Clean sweep for Janesville Craig Cougars

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
— Tommy Meister and Brad Money provided high school track and field fans with the head-to-head competition they wanted to see Tuesday at Jacobson Field.

Craig High’s Meister and Parker’s Money battled neck-and-neck down the stretch in the 400-meter dash with Meister (50.61 seconds) nipping Money (50.63).

Craig’s boys and girls swept both Parker and Beloit Memorial in the final Big Eight Conference double dual of the regular season.

The Craig girls defeated Parker, 106-35, and Beloit,

98-43. The Parker girls downed Beloit, 77-63. Craig’s boys defeated Parker, 86-57, and Beloit 116-25. Parker’s boys defeated Beloit, 96-44.

While Meister and Money provided the down-to-the-wire thrill, Cougars senior Calvin Coleman went 45 feet, 10½ inches in the triple jump to break Cy Badertscher’s school record set only last season, and Parker’s Trever Steinke broke his own school mark in the shot put with a heave of 56-4.

Meanwhile, Parker’s Erik Albeck swept the 100 hurdles in 15.3 seconds and 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.1 seconds. Craig’s Ryan Kind won the 100 dash in 11.2 and the 200 in 22.89. Meister added a victory in the 800 in 1:59.0.

For the girls, Craig’s Katie Bagley won the 400 in 1:03.99 and the 800 in 2:32.0. The Cougars’ Ali Calkins won the long jump with a 16-10 leap and the triple jump with a 34-4 mark.

Meister, who is headed to Duke University, ran his first open 400 of the season, and it was a dandy.

“We came down the stretch even,” Meister said. “It was coming right down and I made it with at lunge at the tape.’’

Money thought both runners ran a good race,

“We went at it,” said Money, who is headed to Auburn. “I was pleased with my effort.’’

Parker coach Joe Dye congratulated Meister on his effort.

“You have to take your hat off to Meister,” Dye said. “He’s a great competitor. Both kids gave it their all, and they will see each other again.’’

The two met again in the 800, but Meister won (1:59.0) ahead of teammate Joe Sarow and Money finished third.

Dye also praised Craig for its winning effort, but added the Vikings have the conference meet and state qualifying to produce better performances.

That return match could be at next Tuesday’s Big Eight Conference meet in Sun Prairie.

“There is still conference and state,” Dye said. “They will work hard.’’

The Cougars’ Coleman nailed the triple jump record and thanked the graduated Badertscher for inspiration.

“He told me that if anyone broke his record, he hoped it would be me,” a smiling Coleman said. “He was a big help to me.’’

With the school record secured, Coleman is pointing toward bigger things.

“I’m going to try and get 46 (feet), and go to state,” he said.

Craig girls coach Mark Marsden was glad his team earned a victory over Parker.

“It’s still a big deal for them to defeat Parker,” said Marsden, who is retiring and coached his last Big Eight dual meet. “It’s a good a good prep for conference and state qualifying.’’


Event winners

100—M. Slatter (JC), 12.64; 200—Coleman (JC), 27.69; 400—Bagley (JC), 1:03.99; 800—Bagley (JC), 2:32.0; 1,600—M. Slaback (JC), 5:28; 3,200—Reinicke (JC), 12:08.

100 high hurdles—Arndt (JC), 17.95; 300 low hurdles—Johnson (B), 47.47.

400 relay—Craig, 52.31; 800 relay—Craig, 1:49; 1,600 relay—Parker, 4:28.5.

Shot put—Funk (JC), 37-6; Discus—Hartwig (JP), 99-0; High jump—Calkins (JC), 5-4; Long jump—Calkins (JC), 16-10; Triple jump—Calkins (JC), 34-4; Pole vault—Zeilinger (JP), 9-3.


Event winners

100—Ryan Kind (JC), 11.2; 200—Kind (JC), 22.89; 400—Meister (JC), 50.7; 800—Meister (JC), 1:59.0; 1,600—Spencer Hrycay (JC), 4:30.0; 3,200—Hrycay (JC), 9:40.0.

110 high hurdles—Erik Albeck (JP), 15.3; 300 intermediate hurdles—Albeck (JP), 40.1.

400 relay—Craig (Michael Whitaker, John Olson, Tre Hall, Tom Gabower), 45.5; 800 relay—Craig, (Gabower, Olson, Kind, Coleman), 1:30.5; 1,600—Parker, 3:27.0 (Sean Bohler, Noah Seichter, Ben Ramsdell, Brad Money), 3:27.0

Shot put—Trever Steinek (JP), 56-4 (school record); Discus—Trever Steinke (JP), 139-8; High jump—Bland (B) 5-8; Long jump—Calvin Coleman (JC), 21-4; Triple jump—Coleman (JC), 45-10½ (school record). Pole vault—

Jacob Wilson (JC), 13-0.

Last updated: 8:37 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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