CG-B, Ozaukee standouts advance to state with strong finishes in sectional meets
The Cedar Grove-Belgium track and field teams got several personal-best performances in WIAA sectional competition last week but qualified only one athlete for the Division 2 state meet.
Zacke Lyons advanced to this weekend’s competition in La Crosse with strong finishes in two events at the Freedom Sectional on May 26.
The senior placed third in the long jump (20 feet, 4 inches) and triple jump (46-6-3/4).
“Zacke has been very consistent all year and jumped well but knows he didn’t get his best stuff out even yet,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Les Paul said.
“We have high hopes for a podium place in the triple jump at La Crosse.”
The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys placed 23rd out of 29 teams with 12 points from Lyons’ two finishes.
In the girls’ portion of the meet, the Rockets scored seven points, good for 25th out of 32 teams.
The girls’ best finish came from freshman Molly Ison, who took fifth in the 400-meter dash (1 minute, 0.55 seconds).
Junior Kiera Depies was seventh in the 3,200 run (a team-record 11:57.4), and the 1,600 relay of senior Jackie Bruggink, Ison and seniors Erika Meinen and Marina Paul was eighth (4:18.47).
“Kiera Depies ran good, focusing on the 3,200, but again the competition was really fast,” Paul said.
“We had a good season and surely got faster, stronger towards the end.”
Paul said he was sad to say goodbye to his teams’ seniors, including standouts such as Joel Merritt, Tyler Garcia and Kyle Droppers for the boys and Marina Paul, Bruggink, Carina Deppiesse, Erika Meinen and Laura Lamers for the girls.
Stahl shines on way to Div. 3 state meet
In Division 3, Ozaukee had one athlete advance to the state level. Junior Noah Stahl won the high jump by clearing a personal-best 6-3 at the Princeton Sectional on May 26.
“Eclipsing that 6-foot mark in regionals was a psychological turning point for Noah,” Ozaukee coach Christopher Weavers said.
Weavers said Stahl has benefited from working with Aaron Brown, an Ozaukee graduate who has competed in the high jump at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
“Aaron Brown has brought improved technique and consistency to Noah’s jumps,” Weavers said.
The Ozaukee boys scored 13 points in the meet, good for 21st place. In addition to Stahl’s win, the Warriors’ points came on a sixth-place finish from the 800 relay team of junior Devon Linzenmeyer, senior Jason Gensrick and sophomores Hunter
Hess and Steve Street (1:36.25).
The Ozaukee girls failed to score. Their best finishes were 10th-place efforts from Natalie Clark in the high jump (4-6) and the 1,600 relay of Lisa Wojciechowski, Sarah Brown, Bailey Johnson and Aman Gill (4:32.06).
The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday in Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse. Division 2 and 3 competition begins at 9:30 a.m. both days.