Craig boys net five champs at track and field regionals

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VERONA--The Janesville Craig boys track and field team produced five WIAA regional champions Tuesday night.

Junior Ian Reinicke won the triple jump and finished third in the long jump, as area athletes competed to finish in the top four and qualify for Friday's Janesville Parker Sectional at Monterey Stadium.

The Cougars, who sent 13 athletes or relays on to sectionals, finished second as a team with 113 points. Verona won with 150.

Parker, which qualified six, was sixth, Beloit (six qualifiers) seventh, Milton (three qualifiers) eighth and Delavan-Darien (one qualifier) ninth.

Craig senior Alec McCann won the 800-meter run in 2:01.28. Senior Evan Lalor took the mile run in 4:38.56.

In relays, Craig captured titles in both the 400- and 3,200-meter events and qualified all four of its teams for sectionals.

Parker found success in the throws, with senior T.J. Steinke winning both the shot put and discus. He threw 46-9.25 in shot and 147-6 in discus to move on.

On the girls side, regional champions Bree Porter, Mandy Slaback and Brecklyn Skaleski led a group of nine Janesville Parker individuals and relay teams that advanced to Friday's Parker Sectional..

Porter and Skaleski finished in the top four at two events in Verona, and the Vikings finished fifth with 73.5 points. Craig, with five qualifiers, was sixth with 56. Beloit (seven qualifiers) took third and Milton (one qualifier) took eighth. Stoughton captured the regional title with 138 points.

Porter, a sophomore, took the crown in the 100 hurdles in 15.48 seconds and also qualified in the 300 hurdles, finishing third in 48.18.

Skaleski, a senior, won the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet and also qualified in the long jump by finishing third.

Slaback, a junior, won the 3,200-meter run in 12:11.10.

Craig's lone regional champ was senior Courtney Pohlman, who tied for first in pole vault at 10 feet.

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