Pillath medals again at state
Fischer places 8th in 100 dash
Sunday, June 08, 2014 11:17 PM
LA CROSSE, Wis. — C.J. Pillath of Coleman is now a three-time state medalist in the shot put.
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)
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).