Brent Hunter, Aaron Cronin claim conference outdoor track and field championships
Field events solid for West Allis teams
Brent Hunter of West Allis Central and Aaron Cronin of West Allis Hale claimed championships in the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet on May 20 at Sussex Hamilton.
Hunter won the high jump with 6 feet-2 inches and Cronin snared the discus crown with 143-2.
"Brent, being only a sophomore, showed real maturity and poise," Central head coach Mark Klobukowski said. "He was determined and focused."
Hale head coach John Dewitt said of Cronin, "The conference title is a testament to his hard work and dedication.
"He's a young man who has worked hard for four years and is seeing the fruits of his labor by winning a title in one of the toughest conferences in the state."
Those were the only conference crowns won by the West Allis boys and girls teams this season.
Teams get seconds
The Central boys posted a pair of seconds, with those by Kion Criswell in the 200-meter dash at a personal-best 22.34 seconds and Josh Boeder in the pole vault with a school-record 15-0.
"Josh was flying high when on his attempt at 15-6, his pole snapped and on the advice of coach Jeff Boeder, he withdrew," Klobukowski explained. "I think it was a good call to pull him from competition."
Finishing second for the Hale girls were Ellie Probst in the 800 run at 2 minutes, 27.1 seconds and the 4x800-meter relay team of Probst, Madison Mihaljevic, Grace Kusik and April Koshen with 10:07.95.
Ella Schultz of Central took second in the shot put (35-0).
Cronin placed third in the shot put (47-7) and the Hale boys 4x200 relay squad of Jordan Cox, Ray Miller, Jeff Schubert and Alex Sykes took third (1:31.81).
Taking fourth for the Hale boys were Dan Nelson in the 3,200 run (10:09.97) and the 4x100 relay unit (44.14).
The Central boys 4x400 relay group of Travis Rohrer, Devaughn Ross, Darren Walker and Criswell also took fourth (season-best 3:31.41).
Nicole Flagge of Hale captured fourth in the pole vault (9-0).
Claiming fifth for the Central boys were Walker in the triple jump (41-61/2), along with the 4x100 relay unit (44.66) and the 4x200 squad (1:33.76).
Coming in fifth for the Hale boys were the 4x400 team (3:31.47) and the 4x800 unit (8:39.6).
Finishing fifth for the Central girls were Katherine Wardinski in the 1,600 run (5:32.9) and Megan Turner in the shot put (31-111/2). Hale's Elizabeth Brunner took fifth in the triple jump (35-23/4).
Central's Turner was also sixth in the discus (88-9).
In addition, Central's Mark Krenz took first in the wheelchair 100 dash (19.25) and the 400 dash (1:14.21).
"Mark has been a new addition to the squad and I think by the work he has put in and the results he has seen, he is becoming a track man," Klobukowski said.
Bulldogs take sixth
The Central boys tallied 48 points for sixth place, while the Hale boys scored 44 points for seventh place.
The Hale girls were seventh with 38 points and the Central girls eighth with 22 points.
All four teams participated in a WIAA Division 1 regional meet on May 27 at Quad Park and qualifiers will compete in a sectional on Thursday, May 29, at West Allis Hale.
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