Sprints and distances are strong for the Greendale boys track and field team, and the girls squad is best in the jumps.
Both teams showed their potential in those events at the Milwaukee Lutheran Invitational on March 25, a meet in which the boys came in fourth with 64 points and the girls fifth with 45 points.
"Sprints and distances will be where (the boys) will score their points," head coach Corey Binnebose said. "We are not real deep, but we have several experienced sprinters and distance runners who will be placing top-three at most meets. These guys are now juniors and seniors and ready to lead the way.
"Nolan Rudd (senior) returns as a state meet veteran in the 1,600-meter run and Job Roloff (junior) just missed out on qualifying for state last year. He has teamed up with Nolan for an excellent off-season running schedule."
Rudd, Roloff win
Rudd won the 1,600 meters at Lutheran with 4 minutes, 44.44 seconds, and Roloff claimed the 3,200 meters in a personal-best 10:11.85. In addition, sophomore Ryan Unruh came in second in the 800 meters with 2:14.98.
"(Senior) Aaron Boston, (senior) Isaac Seibold, (junior) Sam Lister, (junior) Ray Rosalez and Collin Cragoe return in the sprints," Binnebose said. "Newcomers like Cal Radka, Matt Thelen, Isaiah Gaines, Dawson Voss and Vinny Tracy look like they will add a good amount of points to our totals."
Lister took second in the 55-meter dash at Lutheran with 7.18 seconds, Boston sixth after straining his hamstring in the race and Rosalez seventh; Seibold second with 25.64 and Radka eighth with 26.98 in the 200 meters; and senior Jacob Thomae seventh with 1:00.27 in the 400 meters.
The 4x160-meter team of Lister, Rosalez, Voss and Seibold came in second with 1:21.89; Rosalez was third in the shot put with a personal-best 40 feet, 1 inch; and the 1,600 unit of Rudd, Unruh, Logan Lutz and Bernardo Verdin came in fourth at 4:06.71.
Junior Josh Michalski finished sixth in the 55 hurdles at 10.88, and freshman Mason Hanizeski eighth in the long jump with 17 feet, ¼ inch.
"We have had a great start to the season as far as workouts go and are now getting into race mode," Binnebose said. "With a lot of athletes new to track and field, it might take a few meets to get them comfortable and settled into their events."
On the girls side, once again, the strengths came through, Binnebose said.
"Long and triple jump athletes will lead our team, with the sprints, throws and distance events also contributing points each meet," the coach said. "(Junior) Nikolina Mijatovic just missed a state meet berth and has been working all off-season to prep for this season. (Senior) Emily Hagmayer will also get a lot of points in the jumps."
At Lutheran, Mijatovic took second with 15-1½ and Hagmayer fourth with 13-10¼ in the long jump.
Freshman Emma Polenske ran second in the 1,600 with 5:56.17, which was 10 seconds off her time from earlier last week, and sophomore Alyssa Dobbs was third with a personal-best 13:13.52 in the 3,200 meters.
Fonte gets fourth
Coming in fourth were senior Sophia Fonte in the 55 high hurdles with a personal-best 10.58; the 4x160 unit of Hagmayer, Savannah Pook, Mijatovic and Claire Lassoued with 1:41.51; and the 1,600 group of Kelsey Sodemann, Lillian Nogalski, Dobbs and Madisen Patti with 5:11.28.
Fonte was also fifth in the 55 intermediate hurdles with 10.6 and sophomore Ally Hensel seventh in the 800 meters at 3:09.5. Capturing eighth were Hagmayer in the 55 dash at 8.55, freshman Madison Ryback in the 800 with 3:13.13 and senior Danielle Litzau in the high jump with 4-4.
Binnebose said Helena Taavao, Yaminah Powell, Kaitlyn McGeschick, Lauren Greenberg and Chloe Lewis are all expected to make contributions to the varsity.
"The girls have been very positive early in the season, and hopefully, the coaches can assist them to a successful season," Binnebose said.