State Track Preview: Onalaska edition

With just a few days until the WIAA State Track meet in La Crosse, it’s time to get a sneak peak into our local competitors over the three days of competition. In Saturday’s Division 1 our region will be represented most heavily by Onalaska, with athletes set to compete in 10 events. And some of those athletes are already household names at the State meet.

It’ll be a big day for Landon Peterson, who’s the defending champion in the 300 hurdles. He’ll get a chance to defend his title there while also racing the 110 hurdle with the 2nd seeded time of 15.05, the 4×400 relay and the long jump, where he has the best distance of over 23 feet.

Hudson Weber was having a great year in the high jump, clearing 6-foot-4 early on, but he injured his jumping ankle and missed qualifying for State. So instead he’s coming off a second place sectional finish in the 300 hurdles behind Landon, so the two will race Saturday. He’ll also be with Landon, Nicky Odom and Jacob Oyen on the 4×400 relay that won their sectional.

The Malecek triplets each qualified for their own event along with the 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relays. Amalia will run the 1600, Lydia the 800, and Kora the 3200. They will team up with Jillian Lonning in the 4 x 800 and either Alli Thomas or Lonning in the 4 x 400.

Onalaska also has a girls 4 x 200 made up of three freshmen and a sophomore–Jenna Richgels, Taylor Molling, Josie Blum, and Alli Thomas. They were ranked sixth going into the sectional meet and finished third to qualify.