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Kahl 3rd at state in 300 hurdles


June 7, 2018

LA CROSSE — Last Friday, Wisconsin Heights senior Mariah Kahl had just advanced through the preliminaries of the 300-meter hurdles at the WIAA Division 2 girls state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Kahl was thinking about Saturday’s finals. But she also thinking about what was going on back in Mazomanie.

“Graduation is June 10,” Kahl said. “I have three more days of school. Hopefully I can come back with a medal to show off at school. I would love it.”

Mission accomplished.

Kahl finished third in Saturday’s finals, completing the race in 45.98 seconds. Brooke Livingston of Adams-Friendship won the race in 44.83 seconds, while Paige Norrbom of Wittenberg-Birnamwood was second (45.51).

“I’m satisfied I made it on the podium, but I expected more I guess,” Kahl said. “My form was just not the best of what I expected. My breathing was fine. My legs just didn’t feel right.”

Kahl earned six points for the Vanguards, and those points allowed Heights to finish in a tie for 31st overall.

Kahl started running hurdles in middle school, but didn’t focus on them throughout high school because she was also a standout in the 400-meter run.

At sectionals, Kahl was ranked ninth in the 400 and eighth in the 300 hurdles.

“I knew I had a better chance in the hurdles,” Kahl said. “So I just didn’t run the 400.”

Kahl came to state ranked second in the 300-meter hurdles and believed a title was possible. While that didn’t happen, the experience was a thrilling one for Kahl.

“It was a really nice feeling because the past two years here I didn’t make it to the podium or even the second day,” Kahl said. “Getting third and getting up there and getting my picture taken was still a very nice feeling.”

Kahl, who also played basketball and was a cross country runner at Heights, will compete in track collegiately at either UW-Whitewater or Edgewood College. She will also compete in the Senior Spotlight meet in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to being with Emma Lawrence, the D3 champ,” Kahl said. “I raced her in Deerfield earlier in the season.

“This time we will be teammates. It will be nice to know somebody who can also help our team. It will be someone to look forward to, a familiar face. I will run the 400 hurdles and maybe a relay.”

Heights senior Christian Patzka also finished 11th in the 3,200 in 9:43.95. Patzka was 10 seconds behind the sixth and last runner to make the podium.


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