Junior German exchange student Selma Rudolph wouldn’t mind if her final three weeks at Verona High School involve a detour to La Crosse for the WIAA Division 1 state meet.
Rudolph took her first steps in that direction Monday, May 20, winning a regional title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (48.17 seconds), finishing second in the long jump (17 feet, 3 inches) and taking fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.33) and fourth in the 200 (26.80) at the Middleton regional.
She will compete in all four events in the Division 1 Verona sectional on Thursday.
“It makes me feel really good, especially since I fell last week,” Rudolph said, referring to her performance in the 300 hurdles in a triple dual against Middleton and Sun Prairie on May 13. “I feel like I have more potential in the 300 hurdles.”
The Wildcats qualified 12 individual events and three relays for the sectional.
Junior Leah Remiker won the 800 with a time of 2:22. Senior Lily Brings took second in the pole vault (10-0). Junior Tamiya Smith finished third in the 100 (12.68), third in the 200 (26.78) and helped the 4x200 relay team take fourth.
“I’ve never had to run three 200s in a meet before,” Smith said. “I’m very tired. I really pushed through it today because I knew I wanted to move on to sectionals and eventually state. I just gave everything I had.”
The Wildcats’ 800 relay team of freshman Skylar Duhr, senior Lily Brings, sophomore Taytum Reisdorf and Smith finished with a time of 1:50.14.
“My goal was to not hurt myself and maintain enough energy so I could get top four in all my races,” Smith said.
Junior Jessica Ayite-Atayi took third in the shot put (36-11/4), and sophomore Julietta Mora-Blanco smashed her personal best by four feet in the shot put, throwing 35-6 1/2 to finish fourth.
In the 4x800 relay, senior Lucy Washbusch, sophomore Anna Knueve, senior Abby Wampfler and Remiker finished third (9:53.37).
Junior Rachel Witthuhn placed fourth in the discus (100-1). Washbusch took fourth in the 400 (1:03.02). Kelly Burkle teamed with senior Andrea Wheaton Duhr and Ayite-Atayi to place fourth in the 4x100 relay (51.68).
The Wildcats’ 4x400 relay finished fifth and missed qualifying for the sectional by about three seconds.