Lochlan Seigmeier races an opponent during the 100-meter prelims held Friday morning at the Division 2 State Track & Field Championships. —Staff Photo By DOUG ETTEN
Lochlan Seigmeier races an opponent during the 100-meter prelims held Friday morning at the Division 2 State Track & Field Championships. —Staff Photo By DOUG ETTEN
It was a nearly perfect ending to one of the most storied athletic careers for Northland Pines student-athlete Lochlan Seigmeier, who traveled to the WIAA State Track & Field Championships this past weekend with a very specific goal in mind.

“Lochlan knew that he would have a chance to get on the podium for all four of his events, and was elated to achieve that goal in three events,” Pines head track and field coach Josh Rhode said. “What he did do was give us the best State meet showing for any Northland Pines High School athlete in the history of our school.”

Seigmeier began his quest Friday morning, falling a bit short of his goal as he finished 17th in the Division 2 high jump. The Pines senior went from the field events to the track, and wound up leaving Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles, a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash, and a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash, making history as the only three-time podium finisher in the history of the Pines program.

“He definitely closed out his career with a meet for the ages,” said Rhode. “Lochlan leaves Northland Pines as the highest point scorer in a single season ever, having totaled 434.83 points this season. He is also the all-time highest career point scorer in school history with 1,104 points. Personally, it has been a pleasure working with him over the last four years, and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Seigmeier has plans to continue his athletic journey at the collegiate level and will enroll at UW-Oshkosh this fall, where he’ll compete as part of the Titans track and field team.

Along with Seigmeier’s accomplishments at the State Meet, there were some very good finishes for two of his teammates as juniors Jacqueline Smith and Paige Hickson also ended their seasons with solid performances in La Crosse.

For Smith, it was a return trip to the championship meet in the high jump, where this year she missed out on a podium finish in one of the tightest competitions of the weekend for the Division 2 girls.

Beginning Saturday morn­ing, Smith cruised for the most part on her way to topping over 5-2 along with nine other athletes who remained in the competition after clearing that height.

From there it was a roadblock, as no jumper would clear the next height at 5-4. The competition went into a jump-off for the top three while fourth through ninth places were determined by the number of misses leading into the 5-4 height.

“Because Jacqueline had missed attempts at previous heights, she was placed ninth overall,” said Rhode. “The good news is that Jacqueline is only a junior, and I think this experience will make her better next year.”

Smith ends her season with a large number of accolades, as well as high praise from her coach after an outstanding junior year.

“To get to this meet is an honor and we are very proud of the way she has competed all season,” said Rhode. “I expect this experience will make Jacqueline a stronger competitor, and motivate her to be at her best next season.”

Smith was one of the top overall scorers for the Pines team this season, finishing the year with a total of 131.5 points.

Just ahead of Smith in points for the season was fellow junior Paige Hickson, who early Friday set the bar for many competitors as she would be only one of two pole vault competitors in the field to clear 11 feet. She and Abby Rhynes of Richland Center went on from there to determine who would claim a State Championship, with Hickson just narrowly missing clearing the bar at 11-3, finishing as runner-up in the final meet of the season.

“Paige was awesome when the stakes were highest, and was thrilled to be the state runner-up in the pole vault,” said Rhode. “Just like Jacqueline, Paige is a junior and this experience will only make her stronger heading into next season. She was the top scorer on the team this season with a whopping 285 points, one of the best single season marks in school history.”