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Heinbuch, mile relay reach state for SCC

Megan Heinbuch will get a chance to defend her state track championship and she will be part of a St. Croix Central girls relay that will also be competing at the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse.

Heinbuch is the defending state champion in the girls Division 3 400 meter dash. Only this year, because of the growth in the Central school district, the track team is competing in Division 2 this year.

St. Croix Central's girls 1600 meter relay team will also be competing at state. The 1600 relay team of Heinbuch, Anne Redmon, Anna Williams and Katrina Brummer took second place in the sectional meet to reach the state level.

The 1600 meter relay took second place in the sectional, edging New Richmond at the finish line. This is an excellent blend of the Panthers' talent. Heinbuch and Redmon are top quality seniors who have proven they can compete at the top level. Brummer is a junior and Williams a sophomore, and they both have progressed considerably during the season.

Their relay time at the sectional rebroke their school record in the 1600.

Heinbuch will have her hands full trying to repeat as the 400 meter state champion. Division 2 is stronger than Division 3 in the event, but Heinbuch has always shown the ability to rise to the level of her competition.

The Panthers also had a number of other events competing at the sectional level. Redmon ran in two open events in addition to her running in the 1600 relay. She missed qualifying for state in the 400 dash by one second, placing fourth. She also was eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Brummer also ran in the open 800 run, taking seventh place in 2:30.3. Laura Skala matched that seventh place finish in the 3200 meter run, with a time of 12:46.8. Williams also earned a seventh at the sectional, jumping 31-8 in the triple jump.

Heinbuch tried to return to state in the 300 hurdles, but placed eighth in the sectional meet.

Central's 3200 meter relay team also competed at the sectional, finishing sixth in 10:22.9. Girls running in that relay at the sectional were Skala, Brummer, Williams and Casey Kooiman.

St. Croix Central's boys were unable to get any events to the sectional level. They had several near-misses at the regional meet. Two relay teams and Jordan Kooiman in the 200 meters took fifth place, just missing advancing to the sectionals. There were several personal bests for the Panther boys at the regional including Justin Dimler in both hurdle races and the 800 meter relay team.

"I was proud of how are kids worked to better themselves all year. It leaves a lot of exciting things to look forward to next season," said Central boys coach Nick Kaiser.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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