Roundup: Redwings also feature two relay teams; North’s Garces, Meyers, and Lutheran’s Zak also run
South’s track and field team had two boys finish in the top 10 of the Division 1 state tournament June 4.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had kids in that area, so it was great to see,” coach Kevin Herber said.
Leading the way was senior Alex Kaffine, who finished eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.18 seconds. He was sixth in the preliminaries at 50.09.
Herber says he thought Kaffine had a really nice season and thought his mental approach this year was better.
“Being out in lane eight kind of screwed him up,” Herber said. “He said he wasn’t used to being out there, especially on a 10-lane track there. His strategy, he thought, kind of got messed up in the first turn because visually it didn’t look right to him. And he thought he just didn’t push fast enough through that first phase. But very impressed with his performance as well. I mean, the kid made it to state back to back and was fun to watch.”
Jack Kakuzi, another senior, came in ninth in the triple jump with a measure of 44 feet, 7 inches. He placed 16th in the long jump with a 20-11.75, despite battling a strain in his IT band.
“That really limited his ability to try to find any pop,” Herber said.
“So he kind of had to go out there and gut it out. I was impressed with his performance just on the fact that he was in a great deal of pain with every jump. But he kept trying to get treatment, stay as loose as he could to compete, and still finished really well in the triple jump. He was having more problems in the long jump, because that was the leg he was going off of.”
The girls team was represented in two relays.
Seniors Rylee Brotz and Madeline Ognacevic, and sophomores Keeyana Judkins and Brenna Brotz finished the 800 relay in 16th and the 1,600 in 21st in the preliminaries.
Freshman Victoria Garces qualified in both the 1,600 and 3,200. She finished 10th with a 11:10.85 in the 3,200 and her 5:10.31 put her 13th in the 1,600.
Sophomore Anthony Meyers competed in the 100 and came in 10th in 11.78.
Senior Logan Zak advanced to the Division 3 state meet in the 400 but did not advance out of the prelims.
Last year, he took seventh.
No Eagles made it to state, but Blue Bomber freshman Davis Behler placed ninth in the 3,200 and 12th in the 1,600 in Division 3.