Black Hawks return balanced track teams

Grafton girls win big meet early; boys mix veterans with new talent

GRAFTON’S ADRIK ESSELMANN cleared the bar in pole vault at the North Shore Conference meet last month. He is one of eight seniors on the track and field team this season. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Grafton’s girls’ track and field team is off to a hot start as the weather tries to warm up for outdoor season.

Despite its size — 32 girls — the Black Hawks have already made some noise, winning the Nelson-Daniels Small School meet last month. The Hawks scored 57 points to edge Jefferson’s 50 in the 24-team meet.

“The girls team is looking fairly strong,” coach Kevin Kriegel said.

Sprints are being led by seniors Abby Cibulka and Lizbeth Huertas and junior Kate Senczyszyn.

Juniors Taylor Weiss and Justine Tiegs lead the throws, and Cibulka is the team’s best jumper.

Junior Julia Wille stars in distance running.

“Our strengths are sprints, jumps and throwing,” Kriegel said.

The Hawks have four seniors and 11 juniors.

“I feel like the girls have a fairly well-rounded team even though we are smaller than a lot of other teams in the conference and in Division 1,” Kriegel said.

The Grafton boys’ team has 50 members with its strength in sprints and distance, the coach said.

“The boys’ team is looking to step with a few familiar faces on varsity but also some new athletes looking to make an impact this year on the varsity level,” Kriegel said.

Top athletes include seniors John Kluck in the sprints, Ethan Lang in sprints and mid-distance and Gordy Thompson in distance.

“We will be looking for younger kids like Joey Giorgi (sprints), Jonathon Weinhold (distance), and Zander Lichosik (distance) to step up even more this year for the team,” Kriegel said.

The new North Shore Conference, which lost Germantown and Milwaukee Lutheran but picked up West Bend East and West, Hartford and Slinger, could make for more competition.

“The new conference will be interesting since with 10 teams the meets will look a bit different with heats and only eight lanes,” Kriegel said.

“Certainly these are all teams we are familiar with, so I am not sure it will be too different with regards to competition.”

The Hawks’ next meet is the Whitefish Bay Open on April 18.

Reichardt leads Port girls in state indoor

Several members of the Port Washington girls’ track and field team saw some of the state’s best up close and personal on Saturday and are better for it.

Senior Alexis Reichardt scored the only points for the Pirates at the Wisconsin Track and Field Association State Indoor Meet on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Reichardt tied for seventh in the high jump by clearing 5 feet and was ninth in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 25.37 seconds.

“She did very well again,” coach Joe Adamak said.

None of the other nine Pirates placed. Port’s next best was the 1,600 relay team of Isabel Reyes, Grace Schumacher, Emma Goodman and Jane Kautz took 22nd in 4:30.79.

But, Adamak said, the benefit of going against top competition will pay dividends.

“It gives you some exposure and you see things. When you go to other meets, you shouldn’t be intimidated,” he said.

“You can run with anyone if you can run there. We took a lot of young runners there, and they did just fine. Hopefully, now they can build on that.”

One important element is the Pirates were enjoying themselves.

“The key is they liked it. That’s what I look for, someone who wants to do that, has fun doing that. That’s that next step, desire,” Adamak said.

The Pirate boys and girls next compete at an invite April 20 at West Bend West.

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