Catholic Memorial boys
1,600 relay team to lead Crusaders
All four members of squad back
WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field team will have a familiar problem during the Classic 8 Conference season. “We have some good individuals and relays, yet we are lacking in depth,” said coach John Gabelbauer, who is in his 38th season.
CMH has the smallest enrollment of any school in the Classic 8, and the Crusaders finished last in the league’s outdoor meet. But CMH tied for third in the WIAA Division 2 state meet. The Crusaders return their entire state champion 1,600-meter relay with seniors Pete Gottsacker, Broc Kocour and Don Kennedy and sophomore Sam Tiahnybik.
Gottsacker and Kennedy also were part of CMH’s state-qualifying 3,200 relay team, and Kocour and Tiahnybik were part of the state-qualifying 800 relay. The Crusaders also will look to senior Kyle Deneen in the 800 and junior Caleb Krause in throws as team leaders.
Others returning for CMH this season are senior Connor Sauer (throws), junior Justin Bauer (throws) and sophomore Matt Hubley (sprints). Gabelbauer is looking to juniors Alex Noll (jumps, relays), Trevor Novotny (high jump) and Casey Townsend (jumps, relays), sophomores Sam Holt ( distance) and Jacob Tom (800) and freshmen Jacob Piette (200, 400, 800) and Chris Setzer (distance) to step in this season.
The biggest graduation loss for CMH was John Luterbach, who finished second in the 3,200 at state last season and is now competing with the University of Minnesota. Gabelbauer considers defending champion Arrowhead and Mukwonago as preseason favorites in the Classic 8.
– Freeman Staff
Photo credits: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman -- top, Kyle Deneen works out on the Catholic Memorial track Monday. bottom, Caleb Krause works on his release of the shot put during practice Monday.