Lakeland athlete looks to cap off a great year at stateSubmitted: 06/02/2015

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MINOCQUA - A junior at Lakeland Union High School competes at a high level whether it is on the grass, a track, or on snow.

"Last year it was okay for me and I really decided last year that I was going to kind of get things together and go out there and do my best," said Lakeland junior Will Bodewes

He got things together. Will Bodewes was the number two runner on the Lakeland cross country team that finished third at state. He won the Wisconsin high school Nordic ski state championship and will compete in four different events this weekend in LaCrosse at the track state meet.

"He loves to compete and he's passionate about whatever sport he's in at the time and he'll do the best whenever he steps onto the track or on to the ski course or whatever," said Lakeland Cross Country and Track Coach Kevin FitzPatrick.

Bodewes will compete in the 3200 meter run, the 800 meter run, and the 4x800 relay at state. He says the success of Lakeland's distance team helped push him to become a solid runner. He started running with his teammates in fourth grade.

"In 2007, we were actually all on a cross country team together and it all came back in high school, we all ran cross together, we trained together," said Bodewes.

He will also compete in the pole vault at state. It's an event he didn't even plan on doing this year.

"This year I said if the team needs me I'm going to do it for fun, see how well it will go and I ended up doing it for fun," Bodewes said. "I loved how it worked and it just started working out for me."

Bodewes looks forward to capping the year off in LaCrosse this weekend.

"Like my mom always said go out there give it your best, have fun with it and leave it all out on the field," said Bodewes.

Story By: Nolan Blair

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