EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Coleman’s C.J. Pillath plays catch with his discus moments before his first throw at the state track meet in La Crosse Friday. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
EagleHerald/Jody Korch Coleman’s C.J. Pillath plays catch with his discus moments before his first throw at the state track meet in La Crosse Friday. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
LA CROSSE, Wis. — C.J. Pillath of Coleman is now a three-time state medalist in the shot put.
Pillath earned a trip to the medals podium at the WIAA State Track & Field Meet Saturday. He placed sixth in the Division 3 shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 7 inches. It was his final throw of the competition. Before that, Pillath’s best throw of the meet was 50-53⁄4 .
Pillath, a junior, placed fourth at state in the shot the previous two seasons. His throw Saturday was better than his fourth-place throw of a year ago.
Tucker Wedig of Belmont won the shot with a throw of 57-5.
Crivitz senior Ben Fischer finished his remarkable three-sport high school career with an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash at UW-La Crosse’s Memorial Stadium. Fischer ran a time of 11.74 in Saturday’s finals. He didn’t earn a medal (the top six finishers medal) but the top eight runners place, so he earned a team point for the Wolverines.
Lena’s Roy O’Harrow finished ninth in the 200 dash with a time of 23.53.
Akeem Bates of Gillett finished ninth in the long jump (19-10), and 16th in the triple jump (39-81⁄2).
Suring’s Calley VanBellinger, Blake Seppel, Courtney Stelzer and Az VanBellinger finished 15th in the 800 relay with a time of 1:51.54. Az VanBellinger finished 16th in the 200 dash (28.11). Brooke Gauthier of Suring finished 15th in the shot with a throw of 32-71⁄4 .
Taylor Kohls of Gillett finished ninth in the discus (108-6). Algoma’s Kennedy Blahnik — a Wisconsin Badger recruit — won the shot (48-8), and broke her own state record in the discus (161-5).