Leah Remiker

Verona junior Leah Remiker finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 20.05 seconds on Thursday in the WIAA Division 1 Verona sectional to qualify for state.

When German exchange student Selma Rudolph makes the trek to La Crosse next weekend for the WIAA Division 1 state track meet, she will have a lot to show and tell on her Facebook and Instagram posts.

The junior qualified in three events, winning a sectional title in the long jump (17 feet, 71/4 inches) and finishing second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.71 seconds) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.15).

“I’m super excited,” she said. “I love sports here because there is so much spirit and we are all like a team and family. In Germany, I do track, but it’s a club and not the same feeling as here.”

The Wildcats had seven individual events qualify for state Friday, May 31, and Saturday June 1, at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Junior Tamiya Smith took third in the 100 (12.68) and third in the 200 (26.47).

It was the third straight year Smith has qualified for state in the 100.

“Before I even started my race, I was a hot mess,” Smith said. “I was in my head, and I didn’t have enough faith.

"Once I got in the box, I just ran, and when I found out I qualified for state, I was so happy and proud of myself. This is something I have been working for all season.”

Qualifying for state in the 200 was icing on the cake.

“They have been telling me since I was a freshman I was meant to run the 200 and 400,” Smith said. “I have been waiting to build up my endurance.”

Smith said coaches debated putting her in a relay or the 200.

“I was pushing for that open 200 because I know what I can do and I can qualify for state,” she said.

Junior Leah Remiker qualified for state for the third straight year, taking third in the 800 in 2:20.05.

“I’m grateful,” Remiker said. “We are in a harder sectional this year.”

Remiker ran even with Onalaska sophomore Lydia Malacek for most of the first lap. Malacek pulled away from the field to win in 2:17.11.

“My coach has been implementing the plan to go out hard,” Remiker said. “In the end, it’s all you got. You just have to really want it.”

Senior Lily Brings placed third in the pole vault (10-0).

The Wildcats’ 4x200 relay team of freshman Skylar Duhr, junior Kelly Burkle, junior Jessica Ayite-Atayi and senior Andrea Wheaton took fourth (51.26), 0.22 seconds away from qualifying for state.

The 4x800 relay team of senior Lucy Waschbusch, sophomore Anna Knueve, junior Abby Wampfler and Remiker placed fourth, about 11 seconds away from a state berth.

Waschbusch finished fifth in the 400 (1:03.12) and was 3.2 seconds away from qualifying for state.

Madison Memorial captured the sectional team title 113-82 over Waunakee. Verona took fourth (73) just behind third-place La Crosse Logan (77).