Janesville Craig rules boys meet
SUN PRAIRIE On a night when Janesville Craig’s boys track and field team ran away from the rest of the Big Eight Conference, some of the Cougars turned to competing against each other.
Even though Calvin Coleman had already won the long jump, the senior was not about to be upstaged by freshman teammate Ian Reinicke in the triple jump. After failing to stick the landing on his prior jump, Coleman re-grouped and won the triple jump title with a final leap of 45-feet, one-inch. Reinicke followed and took second at 44-1½.
“I had to prove myself tonight,” Coleman said, “and I had to stay ahead of the freshman, Reinicke.”
It was that kind of night for the Cougars, as they won the Big Eight title with 141 points. Janesville Parker followed with 99.5 points, while Verona was third at 84.5.
Sun Prairie won the girls title with 125 points. Craig finished in a tie for third place.
Tommy Meister was poised to join Coleman with a second individual title, but after leading throughout the 3200-meter run, teammate Spencer Hrycay caught Meister with 50 meters left and leaned at the wire for the title in 9:35.26.
Meister managed to hold off Chandler Diffee in the 1600 after Diffee caught Meister with 300 meters left, but couldn’t overtake Meister, who won it in 4:18.52.
“Chandler made a big move with 300 to go there,” Meister said. “We were flying down the back stretch. I had to hold him off there, because if he would have had a step on me going down the stretch, I would have had to go around him. So I held him off all the way down the back stretch.”
Teammate Ryan Kind chipped in with a second-place finish in the 100, while placing third in the 200.
Rutger Meister added a third-place finish in the 110 high hurdles.
Craig also placed second in the 800 relay and was third in the 400 relay.
“From top to bottom, that was by far the best team effort we have had since I have been here,” Craig boys coach Jeff Deininger said. “Every single athlete competed at their highest level. It was just fantastic.”
Parker was led by Trever Steinke, as the senior won the shot put (56-3½). Parker also won the 1600 relay at the wire. Max Monson was runner-up in the discus, as was Shawn Bohler in the high jump and 300 hurdles.
Brad Money added a third-place finish in the 400 and 800, while Erik Albeck was third in the long jump. Albeck pulled a hamstring at the end of the 110 high hurdles preliminary race and did not compete in the finals of the 110 high or 300 intermediate hurdles.
In the girls meet, the Cougars and Middleton tied for third with 85.5 points. Sun Prairie won the meet with 125 points, followed by Verona (115.5). Parker finished in 10th place.
Alli Calkins won two individual titles for the Cougars. The freshman won the long jump (16-11½) and the triple jump (36-11½), while also placing second in the high jump.
Maggie Slatter added a runner-up finish in the 100 for the Cougars, and Kaylyn Funk was second in the shot put and third in the discus. Funk set a school record in the shot put at 39-5.
Freshman Courtney Pohlman took second in the pole vault, while Ashley Pohlman was third in the triple jump.
Kristin Zeilinger paced the Viking girls by winning the pole vault at 9-9. Teammate Ashley Hartwig was runner-up in the discus.