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Robertson will aim for a WIAA state title in the triple jump on Friday

May 26, 2013

For two-time state triple jump place-winner Mikayla Robertson and her coach Andy Eisenbach the "state championship" conversation has been held a couple of times already and now it's time to put talk into action.

She was at or or near the top of the list in her best event last season and wound up third in the WIAA State Meet.

This year, she is at the top of the state honor roll with a best of 38-63/4 and goes into competition in this Friday's WIAA State Meet in a La Crosse with the second-best effort out of all sectionals statewide.

Now the question is, can she become only the second Menomonee Falls' girls track athlete in school history to claim a state track title?

In short, it's been a long time since Mary Liermann of old Menomonee Falls East won the shot put in the 1977 state meet with a toss of 43-71/4.

Not too long ago in 2008, the great hurdler Callie Burrows finished second in both the 100-meter highs and the 300 lows at the state meet, but that has been as close as its been for Falls' girls' athletes as far as top honors go.

Robertson, who will head to the Air Force Academy and perform for its track team next year, aims for the top of the podium Friday when the WIAA State Meet starts at Memorial Stadium on the UW-La Crosse campus at 4:30 p.m.

She is joined by junior pole vaulter Samantha Madrzak, who dramatically cleared 10-6 on her third and last try to claim the third and final state qualifying spot in the sectional on May 23. Madrzak also competes on Friday.

The pair's efforts led the Indians to a 10th-place finish in the sectional with 321/2 points as Arrowhead won with 137.

Robertson won her specialty with a leap of 37-63/4, which is oddly enough the exact distance she turned in at state last season.

She also took part in the 400 meters and was one of the favorites but like several other runners in the race, including defending state champion Crystal Malone of Riverside, who finished sixth, Robertson struggled a bit in the chilly 45-degree weather, taking fifth (one minute 0.58 seconds).

Further, her hamstring tightened up a bit in that race and so she had to withdraw from her final event, the 1,600 relay.

For Madrzak, she was trailing Homestead's Elyssa Tracy (10-3) for most of the competition and was well behind her on misses when she cleared 10-6, a height that she has made before on her third and final attempt.

"You have to hand it to Sam, she got it done when she needed to," Homestead coach John Krueger said.

The Indians had one other painful near-miss, as senior long jumper Aerial Holt tied for the third and final state spot with Homestead's Monica Caputa at 17-11/2, but Caputa had the better second jump, so she advanced instead of Holt.

Other efforts for Falls included the following: 400 relay: Jessica Robinson, Holt, Victoria Green and Malorie Janechek (did not finish); 800 relay: Robinson, Holt, Haley Precia and Tori Plutshack, sixth (1:50.26); 1,600 relay: Precia, Katie Lepak and Cassie Visintainer, seventh (4:19.38); 3,200 relay: Erin Birschbach, Emily Jacobs, April Gilbert and Visintainer, eighth (10:45.79); and pole vault: Madeline Molnor, eighth (8-6).

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