Wilmot junior Anthony Poco, shown here in the WIAA Division 1 regional at Lake Geneva Badger, and his 1,600 relay team finished second in the WIAA state finals (Mike Ramczyk/The Report).

By Jason Arndt

The Wilmot Union High School boys 1,600-meter relay team did it again at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet in La Crosse.

A day after the Panther boys notched a school record in the preliminary round, the Wilmot foursome of Anthony Poco, Jordan Jesse, Zac Schrader and Matt Cieslak finished second in the event at 3 minutes, 18.39 seconds, just 29 seconds from first place Kettle Moraine.

A year earlier, subtracting Jordan Jesse and adding Jayden Jesse, the 1,600-meter team finished sixth.

The improvement, Poco said, was in part because of a strong team effort on the track.

“We continued to push ourselves and I feel as if we all improved mentally and physically as runners,” Poco said.

The Panthers, however, were not the only school to leave with a podium finisher.

Westosha Central’s Amanda Sabourin took fifth in discus with throw of 128 feet, 10 inches.

Sabourin’s podium appearance comes a year after she finished 20th at the state meet.


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