Storm seniors aim for state titles
By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD – Two senior members of the Northwoods Storm high school co-op will aim for Division 2 state honors and school records this week.
Florence’s Emma Baumgart and Niagara’s Tarzis Maurer compete Friday and Saturday in the WIAA Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Baumgart will participate in the 100-meter hurdles, entering after a third-place finish in the sectionals (16.79). She won the regional in 16.16.
Baumgart is not that far from eclipsing the Florence High School mark of 15.94 set by her “Aunt Annie” Baumgart in 1986.
“She reminds me who holds the record,” Emma said with a smile this week while working out at Flivver Field.
Anne Baumgart, regarded as one of the area’s top athletes, ran a 15.95 to place second in the 1986 state meet.
Bobcats assistant Greg Brownson, who Emma credits as her hurdles coach, figures a 15.8 time will get her on the podium.
Mikaela Grant, a sophomore from Jefferson, sports the best 100-meter hurdles showing (15.35) from the sectionals. Seven girls were under 16 seconds at the sectionals.
Baumgart will run in heat two, with Grant, on Friday. Top finishers advance to Saturday’s finals.
Maurer, an exchange student from Switzerland, will take on two defending state champions.
Maurer soared 21-feet-8 to capture the sectional long jump at Bloomer. Senior Isaiah Lesure of Mount Horeb is the returning state champion, entering with the second-best jump among the tate qualifiers at 22-6.5.
Djdade Denson of University School Milwaukee reached 22-7.25 for the best sectional long jump. Maurer has his sights on Bob Burton’s 1978 Niagara High School standard of 21-11.
“I think it’s possible. I’m only three inches away,” Maurer said. “I know it’s a long way but if I have a good day and I feel good, I think it’s possible.”
Seven sectional long jumpers topped 22-feet.
Maurer is also racing in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He was fourth in both events at the sectional with times of 11.54 and 22.96, respectively. He was runner-up at both regional races.
Maurer, more of a soccer player in Switzerland, spent little time on track & field in his physical education classes. However, athletes from his mother’s side of the family posted times that ranked nationally.
Maurer will run 100 and 200-meter dash preliminaries Friday, with the finals on Saturday. Long jump title will be decided Saturday.
This will be the 119th WIAA boys track & field meet; 44th for the girls. Jaclynn Kriegl of Florence, and Elizabeth Pospyhalla and Tess Thurs of Edgar hold the record for total number of state titles with 10.
Kriegl won the 200 four times (1995-98), the long jump three times (1995-96, 1998), the 100 twice (1996, 1998), and the 800 relay (1996).
The Northwoods Storm coaches expressed appreciation to Breitung Township Schools for the use of Flivver Field on Monday and Tuesday. The polyurethane surface will be similar to that of La Crosse.
(WIAA contributed to this story)