The Menomonee Falls boys track team is not going to worry about who is eligible or who is not, or who is hurt or who is not because the list of who isn't around is unfortunately long this season.
The Indians are just going to celebrate who's there and who's doing great, like senior hurdler and long jumper Bryce McMurtry, who won both the 110-meter high hurdles in a state-best time and took the 300 intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time to lead Falls to a strong second-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference outdoor at home on May 17.
'He had a good meet, a heck of a meet,' said Indian coach Bobby Regent-Smith, also noting that McMurtry finished second in the long jump with a personal-best effort. 'We're really starting to see his full potential, what he's capable of. He's been a three-sport athlete all four years (football and basketball too), and now he's reaping the rewards.'
It also makes McMurtry a strong candidate for Greater Metro Conference track athlete of the year, an honor that will be awarded at a later date, Regent-Smith said. Counting the outdoor, relay and indoor meets this season, McMurtry has won seven GMC titles and had four runner-up finishes.
The strong finish for Falls puts the Indians in good position to advance many to the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4. They hosted a regional meet Monday, May 23, and will send qualifiers from there to the WIAA sectional at Watertown on Thursday, May 26, with field events starting at 4 p.m. and running events at 4:45 p.m.
The top three in each event plus all those whose efforts are among the best eight out of all sectionals statewide will advance to the state meet.
McMurtry was third in the 110 high hurdles last season.
His day got off to a sensational start as he edged West Allis Central's Kelshawn Johnson in a great 110 high hurdle race. McMurtry was clocked in 14.40 seconds and Johnson in 14.42. The slightly wind-aided times are unofficially the two best in the state this spring.
'They were right next to each other, and there may have even been a little contact,' Regent-Smith. 'It looked like a prize fight. It was a great race.'
The race time even caught the attention of the Indians' two-time state champion in the event, Matt Widule.
'He texted me and said '14.4. Now we're talking, woo, woo!'' Regent-Smith said, laughing.
McMurtry came back later and turned in a dominant effort in the 300 hurdles with a winning state honor-roll time of 39.2 as teammate Matt Nienow shattered his personal best and also put himself on the state honor roll with a runner-up time of 39.36. Senior Tyler Jackson was a strong sixth in 41.63.
McMurtry finished off his day with the personal best of 22 feet-1/2 inch in the long jump as East's Drew Bullen won at 22-10.
Those efforts led Falls to a 134 point effort as East won with 172.
The 200 dash was a great event for Falls as all three place winners turned in personal bests. Patrick Doyle was second in 22.4, edging teammate Mason Jansen, who was third in the same time. Amari Hackett set a personal best of 22.48 in the trials and then finished fifth in the finals in 22.68.
In the 100 dash, Jansen was second in 11.05, while Hackett was fourth in 11.21.
Other strong finishes for Falls included seconds from the 4x100 relay team of Hackett, Jansen, Doyle and Vincent Zimmermann (43.32); the 4x400 relay team of Nienow, Cross Wilson, Doyle and Arick Gleissner (3:31.25); and Cameron Jemison in the pole vault (14-0).
Other places of note for Falls included the following: 1,600: Tyler Smalley, fifth (personal best 4:36.95); 110 high hurdles: Nienow, fourth (15.27); 4x200 relay: Gleissner, Jackson, Zimmermann and Wilson (1:33.12); 4x800 relay: Jayce Kolinski, Daniel Behrent, Owen Stegner, and Brandon Kohnert, fourth (8:42.37); shot put: Ben Perdzock, fourth (46-11); discus: Perdzock, sixth (125-2); high jump: Wilson, fourth (5-8); long jump: Wilson, fourth (personal best 21-5); and triple jump: Jackson, eighth (personal best, 40-1).
Regent-Smith continued to heap praise on the senior Jackson and noted that Wilson had a terrific meet.
He also said that the sprinters were very impressive.
'We asked a lot out of them and they delivered,' Regent-Smith said.