Craig beats Parker, Beloit in Big Eight track tri
JANESVILLE--Ian Reinicke figures he’s competing at about 80 percent.
The Janesville Craig junior and two-time state track qualifier is still recovering from a torn meniscus and a pulled hamstring.
Tuesday night at Monterey Stadium, Reinicke got a little healthier.
Reinicke won the long jump and triple jump to lead the Cougars to Big Eight Conference wins over Janesville Parker and Beloit Memorial. Craig beat Parker, 90-56, and Beloit, 98-94. Parker beat Beloit, 94-52.
Craig also swept on the girls side. The Cougars beat Parker, 80-65, and raced past Beloit, 87-57. Parker defeated Beloit, 92-45.
Reinicke won the long jump at 20 feet, 6 inches and added a win in triple jump at 42-3.
Although conditions were less than ideal for competing Tuesday, Reinicke is happy with the progress he is making health-wise.
“It’s been horrible since October,” Reinicke said of his injuries, which started with a torn meniscus. About the time that was finally healing, he pulled his hamstring. “But it hasn’t been too bad lately.
“I’m hoping to be close to 100 percent by the conference meet (Tuesday), and if not then, definitely by the regional meet.”
Senior Tom Gabower also won two events for the Cougars, as the senior captured the 100- and 400-meter runs.
Craig’s Evan Lalor dominated the distance races. The senior won the 1,600 in 4:38.5 and the 3,200 in 10:28.3.
“In a meet like this, the relays can really make a difference score-wise, and they did tonight,” Craig boys coach Jeff Deininger said. “We won all four of them.”
T.J. Steinke won two events for the Parker boys. The senior and South Dakota University football recruit won the discus with a throw of 150-0 and the shot put with a personal-best throw of 48-1.
Steinke is currently ranked in the top 15 in the state in discus, but he was more pleased with his shot put effort.
“I’ve been pretty consistent in discus all year, with most of my throws over 150,” Steinke said. “But every time I step in that ring, you’re competing against yourself, so that’s why today’s throw in shot put was so important. It brought me one step closer to my goal.
“I know I’m capable of throwing over 170 in the discus, while 50 feet is my goal in shot put, and I’m getting closer.”
The Craig girls won twice thanks to outstanding depth up and down the lineup. The Cougars got wins from Alli Calkins in the high jump, Gabrielle Geller in the 400, Emily Meister in the 800, Jessie Larson in discus and Courtney Pohlman in pole vault. Pohlman matched a personal-best by clearing 10-6.
Mandy Slaback led the Parker girls. The senior won the 1,600 and the 3,200, as well as running on the victorius 3,200 relay team.
Parker’s Brecklyn Skaleski set a personal best by leaping 16 feet in winning the long jump.