Both the Hamilton boys and girls track and field teams placed third at the Badger Invite at Lake Geneva Badger on April 29. The boys had a nice showing from freshman Jackson Kollath, who won the 200-meter dash in 23.41 seconds. Kollath, along with J.D. Augustine, Andre Gordon and Nick Mirasola, were also winners in the 4x100-meter relay by four hundredths of a second.
'He's a really versatile kid,' HHS coach Ben Nysse said of Kollath. 'He can go all the way up to the (400) and then still come down and run the (100) very effectively. We're excited to have him on our team. He does whatever he's asked, that's the great thing.'
Hamilton had another relay victory in the 4x200 (Ty Olejnik, Cam Davis, Gordon and Zach Jasinski).
'We've been playing with that lineup,' Nysse said. 'We're trying to figure it out as to what we're going to move forward to regionals and sectionals with. They're ranked pretty high. I think they're ranked as a top-10 team. They're also really starting to gel. Even the five or six of them who are rotating in and out of it are pretty good friends.'
The 4x800 was second, and the 4x400 placed third.
'The relays on the boys side were clicking pretty well,' Nysse said. 'We didn't run our No. 1 lineup in the 4x800, but they still ran very well. In the 4x4, we don't have any specialists ... it ends up being 'What do we have (available) at the end of the meet?' We've been running a whole bunch of guys in that. They've been pretty consistent.'
Jasinski (pole vault) and Olejnik (long jump) also claimed victories.
'They're just trying to fine-tune things,' Nysse said. 'Zach brought a bunch of poles to try out this week that he got in the club they work with. They borrow poles and share poles in that club. He's trying to figure out what he can do to get to that 15 (foot) mark for state. It's just a matter of selecting the right pole. Ty just keeps winning. He's really fine tuning things, much like Zach is.'
Jacob Merkel was second in the discus with a toss of 151 feet, 9 inches, and Andre Gordon finished third in the 200. Michael Swope was also third in the 3,200.
The girls had wins from Bianca Stubler (400), Taylor Fuerstenberg (800), 4x400 relay (Stubler, Elizabeth Behrndt, Taylor Klug and Chelsea Parker) and the 4x800 relay (Megan Jansett, Fuerstenberg, Rachel Jeffers and Parker).
The 4x400 relay time of 4:08.51 ranked No. 10 on the state's Honor Roll, according to Wisconsin Track Online.
'We're still trying to figure out what the best combination will be,' Nysse said. 'I think 4:08 is a good time, but we feel like we're behind from where we want to be. ... There's still probably six people with a shot of making the final four when it comes down to three weeks from now.'
Morgan Price was third in the 400. Stubler finished second in the 800 and Jeffers was fourth.
'Morgan Price is probably one of the big revelations of the season so far,' Nysse said. 'She ran the 200, she ran the 400. Morgan has just been getting better and better. She's a freshman.'
The 4x100 relay and Rachel Seraphine (pole vault) were runnersup. Jansett was fourth in the 200, as was Riley Swope in the 1,600 and Isabel Seay in the 3,200. Meghan Joyner ran the 100 hurdles in 16.50 and finished third. Jansett was also third in the long jump. A fourth-place finish was earned by Kristin Thompson in the triple jump.