With a tradition almost half a century old hanging in the balance Platteville head track coach Rob Serres got a big assist from Lancaster coach Eric Rolland and River Valley coach Joel Block.
When the nine-team Platteville Relays were cancelled due to thunderstorms last Thursday it looked like the annual meets consecutive years streak would end at 46 years. But some quick thinking and collaboration on the part of Serres, Rolland and Block extending Platteville Relays tradition to 47 years and counting.
Rolland agreed to give up a SWC home triangular (with Platteville and River Valley) last Tuesday and bring his Arrows to Platteville instead, and Block followed suit. Cassville was able to compete, and Illinois’ Lena-Winslow was added to the meet and the 47th annual Platteville Relays went on with half the number of original teams.
Platteville dominated the smaller-than-usual meet winning both the boys’ and girls’ team titles, at the unique meet where every event is a realy. Field events combined two teammates and determined placement by their combined distances or heights.
The Hillmen boys scored 92 points to hold off runner-up Lena Winslow (76) and Lancaster (59). The Platteville girls completed the sweep with a 79-48 victory over Lancaster.
Despite the limited field of participants nine records were broken at this year’s event, including six by Platteville.
The Hillmen 4x400 relay of Allie Serres, Julia Lawinger, Laura Donovan and Tricia Serres established a new meet record time of 4:05.87. The same quartet also won the 4x800 relay in a new record time of 9:57.98.
Lawinger, Donovan and Tricia Serres were part of third record, along with senior Tess Stecklein, winning the distance medley relay in 4:17.82.
Senior Tisia Muzinga and freshman Sarah Burton won gold in the 2x100-meter dash shuttle relay, in the process setting a new Relays record of 26.83 seconds.
Megan Moss and Julia Evans also set a meet record by winning the 2x100 hurdle shuttle relay in 35.64 seconds.
Besides the five records, the Platteville girls also won eight other events, including Becca Steck’s victory in the quadrathalon.
On the boys side Alex Schlueter, Alex Niehaus, Ben Kroll and Brad Saunders won the sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) in a new record time of 1:36.23.
The Hillmen boys also won seven other events including Rhett Weber and John Skubal’s double win in the shot put (96-7) and discus (254-6) relays and Portuguese exchange student Tomas Leitao’s win in the quadrathalon.
The Platteville J.V. teams competed in the Timberwolf Invitational last Friday at River Ridge. Results are listed below.
47th Annual Platteville
(from Tuesday, April 24 @ Platteville)
Team scores - 1.Platteville 92, 2.Lena-Winslow 76, 3.Lancaster 59, 4.River Valley 27, 5.Cassville 19.
4x800 relay - 1.Platteville (John Donovan, Ben Bahr, Adam Niehaus, Tyler Schaefer) 8:27.20. 2x3,200 relay - 1.Platteville (Schaefer, Adam Niehaus) 21:27.80. Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) - 1.Platteville (Schlueter, Alex Niehaus, Ben Kroll, Brad Saunders) **1:36.23**. Distance medley relay (2-2-48) - 1.Platteville (Jermaine Peeples, Mitch Fure, Brad Saunders, Donovan) 3:42.50. Long jump relay - 1.Platteville (Alex Niehaus, Dylan Tranel) 37-9.5. Pole vault relay - 1.Platteville (Schlueter, Garrison Jones) 23-0. Shot put relay - 1.Platteville (Rhett Weber, John Skubal) 96-7. Discus relay - 1.Platteville (Weber, Skubal) 254-6. Quadrathalon - 1.Tomas Leitao (Pla) 2,595 points.
Team scores - 1.Platteville 79, 2.Lancaster 48, 3.River Valley 34, 4.Cassville 13.
4x100 relay - 1.Platteville (Sarah Burton, Tisia Muzinga, Tess Stecklein, Ally Klein) 52.68. 4x400 - 1.Platteville (Allie Serres, Julia Lawinger, Laura Donovan, Tricia Serres) **4:05.87**. 4x800 relay - 1.Platteville (A.Serres, Lawinger, Donovan, T. Serres) **9:57.98**. 2x3,200 relay - 1.Platteville (Katie Melssen, Emma Wilson) 25:53. Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) - 1.Platteville (Muzinga, Stecklein, Klein, A. Serres) 1:56.56. Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) - 1.Platteville (Lawinger, Stecklein, Donovan, T. Serres) **4:17.82**. 2x100 shuttle relay - 1.Platteville (Muzinga, Sarah Burton **26.83**. 2x100 hurdle shuttle relay - 1.Platteville (Megan Moss, Julia Evans) **35.64**. High jump relay - 1.Platteville (Emma Wilson, Evans) 9-4. Pole vault - 1.Platteville (Ally Klein, Danielle Jentz) 17-0. Long jump relay - 1.Platteville (Donovan, A. Serres) 30-5.5. Weight persons relay - 1.Platteville (Emily Olson, Emma Gore, Sara Meyers, Katie Lucas) 1:02.53. Quadrathalon - 1.Becca Steck (Pla) 1,955 points.
** = new meet record
(from Friday, April 27 @ River Ridge)
Team scores - 1.River Ridge 164, 2.Platteville JV 116.50, 3.Cassville 86, 4.Wauzeka/Steuben 80, 5.Black Hawk 61, 6.North Crawford 49, 7.Fennimore 45.50, 8.Belmont 40, 9.Seneca 30, 10.Shullsburg 9, 11.De Soto 7..
Platteville’s top finishers
200 - 4.Blake Wagner :26.11, 6.Jermaine Peeples 26.53. 400 - 5.Matt Holloway 1:00.90. 800 - 3.Colton Henry 2:17.84. 1,600 - 2.David Hahn 5:10.65, 6.Tanner Ames 5:23.54. 3,200 - 2.Coda Phillips 12:06.48, 3.Grant Roth 12:18.77. 110 hurdles - 4.EJ Kruser :19.07, 5.Matt Goodney :19.25. 4x100 relay - 4.Platteville (Jake Baker, Nate Roling, Matt Holloway, Justin Schaefer) :50.66. 4x200 relay - 5.Platteville (James Bailie, David Ababio, Jacob Bernhardt, Peeples) 1:47.54. 4x400 relay - 1.Platteville (Ames, Ben Bahr, Cullen Bryla, Goodney) 3:53.40. 4x800 relay - 1.Platteville (Wade Roberts, David Drefcinski, John Lambert, Tomas Leitao) 9:45.25. High jump - 3(tie).Kruser 5-4. Pole vault - 2.Bahr 9-6, 5.Adam Niehaus 8-6. Triple jump - 5.Ames 34-8.5. Discus - 4.Ryan Weber 111-3.
Team scores - 1.River Ridge 144, 2.Platteville JV 106, 3.Belmont 100, 4.North Crawford 95, 5.Fennimore 79.50, 6.Black Hawk 66.50, 7.Cassville 49, 8.Wauzeka-Steuben 13, 9.Shullsburg 10, 10.De Soto 6.
Platteville’s top finishers
100 - 5.Noah Hoeper :14.63. 800 - 1.Holly Kasper 2:44.10, 4.McKenzie Scanlan 3:00.61. 3,200 - 3.Hannah VanNatta 15:27.65. 100 hurdles - 3.Ashley Budden :19.07, 5.Lydia Wawrzak :20.06. 300 hurdles - 5.Jacleen Evanchik 1:00.83. 4x100 relay - 2.Platteville (Hoeper, Sarah Burton, Julia Evans, Corrina Casper) :57.05. 4x200 relay - 2.Platteville (Burton, Elissa Bahr, Evans, Allie Serres) 1:57.17. 4x400 relay - 1.Platteville (A. Serres, Kasper, Bahr, Burton) 4:31.48. 4x800 relay - 4.Platteville (Mettea Scanlan, McKenzie Scanlan, Eramis Momchilovich, Carla Hoppe) 12:47.25. Pole vault - 2.Melanie Schaefer 8-0, 4.Bahr 7-0. Long jump - 6.Hoeper 13-5.