KAUKAUNA — The Kaukauna High School boys track and field team knew they had a big night Monday at the Fox Valley Association track and field meet.

Today they learned just how big after a scoring error was corrected, moving the Ghosts from second to first and giving them their first conference title.

The girls team also won their conference title.


According to information released by Kaukauna High School Tuesday afternoon, initial team results had Kimberly winning its eighth consecutive boys’ championship by a half-point over Kaukauna.

However, the Kimberly coaches discovered that a scoring tiebreaker in the long jump was not applied and, in a display of outstanding sportsmanship, alerted meet officials.

Three competitors, including one from Kimberly and one from Kaukauna, had the same distance for their longest jump and were initially scored as tied for fourth place.

However, rules state that, in case of a tie, the competitors should be scored in order of their second-longest jump.

The Kaukauna athlete had the second-longest jump to earn fourth place and an additional team point. The error was realized within the allowable time for a change to be made to the official results.

With the tiebreaker accurately applied, Kaukauna finished with 128.5 team points and Kimberly placed second with 127 points.

Winners include:

  • Emma Sippel, 1st, girls 100 m dash
  • Isabelle Maas, 1st, girls 400 m dash
  • Andrew Milhans, 1st, boys 800 m run
  • Carson Van Dinter, 1st, boys high jump
  • Katie Jenson, 1st, girls discus

The teams are back on the track Monday, May 20, 2024 for a WIAA Regional.

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By Dan Plutchak

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