The Shorewood boys track team is the defending WIAA State Division 2 champion, but the Greyhounds did something on April 8 that they haven't done since 2000 when they claimed the Woodland Conference East Division Indoor meet at Brown Deer.
"I'm 15 years at Shorewood, and nine or 10 as boys track coach, but I'm pretty sure this is our first conference title since then," coach Dominic Newman said. "I had to check with Tim Kenney (the old Greyhounds distance master before Newman took over some years ago), and he said that was right.
"The funny thing was, was that the guys didn't seem as excited. They're more geared towards (WIAA) sectional and state. I don't think they realize the significance of this. We've had a few of those (regional and sectionals) but rarely have we had anything in between like this.
"We're Shorewood. We'll take any win we can get."
The host Falcons finished fourth in the six-team event, the capper of the indoor season for both teams.
Distancing the Rockets
Shorewood won the meet with 109 points as South Milwaukee was second with 95 and Brown Deer fourth with 62-2/3 points. This is the first year that the Woodland split the two divisions for the league indoor. They will combine for later meets.
"And I compared our results to the Western Division meet and we would have been pretty competitive there too," said Newman.
The Greyhounds were led by their distance crew as Sam Shields won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 8.66 seconds) while Jack Mauer was third (2:09.64) and Charlie Stahl (4:37.4) and Jacob Goldberg (4:39.31) went one-two, respectively, in the 1,600.
Sam Kuhlmann built on his victory in the 3,200 at the Madison West Relays on April 5 by coming back and bettering his time in claiming that race again in 9:51.99.
Filling in at relay
In addition, the 4x800 relay team of Kuhlmann, Shields, Mayan Essak and Mauer also turned in a victory with a clocking of 8:40.23. Kuhlmann, who was filling in for an ill teammate in the relay and who had rarely run the 800-meter distance before this night, turned in a fine split of 2:07, said Newman.
"He's one of my nominees for performer of the meet," Newman said. Newman also noted that the state 4x400 record relay member Goldberg is starting to run better after battling some nagging injuries and that Stahl continues his steady run of strong races.
Also earning a trip to the top of the podium was Taylor Dennis in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Other top efforts for the Greyhounds included the following: 800—Essak, fifth (2:11.9). 1,600—Johnnie Papineau, fourth (4:45.08). 3,200—Stahl, fourth (10:17.16); and Papineau, fifth (10:55.43). 55 hurdles—Olajuwon Cawthon, fifth (8.56). Four-lap relay, fourth (1:21.34). 4x400 relay—fourth (3:53.5). High jump—Jake Woyak, second (5-8); Max Gietzen, third (5-7). Pole vault—Ari Schermer, second (10-6).
For Brown Deer, Zack Baun continued his strong spring by winning the 200 in 24.42 and the high jump (6-4) while also taking second in the 55 dash (6.77). Jamar Manning took second in the shot put (43-7).
Other good finishes by event included the following: 55 dash—Kalvin Wiley, fourth (6.92). 200—Wiley, fourth (24.86). 55 hurdles—Nick Coleman, fourth (8.48). 4x800 relay—third (9:02.84). High jump—Nyles Williams, fourth (5-4). Pole vault—Jerry McDaniel and Gerry Giles, fourth (tie, 9-6).
Newman said that the new Brown Deer Novak Family Fieldhouse facility, which was hosting its first indoor conference meet, "was just beautiful."
Shorewood will take a distance medley relay while the girls will send Haley and Morgan Florsheim in selected distance races to this weekend's Kansas Relays.
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