Cooney boys shooting for the stars
Purple and gold will be all over the track and field events at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in LaCrosse next weekend, with a well represented Oconomowoc boys team sending a fleet of qualifiers onward.
The last question remaining: where will purple and gold appear on the final podium?
Equipped with the ammunition to make a run for the state title, the Raccoons won the loaded Sussex Hamilton sectional Thursday, winning six events, qualifying all four relays and landing with 102 points -- 20 better than second-place Arrowhead.
The team's usual suspects were in full force. Zach Poker continued his dominance in the shot put, heaving 57 feet, 5 inches and finishing six feet better than second place. Shawn Michels won both hurdles events, taking the 300-meter hurdles in 39.10 and the 110-meter hurdles in 14.88.
Michels led off the sectional title-winning 4x200 relay, teaming with Nate Nord, Matt Elleseg and Casey Bednarski to win in 1:28.60. For his part, Poker also ran on a qualifying relay, teaming with Bednarski, Nord and Elleseg to finish the 4x100 in 43.20, good for the third and final qualifying spot by 0.15 seconds.
The 4x800 team of Mitch Pauers, Tyler Carillo, Brandon Buckholtz and Joe Zack ran 7:56.21 to capture a title. Pauers also ran 1:57.79 to win the 800, and Zack grabbed the final qualifying slot in the 1,600 with his run of 4:23.24.
The 4x400 of Andy Elleseg, Nord, Andrew Woods and Corbin Ellis took second place in 3:21.87 and also marched onward.
In perhaps the lone bit of heartbreak, Paul Timm ran 9:48.87 in the 3,200, finishing fourth and missing qualifying by eight-tenths of a second in the meet's longest individual race.
The Raccoons will be chasing a deep and star-studded Green Bay Preble team for top honors at the state meet.
Girls advance relay, Watson
The Cooney girls team was able to qualify one entrant for the state meet, with Riley Frieler, Olivia Radtke, Taylor Walden and Jane Nienhuis placing third in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:53.05.
The girls scored 20 points for a 12th place team showing. Arrowhead was the top team with 137 points and Milwaukee King was second with 104 points.
Riley Frieler, Olivia Radtke, Taylor Walden and Jane Nienhuis placed third in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:53.05.
Frieler just missed in the 800 with her time of 2:27.20, and Marlie Houston ran 5:28.62 to take fourth in the 1,600.
Melanie Watson won all four wheelchair events she entered, including the 100, 400, 800 and the shot put. Watson is the state record holder in the 100, 800 and 1,600.
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