Germantown boys and girls track teams use depth to win Cedarburg invitational meets

NSC was Tuesday

May 20, 2014

It's been a messy, wet, cold spring, very hard on all manner of sports and on the kids working hard trying to improve their skills.

And it has been very frustrating for the junior varsity track competitors, whose meets are often the most likely to get canceled in case of lousy weather.

"It's been really hard for those kids," said Germantown track coach Greg Siegert, "because we have so many JV kids and they've had two meets canceled this year so far. It's like 'We still have to practice, but our meet has been canceled.' They put in all this work and we just can't get any times for them."

But those kids were thrown a bone Thursday, May 15 (boys) and Friday, May 16 (girls) at the Cedarburg True Team Invitational. Teams can have up to four entries per event and the scoring system values everyone who participates, even the kid finishing in 25th place in the shot put or the high hurdles. Everybody's effort scores points, and everyone contributes to the team total.

And it paid off in a big way for the Warhawks, as they won both the boys' and girls' championships in their final preparations for the North Shore Conference Outdoor that was held Tuesday, May 20 (see for details).

"We were finally able to give value to their effort," said Siegert. "...We have a great many kids in the program and we were able to fill all four entries (per event) while others couldn't. We just have a good number of good quality kids throughout the line-up."

Germantown looked to build on those efforts in what promised to be a very competitive North Shore meet on both the boys' and girls' sides. Following the outdoor, the teams will take part in the WIAA regional meet on Tuesday, May 27 at Watertown, with qualifiers from there advancing to the sectional at Sussex Hamilton on May 30.

Siegert said that, knock on wood, the team is as healthy as its been all season and poised for a strong finish.

In the boys meet on May 15, the Warhawks scored 1,333 points for their victory in the seven-team meet while Cedarburg was second with 1.045

Among those earning victories for Germantown were Trevor Becker in the 3,200 (10 minutes, 4.17 seconds) as teammate Josh Verbugt was second (10:57.61) and Wes Feltz fourth (11:16.14). Kameron Lau also took the high jump at 5 feet, 63/4 inches, while Nick Holcomb claimed the long jump (21-21/4) with Quintin Fliss taking second (19-11), while Cole Karcz won the discus with a personal best of 153-9.

In addition, the 4x800-meter relay team of Nick Montag, Lucas Sbragia, Nick Schnoor and Preston Yahr, (8:26.47) and the 4x100 relay team of Holcomb, Shon Pratcher, Quinton Fliss and Lau (44.17) also were both victorious.

In a true show of depth, the Warhawks put together a second 4x800 that was almost as good as the wining squad with the crew of Cory Rhind, Becker, Brady Sheridan and Nick Foti who place second in 8:28.68.

Other good efforts included the following: 1,600—Craig Reese, second (4:53.96); Dylan Ayer, fourth (4:56.15). 4x100 relay—Clay Knapp, Justin Gross, Connor Schulz and Austin Mozdzen, fourth (45.79). 300 intermediate hurdles—Jacob DeBonis, third (42.06); Anthony Brooks, fourth (43.93). 800—Brett Dzik, third (2:07.64); Tim Schabel, fourth (2:11.27); Danny Horanoff, fifth (2:12.33). 200 dash—Pratcher, third (23.54); Holcomb, fourth (23.81). Pole vault—Dante Beal, second (11-6). Triple jump—Holcomb, second (42-7); Pratcher, third (40-7); Fliss, fourth (39-3). Discus—Alex Schlee, third (134-7). Shot put—Michael Cooney, third (44-5).

There were many things that Siegert was pleased about at the meet, but noted that Holcomb, a state qualifier a year ago, was irritated and motivated after losing the triple jump to a Port Washington opponent. As a result, Siegert expected big things out of Holcomb at conference.

The girls competition was tighter as Germantown edged Homestead, 1,429-1/2 points to 1,396-1/2 in the nine-team field.

Individual firsts went to Alyssa Goesch in the 800 (2:20.42), Khia Kurtenbach in the 3,200 (11:36.06), Kenzie Schmitz in the high jump (5-0).

Other good efforts included the following: 4x800 relay—Kaitlyn Ditloff, Julia Schroder, Jennifer Lindgren and Sarah Ahles, second (10:33.06). 4x200 relay—Rosalie Campbell, Erika Betthauser, Jayne Bertieri and Schmitz, second (1:47.55). 4x100 relay—Betthauser, Schmitz, Tatum Gallenberger and Bertieri, second (51.16). 300 low hurdles—Megan Hedinger, third (51.2). 200—Schmitz, fourth (27.16). 4x400 relay—Campbell, Molly Baus, Gallenberger and Goesch, third (4:12.35). High jump—Emily Viduski, third (4-8); Marissa Niemann, fourth (4-6). Long jump—Erin Willard, fourth (15-8). Triple jump—Willard, fourth (32-2). Discus—Maddie Stewart, fourth (90-7).

"It's one of the best meets going," said Siegert. "We like going there. We get in there, compete well and are out of there in about three hours. We really appreciate what they do."

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