Holcomb, vaulters lead Warhawks track team to second in NSC outdoor

WIAA sectional Thursday at Falls

May 20, 2012

Germantown - Germantown's two-time North Shore Conference hurdles champion Ben Holcomb, knows he will see plenty of challenges in the upcoming WIAA state series, but also sort of wonders how fast he could go, if he was running against some area hurdle heroes of the past.

Names like former Warhawks stars Adam and Dexter Schleis and two-time state 110 high hurdle champion Matt Widule out of Menomonee Falls leap to mind.

"It would be fun to be in a race like that," mused Holcomb after claiming both the 110 highs and the 300 intermediate hurdles in the North Shore Conference outdoor on May 15. "It certainly would be interesting because I haven't had a lot of people to race against so far (in the area)."

Holcomb and the rest of the Warhawks, who took second to triple crown champion Homestead in the North Shore, get to see how interesting it will be, when they send their qualifiers to the WIAA sectional meet at Menomonee Falls on Thursday.

The top three finishers in each event and all those whose efforts are among the eight fastest in all sectionals statewide, advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse, June 1 and 2.

Holcomb made the state finals of the 110 highs last season. Coach Jared Foerch said there were a lot of decisions to be made before regional entry forms went in at midnight May 18.

"It's still a chess game that we play with these other schools," he said.

The Warhawks played the game very well on the rain-delayed North Shore meet at Grafton. They scored 128 points and put a good scare into Homestead, which won with 143.

On the warm and windy day, Holcomb was clocked in 14.86 to take the highs and ran in 40.14 during the 300 hurdles for his second win. In neither race did he get a challenge.

"They both felt OK, they probably could have been better," he said. He was also fifth in the triple jump with a fine effort of 41-9 and helped the 1,600 relay team that included Zach Artz, Tommy Adair and Adam Schueller to a season best third-place showing of 3:29.29.

Tyler Baran and Mitch Fox held up the Warhawks' tradition in the pole vault, as Baran won the event at 12-6 while Fox was second at 12-0.

"We had a good wind behind us and that helped," Baran said, "and this is good for me too (laughs) because I took second at conference wrestling this winter. It feels good to get the gold medal this time around.

"Maybe next week I can (vault) 13 or 13-6 (and get to state)."

Another notable field event finish included a personal best, second-place effort by Bryan McMichael in the high jump (6-2) and a similar spot by Chasen Brown in the 100 dash (11.05).

Other notable finishes by event included the following: 400 relay: Alec Richmond, Quin Fliss, Josh Earl and Brown, third (44.2); 300 intermediate hurdles: Everett Wood, fourth (42.79); 3,200 relay: Adair, Zach Baus, Riley Kruger and Schueller, second (8:10.68); discus: Bobby Stemm, fourth (146-5); Ryan Lemke, fifth (146-1); and shot put: Stemm, fourth (47-11); Lemke, fifth (46-11).

"It was a good day," Foerch said. "It would have been nice to have gotten a little closer but I think we got about as many breaks as we could have."

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