Ripon High School’s Addy Baker and Evan Long both suffered heartbreak at last year’s state track and field championships.
Baker missed out on advancing to the finals after finishing second at state a year earlier and Long collapsed near the finish line of the 1,600-meter relay and didn’t finish.
They earned a chance at redemption last week Friday.
Baker qualified in the 300 hurdles, while Long punched tickets in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes at the East Troy Sectional.
Several otherof Ripon’s 24 sectional-qualifying individuals/events were close to advancing to this weekend’s state championships, but fell a little bit short.
Among them are the girls’ 800 relay team of Baker, Brianna Davis, Annie Docter and Joanna Salmela; Baker in the 200 dash; Lauren Cook in the pole vault; and Caleb Kasper in the pole vault.
“Overall, I thought we had real good performances,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said. “The competition at this [meet] was extremely tough, and we knew that going in. But, again, our conference has helped get us to the point where we’re accustomed to this type of competition. Seeing that, there’s a lot to be looking forward to for next track season for those who are not getting the chance to run on Friday and Saturday."
Read the full story, which includes more information on the feats of Long and Baker, in the June 4, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.