Whitewater Whippets toss weight around
In the WIAA Division 2 sectional here Thursday night at Whitewater High, the Whippets’ senior thrower shattered the school and facility record in the discus and followed that up with a title in the shot put.
Afterward, Minett wanted to talk about practice.
“I was able to do this today because of all the practice I put in,” the 6-foot, 215-pound Minett said. “I always want to get in one more throw. I’m never ready to quit practicing to try to be the best.”
Minett was quick to credit Mother Nature for his wind-assisted 178-foot, 9-inch launch in the discus, more than 15 feet longer than the facility mark.
“What a perfect day to do it,” said Minett. “It was nice and sunny. and the wind was at my back.”
Minett won the shot put with a 55-foot heave.
Whitewater’s boys won the sectional with 91 points, 34 more than second-place Waukesha Catholic Memorial. Clinton’s 32 points were good for sixth.
The Whitewater girls took seventh with 37 points, while Milwaukee Lutheran cruised to a team title with 79.50 points. Lakeside Lutheran was runner-up with 50.
The throws were two of nine events in which the Whippet boys finished in the top four to qualify for next weekend’s state meet at La Crosse. The Whitewater girls had four top-four finishes, all in field events.
Whitewater sophomore Molly Griep won the shot put with a 42-foot throw and advanced by placing fourth in the discus (107-7). She placed 15th and 12th in the events, respectively, at last year’s state meet.
Kim Stonewerth and Shaundra Rasmussen of the Whippets will team up to attack the pole vault at state, finishing first (10-9) and third (9-6), respectively.
Whitewater senior Tony Floyd swept the hurdles events. He ran a nearly clean 14.69 in the 110 and now hopes to improve on his fifth-place showing at last year’s state meet. Floyd won the 300 by nearly a full second at 39.76.
His classmate, Jacob Dennis-Oehling, finished second in the 100 dash. His time of 10.99 seconds was one-hundredth slower than the facility record, but nearly a quarter of a second slower than that of Racine St. Catherine’s Mike Miller. Dennis-Oehling, the defending 200 dash state champ, evened the score by winning the 200 in 22.07 seconds.
Whitewater’s Tony Bilderback will get a shot at improving on his bronze in the triple jump at last year’s state meet. The 6-3 senior went 45 feet, 9 inches in the preliminaries to place second.
About two hours later, he held off three challengers in the homestretch of the 800-meter relay to secure second place at 1:34.23, just a quarter of a second faster than fifth-place Milwaukee Lutheran. Nick Romani ran the first leg before Zach Adkinson momentarily took over first in the second 200 meters. But Adkinson’s handoff to Jason Knilans made Bilderback’s heart beat a bit faster.
“I was a little worried about the handoff before mine,” said Bilderback. “It was a little extended, so I knew I was going to run a good race. And it was one hell of a race.”
Bilderback, Dennis-Oehling, Floyd and Dawson Miller edged Waukesha Memorial to win the 1,600 relay at 3:23.27.
While Bilderback can’t wait to get to La Crosse next weekend, he took an extra moment to savor the last meet he’d run on his home track,
“I love running here; it’s the best,” Bilderback said, “and we’ve got the best crowd around.”