Warriors seize their Big East day

Large-led Ozaukee girls race to conference track title; Dorrler gives boys’ team a boost with four individual wins

SENIOR GAVIN DORRLER was a one-man scoring machine for the Ozaukee boys’ track and field team at the Big East Conference meet, winning four individual titles. He placed first in the 200-meter dash, 400 dash, high jump and long jump, providing the bulk of the Warriors’ 46 points. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Ozaukee girls’ track and field team raced and threw its way to a Big East Conference title at Oostburg on Monday.

The Warriors scored 145.5 points to easily beat out two-time defending champion Hilbert for the crown in the 13-team meet.

“They beat a tough and well-coached conference,” Ozaukee coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

The Warriors’ Elise Large won three events: the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 28.79 seconds, 1,600 run (5:27.28) and 3,200 run (12:26.87).

Ozaukee’s Caryn Hamm beat out school record holder Emma Richards in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 36 feet, 4.25 inches. Richards was second at 35-4.

In the discus, Richards, who also holds the school record in that event, won with a 124-7 toss.

The Warriors also got a first from the 1,600 relay of Ashlee Mueller, Allison Stahl, Amy Hoffmann and Becca Schauer (4:27.18).

Delanie McFadden took second for Ozaukee in the 100 dash (12.78) and 200 dash (26.12). Both times were personal bests.

The Warriors’ Kelley Large was second in the 3,200 run (12:49) and third in the 1,600 (a personal-best 5:45.51).

Three Ozaukee relays had runner-up finishes.

The team of Stahl, Rachel Liermann, Brianna Bustamant and Schauer took second in the 400 relay (56.6) and 800 relay (1:55.1), as did the 3,200 relay of Mueller, Greta Klas, Hoffmann and Jenna Schueller (10:40.39).

Placing fourth were Hamm in the discus (104-9) and Schueller in the 800 run (2:39.4).

Fifth-place finishes came from McFadden in the 400 dash (a personal-best 1:07.41) and Hoffmann in the 1,600 run (5:54.25).

Liermann took sixth in the long jump (13-11.5), Schueller was seventh in the 3,200 run (13:49.42) and Mueller was eighth in the long jump (13-6.5).

“It was a total team effort to pull off the win. With only 16 girls on our roster, we have to have everyone perform well, and our girls did just that,” Pfeuffer said.

“We will continue to follow our small but mighty motto heading into the (WIAA) regionals and sectionals next week as we look to send as many athletes to state as possible.”

A small Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ team took 10th with 12 points.

Karen Ibarra ran a smart race placed second in the 800 with a personal-best 2:33.52, Rockets coach Eric Teunissen said.

The 400 relay of Ibarra, Georgie Isken, Greta Beernink and Allison Wieberdink took fifth (a season-best 57.92).

The rest of his team continues to improve, said Teunissen, noting that several Rockets had personal-best records but didn’t qualify for the finals.

Dorrler shines for Warrior boys

Ozaukee took sixth place in the boys’ portion of the Big East Conference meet at Oostburg on Monday, mostly thanks to one athlete.

Senior Gavin Dorrler won four events to score the bulk of the Warriors’ 46 points.

Pfeuffer said he thinks Dorrler might be the first Ozaukee athlete to win four individual titles in a single conference meet.

Kohler ran away with the boys’ title with 154.5 points, and Oostburg was second with 109.

Dorrler won the 200-meter dash (23.3), 400 dash (a personal-record 52.88), high jump (6 feet) and long jump (season-best 21-5.25).

Ozaukee’s Trent Simpson was sixth in the high jump (5-4), and Matthew Baldwin was eighth in the 200 dash (24.87).

The Warriors’ 3,200 relay of Baldwin, Hayden Rice, Elijah Bayer and Samuel Schubert placed eighth (9:14.96).

“With having a small roster of 11 boys and a difficult conference, we showed that we can still compete with the best,” Pfeuffer said.

“We have a big learning curve with a lot of our guys being new to track this year and getting used to a conference atmosphere. They did well.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium scored 26 points on the strength of two victories from school record holder Stephen Lavey.

The senior won the 1,600 run (4:28.96) and 3,200 run (9:41.82). He ran faster in the second half of each race.

“Stephen finished very strong in each,” Rockets coach Eric Teunissen said.

A.J. Schaefer took fifth in the 110 hurdles (18.05) and seventh in the long jump (18-7.25).

Several other Rockets didn’t make the finals but set personal-best marks as they continue to improve, Teunissen said.

Ozaukee next competes at a Division 3 regional in Pardeeville on Monday, May 21. The sectional meet is Thursday, May 24, at Hilbert.

Also on May 21, Cedar Grove-Belgium will participate in a Division 2 regional at New Holstein, before a sectional meet Thursday, May 24, at Freedom.

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