NEW BERLIN WEST GIRLS TRACK
New Berlin West girls track coach Matt Ische has 15 returning letter winners, including five state qualifiers, and feels this could be a special season for the Vikings.
"This might be the best overall team we have put on the track in the history of the school," Ische said. "The girls have come up just a little short the last three conference meets.
"Past years we have relied heavily on our sprinters and field event athletes. This is going to be the year that our distance group will be the difference. They have the talent to be major point scorers in the conference and regional. In the past we relied on Brittany Kozlowski to be our point scorer and that was it. This year she has a great group to compliment her."
Senior distance runner Brittany Kozlowski is a two-time state qualifier in the 800-meter run, conference runnerup in the 800, regional champion in the 1600 and 800.
Junior Marissa Myers (sprints, long jump, shot put) is a state qualifier in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays and a conference runnerup in the 100.
Sophomore Rayce Albino is a state qualifier in the pole vault and 4 x 100 relay. Senior Sammi Stenstrup is a state qualifer in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay and sophomore Ali Boldt is a state qualifier in the 4 x 200 relay.
Junior Gina Pezze, a sectional qualifier in the shot put, leads the other returnees.
Seniors Ana Liska (pole vault, triple jump), Rachel Gasper (sprints) and Alison Lange (sprints); junior Anne Radtke (sprints); and sophomores Estee Schmidt (distance), Emily Szydlowski (distance), Madeline Egan (distance), Nicole Holstein (hurdles, high jump) and Patricia Boles (shot put/discus) round out the other returning letter winners.
Some promising newcomers include freshman Sarah Meleski (distance), junior Kia Richards (pole vault, high jump, sprints), who returns from a torn ACL, and freshman Claire Radtke (distance).
The Vikings won their own quadrangular on March 13, scoring 76 and beating East Troy (60), Germantown (48) and New Berlin Eisenhower (13).
Some highlights included:
Albino (8.09) and Stenstrup (8.17) finished 1-2 in the 55-meter dash, as did Myers (26.29) and Carley Stauche (30.67) in the 200.
Kozlowski won the 1600 (5:54.73) and Egan (12:24.01) and Erin Simpson (15:20) were 1-2 in the 3200.
The Vikings won two relay events - the 4 x 160 relay (1:31.41) and the 4 x 800 relay (10:54.80).
In the field events, Albino won the pole vault (10-6) and Richards took second in the high jump (4-feet, 10 inches) and the pole vault (9-0) and Pezze won the shot put (34-6).
NEW BERLIN WEST BOYS TRACK
The New Berlin West boys track team will be competitive this season according to coach Matt Ische.
The Vikings will return 15 letter winners, but only one state qualifier in senior Cory Davis, who made it in the 200-meter dash.
Other returning letter winners by class are:
Seniors: Tyler Thompson (hurdles), James Kearn (distance), Momo Mohamed (distance), Adam Linssen (shot put/discus), Sean Marton (sprinter) and Erik Schaeffer (sprinter).
Juniors: Dylan Wiese (sprinter) and Scott Reichel (high jump).
Sophomores: Alex Rodriguez (shot put/discus) and Grant Marton (distance).
Ische said two promising newcomers to look for are Lukas Lauer (throws) and Ben Meleski (jumps, sprints).
"We have a very committed senior class and large junior class," Ische said. "Those two things will help us be competitive, and having the support of the football program has been extremely helpful with numbers this year.
"We do lose some major players from last year, but Cory Davis and James Kearn will be relied on heavily this season. Dylan Wiese and Scott Reichel will also be big contributors from our large junior class.
"Last year the key to our success was our depth and we look to have that again with many solid athletes this year."
The Vikings won their own quadrangular on March 13, scoring 65 points and beating East Troy (58), Mukwonago (50) and New Berlin Eisenhower (31).
Davis won the 200 (25.23), Kern took first in the 800 (2:06.15) and the 1600 (4:37.35) and Mohamed captured the 3200 (11:09.05).
The Vikings also won two relays - 4 x 240 (2:05.01) and the 4 x 800 (9:23.00).
In the field events Marton won the pole vault (11-6), Meleski was second in the long jump (17-8) and Linssen was second in the shot put (43-8).
NEW BERLIN EISENHOWER
Coach Billy Simon has five key returners, led by junior Nick Taylor, a state qualifier in the 100.
Other returnees include senior TJ Stewart, junior Brian Schafer and sophomores Matt Kizaric and Quinn Thompson.
Key Newcomers to look for are senior Steve Sakar, junior Vince Gabrielsen and freshman Sean Broihier.
"We have great returning athletes and leaders this year and a ton of young talented kids," Simon said. Eisenhower is going to keep getting stronger and we will be well represented at the Woodland Conference championship as well as regionals, sectionals and state."
The Lions finished last in the Vikings quadrangular on March 13, scoring 31 points behind New Berlin West (65), East Troy (58) and Mukwonago (50).
Taylor won the 55-meter dash(6.90) and Kizaric was second in the 1600 (4:58.35).
The Lions were second in the 4 x 240 relay (2:10.03).
In the field events, Gabrielson was second in the triple jump (37-2 ¼).
At the Lake Michigan Invitational at Carthage College on Friday, Kizaric finished eighth in the 800 (2:04.24) and scored Eisenhower's only point.
Broihier was 11th in long jump (19-9½) and Schafer was 22nd in the 3200 (10:34.85) were the only other runners in the top 25.
NEW BERLIN EISENHOWER
New Berlin Eisenhower track coach Billy Simon sees his girls' squad getting stronger as the season progresses.
Key returnees are senior captains Catherine Michaletz, a state qualifier in 2011 (300 hurdles) and 2012 (300 hurdles, 4 x 400) and Carley Ney, a state qualifier in 2011 (400 M) and 2012 (4 x 400). Juniors Kate Nieberle, a state qualifier in 2012 (4 x 400) and Hannah Kinzer.
Sophomore Rebecca Eldien is a key newcomer to look for. "We have great returning athletes and leaders this year and a ton of young talented kids," Simon said. "Eisenhower is going to keep getting stronger and we will be well-represented at the Woodland Conference championship as well as regionals, sectionals and state."
The Lions scored 13 points and finished last at the Vikings quadrangular on March 13, behind West (76), East Troy (60) and Germantown (48).
Ike won the 4 x 240 relay (2:41.17) and was second in the 4 x 400 relay (4:52.53).
Eisenhower took part in the Lake Michigan Invitational on Friday at Carthage College but did not score in an event. Kinzer finished 18th in the 3200 (13:11.18). No one else finished better than 31st.
- Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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