Catholic Memorial's relays and multi-event standout Kristin Heckel of Waukesha West returned from LaCrosse with gold medals around their necks after competing in the WIAA Division 1 state meet last weekend.
Memorial, defending champions in the Division 2 4x400-meter relay on the boys side, ran a time of 3:22.46 for first place, with Notre Dame (3:23.14) taking second place. Seniors Broc Kocour, Kyle Deneen and Don Kennedy teamed with underclassman anchor Sam Tiahnybik to repeat as champs.
Kocour, Kennedy and Tiahnybik worked with Peter Gottsacker last year to win in 3:24.47.
The girls enjoyed their own title moment, taking first place in the 4x200 with the efforts of senior Mara Aparnieks, junior Kaitlyn Hastings and freshmen Madeline Davis and Emily Kern.
The time of 1:45.35 was only 15 hundredths ahead of Osceola for the crown.
Aparnieks and Hastings were on the 4x100 unit that took second at state last year and this year's third-place 4x100 crew, on board again with Kern and Davis. Hastings added third place in the 100 hurdles.
Heckel missed the finals in both her hurdles events in Division 1, but the senior had no peer in the triple jump, taking first place in 37 feet, 9.25 inches. Heckel was part of the Wolverines state-champion 4x400 relay last year and is a multi-year qualifier in the hurdles but did not compete at state in the triple until this season.
Rachel Stave of Whitnall (37-6.5) was Heckel's closest competitor.
The sophomore Tiahnybik delivered the fastest preliminary time in the open 400 at 50.22, then took fourth in the finals. Cory Broussard of Waukesha South took fourth in the 100 meters in Division 1, and Sammi Donovan placed fourth on the girls side for Waukesha North in the 1,600.
Several others scored points at the year-end gathering:
For CMH, the boys 4x100 (Kocour, Deneen, Jacob Piette, Casey Townsend) took eighth, and the 4x200 (Kocour, Townsend, Deneen, Kennedy) took sixth. Also taking sixth was Caleb Krause in the shot put.
Matt Losiniecki of West took fifth in the shot put and added seventh place in the discus in the D1 boys competition. Teammate Nick Tehan was seventh in the 400, and the 4x800 relay of Jared Laufer, Brian Warras, Tehan and John Balzer took seventh.
Jake Hansen of North finished eighth in the pole vault, and teammate John Brooks took ninth in the 300 hurdles.
Brad Woodford of South took seventh in the 1,600.
The West girls took sixth in the 4x200 with Meghann Ameen, Caiti McCormick, Katie Corrao and Hannah Rohde. West's 4x800 team of Lauren Sigfred, MaKenna Stelpflug, Kelsey Jaeger and Felicia Gesior took eighth.
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