Lake Geneva Badger looking to defend titles
Lake Geneva Badger benefited from several outstanding individual performances to sweep last season’s the Southern Lakes Conference co-ed track and field meet.
Justin Bowers sparked the Badger High boys with victories in the 100, 200 and long jump, while Megan Mulligan won the 100, 200 and 400 to lift the Badger girls. Mulligan is returning, but Bowers graduated.
Badger boys coach A.J. Curtis said he has a young team, and to repeat as Southern Lakes champion Tuesday at Burlington High School may be a bridge too far.
“Most of the studs from last year’s team are gone,” Curtis said. “We have a number of freshmen and sophomores that will help us.”
Curtis thinks Waterford has to be the favorite for this year’s boys meet.
“Waterford has a great, great team with a number of really good people,” Curtis said. “It will be a battle (for us) to get up there.’’
Waterford may be the favorite, but the Delavan-Darien boys enter the Southern Lakes meet on the heels of winning their Borg Invitational last Friday. The Comets won five individual events and three relays in the seven-team field.
The Comets’ Ricky Wojciechowski won the 100 (11.42), Jordan Hesebeck won the 200 (23.58), and Martin Figueroa won the 400 (52.57). Sam Logterman won the 1,600 (5:01.67) and Justin Held won the long jump (19-10).
While Curtis calls Waterford the favorite, he said the Badgers have key talent to score points.
Curtis said Eddy Ruzga, a junior, should give Badger a boost in the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles.
“Eddy is pretty exciting,” Curtis said. “He’s done a 39.23 in the 300 (intermediate hurdles). He has been doing real well, and he has a lot more in the tank.’’
Curtis is looking for good things from Corey Nevin in the 800 and Tomas Pecha in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Meanwhile, Mulligan has suffered a difficult season in girls competition.
“Megan has been plagued by injury, and has not run a lot,” Badger girls coach Jenn Jaeger said. “She’s only been in one meet, but it was the last meet.’’
Mulligan won the 100 in 12.9 seconds and the 200 in 26.6 at the Walworth County Invitational last Tuesday. Badger won nine events en route to the championship.
Lana Wieseman won the high jump (5-2) and the triple jump (33-4.5). Annie Gaugert won the 100 high hurdles (16.5), and Colleen O’Neill won the 300 lows (50.6).
Alyssa Olson won the 800 (2:36.4), Tristan Sproul won the 1,600 (5:45) and Karina Reeves won the 3,200 (13:06) at the Walworth meet.
Jaeger thinks Waterford and Burlington make it tough for Badger to repeat.
“I like Burlington in the conference (meet).” Jaeger said. “For so many years, it was the Waterford-Badger rivalry. Burlington is going to bring a really good team.”