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By Thomas Gunnell

LA CROSSE - Juniors Jesse Heinrichs and Elliott Gaulke added to the history of strong showings at state for the Belmont track and field team by bringing home medals from the 2005 WIAA State Track and Field Meet held at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.

Heinrichs, making his first-ever state appearance for the Braves, improved on his sixth-seed by finishing fourth in the Division 3 boys' 1,600-meter run on Saturday afternoon in a time of 4:30.56. It was the best time of the season for Heinrichs.

"[Jesse] did a nice job. He went out and ran his best time of the season. I know he was hoping to take a shot at the school record, but he fell a little short of it," said Belmont head coach Glenn Gaulke. "He was just glad to get on the medal stand."

        Nye Pelton set the Belmont school record in the boys' 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:28.55 in 1980.

The third time proved to be the charm for Gaulke in the discus as he reached the award stand for the first time ever at state after finishing fifth in the event with a heave of 149'9". Gaulke had advanced to state in the discus in his previous two seasons, but he left La Crosse disappointed without a medal in those two state appearances.

"He was a lot more confident in the event this year. [Elliott] sets pretty high expectations for himself, but I think he was very pleased to break onto the medal category," stated Gaulke, who is not only Elliott's coach but he is also his father.

"He has been throwing in the 150s, so was seriously disappointed that he fell a little short of that. He thought he could have finished at least third," he added. "It means a lot to him that he was the only junior up on the medal podium [on Friday]. He wants to work hard to get back for a fourth time next year and take a shot at the top."

Belmont junior Dustin Amenda also competed at the state meet in La Crosse, placing 12th in the D-3 boys' 3,200-meter run with his time of 10:18.57 on Friday afternoon.

        "He ran a good race. He was just off his personal best time this season," Gaulke commented.

Iola-Scandinavia junior Malachi Cate dominated the distance runs, winning state title in both the 1,600 (4:19.45) and the 3,200 (9:35.72) over the weekend.

Fall Creek senior Thor Brown took care of the throwing events, winning the discus with a mark of 167'3" and adding the shot put crown with a toss of 55'11.5".

Belmont tied for 27th in the boys' team standings with nine points. Athens won the title with 66 points, followed by Boyceville with 53.5 points.
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