Senior shines in specialty at Div. 2 state competition; Ozaukee jumper gets medal
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s Zacke Lyons came home with a bronze medal.
The senior placed third in the Division 2 triple-jump competition with a 44-foot effort in last weekendâ€™s WIAA State Track and Field Meet
at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Lyons finished just two inches out of second place. Greendale Martin Lutherâ€™s Ben Schreib won the event at 46-1, a Division 3 state
â€śMaking the podium in the triple for Zacke was something he and I talked about at the end of last season and literally the first day of this
season,â€ť Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Les Paul said.
Lyons targeted 44 feet as the distance needed to earn a podium finish, Paul added, noting that â€śhe and all of the coaches were pumped
up to see him have a great effort.â€ť
Lyons overcame a shaky performance in the preliminaries and finished strong, according to Paul.
â€śZacke is a showtime kind of guy and made his second jump really count in the finals,â€ť he said.
The third-place finish gave the Rockets six points, good for a share of 39th in the Division 2 team standings. La Crosse Aquinas won the
title with 45 points.
In the long jump, Lyonsâ€™ other state-qualifying event, he placed 14th at 19-9-3/4.
â€śIt would have taken something very special and the good juice just wasnâ€™t flowing for that to happen,â€ť Paul said of Lyonsâ€™ long-jump
â€śBut we are very proud of his awesome efforts to represent himself and his team at state. He will be missed.â€ť
Warriorsâ€™ Stahl places in high jump
In the Division 3 boysâ€™ meet, Ozaukeeâ€™s Noah Stahl placed sixth in the high jump by clearing 6-2.
The junior was one of four jumpers who reached that height, with ties broken by how many misses each jumper had.
Warriors coach Chris Weavers said Stahl overcame a shoe problem to earn a medal.
â€śNoah indicated that he had a small tear on the inside edge of his jump foot the night prior,â€ť he said.
â€śDuring the competition, particularly on his last jump, this tear went from an inch or two to extending from his toe to his heel.
â€śNoahâ€™s last attempt at 6-4 clearly seemed affected by this, but thatâ€™s not to say he would have cleared. He quite literally jumped out of
Stahlâ€™s finish gave Ozaukee two points, good for 52nd in the team standings. Rosholt won the title with 35 points.
River Ridgeâ€™s Derek Sprague won the high jump on a tiebreaker with two other finishers. All cleared 6-4.
Stahl will return next year with the goal of reaching the state level again, Weavers said.
â€śNoah seems very confident and excited about next season. The spectacle that is the state track meet is certainly a motivator in itself to
get back,â€ť he said.