Trackmen blast at TFA
The MHS boys took a limited squad to Saturday’s TFA Indoor Championships at UW-Whitewater, although their performances were anything but limited.
Alec Oestreich set a new team mark of :52.27 while placing ninth in the 400M, and joined up with Lucas Olson, Kriss Philipp, Nick Peterson for another school mark of 1:35.83 with a fourth-place finish.
“The MVP on our team would have to go to Alec Oestreich,” MHS coach Kurt VandenHeuvel said. “Alec has been tremendous for our team as a competitor and a leader. He sets high expectations and rises above them.”
Oestreich, Olson, Lukas Gessler, Bryce Litschauer also ranked fourth in the 1600M relay in 3:35.98.
Eric Ball cleared 12′ 0″ in the pole vault to rank ninth.
“Eric stayed consistent with a vault of 12 feet,” VandenHeuvel said. “All the technique is there; we are just working at gaining the confidence of clearing new heights.
“I am proud of all these guys’ efforts and commitment to the team.”
Olson placed 15th in the long jump at 19′ 6″ and Philipp was 36th at 17′ 2.5″. Philip ranked 17th in the 55M dash in :06.85, and Olson was 30th at :07.00. Peterson rated 21st in the triple jump at 37′ 7.5″.
VandenHeuvel expects future improvements from his younger athletes, sophomores Philipp and Peterson and juniors Litschauer and Ball.
“I have been extremely proud of the efforts these guys put in during the season and in the offseason,” he said. “It showed (Saturday) that they are ahead of most athletes in their grade.”