Relays come through for Port track and field

Handful of Pirates come home from competitive, 15-team Madison West Relays with dual hardware

PORT WASHINGTON ATHLETE Sam Fritsch was among the Pirates to medal at the Madison West Relays on Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington’s track and field team took advantage of the pole vault and relays to score the bulk of its points at the Madison West Relays at the Camp Randall Sports Complex on Saturday.

The Pirates scored 28.5 points to take 11th place of 15 teams. Monona Grove won with 96 points, followed by La Crosse Logan’s 68.5.

Three of Port’s North Shore Conference rivals also competed. Slinger scored 53 points for fifth, West Bend East 51 for sixth and West Bend West 37.5 for seventh.

“Overall, it’s some real good experiences. It’s fun for the kids to be in Madison and run in their facility,” coach Mark Pasten said.

Senior Sam Fritsch had Port’s highest finish despite missing practice all week due to a college visit. He took third in pole vault by clearing 11 feet, which is “about where he’s at,” Pasten said.

“He came in cold turkey and did a good job.”

The 3,200-meter relay team of Zach Miller, Zach Gephart, Calhan Norman and Zach Wehner came in fourth in 8 minutes, 59.74 seconds, barely one second from second place.

Gephart and Norman ran personal-best times, and Miller and Wehner each ran 2:11.

“Across the board, they all ran very well,” Pasten said.

The 800 relay team of Patrick Zamora, Nate Kasdorf, Nathan Russell and Josh Holtebeck took sixth place in 1:40.25.

Pasten said Russell and Holtebeck, both seniors, did a good job, adding that Holtebeck is a versatile team member.

“Josh is willing to fill in wherever we need him,” he said.

The 400 relay team of Deron Spicer, Zamora, Kasdorf and Fritsch took sixth in 48.19.

Pasten highlighted Zamora handing off to Kasdorf twice.

“They did a real good job on both relays. It was good experience for them,” he said.

Wehner finished sixth in the 800 in 2:11.17, just .03 seconds out of fifth place. He came back from last place in his heat to catch a couple of other runners. It was his best time of the season in his second race of the day, after running the 400.

Gephart took sixth in the 3,200 in 11:17.52. Pasten said Gephart stayed in shape during a spring break vacation.

“That was his best time ever. That’s good to see,” he said.

Michael Murphy had an “off day” in pole vault, but was still able to clear 10 feet and tie for seventh.

“Pole vault was good for us,” Pasten said.

Will Stopceynski took seventh in long jump with a leap of 20 feet. He has only practiced the event at meets since Port doesn’t have an indoor pit and the weather hasn’t allowed for outside work.

“He works really hard. I’m really excited about what he was able to do,” Pasten said.

With the top six places taking medals, Fristch, Wehner, Gephart, Zamora and Kasdorf each came home with a pair.

Port’s next meet is an invite at West Bend West on April 20.

“We’ll hammer them pretty hard,” Pasten said of training. “Then we can back off (once meets start again).”

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