Warhawks boys track roars into big meet season on winning note

Claim Cedarburg meet title; second at Falls

May 13, 2012

Germantown - It was a busy and productive last week of the regular season for the Germantown boys track team, as the Warhawks won the Cedarburg true team meet on May 10, two days after claiming second in the 16-school Menomonee Falls Ron Burling Invitational.

"We were actually quite pleased with a lot of things," Warhawks coach Jared Foerch said. "We started PR-ing (personal record) like crazy in so many events."

Germantown took part in the North Shore Conference Outdoor on Tuesday and now turns its attention to the WIAA regional meet that is at Sussex Hamilton on May 21. The top four finishers in each event advance to the sectional meet at Menomonee Falls on May 24.

"We're going to get a few guys back," said Foerch, noting that top distance runner Adam Schueller has been out a few weeks with an illness, but should have been ready to go by the time of the conference meet.

Leading the charge into the state series of meets is hurdler Ben Holcomb, who turned in another personal best of 14.55 in winning the 110 high hurdles at the Burling Invite on an occasionally wet May 8 evening. It's a time that ranks third on the state honor roll. He later turned in a winning time of 39.59 in easily claiming the 300 intermediate hurdles. His best of 39.39 in that event is still fourth-best in the state.

"It's really up in the air as to how fast he can go," said Foerch of Holcomb.

The only other win went to Chasen Brown in the 100 dash (11.07), as the Warhawks scored 98 points for their spot in the 15-team field while defending state champion Brookfield East won with 110.5.

Taking a second for the Warhawks was Bobby Stemm in the shot put (personal best, 50-1), while thirds went to Jason Townsend in the long jump (personal best 20-7) and Stemm in the discus (139-1).

Fourths were claimed by the 3,200 relay team of Tommy Adair, Alex Lindenberg, Cory Rhind and Riley Kruger (8:21.21); the 800 relay team of Alec Richmond, Townsend, Michael Hacker and Brown (season best 1:32.32); Richmond in the 200 (23.45) and Ryan Lemke in the shot put (47-8).

In the nine-team true meet, 36-place scoring was used to determine places, hence the "true" team designation.

Germantown scored 1,287.5 points to Cedarburg's 1,238.

There was a problem with the timing system, so all times are unofficial.

Wins went to Zach Artz in the 400, Bryan McMichael in the high jump (5-11), and Mitch Fox in the pole vault (11-6); while seconds went to Nick Dunlap in the discus (119-3), Shae Callewaert in the shot put (43-9), and Tyler Baran in the pole vault (11-0); and thirds went to Everett Wood in the 110 high hurdles, and the 800 relay team of Josh Earl, Clay Knapp, Townsend and Hacker.

Foerch was very pleased with the weightmen as they continue to improve under the tutelage of event coach Jake Davis.

"They are just starting to pop-up (in terms of their distances)," Foerch said. "They are really starting to come through."

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