It was a successful start to the outdoor season for the Knights as they took third in the 14-team Mondo Invitational at West Allis Hale on April 16, three days after a second-place finish at the Mukwonago M-Club Relays.
'I really believe the strength of this team to date is its nice blend of underclassmen having a positive impact with the seniors,' said coach Rick Stack. 'What I did at the Hale Mondo meet was to mix the team up a bit by pairing some athletes up into races that are not their specialty and to see how they would respond.'
The Knights, despite limiting state sprint powerhouse Caleb Ogden to one event and holding hurdler/vaulter Dominique Smith out to due to a slight injury, scored 83 points at the Mondo as New Berlin Eisenhower won with 1171/2 and Brookfield East was second with 104.
Ogden picked up where he left off in the indoor season with a scorching-fast, winning 400-meter time of 48.51, while Michael Sippy was impressive in winning the 800 in 1:57.95. Seconds went to Evan Siira in the 3,200 (10:21.09), Roy Harden in the 100 dash (11.33) and Cullen Quinn in the discus (158-2).
Thirds were claimed by freshman Ryan Potter in the 200 dash (23.16) and Elijah Robinson in the long jump (20-13/4), while fourths went to Charlie Quentin in the 400 dash (51.97), Quinn in the shot put (46-7) the 4x200 relay team of Robinson, Ryan McDermott, Thomas Wojnowski and Harden (1:34.99).
In the nine-team M-Club Relays on April 12, the Knights scored 1021/2 points for their spot as host Mukwonago won with 118.
The Knights had a good day in the sprint relays as the 4x100 relay team won in 44.57 and the 4x400 crew came across in a winning time of 3:32.97.
The members of the 4x100 were McDermott, Cornelius Bright, Robinson, and Harden, and the members of the 4x400 included Ogden, Sam Wesner, Robinson, and Quentin. The 330 high-hurdle shuttle of Smith, freshman Dan Cramer and James Carter was also victorious. Smith was pulled out shortly after due to his injury.
The distance medley relay team of Ogden, Quentin, Steven Potter, and Sippy fell just one second off the school record with their winning time of 11:00.85, while Carter and Bright went one-two individually and joined with Macen Leonardi to take the triple jump relay. Quinn topped all individual discus throwers and joined with Will Klebenow and Ross Agg to win that event.
Seconds went to the 3x300 intermediate hurdle relay of Cramer, Kyle Rombca and Smith; the long jump trio of Harden, Leonardi and McDermott; and the shot put team of Quinn, Nick Dulaney and Agg.
'We have had a nice start to our outdoor season at Mukwonago considering we did have a couple of bad breaks,' Stack said.
Stack also highlighted Carter going 41-4 in the triple jump, Quinn tossing the discus 141-5 and freshman Cramer running 17.5 in the 110 high hurdles and 45.8 in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
'The team is working hard and gearing up for the larger meets beginning in early May,' said Stack. 'It was nice to finally have a weekend of warm weather to compete in ... hopefully it is an omen for the rest of the season.'