There seems to be no stopping the Oak Creek girls track team in the outdoor season as the Knights won their third consecutive major meet title in as many tries at the 13-team East Troy Invite on April 22.
The Knights' boys worked hard to keep up with their distaff partners taking second in their 12-team effort at East Troy.
'The depth is what is so impressive right now,' said Oak Creek girls' coach coach Robert Haberli. 'The girls are so willing to work together. A lot of girls who were in so many events last year don't have to be this year because there are others coming up.'
But all these meets are just the opening acts to the main events that are coming up including the Southeast Conference Relays at Oak Creek on Tuesday, May 3.
'We've told the girls, everything is leading up to this meet, this meet and this meet,' said Haberli. 'We really want to hit our stride in May.'
The Knights will have an interesting prep meet before the relays as they head out for the Brookfield Central Invite on Friday, April 29. The meet is interesting because Central is now coached by former Oak Creek track and football star Brian Calhoun.
'We had space in our schedule and it worked out well for us,' said Haberli.
Official team scores from East Troy were unavailable, but the Knights were well ahead of the host Trojans in the final standings.
Jazsmin Washington took the only individual victory in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.05 seconds) while relay wins went to the 4x100 team of Alaina Holt, Brooklynn Watts, Cristen Williams and Washington (53.89) and the 4x200 team of Holt, Watts, Williams and Jenna Guddie (1:52.29).
Seconds were taken by Guddie in the 200 dash (27.91), Sims in the 800 (2:26.65), Hollie Poehler in the 3,200 (11:28.54), the 4x400 relay team of Guddie, Pawlak, Watts and Sims (4:32.03); the 4x800 team of Sims, Pawlak, Danielle Moczynski and Poehler (10;11.35); and Jenna Dankert in the shot put (36-9), while thirds went to Pawlak in the 400 (1:05.76), Megan Drzadinski in the 3,200 (12:17.98), and Kara Gilmeister in the shot put (35-10) and discus (106-1).
Haberli said some leadership is starting to take hold on the team.
'Some of the older girls are starting to take control,' he said, 'show a little more leadership. They're not always the best athletes, but kids who are asking 'What can I do to help?' They're really bringing along the younger girls as to what should be done.'
The boys also had a solid meet as they scored 147-3/4 points to Lake Geneva Badger's winning total of 161.
Distance runners and relays paved the way this day as Evan Sirra (4:45.38) and Steven Potter (4:47.32) went one-two, respectively in the 1,600 while Michael Sippy won the 3,200 (10:18.44).
The 4x100 relay team of Caleb Ogden, Cornelius Bright, Elijah Robinson and Roy Harden turned in a season best of 43.49 in easily taking its race while the 4x400 crew of Charlie Quentin, Macen Leonardi, Domique Smith and Ogden turned in a fine time of 3:28.89 in winning.
Ogden, the state's best 400 runner turned in a spectacular 47.09 split on his leg of the 4x400. The 4x200 relay, which also included Ogden, would have likely won too if not for a problem on one exchange. Bright had a quick unofficial 200 split of 21.5 in that race.
The 4x800 team of Seth Rocha, Tyler Kisting, Simeon Menako and Ryan Potter was second in 8:41.67.
Another victory went to Robinson in the long jump (19-10).
Other seconds went to Charlie Quinn in the shot put (48-1), Blair Goedel in the pole vault (10-6), and James Carter in the triple jump (41-4); while thirds went to Ryan McDermott in the 100 dash (11.79), Quinn in the discus (156-11) and Bright in the triple jump (40-9).
'We had a very nice meet,' said boys coach Rick Stack. 'We did want to put together a good 4x200 to see what they could do. Unfortunately we had a fixable mishandling of the baton, but yes, they were running a good time. Those things happen and its something for the coaches to fix before we hit the SEC conference relays on May 3.
This meet was mainly used to identify diverse talents on the team. We had several athletes out off their normal races. ...We were placing athletes into events that were not their strengths to see what kind of depth we can anticipate for the upcoming relays. We had pleasant surprises and many great efforts.'
Potter and Ogden were among those praised for their efforts.