There has been no stopping Zach Jasinski in the pole vault this season. The Hamilton senior finished tied for second at last year's WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet in the pole vault and hasn't slowed down in 2016. At the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 4, Jasinski cleared 15 feet, 3 inches, which was the highest mark in the state this season, according to the Athletic.net Honor Roll.
'Heck of a day,' Hamilton coach Ben Nysse said. 'That was great. I actually got to watch it. Usually, I don't get over by pole vault, but I got to watch that whole thing, from 14-6 all the way up. It was pretty incredible.'
The 4x200-meter relay team of Jackson Kollath, Andre Gordon, Jasinski and Ty Olejnik also picked up a victory with a time of 1 minute, 31.02 seconds.
'They were really gelling,' Nysse said. 'Ty didn't feel as happy about his long jump (a second-place showing) as he has the last couple of meets, so he came in with a lot of anger. He ran really well off the starts. He was motivated to win something.'
The distance medley relay of Michael Swope, Zachary Leinbach, Tyler Voelzke and Rohan Washikar took third in 11:03.02. Leinbach, Swope, Voelzke and Washikar also placed fourth in the 4x800. In the 4x1,600 relay, Nicholas Schmidt, Peyton Feudner, Evan Selin and Brian Wiedenfeld finished fourth.
For the girls, the 4x400 relay of Morgan Price, Elizabeth Behrndt, Chelsea Parker and Bianca Stubler won in 4:13.35, which was more than two seconds faster than the next-best time. Amanda Hammond, Mariana Feudner, Lauren Leonardi and Stubler won the sprint medley relay in 1:52.54.
Rachel Seraphine, Jessica Mueller and Jackie Zeman combined to win the pole vault relay for the Chargers.
'They were really excited about that,' Nysse said. 'That was neat for them. Zach tends to get the accolades over at the pole vault, so they were happy to pull that out.'
The 100 hurdles relay team of Taylor Laboy, Megan Jansett and Jackie Zeman were runnersup. Another second-place finish came from the 4x200 relay team of Amanda Hammond, Behrndt, Taylor Klug and Price. Jansett, Taylor Fuerstenberg, Rachel Jeffers and Caroline Troutman were also second in the 4x800.
Meghan Joyner finished in a five-way tie in the high jump with a height of 4-8. The distance medley relay of Fuerstenberg, Jansett, Jeffers and Riley Swope also placed third.
As a team, the Hamilton girls took third with 89 points. Brookfield East won the meet with 113. For the boys, Hamilton was sixth with 41 points. Brookfield East also won the boys meet with a score of 128.