Kaukauna High School's 2022 State Track and Field qualifiers on their way to the WIAA meet in La Crosse. Photo courtesy of Gina Van De Hay

LA CROSSE — Eight Kaukauna High School Ghosts have qualified for 12 events in the Division 1 WIAA state track and field meet that begins Friday at UW-La Crosse.

  • Alexa Kinas, 400 meter dash; 800 meter run; triple jump
  • Sydney Fauski, 1600 meter run; 320 meter run
  • Olivia VanZeeland, high jump
  • Eve Van De Hey, long jump
  • Katie Jenson, discus
  • Mason Bodenheimer, 400 meter dash
  • Andrew Milhans, 800 meter run
  • Aaron Schimke, 1600 meter run; 3200 meter run

The high jump boasts a pair of former champions among the qualifiers.

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VanZeeland of Kaukauna won the high jump championship in 2019 while junior Kyla Saleh of Waunakee won the title last year.

A late season injury a year ago kept her out of the 2021 state meet, and COVID canceled the 2020 meet.

VanZeeland is one of four qualifiers possessing the best sectional performance at 5-4.

Saleh is one of eight jumpers with the ninth-best qualifying mark at 5-2. 


THE STATE MEET:  The 126th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Track and Field Championships and the 51st Girls Track and Field Championships will be held Friday-Saturday, June 3-4, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

MEET INFORMATION:  The meet features two sessions Friday. The Division 1 session begins at 9:30 a.m. with the competition proceeding in the order of events, which can be found on the Track & Field Tournament page on the WIAA website. The Division 2 and 3 sessions begin at 3 p.m. The competition resumes Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The order of the finals for each event Saturday begins with Division 3, followed by Divisions 2 and 1, respectively.

TICKET INFORMATION:  Ticket prices for the State Track & Field Championship are $11 per session plus online fees, and they are available to be purchased on-line on the WIAA website through GoFan, the WIAA ticketing partner, at: gofan.co/app/school/WIAAWI?activity=Track%20and%20Field.



By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.