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Beck leads Aquinas boys to WIAA state championship with two first-place finishes



A pair of individual state titles by Lukas Beck led the Aquinas High School boys track and field meet to a Division 3 state championship Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Beck won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes for the Blugolds. The senior finished the 100 in 11.48 seconds. He set the D3 state record back in 2019 — the last time there was a state meet — in 11.42, leading the Blugolds to a state title that year, as well.

Right behind Beck in the 100 was freshman teammate Collin Conzemius with the runner-up finish.

Aquinas senior Mathew Reuteman hands off to freshman Collin Conzemius in the 400 relay at the Division 3 state track meet at UW-La Crosse on Thursday, June 24, 2021 (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

Aquinas also took second in the 400 relay, anchored by Beck, along with senior Mathew Reuteman Conzemius and sophomore David Malin.

Two other fourth-place finishes by senior Andrew Skemp in the 1,600 and sophomore Quinn Miskowski in the long jump helped the Blugolds to 54 points as a team. Edgar came in second with 45.

On the girls side, the Aquinas 800-relay team of sophomores Macy Donarski and Sara Gyllander, along with senior Grace Gyllander and junior Andrea White took fourth.

The state meet was modified this season, after being cancelled last year. Each division competes in a one-day meet, instead of having preliminaries on one day and a Saturday finals with all three divisions.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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