Sweet repeat for boys track team

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Rob Reischel
Andy Keeler and Middleton's boys track and field team won its second straight Big Eight Conference title last Tuesday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

 

Ernest Winters clearly remembers the state of Middleton’s boys track and field program when he arrived in 2011.

Andy Keeler hasn’t forgotten either.

“It wasn’t very good,” said Winters, a senior sprinter.

That’s for sure.

But what a difference a few years makes.

Middleton, mired in the middle or bottom of the Big Eight Conference for years, cruised to the Big Eight Conference championship last Tuesday at Mansfield Stadium. Amazingly, it marked the second straight season the Cardinals won the Big Eight title.

Middleton finished with a whopping 169.3 points to easily outdistance runner-up Verona (110) and the rest of the conference.

Over the last few seasons, Middleton’s rise has been one of the state’s feel-good stories in the track and field world.

“This has all been really humbling,” said Keeler, a senior jumper who will compete at UW-Milwaukee next season. “Just to be a team on the rise, and coach Mez (Isaac Mezera) is just so excited all the time. These guys have become like family. It’s just so much fun.”

Mezera has built the program from the ground up. And as the Cardinals showed at the conference meet, they’ll be a huge threat this postseason.

“There is no doubt we have one of the strongest teams in the state,” Mezera said. “These guys just keep doing great things.”

Middleton added to that list at the conference meet, winning six of the 18 events.

Winters was one of the night’s brightest stars, winning both the 100- and 200-meter dash.

Winters broke the conference record in the 100, winning the race in 10.65 seconds. Winters also won the 200 in 22.21 seconds.

“It was a nice way to end my career in conference,” Winters said. “In the 100, I was ecstatic and very surprised. But I still think I can go lower.”

Keeler, on the other hand, can go higher. And has.

Keeler, one of the state’s elite high jumpers, won that event with a leap of 6-feet-4. Keeler then elected to try a jump of 6-9, which would have been a new conference record.

Keeler fell short there, but left with a conference title and a lot of optimism.

“I still had another event to compete in … so I thought why not go for it,” said Keeler, who set the school record with a jump of 6-8 earlier this season. “I could have gone up slower, but I was trying to save my legs a little bit.”

Middleton sophomore Perrin Hagge won the 800-meter run in 1:57.10, more than a full second faster than his nearest competitor.

“Perrin works really hard and he has a terrific constitution for distance running,” Mezera said. “He’s a lot like Ernest. He’s so good that people look up to him.”

Middleton’s 1,600-meter relay team of R.J. Pertzborn, Zach Easton, Kyle Buechner and Travis Zander was first in 3:28.08.

“We’re really deep in that event,” Mezera said.

And senior Tanner Rahman won the discus with a throw of 154-03. Rahman was in second place until his final throw, when he unfurled a winner.

“That was impressive,” Mezera said. “That was cool.”

Middleton got second place finishes from senior Hans Kunsch in the 300 meter hurdles (39.90); senor Parker Johnson in the pole vault (13-6); senior Blake Clyce in the long jump (21-4 ¼); and the 800-meter relay team of Nick Bilodeau, Noah Meeteer, Zach Easton and Winters (1:30.55).

Middleton’s third place finishers came from junior Travis Zander in the 400 (51.36); junior Roger Waleffe in the 800 (1:58.75); Hagge in the 1,600 (4:22.80); senior Andrew Torresani in the shot put (48-3); Meeteer in the pole vault (12-0); sophomore Jack Jesse in the long jump (20-9 ½); Keeler in the triple jump (42-5); and both the 400- and 3,200-meter relay teams.

Junior Nnamdi Okoli was fourth in the 100 (11.05) and Kunsch was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.56). Christian Lindblom was also fifth in the 1,600 (4:35.49).

“It’s been so great to see this team grow,” Winters said. “We all have one common goal and we’re really hungry for it. So far, it’s been a great year.”

Keeler agreed.

“To be part of this team the last few years, as we’ve grown and gotten better, has been so much fun,” Keeler said. “Now we just have to keep it going.”

BOYS

Team scores — Middleton 169⅓, Verona 110, Madison Memorial 84, Janesville Craig 69, Madison West 65, Sun Prairie 56⅓, Janesville Parker 54⅓, Beloit Memorial 44, Madison La Follette 30, Madison East 20  

100 — 1, Winters, Mi, 10.65; 2, Batista, BM, 10.96; 3, Hall, JC, 10.99; 4, Okoli, Mi, 11.05; 5, Kiefer, SP, 11.08; 6, Tindall, V, 11.23.

100 wheelchair — 1, Dring, SP, 23.66.

200 — 1, Winters, Mi, 22.21; 2, Wellenstein, MW, 22.37; 3, Batista, BM, 23.0; 4, Murry, JC, 23.02; 5, Wario, ME, 23.14; 6, Ayala, MM, 23.45.

400 — 1, Wellenstein, MW, 49.42; 2, Wario, ME, 50.61; 3, Zander, Mi, 51.36; 4, Schober, BM, 51.71; 5, Hoke, MM, 52.5; 6, Ifediora, V, 52.75.

400 wheelchair — 1, Dring, SP, 1:35.75.

800 — 1, Hagge, Mi, 1:57.10; 2, Winder, MW, 1:58.28; 3, Waleffe, Mi, 1:58.75; 4, Cotter, MLF, 1:58.85; 5, Oltman, MW, 2:01.22; 6, Anderson, V, 2:01.46.

800 wheelchair — 1, Dring, SP, 3:20.25.

1,600 — 1, Hacker, MW, 4:21.16; 2, Nameth, V, 4:21.78; 3, Hagge, Mi, 4:22.8; 4, Feller, V, 4:34.63; 5, Lindblom, Mi, 4:35.49; 6, Jake Reiners, MM, 4:37.38.

3,200 — 1, Hacker, MW, 9:29.37; 2, Nameth, V,, 9:30.75; 3, Gessner, MLF, 9:45.49; 4, Doherty, ME, 9:52.92; 5, Waschbusch, V, 9:56.33; 6, Kolar, MW, 10:02.64.

110 hurdles — 1, Fountain, MM, 14.05; 2, Harnett, V, 15.04; 3, Pardee, MM, 15.13; 4, Kunsch, Mi, 15.56; Copus, MLF, 15.66; 6, Brooks, JP, 15.68.

300 hurdles — 1, Fountain, MM, 39.65; 2, Kunsch, Mi, 39.9; 3, Guitterez, BM, 41.11; 4, Hartnett, V, 41.13; 5, Brooks, JP, 41.85; 6, Brown, V, 42.27.

400 relay — 1, Janesville Craig (Hall, Gabower, Murry, Kind), 43.45; 2, Madison Memorial, 43.78; 3, Middleton, 43.79; 4, Verona, 44.58; 5, Sun Prairie, 44.75; 6, Janesville Parker, 44.88.

800 relay — 1, Verona (Beckham, Auman, Zingler, Tindall), 1:30.37; 2, Middleton, 1:30.55; 3, Janesville Craig, 1:31.6; 4, Sun Prairie, 1:31.71; 5, Janesville Parker, 1:32.19; 6, Beloit Memorial, 1:32.8.

1,600 relay — 1, Middleton (Pertzborn, Easton, Beuchner, Zander), 3:28.08; 2, Janesville Craig, 3:28.9; 3, Beloit Memorial, 3:29.33; 4, Janesville Parker, 3:31.42; 5, Verona, 3:31.75; 6, Sun Prairie, 3:35.84.

3,200 relay — 1, Madison West (Lawson, Winder, Lindstrom, Oltman), 8:13.13; 2, Janesville Craig, 8:14.85; 3, Middleton, 8:20.25; 4, Madison La Follette, 8:26.14; 5, Beloit Memorial, 8:27.83; 6, Verona, 8:28.38.

High jump — 1, Keeler, Mi, 6-4; 2, Queoff, V, 6-2; 3, Diaz, SP, 6-0; 4, Peters, MM, 5-10; 5, Miller, MM, 5-8; 6, Roberts, V, 5-8.

Pole vault — 1, Kiefer, SP, 13-6; 2, Johnson, Mi, 13-6; 3, Meeteer, Mid, 12-0; 4, S. Smith, JP, 11-6; 5, Ressler, JC, 11-6; 6, Wessels, SP, 11-6.

Long jump — 1, Fountain, MM, 22-1; 2, Clyce, Mi, 21-4¼, 3, Jesse, Mi, 20-9½; 4, Ceballos, JC, 20-7½, 5, Batista, BM, 10-4; 6, Pardee, MM, 20-1.

Triple jump — 1, Reinicke, JC, 44-0; 2, Pardee, MM, 43-11½, 3, Keeler, Mi, 42-5; 4, Queoff, V, 42-2¾, 5, Curry, JC, 42-0; 6, Miller, MM, 41-5¼.

Discus — 1, Rahman, Mi, 154-3; 2, Steinke, JP, 151-9; 3, Shea, SP, 144-1; 4, Stiner, V, 142-2; 5, Jacobson, JP, 139-5; 6, Hill, MLF, 138-6.

Shot put — 1, Evans, SP, 56-5¾, 2, Jacobson, JP, 50-9½, Torresani, Mi, 48-3; 4, Steinke, JP, 47-1½, 5, Stiner, V, 45-6½, Fischer, SP, 45-3.

Shot put wheelchair — 1, Dring, SP, 14-6.

 

 

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