Agnew looks to share his wealth at state meet
Spencer Agnew would love nothing better than to share the wealth at the WIAA state track and field meet this weekend.
The Fort Atkinson High School senior has run the gamut of state running events.
He’s collected three straight conference cross country titles and competed in four state cross country meets. The highlight was finishing fourth at Wisconsin Rapids to cap his cross-country career last fall.
Now, Agnew looks for a similar successful finish to his high school track and field career.
Agnew will compete in the Division 1 1,600 and 3,200 individual events. He also will join seniors Jacob Enslin, Marc Erickson and junior Sam Fitzgerald in the 3,200 relay.
The relay and 3,200 individual race are both set for Friday afternoon, with the 1,600 set for Saturday.
Agnew’s coach, Dennis Schwedrsky, said dropping Agnew from the relay team to allow him to concentrate on the individual 1,600 and 3,200 races never was discussed.
“That is not the kind of person he is,” Schwedrsky said of Agnew. “He’s very much a team guy. The relay is probably more important to him because there are three other guys involved.”
Agnew’s sectional qualifying time in the 1,600 (4:23.38) ranks 10th best in the field. Port Washington’s Evan Ross tops the qualifying list of 4:14.56.
His 3,200 time (9:29.37) ranks fourth. Tomah’s Derek Storkel has the fastest with 9:23.04.
Fort’s 3,200 relay team is 18th on the list of qualifiers at 8:09.54. Arrowhead tops that list at 7:59.08.
This will be Agnew’s third trip to the state meet.
“We’ve structured the whole year around peaking this weekend,” said Schwedrsky.
Agnew will next competefor Marquette University, where he will be a distance runner in track and also run cross country.
“The kid is such a hard worker,” Schwedrsky said. “Spencer puts in his time. He will do whatever the coaches think he has to do, even if that means taking a week off in order to stay healthy.”
The Blackhawks’ other qualifier with a good chance to hit the podium in the girls competition is senior Kim LeRoy. She qualified for the 300 intermediate hurdles with a sectional time of 48.04.
East Troy’s time to shine
The East Troy combination of Tia Nowak and Jasmine Haines will give the Trojans a good chance for points, maybe even a state title or two, in the Division 2 girls competition.
Arcadia’s Maya Vazquez is the one to conquer for both Nowak and Haines.
Haines takes the second-fastest sectional qualifying time into the 200 with a 25.91. Vazquez has the fastest qualifying time of 24.97.
Nowak has the sixth-fastest qualifying time in the 400 at 58.93. Vazquez also is the No. 1 qualifier in that event at 56.63.
“I don’t think Tia has lost a 400 race all season,” said East Troy coach Eric Sulik. “Plus, she fell just four inches short of qualifying in the long jump. She is a tremendous athlete and works hard.
“She lays it all out there,” Sulik said of the standout junior. “In my 10 years of coaching, I haven’t met a kid who is more competitive and more classy.”
In addition, Nowak is a member of both the 1,600 and 3,200 East Troy relay teams that will compete at state.
Haines and Nowak will be joined by Brooksie Loth and Meghan Valentine in the 1,600 relay team. The Trojans qualified in 4:03.33, which ranks just behind No. 1-seed Arcadia (4:03.28).
Nowak will join Alyssa Duncan, Katie Isleb and Valentine on the 3,200 team that comes in with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of 9:45.52.
Haines, a junior, has put up a couple of faster splits than even Nowak in relay races.
“She is also hard-working and has shown some leadership this year,” Sulik said. “Our 800 relay team (which has the 11th-fastest seed time) has a freshman and sophomore on it, and Jasmine have helped them fit in the group.”