Homestead boys thinclads give it their all to win fourth straight outdoor

May 15, 2012

Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson was having none of it.

It had all but become official that the Highlanders had won their fourth straight North Shore Conference outdoor Tuesday night on an uneven weather night in Grafton.

But when asked for comment he acted dismayed, not wanting to jinx anything before it all became official, because there were still some events out and he remembered his first league title as a coach back in 1989.

"The Tosa East coaches were shaking hands (and getting ready to accept the plaque), but my guy brings home the 1,600 relay and Nicolet passes Tosa East at the last-second (in the race) and we wind up winning by less than a point," he said.

"I was a neophyte coach then just trying to figure things out and still every year, it's always terribly exciting."

Just like it was Tuesday night, when the Highlanders completed their fourth straight league triple crown, pulling away from Germantown, 143-128, to claim the title.

"In a lot of ways, it was a typical track meet," he said. "A lot of kids had done men's training and then went out and ran like men. We pulled just about everything we could out of a lot of people tonight."

Homestead won it in typical fashion, with a lot of versatility and depth. The Highlanders only won two events, as Alex Butovskiy took the high jump at 6-2, and then the 3,200-meter relay team of Bryce Juedes, Chris Mueller, Nate Allen and Cody Berger turned in a state honor roll time and season best of 8:08.51.

Following that victory in its wake, was a veritable hoard of seconds and thirds.

They included Jay Schneider second (51.06) and Brett Geschke third (51.31) in the 400, and seconds from Berger in the 800 (2:04.06), Schneider in the 200 (22.55), Riley Pelisek in the triple jump (45-0), Mensah Amuzu in the discus (personal best 163-8), and the 1,600 relay team of Stephen Sheperd,  Mueller, Brett Geschke and DeAngelo Dantzler (3:27.12).

Christian Toth was third in the 110 high hurdles (15.84).

"Our sprint group did a man's work tonight," said Benson. "Our jumps were competing hard, our weights too. Everyone. That's what we hang our hats on, we like to think we can compete through all 18 events."

"People say we're a big team, and a D1 school so we should have depth, but all our event groups work very hard very hard to get to this point."

Germantown's second place was fueled by the double win of hurdler Ben Holcomb, as he claimed the 110 highs in 14.86 and the 300 intermediates in 40.14.

Tyler Baran (12-6) and Mitch Fox (12-0), went one-two in the pole vault and Bryan McMichael turned in a personal best of 6-2, good for second in the high jump.

Whitefish Bay claimed third with 116 points behind sprint champion Brandon Threats, who took the 100 (10.99) and the 200 (21.96) dashes, and also joined with Rashadeem Gray, James Stecker and Tommy Friesch to turn in a new conference record of 1:29.21 in the 800 relays.

Nate Gomoll also won the 1,600 for Bay (4:22.71) and was second in the 3,200 (9:46.08). Gray was second in the 110 high hurdles (15.62).

Nicolet's 400 relay of Denzel Allen, DeAnte and DeVante Coleman and Brandon Kappel executed some perfect handoffs to break another conference record with a 42.53 time.

Kappel was also second in the long jump (personal best 21-6 1/2) as was DeVante Coleman in the 300 hurdles (42.12).

Nicolet was sixth in the meet with 56.5 points.


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