JARED SANDLIN (left) took the handoff from Jared Burris at the start of the anchor leg on the Port Washington boys’ winning 3,200-meter relay team at the conference indoor meet.
Photo by Sam Arendt
Opening race victory helps Pirates to 4th place overall; Grafton’s Zahn wins shot
A victory in the first race didn’t propel the Port Washington boys’ track and field team to the top at the North Shore Conference indoor meet March 31, but it certainly gave the Pirates a quick boost.
“It was a great way to start out,” Port coach Mark Pasten said of his team’s victory in the 3,200-meter relay event at Homestead High School.
“The guys ran well in that race and throughout the meet.”
An all-senior lineup of Joe McIlree, Augie Yates, Jared Burris and Jared Sandlin combined for a winning time of 8 minutes, 46.64 seconds in the 3,200 relay.
Port finished the day with 52.5 points, good for fourth in the eight-team standings.
Homestead dominated the meet with a first-place score of 145.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Germantown’s 119.
Milwaukee Lutheran was third with 53.5 points, followed by Port, Grafton (48), Whitefish Bay (45.5), Cedarburg (41.5) and Nicolet (16.5).
The Pirates’ other scoring finishes included a second by Sandlin in the 800 run (2:04.81), third by Justin Fote in the 1,600 run (4:44.08), fourths by Jake Verfuerth in the 1,600 run (4:46.94) and McIlree in the 400 dash (56.47), fifth by Adam Schoenfeld in the long jump (20 feet, 5 inches) and sixths by Derek Haley in the pole vault (11-0), Yates in the 3,200 run (10:32.3) and the 1,600 relay team of Dan Karrels, Fote, Boomer Scheel and Nathan Kitzerow (3:58.07).
Pasten praised his middle and long-distance runners, noting Sandlin led the 800 race until the final 20 meters and Fote and Verfuerth were first and second, respectively, in the 1600 race until the last lap.
“Overall, it was a good team effort. I was pretty happy,” he said.
Grafton was led by Jason Zahn’s impressive win in the shot put. The junior had a first-place throw of 52-1-1/4, more than two feet farther than runner-up Kyle Schober of Homestead (49-8-3/4).
The Black Hawks also got a strong effort from sophomore Willie McElligott, who shared second place in the 200 dash with Germantown’s Jake Richmond. Both finished in
While pleased with some of his team’s finishes, Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel was disappointed with fifth place in the overall standings.
“We were hoping for third place,” he said. “That was realistic. With a few stronger efforts in some events, we would have been there.”
The Hawks’ other top-six finishes included thirds by Justin Tomashek in the 400 dash (56.09) and the 640 relay team of McElligott, Zach DeBuhr, Cody Bobholz and Marcus
Hill (1:19.4), fourths by McElligott in the 55 dash (6.89) and the 3,200 relay team (9:13.05) and fifths by Hill in the 200 dash (24.81) and the 1,600 relay team of Bobholz, Ryan Grange, Hill and Tomashek (3:55.22).