Janesville track teams stumble to open Big Eight

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Both of Janesville’s high school track and field programs suffered a bit from Spring Break vacations on Tuesday night.

For Janesville Craig, a few absences meant a sweep for Sun Prairie to open Big Eight Conference competition.

The Cardinals boys beat the Cougars 86-60, while the girls won 108-38.

“It’s our first meet that we’ve held outdoors, and temperatures weren’t on our side,” Craig boys coach Jeff Deininger said. “And we’re on spring break, so it was interesting, but I thought we competed well.”

Evan Lalor won the 1,600-meter run in 4:50.80 and took second in the 3,200 to highlight the Cougars’ first meet on the boys side. Alec McCann was first in the 800 at 2:10.30.

“Evan ran a good race in the mile and then took second in the 3,200, which was awesome,” Deininger said. “For us, it was just about getting on the track and seeing where we’re at.”

Craig junior Candace Enis won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes on the girls side, winning in 13.00 and 27.84 seconds, respectively. Jessie Larson took the discus with a heave of 98 feet 6 inches.

“That was a pleasant surprise,” girls coach Brad Troeger said. “We knew that (Enis) had some talent. It was just nice to get that first meet in and have some success.

“Sometimes situations like (Spring Break) let you see the diamonds in the rough and see what you have.”

The Cougars host Middleton in a Big Eight dual meet on Tuesday.


• Parker falls at Middleton—The Vikings were depleted by Spring Break, as well, and suffered from it at Middleton. The Cardinals girls won 118-28, while the boys won 115-31.

It was the first Big Eight Conference meet for the Vikings.

Paul Jacobson won the shot put (49-9) on the boys side, and he took second in the discus. Sandy Toyer captured the 200-meter dash and was third in the long jump.

“This is the first time we put Sandy in an invididual event, and he ran a nice 200,” Parker boys coach Dick Schuh said. “Paul has been throwing very consistently.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys right now that are working to get better.”

On the girls side, the Vikings got a victory from Ariaunna Robinson in the 100-meter dash in 13.26 seconds. Maddie Meglic took the honors in the shot put with an effort of 33 feet 2.75 inches.

“We were struggling to fill events and piecing together relays,” girls coach Kristin Collins said. “Robinson and Meglic both had a couple of good meets. They were coming off good first meets and had success.

“It was a team effort from what was left. We asked some to jump into events that they’re not used to.”

Parker competes at Madison Memorial on Tuesday.

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