Senior shines in specialty at Div. 2 state competition; Ozaukee jumper gets medal
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâs 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 weekendâs WIAA State Track and Field Meet
at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Lyons finished just two inches out of second place. Greendale Martin Lutherâs Ben Schreib won the event at 46-1, a Division 3 state
âMaking 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 Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Les Paul said.
Lyons targeted 44 feet as the distance needed to earn a podium finish, Paul added, noting that âhe and all of the coaches were pumped
up to see him have a great effort.â
Lyons overcame a shaky performance in the preliminaries and finished strong, according to Paul.
âZacke is a showtime kind of guy and made his second jump really count in the finals,â 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.
âIt would have taken something very special and the good juice just wasnât flowing for that to happen,â Paul said of Lyonsâ long-jump
âBut we are very proud of his awesome efforts to represent himself and his team at state. He will be missed.â
Warriorsâ Stahl places in high jump
In the Division 3 boysâ meet, Ozaukeeâs 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.
âNoah indicated that he had a small tear on the inside edge of his jump foot the night prior,â he said.
âDuring the competition, particularly on his last jump, this tear went from an inch or two to extending from his toe to his heel.
âNoahâs last attempt at 6-4 clearly seemed affected by this, but thatâs not to say he would have cleared. He quite literally jumped out of
Stahlâs finish gave Ozaukee two points, good for 52nd in the team standings. Rosholt won the title with 35 points.
River Ridgeâs 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.
âNoah 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 he said.