Brooke Kary stood tall atop the 3rd place position of the six position podium at the WIAA State Track & Field Championship in La Crosse as she medaled for the fourth time in four years at state. Kary had hopes of a career PR, better school record and higher place finish than her previous three times at State but capped off her impressive high school shot put career with a season PR of 42’ 3.75” throw for 3rd place at state.
Kary dealt all season with strengthening and rehabilitating her leg following surgery for some cartilage repair in her knee. She went undeafeted in the regular season as well as placing first at regionals and sectionals. All six of her throws at state were over 40’, as were the top four finishers. Kary came into state seeded #3. She threw her best throw on her third throw in prelims which moved her into 2nd place heading into finals, with the second place seed moving into first from her opening throw of 42’ 5.75” and the first place seed dropping to third with a best throw of 42’ 1.75”. No change of positions occurred until the third throw in finals when Eve Goldstein from Somerset threw a 43’ 8.5” to move up to first place. Brooke’s final throw (42’ 1.5”) wasn’t enough to surpass her nor was Kiara Wedell’s (38’ 4.75 Wautoma). It was a very exciting state competition where the top competitors were in the game until the very end.
Brooke leaves an impressive track record which includes her undefeated Senior season and 1st in regionals and sectional. She had 32 career first place finishes. As a freshman her first throw was 30’11.25” for 6th place. She took first 6 times her freshman year and podiumed at state in 6th place where she broke Tori Kroll (C’10) 2010, 38’1.25” school record for the first time with a state throw of 39’6”. Brooke was the conference and regional champion for all four of her years and sectional champion her sophomore and senior year. As a sophomore she took 3rd at state and reset the school record 4 times starting in the 2nd meet of the season (40’3.25”) and finally at sectionals (43’4”). As a junior she took 2nd in sectionals where she once again improved the school record for the first time that season to 43’8” and went on to take 2nd at state.
Brooke joins Jenny Dunnington (C’06) as one of only two Chargers to make it to state all four of their years in T&F. She has definitely raised the bar for the shot put record at KML.
Girls Shot Put Division 2 State Meet Final Results
Name Year School Seed Finals Points
1 Eve Goldstein SO Somerset 43-00.00 43-08.50 10
2 Kiara Wedell JR Wautoma 42-03.50 42-05.75 8
3 Brooke Kary SR KettleMorLut 40-10.75 42-03.75 6
4 Skye Digman SR Platteville 40-09.50 41-07.75 5
5 Emily Stendel SR Jefferson 39-08.50 39-10.00 4
6 Katie Lundeen SR Northwestern 39-07.25 39-06.50 3
7 Allison Antonie SR Sheboygan Falls 37-05.50 38-10.75 2
8 Mackenzie Huber JR Colby 39-09.50 38-02.75 1
9 Mackenzie Monty JR New London 37-03.00 37-09.00
10 Gabby Ritchie JR Prairie du Chien 36-10.00 36-03.50
11 Sydney Flier SR Waupun 38-02.00 36-00.75
12 Emily Cohen JR Brillion 40-08.00 35-08.75
13 Chloe Bunker SO Monroe 35-08.75 35-07.75
14 Cate Heup SR Milw. Lutheran 35-10.50 35-00.00
15 Hayley Nichols JR Stanley-Boyd 37-00.50 34-00.00
16 Sydney Schultz JR Mayville 35-09.00 33-05.00