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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 16:00
KYLE KIRST of Cedar Grove-Belgium went airborne during the triple-jump competition in a home meet last week.       Photo by Sam Arendt

CG-Belgium track teams get early season boost from field athletes in home meet


The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ and girls’ track and field squads scrapped their ways to third-place finishes in a six-school meet at home Monday.

The boys scored 106 points, trailing  Kohler (170) and Random Lake (143). Eastbrook Academy and Washington County Home School had 34 and 26 points, respectively.

In the girls’ portion of the meet, Cedar Grove-Belgium scored  86 points, trailing Random Lake (221) and Kohler (95). Eastbrook had 43 points, followed by Washington County Home School (34) and Elkhart Lake (3).

The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys were led by Zacke Lyons, who won the long jump (19 feet, 4 inches) and triple jump (41-6-3/4). Also for the Rockets, Joel Merritt won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 48 seconds, and Tyler Garcia won the 400 dash (57.83).

“It was a windy but comfortable day,” Rockets coach Les Paul said. “Our guys’ long and triple jumpers, Zacke and Kyle (Kirst) in particular, are showing some great consistency.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium got four second-place finishes in relay races — from the 3,200 team of Merritt, Alex Holle, Zach Johnson and Josh Beaudry (10:18.93); the 800 team of  Kirst, Logan Peterson, Lyons and Christian O’Donnell (1:41.34); the 400 team of Isaiah Garza, O’Donnell, Derek Lopez and Jake Weyker (50.65); and the 1,600 team of Merritt, Alex Claerbaut, Arjun Seghal and Garcia (3:59.25).

Winning for the Rocket girls were Molly Ison in the 400 dash (1:07.42), Kiera Depies in the 1,600 run (5:41.68) and the 1,600 relay team of Tammi Del Ponte, Ison, Erika Meinen and Jackie Bruggink (4:32.96).

Meinen took second in the 400 dash (1:07.67), as was the 800 relay team of Laura Lamers, Bruggink, Carina Deppiesse and Ashley Tarvas (2:02.83).


“We have a few injuries keeping some key athletes out or not at full speed, but our sprint group again is consistent and our mid and distance athletes are looking very fit,” Paul said. Local teams shine in outdoor opener

Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee got strong performances in their first outdoor meet of the season, a home quadrangular April 7.

The girls placed first with 74 points, edging Ozaukee, which had 71. Howards Grove was third with 52 points, and Eastbrook had 39.

Howards Grove won the boys’ competition with 98 points, followed by Ozaukee (59), Cedar Grove-Belgium (52) and Eastbrook (24).

Taking first for the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls were Depies in the 1,600 run (5:54.75), Meinen in the 400 dash (1:04.33), Sarah Parker in the discus (76-9), Del Ponte in the 800 run (2:43.87), Tarvas in the 200 dash (29.84) and the 3,200 relay team of Marina Paul, Meinen, Del Ponte and Ison (11:07.66).

Ozaukee got winning efforts from Natalie Clark in the 100 hurdles (18.78) and high jump (4-6), Bailey Johnson in the 100 dash (14.08), Kayla McConnell in the shot put  (26-11), Aman Gill in the 300 hurdles (59.07, the 800 relay team (2:04.13) and the 400 relay team (59.86).

In the boys’ meet, Cedar Grove-Belgium was led by first-place finishes from Lyons in the long jump (18-6) and triple jump (39-10), Merritt in the 800 run (2:06.87), Holle in the 3,200 run (11:10.53) and the 800 relay team of Kirst, Peterson, Lyons and O’Donnell (1:40.46).

The Ozaukee boys got wins from Matt Demler in the shot  put (38.4.5), Josh Paape in the discus (104-9) and the 400 relay team (48.31).

The Cedar Grove-Belgium teams will participate in the Little Chute Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday and host Oostburg at 4 p.m. Monday.

Ozaukee will host a triangular meet at 4 p.m. Thursday and travel to Random Lake for a meet Monday.

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