WHS Competes at New Berlin West Track Invitational

Photos by Bob Mischka

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From Coach Houwers:

The Whippets track and field teams competed hard today at New Berlin West.  Both teams were somewhat limited with a number of students heading out on spring break, but they still competed hard and had a good showing.  Sashi Popke won the pole vault with a new best of 13 feet, making his first top ten list.  That ties him for the 6th best performance in WHS history.

Ali Ketterhagen did a great job in the high jump today, winning with a jump of 4′ 6″.  She hadn’t jumped in two years, so it was great to see her come back and have success.  It was particularly impressive given the fact she was in a knee brace.

Abby Grosinske threw the shot today for the first time.  She won with a throw of 27′ 11.5″.  She tied, but had a better second throw to win on the tie-breaker.

A number of freshmen and “new to track” athletes got their first experience today.  I was really happy how hard they competed.  Tyler Pavlik impressed.  He got to run his first 400 in a relay today.  He got out hard, found out what the 400 can feel like, and said he liked it.  Track coaches love to have kids that like the 400.  Thomas Uteynik, Ignacio Cuevas, and others got their first races, and impressed.  For the girls, Amanda Tovar, Lily Dunklau, Kathryn Donner and Bailee Korf all ran well in their first taste of a varsity meet.  I’m excited to see how the teams develop over the year.

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