With tired legs and complicated schedules, the Germantown track teams readied themselves for the upcoming WIAA series of meets as the girls tied for second and the boys finished a competitive fourth in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet on May 17 at Nicolet.
'The kids were juggling so many other things, especially the girls,' said program coach Greg Siegert, 'but they are ready for the next stage. I never question the girls intentions. They do so well in other things, they find it hard to say 'no' to anyone.'
But the Warhawks will hopefully be saying 'yes' to several WIAA state meet berths this week. They hosted a regional meet on Monday, May 23, and sent qualifiers to the sectional at Watertown at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26.
From there, the top three finishers in all events plus all those whose efforts are among the eight best out of all sectionals statewide will advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.
The Germantown girls will rely heavily on their strong sprint relays, while state place-winning jumper Shon Pratcher Jr. will pace the boys' efforts.
The sprint relays did lead the Warhawk girls to a tie for second in the North Shore outdoor with defending WIAA state champion Whitefish Bay as both scored 98 points. Homestead won the title with 127.
Germantown took two firsts, as long jumper Erin Willard overcome some health issues from the previous week to take the long jump with an effort of 17-4.
The Warhawks' signature 4x400-meter relay closed out the meet on a positive note, as the team of Rosalie Campbell, Tatum Gallenberger, Calli Lemke and Kenzie Schmitz cruised to a fast victory in 4:04.18.
The all-state basketball player Schmitz was coming off a big AAU tournament the previous weekend and took a little while to get her legs underneath her, Siegert said. The anchor leg of the relay was her most impressive race of the day, he said. She also won the high jump at 5-1.
Germantown also got an impressive season-best winning effort out of the 4x800 relay team of Lemke, Sami Stieve, Jennifer Lindgren and Alyssa Goesch (9:55.83). The team won the race by 25 seconds.
Taking seconds were the 4x200 relay team of Campbell, Kennedy Runde, Gallenberger and Schmitz (1:47.74) and Goesch in the 800 (2:25.72).
Other good finishes included the following: 200 dash: Schmitz, third (25.71); 3,200: Stieve, fifth (12:00.8); 4x100 relay: Campbell, Willard, Runde and Halee Behrens, third (54.33); pole vault: Emily Viduski, fifth (9-0); long jump: Madeline Batchelor, fourth (15-103/4); and 400: Lemke, fifth (1:02.47).
Siegert said Runde did well again as she juggles both track and soccer this spring and noted that Goesch continues to do well coming back from a leg injury.
For the boys, Pratcher Jr. continues to lead the way as he won both the long and triple jumps. He turned in an impressive effort of 44-33/4 in the triple jump and won the long jump by close to a foot with a 21-foot effort. He was also fourth in the 200 dash (22.92).
His efforts led Germantown to a 821/2-point effort as Whitefish Bay won its first league outdoor title in more than 30 years with 148 points. Taking a second for the Warhawks was Riley Kellom in the shot put (45-1/2).
Other good efforts included the following: 1,600: Craig Reese, fourth (4:31.51); 800; Reese, third (2:00.89); 4x400 relay: Dane Arens, Dylan Ayer, Anthony Brooks and Robert Witzlib, third (3:35.04); 4x800 relay: Jake Garvey, Westin Feltz, Nick Schnoor and Ayer, fifth (8:38.9); pole vault: Turner Valle, third (13-0), Dante Beal, fourth (12-6); dscus: Phil Fritsche, fifth (131-8); and shot put: David Nilles, fifth (43-71/2).
Reese was highlighted for his efforts in the distance races.
'It was a little tough because we couldn't cover all the events, especially the sprints and hurdles,' said Siegert, 'but it sure is nice to pencil in Shon's name (Pratcher Jr.) whenever we can put him in an event.'