Freeman claims hat trick

Wauwatosa West star, a University of Wisconsin football recruit, wins three events at state track meet; Ladysmith's Mike Newkirk wins shot put title, three other future Badger football players compete in shot put

Antonio Freeman played a game of catch me if you can during the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state track championships Friday and Saturday.

He ran. Fast. Very fast. And no one could catch him.

Freeman, who is expected to play cornerback when he joins the Wisconsin football team this fall, won two individual state championships and also ran with a title winning relay to close out a decorated prep track career.

Freeman won the 100 meters in 10.68 seconds, nearly four-tenths of second ahead of his closest competitor, West Allis Hale senior Idiato Jeremiah (11.07). He again bested Jeremiah, and all other state competitors, for the 200 title, clocking in at 21.44 compared to Jeremiah's second-place 21.98. Freeman also ran the anchor leg of West's championship winning 400 relay team, which topped Madison La Follette by nearly a half second (42.22 to 42.71.)

Ladysmith senior Mike Newkirk, who will join Freeman at Wisconsin the fall, won the Division 2 shot put state championship with a throw of 60 feet and one-half inch. Newkirk also finished eighth in the discus (151-01).

Three incoming Badger freshmen football players competed in the Division 1 shot put: Hudson's Kraig Urbik placed fifth (55-0 ¼), while Beaver Dam's Bill Rentmeester (50-10) and Wausau East's Andy Crooks (49-3 ½) finished 13th and 21st, respectively.

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