Falls’ Gates wins state discus title

¦ Plymouth’s Cecka, Elkhart Lake’s Holzmann are eighth-place winners


RACHAEL CECKA (above), Plymouth senior, competes in the high jump at the state track meet Saturday. Cecka placed eighth. RACHAEL CECKA (above), Plymouth senior, competes in the high jump at the state track meet Saturday. Cecka placed eighth. LA CROSSE – Senior Genevieve Gates of Sheboygan Falls won the Division 2 girls discus title in the state track meet held at UW-La Crosse’s Memorial Stadium Friday and Saturday.

Gates’ top throw was 126-8. Her Falcon teammate, senior Staci Hasler tied for third in the high jump at 5-2. Falls placed 11th in the girls meet with 19½ points. East Troy took first with 57.

The Plymouth Panthers’ top finisher was senior Rachael Cecka who was in a three-way tie for eighth in the D-1 girls high jump with a 5-2 effort. The top-eight finishers in each event scored team points and the top six earned medals.

Freshman Emily Holzmann of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah earned eighth in the D-3 girls 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.74 seconds.

Also competing for PHS in the girls meet was freshman Sophie Bolich who took 19th in the 3,200 run with a personal-best 11 minutes, 27.70 seconds.


Dylan Tripoli (below, right) of Plymouth races down the triplejump runway in Saturday’s state track competition. Emily Holzmann (below, left), Elkhart Lake freshman, clears a hurdle in the finals of the 100-meter highs at the state track meet Saturday. Dylan Tripoli (below, right) of Plymouth races down the triplejump runway in Saturday’s state track competition. Emily Holzmann (below, left), Elkhart Lake freshman, clears a hurdle in the finals of the 100-meter highs at the state track meet Saturday. The Panther boys had three state competitors. Senior Jordan Mueller finished 22nd in the discus with a 128-3 toss. Senior Eric Roberts took 16th in the pole vault at 13-0. Senior Dylan Tripoli was 23rd in the triple jump with a 40- 1½ performance.

“Our athletes competed very well at the state meet. We are very proud of the effort these kids put into their event and the positive way they represented our school,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Our seniors were able to end their careers on the biggest stage in our sport in the state and we are proud of the seasons that they had. They are all good athletes but more importantly they are great young men and women.


Sophie Bolich (left), Plymouth freshman, runs the 3,200-meter event at the state track meet Saturday. — Photos by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News Sophie Bolich (left), Plymouth freshman, runs the 3,200-meter event at the state track meet Saturday. — Photos by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News “Sophie gained some valuable experience and hopefully will be back in subsequent years. She finished her race well to run a PR in her last race of the season,” Grosshuesch said.

“Emily really demonstrated the kind of competitor she is throughout the weekend,” said Elkhart head coach Chris Petrie.

“An athlete’s first state track experience can be an intimidating experience but Emily came out Friday morning and won her prelim and set her sights on a podium finish the next day.

“Unfortunately she fell a few hundredths of a second short of that goal but an eighth-place finish by a freshman in a very technical event is a great ending to an outstanding first track season.

“I know she will work hard to improve over the course of the next year and her goals will be set even higher,” Petrie said.


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