Host boys, Pirate girls use depth, talent to secure top honors at annual invite
There’s no place like home, or at least being as near to it as possible.
For host Grafton, the payoff was a boys’ track and field championship at the annual Black Hawk Invitational last Friday.
The same can be said for the Port Washington girls’ team, which raced to top honors in its portion of the competition.
“Since we don’t have a home meet all season, this is as close as we can get,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak.
“It was really nice for the girls to win it, especially when their families and friends have a chance to come to it.”
The Grafton boys excelled in sprints, distance events and throws in powering their way to a title.
The Hawks won seven events and scored 149 points, well ahead of second-place Brookfield Central’s 122. Ashwaubenon was third with 118 points.
Grafton got individual wins from senior Isaiah West in the shot put (44 feet, 8 inches) and discus (141-8), Nic Fullington in the 100 dash (11.06 seconds), Max Jensen in the 1,600 run (4:38.85), Gordy Thompson in the 3,200 run (10:27.69).
Placing first in relays were the 400 team of Caden Knauer, Bobby Olmr, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (45.23) and 800 team of Knauer, John Kluck, Zehetner and Fullington (1:33.13).
The Hawks got seconds from Ryan Melotik in the 400 dash (51.5), Nick Franzen in the discus (136-2) and the 3,200 relay of Thompson, Tim Buback, Jake Kempka and Noah Vaculik (9:15.8).
Taking third were Vaculik in the 3,200 run (10:41.52), Nick Mills in the triple jump (34-3) and the 1,600 relay of Kluck, Jack Orlowski, Ian Bould and Melotik (3:42.45).
In the girls’ competition, Port used steady scoring in running and field events to collect 136 points, three more than runner-up Whitefish Bay in the 13-team standings.
Grafton was third with 109 points.
Port got first-place finishes from Abeba Sullivan the 1,600 run (5 minutes, 28.17 seconds) and Brenna Kautz in the 3,200 run (12:34.23).
Kautz led a Port sweep of the top three spots in her speciality, with Jill Cavanaugh (13:12.96) and Clare Goodman (14:06.85) placing second and third.
The Pirates also received seconds from Natalie Bozikowski in the 400 dash (1:04.93) and triple jump (32 feet, 6-1/2 inches), Kylee Paradowski in the 100 hurdles (16.78), Alexis Reichardt in the high jump (4-10), the 400 relay of Kaylyn Garant, Johannah Mueller, Paradowski and Sullivan (55.2) and 3,200 relay of Katie Erlandson, Cavanaugh, Emma Meyer and Kautz (11:19.99).