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Bauer earns pair of fifth place medals for Mounders

LA CROSSE — Jonah Bauer found out just how hard it is to repeat as a state champion as he placed fifth in the 100 m dash at the WIAA state track and field meet held in La Crosse June 5-6.

 Bauer was the defending state champ in the race and after running the fastest preliminary time of all the competitors at 10.88, he finished in 11.33 in the finals. Bauer also claimed a fifth in the 200 m dash in 22.46. Bauer’s new rival, Kenny Bednarek of Rice Lake was second in the 200 and sixth in the 100 race. Bauer scored all eight of the team points for the Mounders as they tied for 28th place with Freedom winning the D II division with 66 points.  

“For as perfect of a day we had on Friday, we had about as bad a day as you can get on Saturday,” coach Jeff Mack said. “Jonah had his worst race of the year in the 100 finals and did not get get out of the blocks well and did not regain his form throughout the race. But to finish in the top five of the state in D II with this strong group of runners was a fantastic accomplishment.”

The 4 X 100 relay team also competed with Bauer, Jordan VanSchoonhoven, Noah Zurbuchen and David Ward and although they set a new school record in the prelims in 44.15 which qualified them for the finals, a risky handoff was not accomplished and the baton was dropped outside the lane resulting in a disqualification.

“We knew we had to be creative and risky on Friday in the prelims with our handoffs, “Mack said. “It worked for us the first time but with high risk come great rewards. We qualified in the tenth and final spot and thought if everything went well we could make it in the top six for a medal. But taking risks can also come back and bite you and it bit us badly in the finals,” he added.