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Mixed results: La Crosse usually has surprises

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 29, 2008
— Dave Lehmann has been to enough WIAA state track and field meets to know that seeds and times aren’t always the most accurate measuring sticks.

The Janesville Parker High School girls coach says the state meet tends to bring out the best—and sometimes the worst—in certain athletes.


“You never assume anything at the state meet,” Lehmann said. “I’ve seen plenty of athletes come into the state meet with the top time or the best jump, and when their event is over, they leave without a medal.


“A lot of times, athletes aren’t pushed during the year, and they think they’ll get to state and things will come easy. That’s not the case. You’re competing against the best in the state, and some athletes handle that better than others.”


Janesville will be well represented in the state meet. There will be three relays teams competing, as well as athletes in 15 individual events.


Janesville Parker’s Shelby Demos will be looking for a third straight trip to the medal stand in Division 1 high jump. The junior was fourth a year ago and is the top seed coming in. She cleared 5-6 at the sectional meet and cleared a personal-best 5-7 earlier in the year.


“The first goal is always to medal,” Lehmann said of Demos. “Realistically, I think she can clear 5-7, and 5-8 would be great. That would probably assure her of a medal and might be good enough to win.


“Shelby’s a competitor, and she’s done very well at state the last two years. I expect the same from her this year.”


The Vikings’ Riley Grafft is also looking for a second-straight medal in the high jump. The senior finished fourth a year ago after clearing 6-4, and has already cleared 6-7 this season.


Nick Cahill will also represent Parker in the triple jump, as well as the 800-meter relay team of Enio Filho-Perez, LaVell Hewlett, Cody St. Michael and Ryan Shelton. D’Merius Holbrook and Harold Lloyd will compete for Parker in the shot put.


JoJo Pregont leads the list of qualifiers for Janesville Craig. The junior qualified in three events—long jump, triple jump and high jump.


Craig’s 3,200-meter relay team of Ryan Ahrens, Matt McDonald, Alex Crandall and Joe Kennedy are seeded 11th in the event, but are less than four seconds behind the sixth-seeded team. The top six finishers in each event earn a medal. Ahrens, a senior, will also compete in the 1,600.


Greg Pedersen, a senior, qualified in the shot put for the Cougars, while senior Niki Scieszinski will be running in the 400 for the third year at state.


“Niki is really happy to get back in the 400 after making it as a freshman and sophomore,” Craig girls coach Mark Marsden said. “Her goal is to make it to the finals, and she has had some good workouts.’’


EVENT SCHEDULE

At Memorial Stadium, UW-La Crosse


Friday


DIVISION 1


FIELD EVENTS


(9:30 a.m.; all events final)


Discus (girls); High jump (boys/girls); Long jump (boys); Pole vault (girls), 10 a.m. starting time; Shot put (boys, 11 a.m. starting time); Triple jump (girls).


Note: 10 minutes of warm-up between flights; 10 minues of warm-ups between trials and finals.


TRACK EVENTS


There is no exact schedule. The first race is at 9:30 a.m., and the competition will proceed as indicated by this tentative schedule, with only the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs and 3,200 relay as finals. The rest are trials.


Girls 3,200 relay; Girls 100 high hurdles; Boys 110 high hurdles; Girls 100 dash; Boys 100 dash; Boys 1,600 run; Girls 800 relay;.Boys 800 relay; Girls 400 dash; Boys 400 dash; Girls 400 relay; Boys 400 relay; Girls 300 low hurdles; Boys 300 intermediate hurdles; Boys 800 run; Girls 200 dash; Boys 200 dash; Girls 3,200 run; Girls 1,600 relay; Boys 1,600 relay


DIVISION 2 & 3


FIELD EVENTS


(3 p.m. start; all events final)


Discus —Division 3 boys, followed by Division 2 boys; High jump—Division 2 and Division 3 girls; Long jump—Division 3 girls, followed by Division 2 girls; Pole vault—Division 2 and Division 3 boys, 3:15 p.m. start; Shot put—Division 2 girls, followed by Division 3 girls. Triple jump—Division 2 boys, followed by Division 3 boys.


TRACK EVENTS


(3 p.m. start)


There is no exact schedule. Competition will proceed as indicated by this tentative schedule, with only the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs and 3,200 relay are final. The rest are trials.


3,200 relay (Divisions 3/2 girls); 100/110 high hurdles (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys); 100 dash (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys); 1,600 run (Divisions 3/2 boys); 800 relay (Division 3/2 girls/boys); 400 dash (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys); 400 relay (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys); 300 high/intermediate hurdles (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys); 800 run (Divisions 3/2 boys); 200 dash (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys); 3,200 run (Divisions 3/2 boys); 1,600 relay (Divisions 3/2 girls/boys).


Saturday


FIELD EVENTS


(10:30 a.m. start; all events final)


Discus—Division 3 girls; 1 p.m. warm-up for Division 2, girls, Division 1 boys.


High jump—Division 2 boys, followed by Division 3 boys.


Long jump—Division 1 girls and Division 3 boys, followed by Division 2 boys.


Pole vault—Division 1 boys and Division 3 girls, followed by Division 2 girls.


Shot put—Division 1 girls and Division 2 boys ; 1 p.m. warm-up for Division 3 boys.


Triple jump—Division 1 boys and Division 2 girls, followed by Division 3 girls.


Note: 45-minute break between groups; 10 minutes of warm-ups between flights; 10 minutes of warm-ups between trials and finals.


TRACK EVENTS


(All divisions)


There is no exact schedule. The first race begins at 10:30 a.m., and the competition will proceed as indicated by this tentative schedule, with all events final. All events are final.


10:30 a.m.—Boys 3,200 relay. 11:30—Girls 100 high hurdles. 11:40—Boys 110 high hurdles. 11:50—Girls 100 dash. Noon—Boys 100 dash. 12:10 p.m.—Girls 1,600 run. 12:35—Girls 800 relay. 12:50—Boys 800 relay. 1—Girls 400 dash. 1:10—Boys 400 dash. 1:20—Girls 400 relay. 1:35—Boys 400 relay. 1:45—Girls 300 low hurdles. 1:55—Boys 300 intermediate hurdles. 2:10—Girls 800 run. 2:25—Girls 200 dash. 2:45—Boys 200 dash. 2:55—Boys 3,200 run. 3:30—Girls 1,600 relay. 3:50—Boys 1,600 relay


Note: Saturday’s finals will be run in the order of Divisions 3, 2, 1.


If high temperatures and/or humidity occur, the WIAA with advice from the state meet medical personnel may revise the track schedule to have the 3,200-meter run be the last event on Friday and Saturday.



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