Move to track pays dividends for Hartman
If things had worked out as planned four years ago, Tailor Hartman would have been out to get the Orfordville Parkview High baseball team to the state tournament.
Instead, Hartman will spend Friday and Saturday in La Crosse, competing in the WIAA state track and field meet.
The senior qualified for the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Parkview coach Shane Suehring saw Hartman’s quickness four years ago when Hartman played for Suehring on the freshman basketball team.
Suehring wanted Hartman to go out for track, but the youngster wanted to play baseball.
But early in his freshman season, Hartman was struck in the eye with a batted ball. He left baseball and has been a sprinter for the Vikings in every spring since.
Last year, he just missed qualifying for the state meet in the 100 and 200. This year, he made it in both.
“He has a good shot to get in the finals in both events,” Suehring said. “He ran his slowest time almost of all season in the 100 (11.3 in the sectional). I don’t know if it was the weather or track or whatever.
“I’m confident he can get back down in the 11.1 range in the 100.
“I’d love to see him on the podium for all the work he has put in,” Suehring said.
Whippet boys eye title
Whitewater High’s boys hope to be in the photo when the Division 2 team title is announced Saturday afternoon.
Based on the team’s qualifying seeds, the Whippets could score 63 team points. Last year, Wautoma/Faith Christian Academy earned the Division 2 boys title with 35.
The Whitewater boys have a number of athletes who could be standing on the awards podium at La Crosse.
Senior Jacob Dennis-Oehling defends his 200-meter dash title. He registered the fastest sectional time at 22.07.
He also competes in the 100, where he has the third-highest qualifier, Freedom’s Aaron Kiecker, by 14½ feet.
Minett also could medal in the shot put, where he has the third-best qualifying distance of 55 feet.
Whippet senior Tony Floyd is a threat to finish high both hurdle events. Floyd has the fastest qualifying time in the 110 high hurdles (14.69) and fourth-fastest qualifying time in the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.76).
Whitewater senior Tony Bilderback goes into the triple jump with the second-best qualifying distance at 45-9.25.
The Whippets also have teams in the 800- and 1,600-meter relay events.
Other area threats
-- The Whitewater boys don’t have a monopoly on the school’s state contenders.
On the girls’ side, Whippet sophomore Molly Griep has the top qualifying distance in the shot put at 42-0.25.
Whitewater junior Kim Stonewerth is a contender for the Division 2 girls pole vault title with the second-highest qualifying height of 10-9. Dani Vetesnik of Richland Center is the No. 1 qualifier at 11-0.
-- East Troy senior Cory Zaeske will be busy in La Crosse, competing in three Division 2 events.
Zaeske has the third-fastest qualifying time in the 400 at 50.73. In the competitive 200, he starts next to Dennis-Oehling in the second preliminary heat. Less than one second separates 17 of the 18 qualifiers in that event.
Zaeske also will be in the high jump.
-- Jasmine Haines is another East Troy senior with high aspirations for the weekend after finishing second in the 200 dash last year.
Haines has the third fastest-qualifying times in both the 200 (25.48) and 400 (58.23). Deysha Smith-Jenkins of Whitefish Bay Dominican has the fastest qualifying time in the 200 (24.99), while Arcadia’s Maya Vazquez has the top qualifying time in the 400 (57.24).
-- Brodhead/Juda’s Shannon Klein has the second-fastest qualifying time in the 400 (58.12).
-- Lake Geneva Badger senior Justin Bowers could conclude his high school athletic career with a gold medal.
The talented Bowers leads the Division 1 long-jump field with his qualifying distance of 23-1, and has the top long jump in the state this year at 23-10. A jump in the 23-feet plus range should put him in line for the state title.
Bowers also is a member of Badger 400 relay team with Wes Aranda, Jarek Kunz and Connor Kotula that had the second-fastest qualifying time of 42.82. Milwaukee Riverside has the fastest time of 42.65.
Bowers also is in the 200 field with a time of 22.5. Bay Port’s Zachary Thelen has the fastest 200 qualifying time of 21.97.
-- Bowers’ teammate, Kunz, is in the Division 1 triple jump competition with the third-best qualifying jump. The senior qualified with a leap of 45-8, even though he has battling through a deep heel bruise since landing wrong on a jump in April.
-- Badger High’s Megan Mulligan will be busy, but she will be done in a hurry at the state meet.
Mulligan qualified for the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events.
The Badger junior speedster qualified in the 100 in 12.98, the 200 in 26.59, and the 400 in 1:00.29.
-- Clinton senior Andy Moen has the third-best qualifying distance in the Division 2 long jump. His sectional jump of 21-5.5 is better only by Tyler Hilar of Northland Pines (22-1.75) and Southern Door’s Alex Tassoul (21-6.75).
-- Moen’s Cougar teammate, junior Kevin Kitzman, ranks right behind Whitewater’s Minett in the shot put. Kitzman’s sectional distance of 53-8 is the fourth-best put.
-- Elkhorn’s Dan Sullivan qualified for state in the 800 and 1,600. The senior has the second-fastest seed time in the 1,600 (4:17.17) and the seventh-fastest in the 800 (1:57:38).
-- Skyler O’Laughlin of the Elks is in the tough field in the Division 1 boys high jump. The Elkhorn senior, who set the school record during the regular season, qualified with a height of 6-4. Two jumpers, Milwaukee King’s Nick Hughes and Homestead’s Danny Schiller, cleared 6-10 at sectionals.
-- Palmyra-Eagle’s Richelle Ranney takes the second-best qualifying height in the Division 2 girls high jump at 5-4.
-- Clinton Laura Popanz has the third-fastest qualifying time Division 2 girls 100 at 11.33.
She also earned a spot in the 200 as an extra qualifier.