Janesville state track qualifiers look to medal
JANESVILLE The WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet has been a popular destination for Janesville athletes.
This year is no different.
Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker will be well represented when the 118th boys and 43rd girls state meets are held Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Finishing in the top six in an event earns athletes a place on the podium, and that's where Parker's Ashley Hartwig, Paul Jacobson and T.J. Steinke hope to be.
The Viking throwers are peaking at the right time. Hartwig won the sectional title in the discus and Jacobson won the sectional shot put title with a personal-best throw of 53 feet, 5 ½ inches. Steinke has thrown the discus 153 feet, which ranks in the top 10 of state qualifiers.
"I don't think any one of us is going up there thinking we're going to win a state title, but we all know we're capable of getting on the podium," Hartwig said. "We've set goals and want to achieve them. Hopefully, that will be good enough to place."
Hartwig, a senior, and Jacobson and Steinke, both juniors, credit coach Mike Smrekar with getting the trio to an elite level. This is the second year that Parker has qualified three throwers for state, and Smrekar is the man behind it.
"Coach always tells us how important it is to train hard not only on our throws in practice, but to work hard in the weight room," Steinke said. "That's where we get our explosiveness and power to push off."
Jacobson saved his best for last in qualifying for state. His throw of 53-5.5 came on his last attempt at the sectional meet.
"I think it's probably going to take a throw around 56 feet to get on the podium, and I know I'm capable of that," Jacobson said. "I've watched a lot of video, and I've gotten great coaching from my dad and Coach Smrekar. I can't wait for state."
Hartwig will be joined at state by teammate Miranda Slaback. The senior qualified in both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs.
The Parker boys will also send junior Devonte Scott in high jump, and the 3,200-meter relay team of senior Dane Tyler, sophomore Keegan McCluskey, sophomore David Green and junior Kendall Apfel.
Spencer Hrycay and Ian Reinicke head the list of qualifiers for a talented Craig boys team that won the Waterford Sectional title. Reinicke, a sophomore, is seeded third in triple jump and also qualified in long jump.
Hrycay, a senior and University of Kentucky commit, is seeded 10th in the 1,600 and 16th in the 3,200.
Senior Odean White qualified for the Cougars in the 100 and junior Evan Lalor will join Hrycay in the 1,600. Craig junior Ryan Kind qualified in the 200 and will join White, junior Trevahn Hall and sophomore Javen Murry in both the 400 and 800 relays.
Craig will also be represented in the girls 400 relay as the team of sophomore Gabrielle Geller, senior Aisha Coleman and sophomores Candace Enis and Aleyha Slatter qualified with a time of 50.72 seconds. Cougar senior Maggie Slatter qualified in the 100, and junior Alli Calkins and Coleman are both seeded in the top 10 in triple jump.
Area WIAA boys state track and field qualifiers
(Qualifying mark in parantheses)
100—James Nachtigal, jr., Fort Atkinson (11.41); Odean White, sr., Janesville Craig (11.42).
200—Ryan Kind, jr., Janesville Craig (23.02); James Nachtigal, jr., Fort Atkinson (23.6).
1,600—Spencer Hrycay, sr., Janesville Craig (4:21.28); Evan Lalor, jr., Janesville Craig (4:26.89)
3,200—Spencer Hrycay, sr., Janesville Craig (9:41.76); Eric Bender, sr., Fort Atkinson (9:45.93).
300 intermediate hurdles—Jose Guitterez, soph., Beloit Memorial (41.09).
400 relay—Janesville Craig (43.66); Lake Geneva Badger (44.20).
800 relay—Janesville Craig (1:30.94).
3,200 relay—Janesville Parker (8:18.28).
Shot put—Paul Jacobson, jr., Janesvile Parker (53-5.5).
Discus—A.J. Natter, sr., Milton (167-1); T.J. Steinke, jr., Janesville Parker (151-0).
High jump—Davonte Scott, sr. Janesville Parker (6-0).
Long jump—Ian Reinicke, soph., Janesville Craig (21-5); James Nachtigal, jr., Fort Atkinson (21-3.75).
Triple jump—Ian Reinicke, soph., Janesville Craig (45-4.5).
Pole vault—Zach Phillips, sr., Elkhorn (13-0).
100—Jordan Fitzgerald, sr., East Troy (11.02); Seth Calaway, soph., Monroe (11.39).
400—Clayton Morrison, sr., Jefferson (49.96); Alex Barenklau, sr., Monroe (50.75).
800—Ethan Moehn, jr., Monroe (1:55.03); Jake Hirsbrunner, jr., Monroe (1:55.47); Jeff Pickett, sr., Beloit Turner (1:56.47); Clayton Morrison, sr., Jefferson (1:58.95).
1,600—Brendon Paucek, soph., Jefferson (4:26.55); Ethan Moehn, jr., Monroe (4:29.97); Noah Tostrud, jr., Monroe (4:30.70).
3,200—Brett Harms, jr., Whitewater (9:41.42).
110 high hurdles—Jack Bullis, sr., Whitewater (15.57).
300 intermediate hurdles—Joe Bullis, soph., Whitewater (40.87); Sam McCarthy, sr., East Troy (41.52).
400 relay—Jefferson (44.55).
800 relay—East Troy (1:31.56).
1,600 relay—Monroe (3:27.57).
3,200 relay—Monroe (8:02.17).
Shot put—Nate Dodge, sr., East Troy (52-0); Logan Mauer, fr., Brodhead.Juda (51-3).
Discus—Landon Ellingson, fr., Jefferson (148-0).
High jump—Andy Cooper, soph., Whitewater (6-6); Jake Hirsbrunner, jr., Monroe (6-4; Nate Dodge, sr., East Troy (6-3); Randy Popanz, jr., Clinton (6-3); Ben Davisson, sr., Orfordville Parkview (6-2).
Long jump—Cody Zaeske, sr., East Troy (22-3).
Triple jump—Cody Zaeske, sr., East Troy (44-8.75); Anthony Juoni, jr., Whitewater (42-10).
Pole vault—Cason Cleveland, fr., Edgerton (13-6); Cody Fielder, sr., Whitewater (13-6).
800—Jose Ramirez, sr., Albany (2:00.66).
3,200—Brennan Bloedel, soph., Albany (10:05.01).
Area WIAA girls state track and field qualifiers
(Qualifying mark in parantheses)
100—Maggie Slatter, sr., Janesville Craig (13.06).
800—Tristan Sproul, sr., Lake Geneva Badger (2:24.75).
1,600—Miranda Slaback, sr., Janesville Parker (5:24.24).
3,200—Miranda Slaback, sr., Janesville Parker (11:40.79); Elle Adams, jr., Lake Geneva Badger (11:45.28).
100 high hurdles—Haley Blum, soph., Elkhorn (16.80).
400 relay—Janesville Craig (50.72).
800 relay—Beloit Memorial (1:49.02).
1,600 relay—Elkhorn (4:13.57).
Discus—Ashley Hartwig, sr., Janesville Parker (119-6); Liberty Wieseman, sr., Lake Geneva Badger, 114-5.
High jump—Raeven Peek, fr., Beloit Memorial (5-0).
Triple jump—Alli Calkins, jr., Janesville Craig (35-6); Aisha Coleman, sr., Janesville Craig (35-2.75).
100—Kailey Reynolds, soph., Whitewater (12.46).
400—Frankie Morris, sr., East Troy (58.54); Meg Duffield, jr., Brodhead/Juda (1:01.87).
800—Rachel Atchison, sr., East Troy (2:16.39); Callie Linse, fr., Jefferson (2:23.73).
3,200—Sarah Ziolkowski, fr., Whitewater (11:41.98).
100 high hurdles—Megan Linse, sr., Jefferson (15.21); Alicia Oleson, sr., East Troy (16.26); Nicole McCue, sr., Edgerton (16.37).
300 low hurdles—Emily Leising, jr., East Troy (46.97); Mikaela Grant, fr., Jefferson (47.19).
400 relay—Beloit Turner (52.46).
800 relay—Jefferson (1:49.33).
1,600 relay—East Troy (4:05.29).
3,200 relay—East Troy (9:39.11); Whitewater (10:16.29).
Shot put—Heather Buckler, jr., Clinton (39-0).Katy Heine, jr., Jefferson (36-8)
Discus—M.E. Dodge, fr., East Troy (122-10); Courtney Glass, jr., Clinton (102-4).
High jump—Sam Morateck, sr., Palmyra-Eagle (5-4).
Long jump—Bryzena Santos, jr., East Troy (17-5); Megan Linse, sr., Jefferson (17-5); Katrina Santos, fr., East Troy (17-2); Nicole McCue, sr., Edgerton (16-10.5).
Triple jump—Katrina Santos, fr., East Troy (35-10); Bryzena Santos, jr., East Troy (35-0).
Pole vault—Tre Voegeli, jr., Monroe (9-9).
400—Chantel Rogers, jr., Albany (1:01.08).
800—Bailey Hlavachek, jr., Albany (2:27.59).
1,600—Bailey Hlavachek, jr., Albany (5:35.21).
300 low hurdles—Kori Koss, jr., Wisconsin School for the Deaf (48.75).
3,200 relay—Albany (10:23.03).
Mixed 400—Dani Ebben, sr., Fort Atkinson (1:21.19).
800—Dani Ebben, sr., Fort Atkinson (3:01.06).
1,600—Dani Ebben, sr., Fort Atkinson (5:58.29).
Shot put—Dani Ebben, sr., Fort Atkinson (13-3).