Badger boys favored to repeat
Whitewater High’s boys and girls track and field program dominated the Southern Lakes Conference before joining the Rock Valley in the 2008-09 school year.
That opened the door for Lake Geneva Badger, which swept the boys and girls Southern Lakes titles last year.
With a number of sprinters and jumpers returning, the Badger High boys will be favored to repeat Tuesday night in the Southern Lakes meet Elkhorn.
The girls team race figures to be wide open, with Badger, Waterford and Westosha Central expected to battle it out for the top spot.
The Badger boys are well-represented on the Division 1 state honor roll. Justin Bowers is the top-ranked long jumper in the state after soaring 23 feet, 10 inches in a dual meet, and the senior also has the sixth-fastest time in the state in the 200 (22.33).
Badger senior Jarek Kunz jumped 46-1 to rank third in the triple jump, while Wes Aranda and Bowers rank third (10.70) and fourth (10.72), respectively, in the 100.
Badger’s 400-meter relay team ranks sixth in the state with a time of 43.74.
Trevor York, a Badger junior, is the defending Southern Lakes champion in the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Elkhorn’s boys will be led by Dan Sullivan, the defending conference champion in the 1,600 and the 3,200. Senior high jumper Skyler O’Laughlin ranks in the top 10 in the state after clearing 6-5.
Junior Megan Mulligan leads the Badger girls. Mulligan is the defending champion in the 100 and 200.
Tuesday’s competition begins at 4:30 p.m.
Monroe boys, girls may face stronger challenges this time
The Monroe Cheesemakers swept the boys and girls team titles at last year’s Badger South Conference track and field meet.
Can the Monona Grove boys, or the Stoughton girls, dethrone the Cheesemakers?
The answer will come Tuesday night at Stoughton.
Milton High boys and girls coach Jeff Bachinski said Monroe remains the team to beat—in both the boys and girls—but insists the Cheesemakers will be tested.
“A lot of our kids don’t compete in varsity events during the dual meet season that they will at conference, or at the regional or sectional meet,” Bachinski said. “And I’m sure a lot of other schools do the same thing. That’s why it’s tough to tell from dual meets.
“Monroe has a strong program, year in and year out, but you never know what can happen at the conference meet.”
Bachinski thinks the Red Hawk boys have an excellent shot at finishing in the top three, while he’s hoping the girls team can finish in the upper half.
Milton’s boys are particularily strong in the sprints and relays, while the girls are led by Leah Devries, who qualified for the Division 1 state meet in shot put a year ago.
Fort Atkinson was fourth in both the boys and girls conference meet a year ago. Spencer Agnew won the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Blackhawks in 2009 but has graduated.