Gritty performances:

Reichardt-paced girls, Lippe-led boys dig down to give Port track and field highlights at Altheimer Invitational
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington’s track and field teams were excited to compete in favorable weather outside after a long break.

That’s not what they found at the Altheimer Invitational in Pewaukee last Friday, but the Pirates still turned in impressive performances in the cold, rain, sleet and a few snowflakes against similarly sized schools.

The girls’ team took third place with 90.5 points, just behind Plymouth’s 92.5. Pewaukee won the 12-team meet with 125 points.

“It’s a good competitive meet against schools of similar sizes. We did some nice things,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said.

Senior Alexis Reichardt again led the way, winning the 800-meter race in 2 minutes, 32.05 seconds, and the high jump by clearing 4 feet 10 inches.

Reichardt helped the 1,600 relay to second place in 4:25.26. Other members include Isabella Reyes, Grace Schumacher and Emma Goodman.

The 3,200 relay of Emma Meyer, Jill Cavanaugh, Goodman and Bethany Stacey won in 10:45.28. Freshman Josie DeMerit was second in the triple jump in 31-1.

“It wasn’t her best jump, but I told her it’s not how far you jump, but it’s how far you jump compared to everybody else,” Adamak said.

Cavanaugh broke away from a handful of runners to take second in the 3,200 run (12:30.12).

Jane Kautz took second in the 300 hurdles (51.23) in her first time running the event this season. Emme Pruefer was fourth in discus (76-5).

In the boys’ meet, Port finished sixth with 71.5 points. Plymouth won with 122.

“They didn’t show signs of rust. Despite the negative weather conditions, they stayed positive,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said.

Jake Lippe was second in the long jump (18-1) and fourth in the triple jump (39-5.5). He was also sixth in the high jump (5-6) and he helped the 1,600 relay to a fourth-place finish (3:47.72). Other members were Warren Doll, Austin Sommer and Zach Miller.

“He was huge,” Pasten said of Lippe. “I had him do four events, which is asking a lot early in the outdoor season. He handled it well. He’s a great athlete.”

Will Stopczynski was third in the 300 hurdles (44.12). Sam Fritsch was fourth in pole vault (11-6).

The 800 relay of Nate Kasdorf, Doll, Sommer and George Klassen was fourth (1:39.69).

“George has been a bright spot. This is his first year doing track as a sophomore. I keep putting him in events, and he keeps excelling,” Pasten said.

The 3,200 relay of Miller, Brett Grisar, Calhan Norman and Zach Wehner was fourth (9:03.33).

Grafton’s track and field teams found tough competition at the Northstar Classic at Waukesha North last Saturday.

The Black Hawks took 14th in the girls’ meet with 21 points. Grace Gasser took fourth in the high jump (4-10).

Waukesha West won the girls’ title with 109 points.

In the boys’ meet, Grafton was 12th out of 19 teams with 11 points. Ethan Lang took fifth in the 400 dash (53.2).

Brookfield East won the boys’ team title with 117 points.

 

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