The Whippets competed in East Troy Thursday evening with a trip to the state meet on the line. The top 4 finishers in each event punched their ticket to the state meet in LaCrosse on June 3rd and 4th. Three Whippets will be making the trip to compete against the best in the state. Sarah Ziolkowski and Allisan Barrett will both be competing in the 3200 after finishing 1st and 4th
Thursday night. Sarah ran a great race, taking the lead with 2 laps to go. Janik from Wisconsin Lutheran tried to come back on her with about 600m to go, but Sarah would have none of it, dropping in another surge to finish in a lifetime best of 11:14.31. Allisan Barrett ran a race that is typical of her of late. She gets locked into her pace early and just stays on it. She was sitting in the middle of the pack, in the 8-10th place range for most of the first mile before gradually picking off runner after runner until she finally passed Arnold from Brookfield Academy on the final lap. Arnold tried to come back, but Allisan stayed strong and pulled away to finish 4th and punch her ticket to state. It will be a race to remember for Coach Carstens, as it's rare to have two athletes qualify in the same event. The lone boy qualifier is Xhonatan Shahollari. His day started and ended with some serious drama. It started with two scratches in prelims, and only 1 legal jump that barely got him into finals, sitting 8th out of 9 heading to finals. He improved slightly on his first jump in finals, but not enough to move into a qualifying spot. He was down to his final jump before finally putting a good jump together, going 43' even to move into 2nd place, which is where he finished. His day ended with the long jump, where he was sitting 4th going into the final round of jumps in the competition. It wasn't until the jumper right before his final jump, that anyone knocked him out. But he ended up 5th after the final round, one spot out of qualifying. All three athletes will compete on Friday the 3rd at state in LaCrosse.