Spring break ended early and on a positive note for the Oak Creek boys and girls track teams, as they went down to East Troy on April 21 and came away with a pair of invitational titles.
"The girls really competed, battled the elements, had some really nice performances and handled themselves in a classy manner," said girls coach Dean Tutas. "We had challenged our distance girls as a staff this week to enhance their times, and they really did a nice job of taking on the challenge and the results showed."
"The boys did have a nice meet out at East Troy, even though we didn't have full participation because of the Easter break," said Knights' boys coach Rick Stack. "... With the conference relays only days away, the guys will now have time to just concentrate in their training for that meet and get back to a flow following Easter."
Oak Creek will host the Southeast Conference Relays on Tuesday, May 2.
The Knight girls edged the host school Trojans, 160-148, for their win on April 21 in the 13-team meet. Greendale Martin Luther was a distant third with 61.
They earned nine firsts, including Alaina Holt in the 100 meter dash (13.05 seconds). Holt was then second to teammate Shannon Nelson in the 200 as the pair came across in 26.39 and 27.25, respectively.
Jazsmin Washington was a triple winner in the 100 high (15.83) and 300 low hurdles (48.85), and also in the long jump (16 feet, nine inches).
In addition, the 4x100 relay team of Holt, Natalie Block, Kaleigh Johnston and Nelson was also victorious (51.65); as was the 4x200 relay team of Block, Washington, Johnston and Nelson (1:50.21). In the field events, Bella Nuck won the pole vault (10 feet), while Maddy Benoit won the triple jump (33-2).
Taking seconds were the 4x400 relay team of Jenna Guddie, Kassandra Bartek, Jessica McIntosh and Johnston (4:25.66); the 4x800 relay team of Katarina Pawlak, McKenna Wardius, Olivia Schommer and Lauren Sims (10:19.16); and Amber Lane in the discus (114-1).
Tutas was very happy with the effort.
"We have had a number of our veteran athletes gone on spring break and this gave us as a staff the chance to enter some of our younger athletes in two outstanding meets, the Hale Mondo Invitational (held earlier this season) and the East Troy Invitational," he said. "And this will help the younger athletes down the road in regard to performing in a competitive varsity environment.
"The next couple of weeks are an exciting time as our girls continue on the, 'Road to La Crosse' and they are looking forward to the challenge."
The Oak Creek boys overpowered the 12-team East Troy field with 155 points as Lake Geneva Badger was second with 120.
Roy Harden had a big meet, as he won the 100 dash (11.55) and the long jump (21-10¾). He was also third in the 200 dash (23.28) as teammate Ryan Potter was second (23.07).
"Once again it was nice to see the consistency of Roy Harden as he won the long jump and 100 dash and we were able to get a glimpse of what he can do in the open 200," said Stack.
Michael Sippy also won the 1,600 (4:28.24), while James Carter, who was being held out of other events as an injury precaution, won the 110 high hurdles (16.5). The 4x400 relay team of Sippy, Ryan Potter, Blair Goedel and Ryan Harvey-Turner was victorious (3:31.62); as was the 4x800 relay team of Tyler Kisting, Simeon Menako, Steven and Ryan Potter (8:20.86).
Nick Dulaney claimed the shot put (46-5½), and Carter won the triple jump in his only other event (44-3½).
Steven Potter was second in the 3,200 (10:25.84), as the 4x100 relay team of Ethan Myers, Shamari Easley, Sam Phelps and Gunnar Doyle (45.49); Blair Goedel in the pole vault (12-0). Thirds went to Thomas Wojnowski in the 110 high hurdles (17.19), and Kisting in the 800 (2:07.12).
Stack considered it a great effort considering the number of athletes still out on break.
"Cornelius Bright was on vacation, and I did not fully use many of the other top athletes in the meet (Michael Sippy and both Potters)," he said. "We continued to see nice improvement from Sippy in the 1,600 and Steven Potter in the 4x800 (2:00 split).
"Also, I was able to see Ryan Potter for the first time in the 200 where he ran a very good time (23.07). Other outstanding efforts were seen by Seth Rocha who doubled in the 1,600 and 3,200 (had PRs in both events) and Logan Wilson, who had a PR in the pole vault with an 11-foot effort."