Boys track team wins 5th straight crown

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Dennis Semrau/For the Times-Tribune
Jack Toennies and Middleton's boys track and field team won a fifth straight Big Eight Conference title last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The streak remains alive.

Middleton’s boys track and field team won its fifth consecutive Big Eight Conference championship and second straight under coach Joe Line at Mansfield Stadium last Friday night.

The Cardinals scored points in 16 of the 18 events with juniors Alec Hanson winning the pole vault and Aaron Richardson securing the long jump titles. Senior Tre Turner also tied for first-place in the 200-meter dash.

“It was something we strove for, but we knew it would be hard,” Turner said of the team title. “We’re hoping the juniors can keep it going even longer. We want to continue making history.”

Middleton’s strong distance crew, which scored 14 points in the 3,200-meter run, enabled the Cardinals to mount a late rally and wrap up the title with 138 points. Verona was second with 119 points and Sun Prairie third with 106.

“It was a great win even though Verona had two of their big guys out,” Line said of the Wildcats’ twins Obi Ifediora and Chudi Ifediora, who were hampered by injuries. “It would have been a huge challenge if those two would have been in there.

“We feel pretty fortunate, but we feel we have a strong team. We knew it was going to be close no matter what, so we’re super happy about this one.”

Madison La Follette senior Finn Gessner, a University of Wisconsin recruit, won the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 20.63 seconds. But Middleton placed three runners in the top eight to turn a one-point deficit against Verona into a 13-point lead.

“That sealed the deal after the 3,200,” Line said.

Middleton senior Gus Newcomb, a Colorado recruit, finished second in 9:21.55. Junior teammate Jack Rader was fourth with a season-best 9:28.97 and freshman Roman Ystenes was eighth with a personal-best 9:42.20.

“It’s awesome, the depth we have. If we didn’t have the stacked distance team that we have, I probably would have run three events,” Newcomb said. “But I just gave the best I could in my events. It’s a magical feeling to be a part of another team title.”

Gessner also won the 1,600 title in 4:19.57, but Newcomb was second (4:21.21), sophomore Caleb Easton placed third (4:22.82) and junior Sam Jaeger was eighth (4:25.82) to help the Cardinals amass 15 points.

Middleton also scored 14 points in the 800 with Easton finishing second (1:58.01) and senior Ryan Madoch taking third (1:58.26).

“We knew we had something special after cross country season. We’ve been working hard as a team together, getting some good workouts,” said Easton, who competed in the 800 and 1,600 in the same meet for the first time and ran on the winning 3,200 relay as a freshman.

“Everyone else sees when someone is successful on the team, they’re doing the same training so they can be, too. That helps push guys to get fast times and good places, too.”

The Cardinals placed in four of the six field events with Hanson clearing a personal-best 13 feet in winning his first conference pole vault title after entering the meet seeded eighth at 12-0.

“I knew a lot of the guys here could vault 13-6, so it was a combination of a lot of things that got it done,” Hanson said. “I went 11, 11-6, 12, 12-6, 13 and then I moved it up to 13-3 and that’s when I went out. But I came pretty, close. I think I can get it next week.”

Richardson then recorded a personal-best 22 feet, 4½ inches on his second attempt in the finals to win the long jump, passing Verona senior Jack Herkert, a Stanford commit, who was second with a leap of 22 feet.

“The boost of confidence in the jumps I got in the prelims made a difference,” said Richardson, who also placed third in the 200. “I got a PR in the prelims and then kept going from there.”

Turner, a West Point recruit, was also a busy man, with a runner-up finish in the 100 to go along with a first-place tie in the 200 with Madison Memorial senior DonDreon Conklin. Turner was also fourth in the triple jump and ran a leg on the runner-up 800 relay.

“The sprints kept up. We knew to keep up with Verona and Madison Memorial we had to get the sprints up and they came through,” Line said. “Tre never ceases to amaze us. For four years, he’s been a big part of the team. He is a standup kid all around.”

The Cardinals finished the meet with a third-place finish for its 1,600 relay of seniors Ryan Madoch, Noah Robertson and Brendon Martin, and junior Jack Lamers.

Middleton also got runner-up finishes from its 400 relay team of junior James Pabst, Richardson, freshman Joey Kean and senior Anthony Gatlin, and the 800 relay team of Gatlin, Turner, Richardson and Kean.

Middleton’s 3,200 relay team of freshmen Braedon Gilles and Zach Leffel, Jaeger and sophomore Michael Madoch was also fourth.

Line said the Cardinals’ superior depth was the difference in pulling out the team title.

“It’s nice to keep the tradition going,” Line said. “We were getting a little nervous for a while, but we knew we had some of the big events left, especially the two-mile. I thought we could score three.

“The surprise was the long jump. We had a couple of good guys, but to have three in the finals (including Austin Delaney and Jackson Grimm) and to have Aaron Richardson pass Jack Hervert was unbelievable. When everyone else heard that, it was go time. We were pretty pumped up.”

 

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Team scores: Middleton 138, Verona 119, Sun Prairie 106, Madison Memorial 88, Madison La Follette 87, Janesville Craig 45, Beloit Memorial 44, Madison West 38, Janesville Parker 30, Madison East 7.

100: 1, Taylor, SP, :10.92; 2, Tre Turner, Mid., :10.93; 3, Buchanan, MM, :11.13; 4, Murphy, JP, :11.14; 5, Sims, MLF, :11.24; 6, Jones, JC, :11.34; 7, Morris, ME, :11.38; 8, Anthony Gatlin, Mid., :11.51.

200: 1, (tie), Turner, Mid., and Conklin, MM, :22.58; 3, Aaron Richardson, Mid., :22.92; 4, Diallo, MLF, :22.96; 5, Buchanan, MM, :22.99; 6, Jones, JC, :23.13; 7, Murphy, JP, :23.18; 8, Alfred, MLF, :24.03.

400: 1, O. Ifediora, V, :50.00; 2, Diallo, MLF, :50.82; 3, Taylor, SP, :51.54; 4, Jordan, V, :52.81; 5, Fluno, SP, :52.81; 6, Brendon Martin, Mid., :53.02; 7, Drewry, MM, :53.26; 8, Leeder, JP, :53.45.

800: 1, Farrell, JC, 1:55.73; 2, Caleb Easton, Mid., 1:58.01; 3, Ryan Madoch, Mid., 1:58.26; 4, O’Neill, SP, 1:58.41; 5, Jacobs, MW, 1:59.15; 6, Zamzow-Schmidt, MW, 1:59.18; 7, Bietz, MM, 1:59.94; 8, Barger, V, 2:00.02.

1,600: 1, Gessner, MLF, 4:19.57; 2, Gus Newcomb, Mid., 4:21.21; 3, Easton, Mid., 4:22.82; 4, Freitag, MLF, 4:22.84; 5, Hodges, SP, 4:23.36; 6, Zamzow-Schmidt, MW, 4:24.00; 7, Bishop, MW, 4:25.32; 8, Sam Jaeger, Mid., 4:25.82.

3,200: 1, Gessner, MLF, 9:20.63; 2, Newcomb, Mid., 9:21.55; 3, Letcher, MW, 9:25.56; 4, Rader, Mid., 9:28.97; 5, Topel, MW, 9:29.43; 6, Hodges, SP, 9:29.77; 7, Freitag, MLF, 9:41.79; 8, Roman Ystenes, Mid., 9:42.20.

110 hurdles: 1, Peters, MM, :14.47; 2, Herkert, V, :14.63; 3, Biddle, V, :14.88; 4, Amin, BM, :15.05; 5, Moore, JC, :15.10; 6, Schmaling, JP, :15.19; 7, Komro, SP, :15.23; 8, Jack Toennies, Mid., :15.38.

300 hurdles: 1, Martinez, BM, :40.66; 2, Peters, MM, :40.91; 3, Komro, SP, :41.16; 4, Jammath, MLF, :42.10; 5, Jake Lamers, Mid., :42.12; 6, Amin, BM, :42.14; 7, Biddle, V, :42.37; 8, Kauppinen, SP, :42.53.

400 relay: 1, Madison Memorial (Vasser, Miller, Moore, Buchanan), :43.87; 2, Middleton (James Pabst, Richardson, Joey Kean, Gatlin), :44.14; 3, Janesville Craig, :44.74; 4, Madison La Follette, :44.75; 5, Verona, :44.86; 6, Sun Prairie, :45.12; 7, Beloit Memorial, :45.26; 8, Janesville Parker, :45.31.

800 relay: 1, Madison Memorial (Moore, Miller, Olivera, Conklin), 1:31.58; 2, Middleton (Gatlin, Turner, Richardson, Kean), 1:31.71; 3, Sun Prairie, 1:34.31; 4, Verona, 1:34.38; 5, Madison East, 1:34.54; 6, Madison La Follette, 1:34.92; 7, Beloit Memorial, 1:35.24; 8, Janesville Parker, 1:35.59.

1,600 relay: 1, Sun Prairie (Komro, Fluno, O’Neill, Taylor), 3:28.87; 2, Verona, 3:29.54; 3, Middleton (Ryan Madoch, Noah Roberson, Martin, Lamers), 3:30.80; 4, Beloit Memorial, 3:32.49; 5, Janesville Craig, 3:32.80; 6, Madison Memorial, 3:34.05; 7, Janesville Parker, 3:35.65; 8, Madison La Follette, 3:38.22.

3,200 relay: 1, Madison West (Jacobs, Kohn, Letcher, Bishop), 8:06.62; 2, Verona, 8:11.82; 3, Janesville Craig, 8:15.27; 4, Middleton (Braedon Gilles, Zach Leffel, Jaeger, Michael Madoch), 8:17.90; 5, Sun Prairie, 8:29.58; 6, Madison Memorial, 8:30.29; 7, Madison La Follette, 8:35.77; 8, Janesville Parker, 9:18.34.

High jump: 1, Herkert, V, 6-4; 2, Morgan, MM, 6-2; 3, Laun-Smith, BM, 6-0; 4, Miller, MM, 6-0; 5, Cole Sampson, Mid., 5-10; 6, Johnson, JP, 5-10; 7, Moore, JC, 5-8; 8, Richardson, ME, 5-8.

Pole vault: 1, Alec Hanson, Mid., 13-0; 2, Goodwick, JP, 12-9; 3, Herkert, V, 12-9; 4 (tie), Knoche, MM, Nett, SP, and Dahlberg, JC, 12-0; 7, Popke, SP, 12-0; 8, Matt Leiferman, Mid., 11-6.

Long jump: 1, Richardson, Mid., 22-4.5; 2, Herkert, V, 22-0; 3, Kauppinen, SP, 21-5; 4, Wesley, MLF, 21-1.5; 5, Austin Delaney, Mid., 21-1; 6, Payton, BM, 20-8.5; 7, Jackson Grimm, Mid., 20-7.75; 8, Morgan, MM, 20-4.5.

Triple jump: 1, Haste, MLF, 43-8.5; 2, Herkert, V, 43-4.5; 3, Cannon, MLF, 42-11; 4, Turner, Mid., 42-5; 5, Kauppinen, SP, 41-5; 6, Badertscher, JC, 41-0; 7, Payton, BM, 40-7.75; 8, Thompson, MM, 40-6.

Shot put: 1, Bourne, V, 52-0.75; 2, Deloney, SP, 50-5.75; 3, Grosskopf, BM, 47-8; 4, Enderle, MW, 47-2; 5, Schwartz, V, 46-11.75; 6, Bourne, V, 46-5.75; 7, Williams, JP, 45-0.5; 8, Horvath, MW, 44-10.75.

Discus: 1, Johnson, SP, 153-5; 2, Deloney, SP, 144-2; 3, Bourne, V, 143-0; 4, Barnes, MLF, 132-9; 5, Bourne, V, 129-5; 6, Schwartz, V, 129-5; 7, Peterson, MM, 128-5; 8, Perry, JP, 127-0.

Shot put wheelchair: 1, Natzke, V, 9-3½. 100 wheelchair mixed: Kleiss-Garcia, MLF, :23.65; 2, Natzke, V, :29.26.

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