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Bauer brings state championship to Elk Mound, Friberg places eighth

With just two athletes from Elk Mound competing in the WIAA State Track and Field meet June 6-7, one of them finished the day as the fastest runner in the Division 2 100m dash while the other was an eighth place high jumper.

Sophomore Jonah Bauer became the first competitor in Elk Mound  history to win a Division 2 title, taking a lot of people by surprise –including himself—when he finished first in the 100m dash with a time of 11.09. Bauer was fourth in the preliminary in both the 100 and 200m races and earned another medal by placing third in the 200 at 22.21.

“I didn’t know when I finished the 100 that I actually won it,” Bauer said in a Monday morning interview. “I looked up at the clock and when I saw my time listed first I just fell to my knees. I just couldn’t believe it then and I really still can’t believe it now. I worked hard in the weight room and on technique all winter so this is just a great feeling and a great accomplishment,” he added.

Coach Jeff Mack commented on Bauer’s race.

“It was just exciting to see his face when he realized he had won it,” he said. “The phenomenal thing is he won every race he competed in this year, other then the pre-lims  at state. With all the bad weather at our meets including this one, that was a great accomplishment, especially in a strong Division 2,” he added.

Bauer is the first Mounder to win the 100m dash at the state level since Jake Morris won the D3 race in 1992 with a time of 11.1.

Junior Elly Friberg was the lone girl for the Mounders at state, placing eighth in the high jump at 5-00 after jumping 5-01 at the sectional meet.

“Elly gained some valuable experience competing here,” Mack said. “She now knows what it will take to get to the podium next year.”