Menomonee Falls track teams host record-setting invites

Teams ready for Greater Metro Conference meet

May 19, 2014

They were the last meets of the regular season, and everyone was letting it all hang out when Menomonee Falls hosted its boys and girls invitational track meets on May 13 and 14, respectively.

Now, safe to say, the meets have a couple of records that are secure, likely for a few decades at least.

In the boys Ron Burling Invite on May 13, no one could leave the pole vault pit, as an astounding seven competitors cleared 13 feet (including Falls' Zack Pogorzelski), two of whom, including the Indians' Aron Schwartz, went over 14 feet, while another two cleared a remarkable 15 feet.

Brookfield East's Glen Harold wound up winning the event with a state best of 15 feet-6 inches.

"When we ran the (event) meeting beforehand, we went over suggested starting heights," said Indians coach Bobby Regent-Smith, "and from the eight spot on up, the starting height was (a very high) 12-6. We had 22 vaulters and we wound up starting at 10-6.

"It was amazing and Harold went for it at 16 feet, and he was close!"

Singular effort for girls

The next night at the girls' Indian Invitational, it was more of a singular effort, but in its own way it was even more astonishing, as East long jumper Alisha Harper went 4 inches beyond the official state record with a winning leap of 19-3 1/2.

She won the event by 3 feet.

"None of us were over there to see it," said Indians girls head coach Andy Eisenbach, "though (Falls jumps' coach) John Katz was running it. And he said it was something."

Samantha Madrzak broke her tie for the school record in the pole vault with Kaitlin Genthe by clearing a winning height of 11 feet 4 inches.

With that under their belts, the Indians are now ready for their big season-ending meets as the was held Tuesday, May 20. The Falls' boys were going for the triple crown that night, having won the league indoor and relay meet titles this season.

"We just have to make sure were healthy and ready to go," said Regent-Smith. "The guys are ready and have the right mind-set. Everything has to come together, but we're ready for a great meet."

"It's been a growing season for us," said Eisenbach. "If you look at the majority of our varsity performers, they are mostly freshmen and sophomores, but they're young kids and they're having fun."

The WIAA regional meet will be Tuesday, May 27, at Watertown.

A strong third place

For the boys in the Burling, the Indians held a few people out as precautions, but still took a strong third with 881/2 points as East won with 112-1/2. Wisconsin Lutheran was second with 105.

Christian Almonte remained unbeaten in the outdoor 100, winning easily 11.1 seconds. His was the only victory on the night for the Indians while another win went to the 4x800 relay team of Adam Vechart, Brandon Schinker, Kaleb Becker and Jake McMahon (8:17.12).

Schinker had a fine 800 split of 2:02.

In the pole vault, Schwartz, who improved on his personal best by 6 inches, good for third while even with a fine jump, Pogorelski (13-0) could do no better than seventh.

Other good finishes: 200—Josh Lucas, fifth (23.29). 400—I.J. Bullock, third (51.35). 3,200—Ben Maas, third (9:57.43). 110 high hurdles—Reese Meredith, fifth (15.67). 300 intermediate hurdles—Meredith, fifth (41.3). 400 relay—fifth (45.45). 800 relay—Almonte, Bryuce McMurtry, Meredith and Lucas, third (1:32.62). High jump—Darron Murray, third (6-0); Adrian Roscher, fifth (6-0). Triple jump—Wil Roscher, third (42-2 3/4). Discus—John DeWalt, fifth (130-1).

For the girls, behind Madrzak's victory, Falls scored 40 points, good for eighth in the 15-team field as West Bend West won with 138. The previous school record had been 11-3.

Other good finishes for Falls: 100 high hurdles—Savannah Callen, third (16.57). 4x800 relay—fifth, (11:06.07). 4x200 relay—fifth (1:52.69). 300 low hurdles—Katie Lepak, fifth (51.5). Pole vault—Caroline Hanson, sixth (9-0). Triple jump—Anaya Hunter, third (32-11 1/2).

Eisenbach said that Hunter, one of the freshmen he spoke about, has been a real find all season and was successful in her fist attempt at triple jump. He also praised weight performer Hannah Matthiesen.

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