Historic Performances by Draxler, Blahnik Highlight Day Two at State Track & Field

By Ryan Rodig | ryan.rodig@wearegreenbay.com

Published 06/07 2014 10:34PM

Updated 06/07 2014 11:05PM

(WFRV-TV) - Bonnie Draxler and Kennedy Blahnik didn't let weather delays stop them from shining the brightest on the big stage Saturday at the WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse.

A 5 1/2 hour delay due to lightning and storms on day two of the meet made the previous day's more than two hour delay look minor in comparison. 

But none of that mattered for the seniors from Wrightstown and Algoma.

Draxler's day started when the Division 2 pole vault was moved indoors during the weather delay.  Even under a roof, Draxler proved she has a very high ceiling by clearing 13 feet, 3 inches and breaking the all-time, all-divisions state record held by, who else, Bonnie Draxler.

The San Diego State recruit then went on to capture the 400M dash for the 4th straight year and nearly set a new state record despite running on a very wet track.  To cap off her day Draxler won the 100M dash for the second straight year as well.  In total, Draxler finished her high school career with 10 total gold medals, tied for the most all-time.

Blahnik, a future Wisconsin Badger thrower, repeated in the D-3 shot put Friday and broke her own record in the discus Saturday, winning both events for the 4th time in her career.  Blahnik finishes with 8 gold medals in her decorated career.

Before Friday only two girls in Wisconsin history had ever won two events four times at the State Track and Field Meet.  Now two once in a lifetime athletes joined that exclusive club in one weekend.


Other champions were also crowned Saturday at Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in La Crosse, including two team titles.

In Division 1, the Kimberly boy's followed up a State Football Championship in the Fall with a Track & Field title in the spring.  The Papermakers were paced by throwers Matt Weinhold (D-1 shot put champion) and Bryson Kasper (D-1 discus champion).

On the girl's side, the Lourdes Academy girl's made up a one point deficit in the night's final race to claim the D-3 crown.

Other area individual champions from Saturday included the Xavier 400M relay team in D-2, Little Chute's D.J. Devalk in the D-2 high jump, Clintonville's Allison Johnson in the D-2 800M run, and Brillion girls 1600 relay team.

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