Depth lifts Port boys to 3rd at True Team Invite

Pirates use numbers to stay near top in Cedarburg meet; Grafton boys, girls hold their own at Wauwatosa invitational
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington boys’ track and field team hung right with the large point-getters at the Bulldog True Team Invitational at Cedarburg on May 10 in a meet that features unique scoring.

Points in each event were determined by the number of entrants. Winners received as many points as there were competitors, all the way down to one point for last place.

The Pirates scored 1,145 points, good for third place in the 11-team meet, behind Germantown’s 1,755 and Cedarburg’s 1,511.5.

Port didn’t win an event but had three second places.

Will Stopczynski was second in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.59 seconds, and Michael Murphy was second in pole vault by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches.

The Pirates’ 800 relay of Nate Kasdorf, Jake Lippe, Nathan Russell and Mitchell Niemeyer was second in 1:36.47.

Stopczynski was third in the triple jump (37-4), and William Handziak  was fourth (37-2.25).

Port’s 3,200 relay team of Zach Gephart, Warren Doll, Jackson Myers and Isaac Bensen was third (9:03.17).

Sam Fritsch took fourth in pole vault (11-0), as did Aiden Leister in discus (a personal-best 97-9) and Ben Pasten in the 3,200 run (a personal-best 10:49.98).

The Pirates’ Brett Grisar was fourth in the 1,600 run (a personal-best 4:49.52), and Zach Miller was right behind in fifth (a personal-best 4:49.79).

George Klassen was fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.66).

Niemeyer was sixth in the long jump (18-6.25).

The 3,200 relay team of Pasten, Talan Howell, Michael Wegner and Jack Williams was sixth (9:48.44).

Taking seventh were the 1,600 relay of Kasdorf, Russell, Handziak and Austin Sommer (3:47.98); the 400 relay of Kasdorf, Fritsch, Matt Dekker and Ashtyn Bellinger (47.41); and Grisar in the 800 run (2:12.78).

Stopczynski was eighth in the 110 hurdles (19.44).

Grafton girls 4th, boys 7th in Tosa meet

The Grafton girls’ track and field team only won one event but had six second-place finishes  on the way to fourth overall in the Richmond-Erickson Invitational at Hart Park in Wauwatosa on May 8.

The Black Hawks scored 91 points in the 12-team meet. Waterford won with 130.5.

Grafton’s Abby Cibulka won the long jump with a season-best 16-8.

The Hawks got individual seconds from Taylor Weiss in the shot put (35.11.5), Julia Wille in the 3,200 run (12:21.67) and Jaden Mirek in the 100 dash (13.38).

The 800 relay of Delaney Reindl, Mirek, Lizbeth Huertas and Cibulka placed second (1:47.42), as did the 1,600 relay of Reindl, Cibulka, Kirsten Van Ryzin and Kate Senczyszyn (4:09.73) and the 3,200 relay of Wille, Anna Eifert, Elise Lueck and Morgan Ruona (10:35.17).

Taking third were Huertas in the 300 hurdles (a personal-best 49.08) and Senczyszyn in the 600 run (1:45.23).

Weiss was fourth in discus (91-7), and Mirek was fourth in the 100 dash (13.38).

Van Ryzin was fifth in the 400 dash (1:06.26), and Lueck was fifth in the 3,200 run (13:24.48).

Ruona was seventh in the 800 (a personal-best 2:40.54), and Kristen Schowalter was eighth in discus (a personal-best 82-6).

In the boys’ portion of the meet, Grafton was seventh with 55 points. Wauwatosa East won the 13-team competition with 152.5 points.

The Hawks’ Gordy Thompson won the 1,600 run in a season-best 4:40.84.

The 800 relay of Joey Giorgi, Caden Knauer, Ethan Lang and John Kluck was second (1:33.77) as was the 3,200 relay of Zander Lichosik, Thomas Volkmann, Luke Wolfe and Jake Neperud (8:54.23).

Lang took second in the 600 run (a personal-best 1:23.55), Lichosik was third in the 3,200 run (a personal-best 10:34.94), and Victor Geiser was fourth in the 1,600 run (4:52.08).

Taking fifth were Dylan Mursch in the discus (122-2) and the 400 relay of Giorgi, Knauer Mason Hunt-Olkowski and Kluck (45.5).

Jordan Abts was eighth in the 100 dash (11.94).

“Both the girls and boys performed well. This was a good meet going into the end of the season preparing for conference and the postseason next week,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.

“I think it was a good confidence booster for the teams, and we are hopeful for even better things to come in the next two weeks.”

This week, Grafton and Port were scheduled to participate in the North Shore Conference meet Tuesday at West Bend.

On Monday, May 21, the local teams head to a WIAA Division 1 regional meet at Hartford, followed by the sectional in the same site.

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