Getting points in five events from a well-rounded group of competitors and punctuating the weekend with a pair of dominating victories in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter relay teams, the Homestead Highlanders outlasted the competition Saturday and swept to the Division 1 team title at the WIAA state track and field meet at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium.
Homestead finished with 54.5 points to win its first championship since 1964, holding off a late push by Milwaukee Marquette, which came in second with 35 points. Menomonee Falls, led by a huge day from senior Matt Widule, finished in third with 33 points, while Jalen Gillie-led Milwaukee Riverside was fourth with 32 points.
"This is better than I thought, there's no doubt," Homestead coach Dan Benson said. "A lot of coaches will talk about the journey and the season. We had a meeting the first day with the seniors, what this would be like. They did absolutely everything that was asked of them, down to the last detail.
"So they're very deserving of a state championship."
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