HS track and field: Craig sweeps East; Verona topples Parker

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A driving rainstorm didn’t keep the Janesville Craig track and field teams from earning a Big Eight Conference road sweep on Tuesday night.

Craig sophomore Deon Newson won three events to lead the Cougars boys to a 107-26 victory at Madison East. Amber Fry swept the hurdles, and senior Alli Calkins won two individual events and a relay to lead the girls to a 114-21 win.

“We did really well tonight, and as a team, were starting to learn and grow,” Craig boys coach Jeff Deininger said. “We’re gearing up for the Cougar Relays and were trying some new things, and it went really well.”

Newson won the 110 hurdles in 17.51 seconds and the 300 in 46.0. In the field, he took the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet 6.5 inches.

“He’s one of our up-and-coming guys, and he’s worked so hard,” Deininger said. “So it’s really fun to see him do well.”

Alec McCann won both the 800 (2:07.4) and the 1,600 (4:50), and Craig swept the relay events.

On the girls side, the only event the Cougars didn’t win was the high jump, where they didn’t enter any athletes.

Fry won the 100 hurdles in 17.87 and the 300 in 53.20.

Calkins won the long jump and the triple jump, and she anchored the Cougars’ winning 1,600 relay team.

“Even with terrible weather, we still had great performances,” Craig girls coach Brad Troeger said. “We swept the shot put and did fairly well in the discus, even though they were throwing in a rainstorm.”

Craig hosts the Cougar Relays at Monterey Stadium at 4 p.m. Friday.

“We’ve got some big teams coming in, and they are teams we don’t typically see,” Deininger said. “This wll be a fun meet.”

Verona sweeps Parker—Parker’s Bree Porter won the 100 hurdles and the triple jump Tuesday night, but Verona edged the Vikings, 75-66, in a Big Eight Conference girls dual at Monterey Stadium.

The Wildcats boys team topped the Vikings 86-60 to earn the sweep.

“We’ve got great competitors out there, and I didn’t hear much complaining (about the weather),” Parker coach Kristin Collins said. “Our 4x400 relay, which is the last event, Hanna Rainiero came out and ran an incredible leg. I’ve got girls that want to compete, and they don’t care if it’s raining.”

Porter easily won the triple with a distance of 32 feet 6 inches, and she won the 100 hurdles in 17.4 seconds.

Senior Chantel Rogers won the 800 in 2:35.8 and Aleigh Cook took the 3,200 in 14:06.8. Parker swept both events.

On the boys side, Parker’s David Green won both the 800 (2:11.5) and the 1,600 (4:55.0), while T.J. Steinke won the discus (151 feet 1 inch) and the shot put (44-9.75).

“David has really been working hard, so I’m really happy for him,” Parker boys coach Dick Schuh said. “He had a nice night, considering the conditions and everything.

“And T.J. Steinke had a good night. That might be his best discus this year.”

Schuh said a couple of his team members were banged up, with the Vikings looking ahead to Friday’s Cougar Relays at Monterey. Both teams will compete there.

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