Reinicke heads list of Janesville state track qualifiers
Ian Reinicke found the podium a year ago.
The Janesville Craig junior finished fifth in the boys Division 1 triple jump at the WIAA state track and field meet.
Can he duplicate the feat in 2014?
Reinicke leads the list of city qualifiers for this year's two-day state meet. Janesville's Craig and Parker high schools will send 28 athletes to the annual pilgrimage in La Crosse that begins Friday.
“There's nothing like state,” Craig boys coach Jeff Deininger said. “Every year you see something you've never seen before, and every year some athlete does something you'll never forget.”
Reinicke is seeded eighth. He qualified with a jump of 45 feet, ¾ inches but has a personal-best of 46-9½.
“Ian has big-meet potential,” Deininger said. “He's just getting back to full strength and just starting to get back to where he was before he got hurt.
“If he's on and his steps are right, he could certainly finish in the top three. It's a very talented field he's competing against, but he can be as good as any of them.”
Michael Cournia of Waukesha South is the top seed in triple jump at 48-6.
Joining Reinicke at state are sprinters Trevahn Hall in the 100 and Javen Murry in the 200.
Craig senior Evan Lalor qualified in the 1,600 and is part of the 3,200-relay team that also includes Erik Tollefsrud, Maxwell Snyder and Alec McCann.
Craig's 400 relay team of Dan Ouimet, Tom Gabower, Hall and Murry broke the school record at the sectional meet with a time of 43.15 and are seeded sixth at state.
“It's funny because even though they set a school record, I really feel like there's a little room for improvement,” Deininger said. “If a couple of handoffs are a little smoother, or maybe they get a little better start, that time could come down.
“And judging by some of the other times, they're going to have to bring the time down. It's a loaded field.”
Parker sophomore Bree Porter qualified in both the 100 high hurdles and the 300 low hurdles. Teammate and senior Brecklyn Skaleski will compete in both long jump and triple jump.
Craig's Alli Calkins qualified for state for the third year in a row. The senior won the sectional title in triple jump at 35-8.
Parker seniors Paul Jacobson and T.J. Steinke advanced to state for the second year in a row—both in discus.
The Vikings' 800-relay team of Jovanni Sanchez, Sandy Toyer, Mitch Treinen and D.J. Vance qualified for state, along with the 1,600-relay team of Sanchez, Kendal Apfel, Treinen and either Toyer or Marquise Brooks.