A 'true' team effort nets the Homestead girls track squad a title at the Cedarburg True Team Invite
Nicolet takes sixth
Homestead girls track coach John Krueger has always been certain of the talent level of his team this spring.
He just wasn't sure about the depth.
But in the final tuneup of the regular season, he found that his squad has not only tenacity and determination to battle through chilly and occasionally wet conditions at the Cedarburg True Team Invitational Friday, but also the depth to win the 11-school event as well.
"It was just nice to get a meet like this in," he said. "We've had way too many canceled. It was just a nice chance to have a lot of girls compete together and show what kind of depth we had.
"Because we had been questioning ourselves a bit going into this, but these were some pretty good teams that we beat."
Nicolet was sixth in the meet as well.
State regional meet next
The Highlanders and the Knights, who both took part in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet on Tuesday at Germantown, now head off to Cedarburg once again on Monday for the WIAA regional meet. The top four finishers in each event there advance to the sectional at Sussex Hamilton on May 23.
The True Team format that Cedarburg used for the event Friday gave teams a chance at multiple entries and vast multiples of points, as each entry scored. At maximum, the winner of an individual event scored 44 points, then second 43, third 42, all the way down to one. Then all the points were tallied together.
And the Highlanders needed each and every last point it could get to edge the host Bulldogs, as they scored 1,7381/2 points to Cedarburg's 1,737. Nicolet was sixth with 1,174.
And in the truest sense of depth, the Highlanders won despite claiming only one first, as freshman Anna Kreynin won the 3,200 meters (12 minutes, 16.37 seconds).
Seconds were claimed by Monica Caputa in the high jump (4-11), Elyssa Tracy in the pole vault (9-6), and Nia Feaster in the triple jump (341/2); while thirds were taken by the all-freshmen 800 relay team of Georgeanna Joubert, Alex Lutz, Allison Fochs and Mary Kate Simon (1:52.05) and Jenn Burns in the shot put (33-2).
The 800 relay team broke a 35-year school freshmen record for Homestead.
The all-freshmen 1,600 team of Fochs, Kreynin, Mackenzie Looft and Simon then broke a 16-year old freshmen school record with a fourth-place clocking of 4:21.78.
Other fourths went to Tracy in the 100 high hurdles (16.63) and Caputa in the long jump (15-4), while fifths were taken by Melinda Gayle in the 100 dash (13.76), and the 400 relay team of Leigh Berman, Tracy, Gayle and Caputa (52.39) and sixths were earned by Helen Lewis in the 1,600 (6:04.68), Holland Cummisford (4-81/2) and Leigh Berman in the pole vault (8-6).
Krueger was pleased.
"This was pretty cool," he said. "Normally we have JV and then varsity meets, but with this we had a true blend of both groups. We set a couple of records and got a chance to see a lot of kids run and compare themselves to one another and to some pretty good competition.
Peck leads Nicolet
Nicolet was led by shot putter Devon Peck, who recorded her second major meet win in a week (see sportswraps for further details) as she won her specialty with a toss of 36-81/4.
Other good finishes by event included the following: 200: Jnana Martin, third (26.94); 800: Katie Novak, fourth (2:31.68); 1,600: Novak, third (5:43.72); 400 relay: Emma Keckeisen, Elexxus Welch, Brandilyn Robertson and Martin (52.19); and 800 relay: Brandilyn and Brookelyn Robertson, Amara Saffold and Martin, second (1:50.99).
"Yes, the girls are starting to put things together here at the end," coach Chad Melotte said. "We are still battling some nagging issues with some of our top girls but we should be good come post-season meets."
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