Wins abound for sectional-bound Black Hawks; Port, Ozaukee, CG-Belgium athletes also advance
Depth paid big dividends for the Grafton Black Hawks in a WIAA Division 2 regional track and field meet at Brown Deer on Monday.
In the boys’ portion of the meet, Grafton scored 120 points, good for second place among 10 teams, and had 11 individual performances and three relays advance to the sectional level with top-four finishes.
The Grafton girls also excelled in their competition, placing third with 95 points and having nine individual performances and two relays qualify for sectionals.
The boys were led by first-place finishes from Nick Franzen in the discus (145 feet, 9-1/4 inches) and Nick Mills in the pole vault (11-3).
Other individual sectional-qualifying efforts included seconds by Dan McAdams in the pole vault (9-0), Nic Fullington in the 100-meter dash (11.3 seconds); thirds by Isaiah West in the discus (136-10-1/4), Ian Bould in the pole vault (8-6), Noah Vaculik in the 1,600 run (4:47.87) and Max Jensen in the 3,200 run (10:08.39); and fourths by Ryan Melotik in the 400 dash (51.91), West in the shot put (44-7-1/2) and Gordy Thompson in the 3,200 run (10:8.72).
In relay events, the Hawks advanced with second-place finishes by the 800 team of Bobby Olmr, John Kluck, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (1:33.02) and the 400 team of Kluck, Olmr, Zehetner and Fullington (44.3) and a fourth by the 3,200 team of Jake Kempka, Tim Buback, Sam Peters and Ben Weishan (9:04.12).
Milwaukee Lutheran won the boys’ team title with 141 points.
The Grafton girls were paced by first-place finishes from Grace Cleveland in the high jump (5-0), Nathalie Arendt in the pole vault (8-0), Julie Wille in the 1,600 run (5:33.52), the 800 relay of Abby Koby, Abby Cibulka, Nikki Kreutzer and Adele Danner (1:47.61) and the 1,600 relay of Kreutzer, Maria Salm, Julia Wille and Danner (4:12.36).
The Hawks’ other sectional-qualifying efforts included seconds by Cibulka in the long jump (16-3-1/2) and Danner in the 300 hurdles (48.53); thirds by Cibulka in the 100 dash (13.01) and Casey Garza in the discus (97-1-3/4); and fourths by Justin Tiegs in the shot put (33-5-3/4) and Lizbeth Huertas in the 300 hurdles (50.91).
Kettle Moraine Lutheran won the girls’ team title with 132.5 points, and Milwaukee Lutheran was second with 132.
The Hawks will participate in the East Troy sectional at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Sullivan wins leads Port girls
Three individual wins, including two by Abeba Sullivan, led the Port Washington girls’ team in a Division 1 regional meet at Plymouth on Monday.
Sullivan, a junior, placed first in the 1,600 run (5:22.31) and 3,200 run (11:47.66), as did teammate Alexis Reichardt in the high jump (5-2).