Stay focused. Don't press, relax, and good things will happen. Those are the words of veteran head track and field coach Vince Komar, as the Mukwonago boys team accomplished something else that was on its to-do list this spring: winning the WIAA sectional at Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Indians were victorious with 141 points. Wisconsin Lutheran finished in second place with 105 points, and Oak Creek finished in third place with 85 points. More importantly, the team sent through a boatload of state qualifiers, with top three finishers in each event earning tickets to the meet in LaCrosse, beginning Friday.
"The guys did a heck of a job," Komar said. "No one on this team has to do extra-special stuff. They've just go to be themselves and that's exactly what they did at sectionals."
With a dazzling 14entries, the Indians could be on the short list of teams competing for the overall title.
"We've competed against the teams we'll be competing against at state, and we've done extremely well," Komar said. "We could score 12 points, we could score 42 points; it depends on what kind of day we have, but I know everyone's excited."
Jeremy Harr won the triple jump in school-record fashion, clearing 46 feet, 8 1/2 inches, a mark that gave him the top distance at any D1 sectional and two more feet than what he recorded at last year's state meet, when he placed seventh.
Tyler Wozny set a stadium record in the 300 hurdles, running 39.25 seconds. The only glitch -- so did Franklin's Takuto Kobayashi (39.19), who won the event, but Wozny had more than enough to qualify in his specialty.
Remarkably, that was one of two instances in which a stadium record wasn't enough for a sectional crown. Josh Green, Brett Bogdanski, Jordan Brookins and Sam Boyle raced second in the 4x800 relay with a time of 7:59.51, besting the previous stadium record at Wisconsin Lutheran set by another Mukwonago foursome back in 2003. Wisconsin Lutheran won the race at 7:58.71.
Harr and Wozny also teamed with Matt Green and Steve Phillips to win the 4x200-meter relay, crossing in 1:30.94. Green also joined Harr as a state qualifier in the triple, clearing 42-11 1/2.
Sam Boyle was second in the 800 at 1:57.17, Phillips finished second in the 200 at 22.24 and Matt Cyra took second in the 3,200 at 9:37.10.
Cizauskas, Phillips, Ty Behling and Matt Green finished in third place in the 4x100 relay with a time of 43.47.
Field events also had their day in the sun. Dominic Cizauskas won the shot put at 52-3, and Nate Tanguay was third at 47-7. Mike McLain was second in the pole vault at 14-0. Ty Behling was second in the long jump at 21-3 1/4, and Jake Krueger was third in the discus at 134-6.
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