A youthful Knights track team is off to a competitive start under the leadership of joint coach Chad Melotte.
"We're definitely a young team this year with many talented young athletes but we have leadership in our seniors," said Melotte. "We have experience and talent at the top in key returners like Jnana Martin (girls) and DeAnte and DeVante Coleman (boys) but are definitely going to be leaning on the young and talented underclassmen to contribute this year.
"Sophomore Katie Novak, fresh off her state cross country qualification in the fall, is anxious and ready to make the same step on the track. Overall I am am very excited about the season, especially to be returning the entire girls state qualifying 4 by 200-meter relay team from 2013 and the young group of boys and girls that we have. Now if the weather would just cooperate."
The boys were at the Wangerin Invitational on Wednesday while the girls were at the Lois Wolfe Invite on Tuesday. Both meets were at Whitefish Bay.
The boys will be at TFA State Indoor meet at UW-Whitewater on Saturday and then will close the indoor season at the North Shore Indoor meet at Cedarburg on Tuesday.
The girls will have an unusual schedule as they will be at the TFA meet too and then will open the outdoor season on Tuesday at the Lady Spartan Invite at Brookfield East before closing the indoor schedule with the NSC Indoor meet at Milwaukee Lutheran on April 10.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS TRACK
A young Highlanders squad performed well in taking second in Friday's Pam Kjono Invite in Manitowoc.
"The team had a solid performance across the board and received numerous medals," said coach John Krueger. "It was a very competitive meet with the top three teams separated by only four points. We were invite runners-up, which is very respectable for a 16-team meet, and a great step in our progress this season."
Medalists included Alex Lutz in the 55-meter dash, Grace Karegaennes in the 200 and 400, Allie Levin in the 800, Anna Keller in the 3,200, Leigh Berman in the pole vault, Elyssa Tracy in the pole vault and 55 hurdles, Nia Feaster in the triple jump, Monica Caputa in the long and triple, and all four relays placed in the top five.
They included the 4x160 (Lutz, Berman, Ellie Trau, Mary Kate Simon); 4x240 (Carolyn Rossman, Tori Puhl, Jenna Miller, Allison Fochs); 4x400 (Katie Wegmann, Miller, Fochs and Puhl); and 4x800 (Bella Stechshulte, Larissa Clopton, Katie Gebhardt and Olivia Gonzalez).
Tracy won the pole vault at 10 feet even and the 4x160 was also victorious in 1:32.73 while the 4x800 was second (11:10.78) as was Karegaennes in the 200 dash (28.41).
Homestead scored 92-12 points for its spot in the event that was won by Appleton North with 95 while Fond du Lac was third with 91.
The Highlanders will now be at the North Shore Conference Indoor meet at Milwaukee Lutheran on April 10.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SOFTBALL
The Blue Dukes took advantage of the best day of the early spring and opened the campaign on Monday, with a 14-3 nonconference home victory over Dominican.
In the game, Kenzie McElduss (winner) and Summer Koehn split the pitching duties. Dominican scored three runs in the first and then none after that point.
A seven-run second gave the Blue Dukes the lead for good as the team rapped out 13 hits.
Koehn also had three hits with a home run, a triple and four RBIs, while Amelia Flint had three hits.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS TRACK
Rhashad Gray turned in a state honor roll effort of 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump to lead the Blue Dukes to a victory in their own triangular meet on March 26.
Bay scored 107 points to dominate the meet as Wauwatosa East was second with 50.
Gray also won the 200-meter dash in 24.41 seconds.
Other victories for the Blue Dukes included Brady Wieland in the long jump (19-8 1/2), Ben Wallace in the pole vault (13-0), Adam Strehlow in the 55 high hurdles (8.06), Tommy Friesch in the 55 dash (6.91), state cross country qualifier George Papajohn in the 1,600 (4:51.76), Joe Pasbrig in the 400 (58.19), the four-lap relay (1:17.74), and the 4x400 relay (3:46.03).
The Blue Dukes hosted the Wangerin Invitational on Wednesday and now will look forward to the North Shore Conference Indoor on Tuesday at Cedarburg.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS TRACK
The Blue Dukes turned in many good performances in their own indoor triangular on March 26.
Bay, which hosted the Lois Wolf Invite on Tuesday, will now look forward to the North Shore Conference Indoor meet at Milwaukee Lutheran on April 10.
In the triangular meet, for which their were no team scores available, the Blue Dukes got firsts from Amelia Maradas in the long jump (15-7 1/2), the 4x800 relay (9:44.97), Kaitlyn Jackson in the 55 dash (7.79) and the 200 dash (28.67), Hannah Lyons in the 1,600 (5:33.7), Madeleine Yunker in the 400 (1:08.69), the four-lap relay (1:33.38), Sara Coffey in the 800 (2:29.3), and the 4x400 relay (4:41.0).
The Blue Dukes swept the first three spots in the 800 while Alana Blegen took a strong second to Tosa East's powerful Natalie Schudrowitz in the 3,200 with a clocking of 12:00.0.
HOMESTEAD BOYS TRACK
The Highlanders continued to show improvement in their second open meet of the year on March 25.
Matt Winters (6.98 seconds), Nick Allen (6.95), Chris Mueller (6.93) and Matt Swensen (6.98) all turned in fine times in the 55-meter dash.
Blake Leeson (8.53) and Vincent Wilkerson (8.57) turned in solid times in the 55 high hurdles. In the high jump, Elijah Triggs cleared 5-10 while in the long jump Leeson went 20-2. John Marita had a representative shot put at 44-0.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz
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