Saturday, June 10, 2017
Capping off a great season, setting personal bests, and scoring points were three goals that Benton-Scales Mound-Shullsburg track squads had in place heading into last week's state track and field championships held in LaCrosse, WI.
The boy's squad was led by Senior Jeremiah Bailey's gold medal performance in the High Jump. Jeremiah and Suring's John Christensen both tied at 6' 4", but Jeremiah made the tied height on his second attempt, while John didn't clear it until his third. Both boys defeated last year's state champion, and State Male Track Athlete of the Year, Josh Pillath from Coleman. Also, competing in the High Jump was Sophomore Ben Davis. Ben did very well, jumping 6' 0' to take ninth place, just one place from scoring in his first state appearance. "Coach Ernst is to be commended for having the boys ready to go. What a way to end his coaching career @ BSMS!, " applauded Coach Raley
On the track, the boys 4x400 relay (Aaron Pulvermacher, Troy Turpin, Ethan Shetler, David Germaine) ran to a seventh place seed in the prelims on Friday afternoon (3:32.19). They had their work cut out for them as racing from an outside lane can be tricky in the 4x400. Aaron Pulvermacher got the group rolling, coming across at the exchange in the top three places. Troy and Ethan ran extremely well, giving David a shot to move up. David closed the gap on two teams and crossed the finish line in 4th place with a new Tri-Op record of 3:28.92. Once they crossed the line it was announced that Lake County Lutheran would be disqualified for interference, giving the boys the third place medal. It is the first relay medal for the boys' squad (Tri-Op and 1st in all three schools' history).
Earlier on Friday morning, the boys 4x800 was contested. The relay team of Josh Redfearn, Troy Turpin, David Germaine, and Aaron Pulvermacher got their first taste of competing at the state meet as a group (David ran last year in the 400m). Things didn't quite go as well as the boys had hoped they finished in 13th place with a time of 8:33.22, well off of their record setting performance of 8:23.52 run at the sectional meet.
For the meet, the boys tallied 16 points, the Tri-Op's best outing to date while they tied for 13th place with four other teams.
The girls were not to be denied their chance at a record and a gold medal. Their's came in the 4x100 relay. At Friday's prelims, the girl's squad of Paige Murphy, Chloe Matthews, Calli Jerry, and Emma Lawrence ran 50.30 to come in second place, just behind Cuba City's 50.29. There would be a showdown in the finals. Neither team wanted to lose this one to their rival. The race went as expected, with Emma Lawrence getting the baton just behind Cuba's Mykenzie Vaassen on the final leg. Emma worked her magic, passing Vaassen with about 20 meters to go and securing BSMS's first relay gold medal with a winning time of 50.31. The time in the prelims (50.30) set a new Tri-Op record. The old record (50.80) was set last year at the state meet.
"Having to replace 3 of the 4 runners from last year's relay - I'm not sure we thought we could do this at the early part of the season. And then to have injuries and having to use alternates just to get here - this is really special", exclaimed Coach Raley "Hats off to the kids and Coach Lierman for keeping this relay together."
Continuing on the track - Junior Emma Lawrence showed why she is one of the best all-around track athletes in the state. For starters, she grabbed third place in the 100 high hurdles (first time competing at state in this event) with a time of 16.28. She then moved on to the Triple Jump (also first time in this event at state) and proceeded to jump a personal best (35' 3") in the prelims, only to be called to the 4x100 relay. Upon receiving the gold medal for the 4x100, she had to scurry off for the start of the 300 hurdles. "She literally had to run from the awards stand and get into her blocks. We knew this might happen, but she wanted the gold in the relay so bad, that she sacrificed her hurdle race a bit for the TEAM", explained Coach Raley
After grabbing fourth place in the 300h (46.14), and getting her third medal of the day, it was immediately back to the triple jump runway for the finals. She ended her afternoon jumping 35' 3.5" on her last attempt to grab 10th place, while setting a new Benton School record in the process.
In her second appearance at the state meet, Junior Brianna Leahy improved on her 2016 showing (5th, 38' 9.5") in the shot put by tossing the metal sphere 40' 1" to grab third place. Then at Saturday's discus competition (her first in this event) she medaled again, this time taking 6th place with a heave of 117' 10". "To come here and medal in one event is hard enough, but to do it in two, that's extraordinary", exclaimed Coach Raley.
On the weekend, the girls' squad tallied 30 points (their most ever) to bring home 7th place. This was a much tougher meet than the past couple of years, much more competitive. Last year's winner Cuba City scored 34 points - that would have been 5th place this year - great competition.
"This was a great way to end the season, new records and with the boys and girls scoring their most points ever (Tri-Op) at the state meet, what more can you say, shouted Coach Raley.
"The coaching staff had their competitors ready to go - it was a total team effort, they should all be proud."
Sunday, May 28, 2017
For the first time in the history of the BSMS track and field program (5 years), the girl's squad laid claim to the Bangor Sectional team title. It is the first sectional title for any of the three teams in track and field (prior to the tri-op) and the first sectional title for any girl's sport in Benton School's history. "We let it slip through our fingers last year (finishing second by 1 point), and one never knows if you will ever get another chance," exclaimed Coach Raley. "We performed just about as good as we could have, even being a bit short handed once again." The girls scored 75 points ahead of runner up Cuba City (68) and third place, Cochrane-Fountain City (53).
Probably one of the biggest moments of the meet came when alternate Katie Pingel literally dove to make the 2nd exchange with Cali Jerry, who in turn got the baton to Emma Lawrence, who at that time was in 5th place. Emma sprinted ahead, catching all but one runner (Cuba City's Mykenzie Vaassen) to finish in second place (51.602) and score a very valuable eight points for the Green and Red.
Moving on to the state meet (top four finishes per event) for the girls are: the 4x100 relay (Murphy, Pingel, Jerry, Lawrence)(2nd place), Emma Lawrence (1st 100HH, 15.65, 1st 300LH, 46.73, and 3rd TJ, 34' 7"), Brianna Leahy (1st shot, 40' 8.5", 2nd discus, 124' 11"), Paige Murphy (3rd 100m, 12.94, 2nd LJ, 16' 4"), and Katie Pingel (4th TJ, 33' 1"). Emma's effort in the 100m HH set a new Tri-Op record. Also, Brianna Leahy's effort in the discus set new Shullsburg and Tri-Op records as well.
Katie Pingel (100HH, 5th 17.01), and the girl's 4x800 relay 11:09.41, (Kruger, Greenfield, Notrott, and Pahnke) ran season best times but failed to move on.
The boy's squad kept their composure down the stretch after a mishap in the 4x200 relay that cost the team a trip to LaCrosse. They bounced back and ran to a second place finish in the 4x400 (3:30.69). Team members are Aaron Pulvermacher, Troy Turpin, Ethan Shetler, and David Germaine. Three of the four 4x400 relay team members (Pulvermacher, Germaine, Turpin), plus Josh Redfearn started the meet off by grabbing a second place finish in the 4x800 relay in a new Tri-Op record time of 8:23.52. Also advancing to the State Meet are: Senior Jeremiah Bailey who took 2nd place (6'2") and Junior Ben Davis 3rd place (6'0") in the high jump.
Others who placed but didn't advance were the members of the 4x200 relay ( Bailey, Sigwarth, Germaine, Pulvermacher) 5th, 1:37.2, the 4x100 relay squad of Coffey, Shetler, Lierman, and Sigwarth finished 6th in a season's best time of 45.54, and Ben Sigwarth took 8th place in the long jump with a leap of 19' 5.5".
The boys team tallied 39 points to grab sixth place behind winner, Darlington who managed to put up 76 points on the night. The 39 points scored are the most for a BSMS boy's team at a sectional meet.
Together (boys and girls) this is the most events (11) ever qualifying for the state meet in the program's history. There will be sixteen athletes representing the Benton-Scales Mound-Shullsburg's track program. What a way to top off the season!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Finally completing the Cuba City Regional meet around 4:40pm on Tuesday afternoon after a long two plus hour weather delay on Monday night and eventually the suspension of all activities around 11:00 pm, the BSMS boys 4x400 relay realized one of their goals - winning the regional title. The relay team of Aaron Pulvermacher, Troy Turpin, Ethan Shetler, and David Germaine cruised to a new Tri-Op record (previously held by same group, set earlier this season) with a winning time of 3:30.84, easily outdistancing runner-up Darlington (3:34.54). The boy's squad had a fine showing, finishing second (157) to Darlington (163) in the final team standings, and ahead of Cuba City (131), who grabbed third place.
The boy's team qualified for sectionals in 14 of the 18 events sponsored. Leading the way were regional champions: Jeremiah Bailey (HJ 5' 10", TJ 40' 3"), and Caleb O'Neill in the 400m dash (55.14). Also, moving on to sectionals are: Ben Sigwarth (4th 100m 11.64, LJ 3rd 18' 8.75"), Lance Lierman ( 2nd LJ 18' 11"), Jacob Winslow (4th discus 128'4"), Caleb O'Neill (3rd TJ 37' 9"), Ben Davis (4th PV 10' 6", 3rd 110HH 17.64, and 2nd HJ 5' 9"), Ryan Krueger (4th 1600m 5:09.04), Josh Redfearn (4th 800m 2:09.24), the 4x 800 relay 2nd, 8:38.19 (Redfearn, Germaine, Pulvermacher, Turpin), the 4x100 relay 3rd, 46.14 (Bailey, Shetler, Sigwarth, Lierman), and the 4x200 relay 2nd 1:34.84 (Pulvermacher, Germaine, Bailey, Sigwarth).
On the girl's side, Emma Lawrence led the way, winning three individual titles (100HH, 300LH, and TJ) while anchoring the winning 4x100 relay, 51.64). Other members of the relay were Paige Murphy, Chloe Matthews, and Calli Jerry. Junior Brianna Leahy also claimed the shot title (40' 4.75") and finished third in the discus with a toss of 122' 05". Moving on to Thursday's Sectional Meet in Bangor are: Senior Paige Murphy (2nd LJ 16' 10.25", 2nd 100m 12.64), Freshman Chloe Matthews (3rd PV 7' 0"), Senior Abby Pahnke (4th 3200m 14:10.34), Senior Katie Pingel (2nd 100H 17.44, 2nd TJ 32' 8"), Sophomore Kaylee Turpin (4th 1600m 6:17.4) and the 4x800 relay (Eve Notrott, Kristy Kruger, Abigail Pahnke, Michelle Greenfield) which finished second with the time of 11:25.22. Paige Murphy's time of 12.64 in the 100m dash set new Benton and Tri-Op records. The previous records were held by Ally Jansen, set in 2015. The girls finished in third place (128) behind Darlington (158) and Cuba City (136).
Thursday's Sectional Meet in Bangor will begin @ 3:30 with field events and 4:15 with running.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
For the 5th consecutive year the BSMS boys and girls track and field squads swept the Six Rivers Conference Championships. Both squads came to compete and compete they did!
The girl's squad had a "Total Team Effort" as they defended their crown on a muggy day at UWP's track complex. Missing one of their better athletes (Trinity Law) and having other's work loads cut back due to injury concerns, the girls pieced together all four of their relays using athletes who had never competed in those events before to hang on to a slim victory (152) over Albany (143) and River Ridge (134).
" My hat goes off to the athletes who stepped it up today and filled in on the relays. Without those efforts, we don't win - plain and simple!', Coach Raley.
"It seemed to me that the 4x800 relay really got our girls pumped to compete", commented Coach Raley. Two throwers, Megan Greenfield and Trista Starr stepped up to help distance runners Michelle Greenfield and Sarah Lee race to a third place finish in the meet's first event. After that, the girls seemed to have blood in their eyes.
Emma Lawrence (16.35) and Katie Pingel (17.51) then swept the 100HH race, while Senior Paige Murphy defended her 100m crown (13.16) and teammates Chloe Matthews (4th, 13.58) and Calli Jerry (8th 13.92) brought home two more place finishes in the 100m.
On the afternoon, everyone on the girl's squad placed: Sophomore Eve Notrott (6th 3200m), Sophomore Kaylee Turpin (7th 1600m, 6:08.43), Senior Abby Pahnke (4th 3200m), Junior Sarah Lee (5th 3200m), Junior Emma Lawrence (1st TJ 34'.05", 1st 300H), Senior Katie Pingel (2nd TJ 33' 7.5", 4th 300H 51.23), Freshman Chloe Matthews (3rd PV 7' 6"), Paige Murphy (1st LJ 15' 10.75, 2nd 200m 27.45), while Junior Brianna Leahy was a double winner(1st shot 40' 2", 1st discus 122' 11"). Emma Lawrence's time (46.33) set a new conference meet record in the 300H.
The relays also competed extremely well: the 4x100 (Matthews, Murphy, Kristy Kruger, Jerry) placed 1st in 54.28, the 4x200 relay (Matthews, Jerry, Pingel, Pahnke) grabbed 3rd in 1:58.07, and the 4x400 relay (Turpin, Kruger, Leahy, Mi. Greenfield) took 6th. Kruger, Pahnke, and Leahy all were competing in relays they had never run before.
Depth was the key to victory for the boys as they scored in every event. Leading the way for the boys was Senior Jeremiah Bailey who claimed four first place finishes (110HH 16.81, 300IH 43.12, HJ 6'0", and the TJ 39' 9"). Multiple place winners on the day were: Senior Ben Sigwarth (2nd 100m 11.9, 1st LJ 19'11.75"), Senior Lance Lierman (4th 100m 12.12, 2nd LJ 18' 10.5"), Freshman Caleb O'Neill (3rd 400m 56.07, 2nd TJ 38' 10"), Junior David Germaine (1st 400m 52.65, 3rd 200m 24.66), Junior Ben Davis (2nd 110HH 17.86, 2nd PV 9' 6", 2nd HJ 5' 10"), Sophomore Troy Turpin (2nd 800m 2:09.51, 3rd 1600m 4:54.55), Freshman Matt Davis ( 4th 300IH 46.32, 5th HJ 5'6"), Sophomore Nic Davis (5th PV 9', 7th 3200m). Also placing were; Senior Jacob Winslow (3rd discus 116' 8"), Junior Christian Vig Rask (2nd shot 41' 6"), Junior Josh Redfearn (2nd 3200m 11:07.85), Junior Aaron Pulvermacher (2nd 200m 23.85), Junior Ryan Krueger (4th 1600m 5:13.5), and Junior Ethan Shetler (5th LJ 17' 11").
The relays contributed in a huge way as the boy's team grabbed three first place finishes (4x100, 4x200, 4x400) and a 5th place finish in the 4x800. Members of the relay teams were: 4x100 (Lierman, Sigwarth, Shetler, Alan Montanye) 46.79, the 4x200 (Shetler, Montanye, Pulvermacher, Sigwarth) 1:37.95, the 4x400 (Germaine, O'Neill, Pulvermacher, Shetler) 3:38.49, and the 4x800 (William Martin, Josh Cole, Brett Cargill, Monardo Faria) 10:02.33.
Next up for BSMS is the Regional Meet @ Cuba City (May 22nd) and the Sectional Meet @ Bangor (May 25th).
Monday, May 15, 2017
On a beautiful night, last Friday, both BSMS track and field squads continued their quest to become the most decorated track and field squad (combined) in the program's history. Last year's meet in Belleville was rained out midway through the trials., so having nice weather and good competition set the scene for great performances.
The boys opened up the run on Tri-Op records as the 4x800 relay (Redfearn, Turpin, Germaine, Pulvermacher) ran a season's best (8:32.87) to capture first place. Not to be outdone, the boy's 4x200 relay (Bailey, Germaine, Sigwarth, Pulvermacher) also set a new mark with the time of 1:34.58 to take 2nd place behind Columbus' 1:34.40. On the girl's side, Junior Emma Lawrence lowered her Tri-Op record in the 100H with a 3rd place finish (16.10).
Having great efforts on the night for the boys were; Freshman Caleb O'Neill (4th 400m, 3rd TJ 38' 7"), Senior Lance Lierman (3rd LJ, 18' 11"), Jeremiah Bailey (1st HJ, 6'2", 4th 110H 16.6), Freshman Matt Davis (5th 300IH, 46.6), Junior Ben Davis (3rd HJ, 5'8", 4th PV, 10'),and the 4x100 relay (Sigwarth, Shetler, Lierman, Bailey) 3rd, with a season's best 46.1.
For the girls; Freshman Chloe Matthews (4th 100m 13.83), Senior Katie Pingel (4th 100HH, 17.64, 3rd 300LH, 51.94, 3rd TJ, 32' 10"), Junior Emma Lawrence (1st 300LH, 46.06, 1st TJ, 33' 4.5"), Junior Brianna Leahy (1st Shot, 39' 9.5", 1st Discus, 114' 10"), Sophomore Trinity Law (2nd HJ, 4' 10"), and the 4x100 relay which ran a season's best 51.81 (Lawrence, Murphy, Jerry, Matthews).
Next meets are: Monday, May 15th - Six Rivers Conference Meet @ UWP and the Regional Meet @ Cuba City on Monday, May 22.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
After a ten day layoff the BSMS boy's track and field squad was eager to get back to competition and they did so in a huge way on Monday, scoring 188 points to easily outdistance Darlington (132) and Monroe (123) to claim the ten team Darlington Redbird Invitational title.
The boys won seven events, but it was their depth that came through on the night. Invitational champions were: Jeremiah Bailey in the HJ (6'0"), 300IH (44.91) and the 110HH (17.00), Lance Lierman LJ (19' 3"), David Germaine 400m (53.23), the 4x100 relay (Coffey, Lierman, Shetler, Sigwarth) 46.61, and the 4x400 relay (Aaron Pulvermacher, Troy Turpin, Ethan Shetler, David Germaine) 3:34.88. The 4x400 relay's time set a new Tri-Op record. Also placing in the top three spots were: Christian Vigrask (40' 5") 3rd shot, Jeremiah Bailey (41' 9.5") 2nd TJ, Ben Sigwarth (19' 2.75") 2nd LJ, Ben Davis (10') 2nd PV and (5' 10") 2nd HJ, Matt Davis (47.32) 2nd 300IH, Josh Redfearn (4:59.67) 2nd 1600m and (2:10.06) 3rd 800m, Troy Turpin (4:59.68) 3rd 1600m, Lance Lierman (12.35) 3rd 100m, the 4x200 relay (Coffey, Shetler, Sigwarth, Pulvermacher) 3rd 1:38.41 and the 4x800 relay (Germaine, Pulvermacher, Krueger, P. Martin) 3rd 9:11.17.
The girls also competed very well, taking third place (111) behind champion Monroe (157) and Darlington (147.5). They too claimed seven first place finishes led by triple winner Emma Lawrence who claimed gold in the 100HH (16.21), 300LH (45.79), and the triple jump (34' 8"), double winner Paige Murphy LJ (17' 1.75"), and 200m (27.87), Brianna Leahy in the shot (39' 8") and Trinity Law in the HJ (5'0"). Paige's leap in the long jump set a new Tri-Op record. The 4x100 relay (Matthews, Law, Jerry, Murphy) took second (53.31) while the 4x200 relay (Matthews, Law, Jerry, Murphy) grabbed third (1:55.34). The next meets up are a Quad in Platteville (5-9), on Fri. (5-12) at the Belleville Invitational, and the Six Rivers Conference Meet @ UWP on the 15th.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Having their best combined team efforts of the season (Girls 1st, Boys 2nd) BSMS put on a great display of what's to come and set the tone for the remainder of the season at last week's Becker Invitational held in Cuba City. The girls tallied 122.5 points to outdistance Darlington (112.5) and Cuba City (100.5) in the sixteen team meet. Along the way, the girls grabbed seven first place finishes led by Emma Lawrence's golds in the 100H (16.68), 300H (48.26) and the Triple Jump (32' 7.5"), Brianna Leahy's top finishes in the Shot (39' 4"), and the Discus (117' 01"), the 4x100 relay (Murphy, Matthews, Pingel, Jerry) 54.23, and the 4x200 relay (Murphy, Lawrence, Matthews, Jerry) 1:55.26.
Other top three performances were turned in by Paige Murphy 2nd 100m (13.14) and Long jump (14' 7"), and Katie Pingel who finished 2nd in the TJ (31' 5.75"), 100H (17.51), and 300H (52.23).
The boys cruised to a second place finish, even though they were not at full strength. Darlington won the boy's side scoring 119 points, followed by BSMS (101) and River Valley (98). Leading the way for the boys were; Senior Jeremiah Bailey who set a meet, Shullsburg, and Tri-Op record in the High Jump with a leap of 6' 4". He also finished 2nd in the Triple Jump (36' 11.25") and 3rd in the 110HH with a season's best 16.67. Junior David Germaine grabbed the title in the 400m with a time of 53.23, the 4x400 relay (Pulvermacher, Germaine, Turpin, Shetler) 3:40.7 took home the gold, Junior Aaron Pulvermacher took 3rd in the 200m (24.12), Senior Lance Lierman leaped 18' 1.5" in the Long Jump to claim second place, the 4x100 relay (Lierman, Coffey, Sigwarth, Shetler) 46.92 took 2nd, as did the 4x200 relay (Sigwarth, Pulvermacher, Shetler, Lierman) with a time of 1:37.27.
Earlier in the week (Tue., April 25th) both squads travelled for the first time to Lancaster to participate in a quadrangular meet which included River Valley and Dodgeville-Mineral Point. At the meet, the boys scored 53 points to place fourth. Three new records were set on the day - Junior Aaron Pulvermacher lowered his own Tri-Op record in the 200m with a time of 23.94 and the 4x200 relay team (Pulvermacher, Germaine, C. O'Neill, Coffey) set a new Benton and Tri-Op record with a time of 1:36.94. This erased the past record in Benton which had been held since 1983. Other place finishers included; the 4x800 relay (Krueger,Cole, P. Martin, Faria) took 2nd, Junior Ben Davis won the HJ @ 6', took 2nd in the PV (10' 6"), and 3rd in the 110HH, Senior Alan Montanye ran to a 4th place finish in the 100m (12.44), Junior Josh Redfearn ran a personal best (54.9) in winning the 400m, Freshman Matt Davis (47.06) ran a season's best, setting a new Scales Mound record while taking 3rd in the 300H, David Germaine sprinted to a fourth place finish in the 200m (24.0), Christian Vigrask tossed 40' 10.5" to grab 3rd, and Sophomore Nic Davis vaulted 9' to take 4th. The relays also performed well. The 4x100 relay (Coffey, Lierman, Shetler, Sigwarth) ran a season's best time of 46.63 to take first, the "B" squad (Walton,Scott, Bastian, Charles) grabbed 4th, the "Shullsburg" 4x200 (Lierman, Bailey, Montanye,Sigwarth) ran 1:38.6 to claim 4th, while the 4x400 relay (Cargill, Redfearn, C. O'Neill, Krueger) also ran to a 4th place finish.
The girls tallied 60 points on the day just behind Dodge/Point's 61. Racing in her first ever 100m dash, Sophomore Trinity Law won the race with a time of 13.37 followed by Freshman Chloe Matthews, who took 2nd, timing in at 13.88, while Freshman Calli Jerry ran a 14.03 to take 4th. Other place finishers included; Abigail Pahnke (2nd 1600m - 6:33), Kristy Kruger (3rd 400m - 1:10.85), Paige Murphy (1st 200m 27.41, 3rd LJ 15' 3.5"), Chloe Matthews and Katie Pingel tied for 3rd in the PV (6'), Junior Brianna Leahy kept up her winning ways taking first in both the Discus (118' 4") and shot (40' 2") and Trinity Law capped off the field event scoring taking third in the HJ (4'8"). The 4x100 relay (Murphy, Matthews, Law, Pingel) ran one their season's best times of 52.37 to capture fist place.
Next up for the track squads are meets in Fennimore (May 1st), Blackhawk (JV-May 4th), and Darlington' Redbird Invt. (May 8th).