Boys track team had great expectations

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's boys track and field team would have been gunning for an eighth straight Big Eig Eight Conference title this spring.

Editor’s Note: The WIAA recently canceled spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Times-Tribune, we’d like to give recognition to the athletes and coaches who had their seasons stopped prematurely.

So, we’re running a series of stories on the teams that didn’t get a chance to perform in 2020.

 

Middleton’s boys track and field team has ranked among the state’s elite programs for years now.

The Cardinals have won a remarkable seven straight Big Eight Conference championships. Middleton also finished second at state in 2016 and had three consecutive top-five finishes at state between 2014-’16.

The Cardinals expected much of the same in 2020.

Middleton brought back an experienced and gifted squad that had extremely high hopes. When the WIAA canceled spring sports in late-April, though, the Cardinals were left wondering what could have been?

“We were very excited about the season,” Middleton coach Joe Line said. “We definitely thought we had another chance at number eight in a row for a conference championship.”

The Cardinals’ strength figured to be a terrific distance crew that won the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet last November. That group included seniors Braedon Gilles, Zach Leffel, Egan Johnson and Peter Hoferle, junior Ryan Schollmeyer, sophomore Griffin Ward, and a host of others.

Last season, Leffel and Gilles helped Middleton’s 3,200-meter relay team win a state title. Leffel was also 12th at state in the 1,600-meter run and Gilles was 17th at state in the 800-meter run.

Junior Max Foland and Gilles were also back from Middleton’s 1,600-meter relay team that finished seventh at state last year.

Juniors Quinn Calvin and Jackson Meyer were set to spearhead Middleton’s sprints and jumps. Calvin finished 13th at state in the long jump last year, while Meyer was 15th in the triple jump.

Speedy Joey Kean, who battled a hamstring injury in 2019, was also ready for a big senior season.

“He was easily one of the fastest in the conference and never really got his shot to prove it,” Line said of Kean.

Seniors Will Kovall and Casey Waddell were expected to be among the top pole vaulters in the conference. And senior Danny Zens figured to be among the top performers in the discus.

“This is the year I thought would have a chance at top-five at state,” Line said. “This group is really strong and I am very sad we won't get to see it play out.”

 

BOYS TRACK & FIELD ROSTER

Seniors: Oliver Braaten, Kallion Buckner, Scott Buros, Alex Coffini, Clay Craker, Michael Edwards, Oliver Farace, Max Fieschko, Braedon Gilles, Peter Hoferle, Stephan Holland, Egan Johnson, Joey Kean, Will Kovall, Jung Won Lee, Zachary Leffel, Jackson LeRoy, Seth Luetscher, Jack Ohly, Thomas Patterson, Calvin Roberts, Santiago Romero, Stephen Shi, Casey Waddell, Jack White, Daniel Zens. 

Juniors: Milton Adame, Thomas Blumer, Ian Bohachek, Sunny Boya, Luke Brandon, Michael Brenton, Nasir Brown, Quinn Calvin, Mauren Campos-Ramirez, Jeremy Cho, Daniel Esser, Max Foland, Arber Jonuzi, Karanezi Jon, Alex LaCour, Jack Lathsavong, Mason Madaus, Alexander Marrione, Joseph McNerney, Jackson Meyer, Jackson Murray, Wendell Nesmith, Oscar Padilla-Garcia, Rija Ratsimihah, Ryan Schollmeyer, Nathan Stettner, Josh Stormer, Blake Thor, Dylan Veit, Parker Winkler.

Sophomores: Jack Alexander, Ethan Bechner, Simon Bilessi, John Burns, Ivan Chairez, Ryan Carr, Ethan Chau, Christian Cruz, Seth Davis, Alex Endres, Ethan Ewer, Jacob Folsom, Max Garcia, Adin Goldberg, Elijah Gray, Nathan Hall, Jack Hartman, Paul Higgenbothom, Leo Jacoby, Elijah Kinne, Kade Klubertanz, Evan Kratochwill, Colin Krueger, Brooks Kryshak, Max Lampe, Daniel Lee, Max Maeder, Jaren Malcheski, Kaleel Malone, Ian McCulley, Gio Mendez, Ethan Mladucky, Aayush Mohan, Stephen Nemr, Braden Novak, Logan Raffel, Kenny Richards, Hudson Roach, Hudson Roberts, Eli Roden, Will Schultz, Kenneth Sun, Sanjay Suresh, Cole Sweitzer, Nicolas Tormey, Liam Utter, Andrew Voss, Nick Waldorf, Griffin Ward, Sterling Wodzro, James Zblewski.

Freshmen: Mohamedm Alhamdo, Quinn Armstrong, Evan Brandon, Will Cleary, Joseph Cristoforo, Colin Crivolio, Harrison D’Onofrio, Zander Duerst, Bryson Dunn, Lenny Eder, Adham Elshaboury, Fynn Ewer, Harper Fahey, Aditya Gupta, Owen Halverson, Caleb Haverberg, Andrew Johnson, Aditya Kamat, Caleb King, Nathan Kurtz, Leo LaRico, Daniel Lee, Hankang Li, Reed Madden, Jackson Mefford, Oliver Meland, Jordan Miller, Dean Montour, Anton Motiashov, Michael Mounajjed, Paul Mroch, Craig Nielsen, Maverick Nilles, Finn Patenaude, Brock Paulisse, Daniel Perez-Pineda, Kaleb Roessler, Logan Roy-Lewis, Marcio Sierra, Sam Stauske, Thomas Strickland, Cameron Swapsy, Vincent Tai, Eli Tedesco, Dante Tortorici, Davis Wheadon, Adje Wilson, Parker Worden, Lucas Zocher.

 

 

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