season.
“It’s really surreal right now,” she said. “To be on this track and be in this atmosphere is really exciting. I’m looking forward to next year.”
Freshman Bree Wannebo placed 18th in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
The Panthers’ 4x200 relay team of juniors Olivia Marsden, Jenna Sharkus and Izzie Peterson and sophomore KT Schwass took 22nd in the prelims with a personal-best 1:46.30, two seconds away from the finals.