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September 2014


Track and field

Sectional titles aplenty for KMHS

Alex Sharrock is in position for that final burst toward history.

The Kettle Moraine senior hurdler, whose time of 37.64 seconds in last year's 300-meter hurdles was good for a state title and sixth place all time, kept creeping closer and closer to that standard all season. His time of 38.44 at the sectional was good for the fastest time in the state this year, and now he goes about the task of defending that championship.

It won't be the only record he's chasing. After winning the 110 hurdles in 14.4 seconds (another state best), he'll take aim at the state record set by Matt Widule of Menomonee Falls in 2010 (13.96).

The Lasers took second at the sectional with 99 points but came within two points of Brookfield East, and both programs figure to finish in the upper tier of the team standings at the state meet.

KM's sprinters will be a big reason why. Sharrock will have a running buddy in the 300 hurdles after Ryan Vinhal placed second (38.8) with the state's fifth-fastest time this year. Top-three finishers at the sectional earned an automatic berth at the state meet, to be held this weekend in LaCrosse.

Meanwhile, Will Duchow completed a late-season surge to win the 200 meters in 22.20 seconds, and the 4x400-meter team of Sam Haluska, Chris Trafton, Vinhal and Sharrock knows it can contend for a state title after winning in 3:21.29.

The distance crew will be making a trip to LaCrosse as well after the 4x800 unit of Josh Sarna, David Schoper, Nick Hoppe and Evan Runzheimer took third in 8:00.91.

Not to be outdone were the field events, led by thrower Mac Riedy, who took second in the discus (159 feet, 8 inches) and second in the shot put (56-10) behind Waukesha West standout Dylan Chmura in both events.

Dom Nabak won the long jump (21-11 3/4) and will be joined by Mike Hooper, who grabbed the third and final qualifying spot at 20-7 3/4.

"We got a lot of guys through, but we still missed some entries that we thought might get through," KM coach Mike Dussault said. "We had some kids get hurt that cost us some points that would have given us the sectional title. But we still did well. With what we've got, we should score some big points at state. Right now, it looks like it's kind of wide open for a bunch of schools to win the state title."

If sectional standards were actual state-meet results, the Lasers would score 40 points, second place behind first-place Green Bay Preble.

The 4x200 relay was disqualified after entering the race with the fifth-best regional clocking. Haluska took fourth in the 400 and just missed making the cut.

The girls team also enjoyed a successful sectional, qualifying four entrants.

Lindsay Hillmer delivered a toss of 101-1 1/2 in the discus, good for the final qualifying spot. Taylor Weis edged Waukesha South standout Natalie Gottschalk for the third spot with her leap of 35-3 1/4. Ann Sekutowski took third in the 3200 at 11:33.78.

The 4x800 team of Chrystelle Showalter, Sekutowski, Karina Nielsen and Ivana Bajic took third and qualified in 9:55.11.

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