Tuesday, June 7, 2011

State Track Recap

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

One Catholic Memorial relay team wins as expected, another pulls a mild surprise
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

Nick Dettmann/Conley New Service Members of Catholic Memorial’s 1,600-meter relay team celebrate after winning their event Saturday.

LA CROSSE – The Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field team entered the state meet with a relay title on its mind. The CMH girls, however, were unsure if it was a possibility.

Both teams were successful, as the boys won the 4x400-meter relay and the girls won the 4x200 relay at the WIAA Division 2 state meet Saturday. “We were working for it, but we never knew we could get it,” CMH senior Mara Aparnieks said of the relay title. “But it was in the back of our minds.”

The CMH boys had won the 4x400 relay last season, and were the highest ranked Division 2 relay on the state honor roll most of the season. “We posted some really good times earlier in the year,” senior Don Kennedy said. “We knew this could be our thing.”

Aparnieks, freshmen Madeline Davis and Emily Kern and senior Kaitlyn Hastings won the 4x200 relay in 1:45.35. “If you’re not a stud, then you’re better off making the relays what you want to do (at state),” CMH coach Chris Andacht said.

The CMH girls have put an emphasis on relay races all season. Hastings has run the 100 and 300 hurdle races in many meets, but once regionals began, she pulled out of the 300s to focus on the 4x200 and 4x100 relays. She anchored both, helping CMH to third in the 4x100. The same quartet ran third in the 4x100, finishing .05 of a second out of first place. “That was nerve-racking,” Hastings said of the 4x100.

The CMH boys team of seniors Broc Kocour, Kennedy and Kyle Deneen and sophomore anchor Sam Tiahnybik won the 4x400 in 3:22.46, two seconds faster than last year’s winning time. “We worked hard out here and it all pays off in that last event,” Deneen said.

Tiahnybik was the topseeded runner in the 400, but finished the event fourth earlier Saturday. “It wasn’t where I was hoping I’d be, but (winning the relay) made it better,” Tiahnybik said.

The CMH boys finished eighth in the team standings, and the girls were 10th. Hastings added a thirdplace finish in the 100 hurdles. “It feels good to move up,” said Hastings, who finished fifth in the race last season. “I hope to get back up (on the medal podium) next year and maybe get first or second.”

CMH junior Caleb Krause was fifth in the shot put. “What I wanted to do was get a medal,” he said. “Sixth place this year, next year hopefully first place. “I was hoping for little higher, but I got it done.”

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