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Parker boys shine in regional track and field

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 20, 2008
— Janesville Parker High School’s boys track and field team saved its best for last.

Competing at Monterey Stadium for the final time this season, the Vikings captured the WIAA Division 1 regional title Monday night.


Parker scored 114 points and advanced 11 individual and three relays to Thursday’s Burlington Sectional. The top four finishers in each event qualify for the sectional meet.


Verona was second in boys competition with 111, while Janesville Craig was fourth with 94. The Cougars will send nine individuals and one relay on to the sectional. Milton was fifth, with five individuals and three relays advancing.


The Verona girls ran away with their team title. The Wildcats scored 138.33 points, while Parker was a distant second at 116. The Vikings, led by three first-place finishes from Shelby Demos, advance nine individuals and two relays.


Craig, behind senior Nikki Scieszinski, finished sixth. The Cougars advanced seven individuals and one relay.


Riley Grafft and Cody Speaker led the Parker boys to victory. Grafft cleared 6-5 to win the high jump, while Speaker won the pole vault at 12-6.


“I thought our kids really battled tonight and came up big,” Parker boys coach Joe Dye said. “This was the last chance for some of these kids to compete down here, and they really stepped up.


“I think everybody got through (to sectional) that we expected to, and that wasn’t easy because there were a lot of really good athletes here.”


The Craig boys got wins from JoJo Pregont in the long jump, Greg Pedersen in the discus and Joe Kennedy in the 400, along with the 3,200-meter relay team of Kennedy, Ryan Ahrens, Alex Crandall and Matt McDonald.


Demos continued her stellar season. The junior won three events, including the high jump, where she cleared 5-4 to remain unbeaten on the season. She also picked up wins in the 100 high hurdles (15.65) and the 300 low hurdles (46.94).


Scieszinski, who battled a flu bug at the Big Eight Conference meet last Tuesday, was in top shape at the regional meet. The senior won the 200 (27.24) and the 400 (1:01.44) and also helped the 1,600 relay team advance.


“We’ve had a really tough year with injuries, so it was a least nice to get Nikki back at close to full strength tonight,” Craig girls coach Mark Marsden said. “She makes a big difference for us because we can use her in a quite a few different events.


“Abby (Mayer) is also vaulting the best she has all season, so that’s a good sign, too.”


Mayer won the pole vault by clearing 9-6.


The top three finishers in each event at the sectional meet qualify for state in Division 1.



Division 1 girls


Parker Regional


TEAM SCORES


Sectional qualifiers in parentheses


Verona (12 and 4 relays) 138.33, Janesville Parker (9 and 2) 116, Sun Prairie (8 and 4) 106, Stoughton (8) and Oregon (6 and 2) 82, Janesville Craig (7 and 2) 76, Beloit Memorial (3 and 2) 41, Fort Atkinson (2) 31.33, Milton (1) 30.33.


SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS


Top four advance to Burlington Sectional


100—1. Felicia Carlson (BM), 12.74; 2. Shanna Beckwith (V), 13.24; 3. Ally Wirkus (JC), 13.44; 4. MacKenzie Bauer (ST) 13.64.


200—1. Nikki Scieszinski (JC), 27.24; 2. Chelsea Williams (O), 27.34; 3. Claire Fleming (St), 27.74; 4. Mia Metcalf (JC), 28.04.


400—1. Nikki Scieszinski (JC), 1:01.44; 2. Latrice Pritchard (BM) 1:02.64; 3. Caroline Shea (JC), 1:03.04; 4. Erica Hietsman (JP), 1:03.44.


800—1. Megan Beers (Oregon), 2:19.24; 2. Morgan Engelhart (O), 2:22.24; 3. Taylor McMillan (St), 2:22.54; 4. Liz Berkholz (SP), 2:23.24.


1,600—1. Emma Spoon (V), 5:16.94; 2. Megan Beers (O), 5:17.04; 3. Kiah Ehrke (ST), 5:17.14; 4. Nicole Kollman (V), 5:17.74.


3,200—1. Kiah Ehrke (St), 11:23.24; 2. Micaela Magsamen (FA), 11:36.54; 3. Emma Spoon (V), 11:39.54; 4. Amanda Walker (SP), 11:41.84.


100 high hurdles—1. Shelby Demos (JP), 15.65; 2. Niki Parker (V), 15.74; 3. Cassie Niles (JP), 16.74; 4. Amanda Belden (JP), 17.04.


300 low hurdles—1. Shelby Demos (JP), 46.94. 2. Brianna Bower (ST), 48.44; 3. Kim LeRoy (FA), 48.54; 4. Caylie O’Neil (V) 49.64.


400 relay—1. Beloit, 49.44; 2. Parker, 50.84; 3. Sun Prairie, 50.94; 4. Verona, 51.44.


800 relay—1. Sun Prairie, 1:46.24. 2. Parker, 1:47.74. 3. Verona, 1:48.34. 4. Beloit, 1:48.74.


1,600 relay—1. Sun Prairie, 4:06.74; 2. Verona, 4:09.24; 3. Oregon, 4:16.74; 4. Craig, 4:18.14.


3,200 relay—1. Sun Prairie, 10:04.64; 2. Verona, 10:07.44; 3. Oregon, 10:28.24; 4. Craig, 10:30.14.


Shot put—1. Toywonia Jones (SP), 40-4; 2. Nana Asante (V), 35-10; 3. Tasha Randall (M), 33-11; 4. Alyssa Chase (SP), 32-11.


Discus—1. Amanda Spencer (V), 121-6; 2. Erika Moen (JP), 117-2; 3. Alyssa Chase (SP), 114-3; 4. Desiree Metcalf (JC), 112-5.


High jump—1. Shelby Demos (JP), 5-4; 2. Brooke Richardson (V), 5-2; Cari Hanson (O), 5-2; 4. Eva Greenwalt (V), 5-2.


Long jump—1. Eva Greenwalt (V), 16-7; 2. Brianna Bower (ST), 16-4; 3. Kelsey Zwaga (V), 15-10; 4. Brittany Gibbs (SP), 15-9.


Triple jump—1. Brittany Gibbs (SP), 33-8; 2. Brianna Bower (St), 33-6; 3. Latrice Pritchard (B), 33-5; 4. Erika Whitson (JP), 32-7.


Pole vault—1. Abby Mayer (JC), 9-6; 2. Katelyn Presti (JP), 9-6; 3. Liz Berkholtz (SP), 9-0; 4. Rhonda Walsh (O), 9-0.



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