Elkhart girls earn three medals in state meet


SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake soars through the air in the long jump Friday at the state track meet. Schubert earned a fourth-place medal. – Photo by Mike McGill SONIA SCHUBERT of Elkhart Lake soars through the air in the long jump Friday at the state track meet. Schubert earned a fourth-place medal. – Photo by Mike McGill LA CROSSE – The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters captured three medals in Division 3 girls competition at the state track meet, held Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse’s Memorial Stadium.

Junior Emily Holzmann medaled in the 100-meter high hurdles for the second straight year as she earned fifth in 16.19 seconds. The top-six finishers in each state event earned medals.

“Emily came back from an early injury this year to claim her second career state medal and run career-best times,” said Resorter head coach Chris Petrie.

The Resorters’ other medalwinners are sophomore Sonia Schubert with a fourth place in the long jump at 17-5¼, and the 400 relay which took fourth in a school-record 51.16. The relay included Holzmann and sophomores Camrie Schmitz, Lauren Boos and Schubert.


EVAN SEBRANEK leads off Plymouth’s 800-meter relay in the preliminaries at the state track meet Friday. – Photo by Roger Albert EVAN SEBRANEK leads off Plymouth’s 800-meter relay in the preliminaries at the state track meet Friday. – Photo by Roger Albert “Sonia’s long jump has really taken off this year. She is consistently a 17-foot-plus jumper and she demonstrated her ability and consistency again this weekend.”

The Plymouth Panthers competed in five boys events and three for the girls at the D-1 level and didn’t win any medals against outstanding competition. The Panthers’ top finisher was the boys 800 relay which earned eighth and one team point.

The relay included seniors Evan Sebranek and Dominic Bocchini and juniors Jake Schneider and Samuel Staehling, and was clocked in 1 minute, 29.27 seconds. The foursome broke their own school record with a time of 1:28.42 in the preliminaries which advanced them to the finals.


MARY ALBERT, Plymouth senior, competes in a 100-meter high hurdles heat at the state track meet Friday. – Photo by Roger Albert MARY ALBERT, Plymouth senior, competes in a 100-meter high hurdles heat at the state track meet Friday. – Photo by Roger Albert The PHS girls were led by ju- nior Sophie Bolich who placed 10th in the 3,200 run in 11:21.09. Bolich also ran in the 1,600 and finished 19th in 5:17.05. Also participating for the girls was senior Mary Albert in the 100 high hurdles. Albert posted a 16.51 in the preliminaries but didn’t make the finals.

Plymouth’s other state competitors in the boys field included: Staehling in the 100 dash with a time of 11.36 in his heat which didn’t qualify him for the finals; Schneider in the 200 at 22.28 in the preliminaries which didn’t advance him to the finals; Zach Albers in the 300 intermediate hurdles with 41.24 in his heat, with no advancement to the finals; and Gavin Falk in the long jump with a 19th-place effort at 20-1¼.


LOGAN KNEPFEL of Elkhart Lake sprints to the finish line in the 200-meter dash preliminaries Friday at state track meet. – Photo by Mike McGill LOGAN KNEPFEL of Elkhart Lake sprints to the finish line in the 200-meter dash preliminaries Friday at state track meet. – Photo by Mike McGill “Our coaching staff is very proud of the effort and performances of the Plymouth track and field athletes this past weekend in La Crosse,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“It was a joy to watch them compete against the best in the state. Our athletes performed very well.

“The boys [800] relay team just feel short of getting on the awards stand – .01 seconds from sixth. They had great hand-offs and ran good splits but It was a very tight finish, but an overall great performance by these four guys,” said Grosshuesch.

Schubert also competed in the 100 hurdles and finished ninth in 16.63. Her time of 15.48 in the preliminaries ranked second.

The EL-G girls’ other state event was the 800 relay which took 11th in the preliminaries with a 1:50.13 clocking. The relay, which included Holzmann, junior Eliza Meyers, Schubert and Schmitz, didn’t qualify for the finals.

Also competing for Elkhart was senior Logan Knepfel who was in the boys 200 dash and 110 high hurdles. Knepfel didn’t qualify for the finals in his two events. He posted a 23.47 in the 200 and had a 16.30 effort in the hurdles.

“Logan has had a wonderful career that ended at the state meet. He is really the athlete that has set the example for the others as we rebuilt this program,” said Petrie.


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