Break in weather gives CB-Belgium boys chance to shine in home victory; girls take 3rd in their test
The Cedar Grove-Belgium boysâ€™ track and field team isnâ€™t at full strength yet, but you couldnâ€™t tell from the outcome of its first outdoor meet of the season April 4.
The Rockets placed first in a home quadrangular meet, edging Sheboygan Lutheran, 81-79, in a battle for the top spot.
Random Lake was third with 55.5 point, and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah had 17.5.
Cedar Grove-Belgium won eight events and had five second-place finishes.
â€śThe boys had solid day in winning, which was a surprise,â€ť Rockets coach Les Paul said. â€śWe still donâ€™t have our full complement of people in events yet.â€ť
Individual winners for the host team were Aaron Chier in the 100-meter dash (11.2 seconds), Adam Chier in the shot put (38 feet, 9 inches), Arjun Sehgal in the 400 dash (57.9), Derek Arndt in the 300 hurdles (50.6), Alex Giles in the 200 dash (24.5), Logan Peterson in the triple jump (40-3) and Joe Oelhafen in the high jump (4-10).
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s other win came from the 800 relay team of Brent Brochtrup, Aaron Chier, Giles and Peterson (1:40).
â€śAlex Giles and Aaron Chier looked real solid in their events this early,â€ť Paul said.
â€śThere were some nice place-finishes by some of the newcomers and freshmen. There was some first-meet jitters, but they did well.â€ť
Paul expects the boys to improve each week.
â€śTimes and distances are solid, but we have lots of work to do to be competitive by end of the season,â€ť he said.
In the girlsâ€™ portion of the meet, Cedar Grove-Belgium placed third with 44 points.
Random Lake dominated the competition with 118.5 points, and Sheboygan Lutheran was second with 72.5. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah was fourth with 15 points.
The lone win by the Rocket girls came from the 3,200 relay of Tammi Del Ponte, Jericho Duenk, Lily Paul and Molly Ison (10:59.2).
â€śThe girls had an OK day. There were lots of very nervous first-timers, which is a fun thing to have,â€ť Coach Paul said.
â€śNow they really can see where they need to work on their meet preparation. Our sprint relays are all learning to work together.â€ť
Cedar Grove-Belgium had four second-place finishes: Melike Birlik in the shot put (25-7), Nicole Veldhorst in the high jump (4-4), Del Ponte in the 3,200 run (12:04.6) and the 400 relay of Katie Krier, Hannah Reisselmann, Megan Opgenroth and Deanna Hoffmann (1:05.6).
Taking third were Opgenroth in the 100 dash (14.6), Veldhorst in the long jump (13-8-1/2), Paul in the 3,200 run (12:35.7) and Sarah Kiskunas in the 800 run (2:52.7).
â€śTammi, Lily, Molly and Jericho are working to keep their (relay) efforts getting better,â€ť coach Paul said. â€śTammi and Lily had good 3,200-meter runs for them this early.â€ť
Last Saturday, both Cedar Grove-Belgium teams participated in the Wisconsin State Track and Federation Association state indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
No Rockets had scoring finishes but turned in several solid performances.
The girlsâ€™ best finishes came in the 800 run, where Del Ponte placed 21st (2:29) and Paul was 56th (2:38.2). Both were season-best times.
In the boysâ€™ meet, Logan Peterson placed 19th in the triple jump (40-5), and Aaron Chier reached the semifinals in the 55 dash, where he took 13th (6.73).
The 800 relay of Aaron Chier, Giles, Peterson and Jacob Winker was 41st (a season-best 1:39).
This Thursday, Cedar Grove-Belgium will participate in the Little Chute Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.
On April 16, the Rockets will travel to Oostburg for a 4 p.m. quadrangular meet.
Image Information: CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUMâ€™S Jericho Duenk took the baton from Lily Paul in the 800-meter relay race during their teamâ€™s first outdoor meet of the season April 4. Cedar Grove-Belgium won the event on way to third place overall in the four-team girlsâ€™ standings. Photo by Sam Arendt