Sophomore Ellie Trieloff earned a chance to run on championship Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet.
The Vikings had two top-12 performances on Saturday, June 1, at the state meet at UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Trieloff finished 10th in the 400-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 2.93 seconds. It was well behind the time she ran in the preliminaries on Friday (1:00.56) to earn the final spot in the finals.
“I made it to the finals, and I don’t have anything to lose,” Trieloff said after finishing her race in the prelims on Friday. “I just feel super accomplished because I have put in all of this hard work, and it’s starting to pay off.”
Coach Deanna Arnold was excited to see Trieloff make the finals in her first time at state.
“Ellie is just a stud,” Arnold said. “She’s someone you hope to coach. You hope you have 20 of them. To get to experience this level is really big for her.”
Junior Micah Zaemisch cleared 10 feet, 6 inches to finish 12th in the pole vault. It was just off her personal-best 10-9 she made at the sectional.
Arnold said Zaemisch had a couple of good attempts at 11-0, the school record.
“I think she can make 11-0 next year and get the school record,” she said. “I know that is what she is shooting for.”
The Vikings’ 4x800 relay team of seniors Anna Wozniak, Margaret Ross and Abby Kittleson and sophomore Gina Owen took 22nd (10:01.95).
Arnold said all of the 3,200 relay runners went out hard trying to hang with the competition and may have had tired legs after setting a personal-record time at the sectional by 12 seconds.
“The goal was just to make it to state,” she said. “At state it’s kind of all or nothing and I think the girls got popped out a little bit.”
On Friday, the Vikings’ 4x100 relay team of sophomore Savy Borroughs, senior Peighton Trieloff and freshmen Annie Tageman and Abigail Groleau took 23rd in 50.60.
In the 4x400 relay, the team of senior Alex Ashworth, freshman Victoria Ashworth, senior Anna Wozniak and Ellie Trieloff placed 23rd (4:11.95).
Arnold said Ellie Trieloff could have just shut it down in the 1,600 relay and saved her energy for the 400 finals.
“She came out and was determined to pick off one person,” Arnold said. “She works hard for the team and not just for herself.”
Arnold said the goal for the 1,600 relay team was to make it to state.
“We had Sun Prairie in our sectional so it was tougher to make it to state this year,” she said. “I think they were at their optimum fitness level last week at the sectional. I think they were a little burnt out.”
Groleau placed 22nd in the prelims of the 100 (12.85).
Muskego captured the Division 1 state team title, 51-49, over Divine Savior Holy Angels.