Throwing off the shackles of the claustrophobic indoor season, the Oak Creek track teams celebrated early spring outside in a big way last week.
The girls won and the boys finished second in the Mukwonago M-Club Relays on April 11, and then on Saturday, April 15, the boys were first and the girls fourth at the West Allis Hale Mondo Invitational.
"The girls did a really nice job of competing against some really good track programs and we scored points in every event," said girls coach Dean Tutas after the M-Club win. "When you have the depth of athletes in all the events, then scoring points becomes more efficient."
"I was very pleased with our second-place finish," said boys coach Rick Stack after the M-Club. "Mukwonago is a very strong team, so to be able to stay with them throughout the meet was exciting to see. There were many superb efforts."
The Knights are on spring break this week and will be back in action on Friday, April 21, at the East Troy Invitational.
Oak Creek's boys were dominant at the Mondo meet on April 15, scoring 182 points to far outdistance runner-up Franklin (89) in the 10-team field.
Cornelius Bright turned in a series of impressive efforts, having a hand in four victories.
They included a one-two finish by Bright (11.42 seconds) and Roy Harden (11.65) in the 100-meter dash. The pair also joined with Shamari Easley and Isaiah Butler to win the 4x100 relay (44.2), while Bright also took the 200 dash (23.1), with Easley earning third (24.1). Bright finished his day with a winning 43-11 effort in the triple jump.
Michael Sippy also won the 1,600 (4:34.83) and Tyler Kisting took the 3,200 (10:32.67). Sippy joined with Steven and Ryan Potter and Sam Phelps to turn in a dominant winning effort of 3:30.32 in the 4x400 relay.
In field events, James Carter was a winner in the high jump (5-10), while Harden won the long jump (22-0) and Ryan Harvey-Turner was second (20-1½). Nick Dulaney was victorious in the shot put (47-1¼).
Other good finishes included Steven Potter third in the 1,600 (4:39.77), a second from the 4x200 relay team of Butler, Ethan Myers, Harvey-Turner and Elliot Koss (1:36.01) a fourth from Phelps in the 400 dash (52.71), a fourth from Carter in the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.55), a third from Ryan Potter in the 800 (2:07.47) and a second from Eddie Haeger in the discus (132-4).
For the girls, who were hit harder by early departures for spring break, they scored 67 points for their spot as Waukesha West won with 125.
A win went to the 4x200 relay team of Natalie Block, Kyle Stark, Alaina Holt and Shannon Nelson (1:53.21).
Other good finishes included a second from Holt in the 100 dash (12.9), a third from the 4x100 relay team of Block, Stark, Holt and Nelson (53.13); fourths from Jessica McIntosh in the 300 low hurdles (53.96), Nelson in the 200 dash (26.96), and Lena Manassra in the 3,200 (15:02.52); and a third from Amber Lane in the discus (99-6).
At the M-Club Relays, the Knight girls scored 107 points to beat host Mukwonago (84) in the eight-team field.
Wins came from the 4x100 relay team (51.02). In field events, individual event wins went to Jenna Dankert in the shot put (39-8¼) and Jazsmin Washington (17-3) in the long jump. Washington also turned in the best effort in the 100 meter hurdles (16.16) and the 300 low hurdles (47.61), while Lane was second in the discus (112-0) as was Isabella Nuck in the pole vault (10-0),
The 4x200 team was second (1:48.66).
"Our veterans performed pretty well but we have some work and training to do to make sure we peak at the right time of the year," said Tutas. "Many of our individual and relays times, distances and heights are beginning to improve. The girls are giving great effort."
The boys scored 108-½ for their spot in the M-Club as host Mukwonago won with 125.
They set two school records victories at the meet
The long jump team of Harden (22-3), Carter (21-10¾), and Bright (18-7½) broke the school record set in 2015 by close to nine inches with a total distance of 62-9¼.
The distance medley team (800-400-1,200-1,600) consisting of Steven and Ryan Potter, Sippy, and Kisting broke the school record with a time of 10:44.75. The old record of 10:48.6 was set in 1989.
"This was an outstanding time, especially knowing that this was the first outdoor meet," Stack said.
Other victories came from the long sprint medley relay (3:48.81) and the triple team of Carter, Harvey-Turner and Phelps. Carter turned in a fine individual triple jump of 45-0. The 4x800 team was second (8:35.63), as was the short sprint medley (1:38.02). Will Klebenow turned in an individual runner-up finish in the discus (130-3).