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Rob Reischel
Hans Kunsch and Middleton’s boys track and field team won the Cardinal Relays last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Now that’s how you kick off your own invitational.

Middleton’s boys track and field team hosted the inaugural Cardinal Relays last Friday and MHS. And Middleton gave a memorable performance.

The Cardinals won the invite with 146 points, while Sun Prairie was second at 140. Onalaska was third with 100, followed by La Crosse Central (92), Waunakee (82) and Holemn (50).

“It was exciting to see an invitational at Middleton again after a decade hiatus,” Middleton coach Isaac Mezera said. “It was exciting to go up against some teams that we don’t normally see.”

And exciting to see some of Middleton’s performances.

The Cardinals won the grade level 1,600 sprint medley, in which they used one individual from each grade. The quartet of sophomore Zach Easton, freshman Will Funk, senior Drew Docter and junior R.J. Pertzborn rolled to a first place finish in 3:47.26.

“They ran a time that many teams in the state would be happy if their top varsity could run,” Mezera said.

The 3,200-meter team run was won by freshman David Marrone (10:42), sophomore Andrew Plumb (10:43) and senior Mike O’Shea (10:50).  

“It was a little glimpse of the future of our cross country program,” Mezera said.

The trio of Ian Geocaris, Hans Kunsch and Noah Boehnen teamed up to the 3x110 hurdle shuttle and the 300 hurdles relay.

“We’ll need them to score big at conference in a couple of weeks,” Mezera said.

Middleton’s 3,200 meter relay team of Hunter Jones, Mike Hoot, Alec Meixelsperger and Steven Harris rolled to a first place finish in 8:15.38. That was the sixth-fastest time in the state this spring.

The Cardinals’ 1,600 sprint medely freshman/sophomore team finished first. That team was comprised of Griffin Gussel, Zach Easton, Alex Leahy, and Zach Shoemaker-Allen.  

“It’s good to see the young guys do so well,” Mezera said. “Makes a coach feel comfortable about the direction of the program.”

Middleton’s 4x100 field event — which was made up of an athlete from each of four different field events — also finished first. That relay includes Noah Meeteeer (pole vault), Noah Kern (high jump), Simon Adam (triple jump) and Blake Clyce (long jump) (46.04).

Middleton’s 1,600 meter relay team of Jones, Travis Zander, Meixelsperger and Harris was first (3:28.47) with the state’s 11th best time this spring.

“Any time we get Travis and Steven together, you know the result will be a fast time,” Mezera said. “It was nice to win our bread and butter event at our own invitational.”

Middleton’s high jump relay tied for first with Onalaska. In the process, Andy Keeler tied the school record at 6-foot-4.  

“It was only a matter of time until he did it,” Mezera said of Keeler. “The question is, when will he hold the record by himself.”

Middleton’s triple jump relay also took first with three terrific jumps from Simon Adam (42-3 ½”), Andy Keeler 40-10 ½”) and Nick Maes (40- 3 ½”).

“Triple jump is one of our strongest events,” Mezera said.

Middleton also defeated Janesville Craig, 76-61, last Tuesday.

The Cardinals’ first place finishes came from the 3,200 meter relay team of Perrin Hagge, Patrick Hall, Andrew Plumb and Mike Hoot (8:45.6); Hans Kunsch in the 110 hurdles (17-0); Simon Adam in the triple jump (41-6 ½”); Travis Zaner in the 400 meter dash (51.4); Josh Kampe in the discus (127-7); Tanner Rahman in the shot put (36-6); Noah Boehnen in the 300 meter hurdles (42.1); Noah Kern in the high jump (5-6); and the quartet of Kern, Jones, Hoot and Pertzborn in the 1,600 meter relay (3:36.5).

“It was nice to beat last years conference champ in back-to-back meets (Watertown and a dual),” Mezera said of the Cougars. “I have no doubt they’ll be tougher the next time we see them at conference.”


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