Brookfield East's track and field streak is over after it finishes second at indoor meet
Brookfield East boys track and field coach Mike Steiner knew the Spartans' run of Greater Metro Conference Championships would eventually come to an end.
On April 1 at West Allis Central, the Spartans came in second (147.5) to Menomonee Falls at the GMC Indoor Championships, ending their streak at 12.
"We are disappointed with the loss, but not with our effort," Steiner said. "Our kids laid it out there and gave it their best shot. Falls was just a bit better.
"We've had some pretty good battles with them over the years and this one was no different, as it went right down to the end."
Will Sutton won three events — the triple jump in 41 feet, 5.5 inches, the long jump in 21-3.25 and the 55-meter dash in 6.71 seconds. In the latter event he nipped Falls' Christian Almonte 6.706 to 6.710. He also took third in the 200 run (24.32).
"Our seniors did their jobs," Steiner said. "Sutton won three events. Will was very focused and really had a nice day. Winning three events is special.
"We are young — we had eight sophomores and a freshman at the meet."
Zech Copeland was a double winner, taking first in the 55 high hurdles (7.91) and the 55 low hurdles (7.85).
"The hurdles were the most competitive they've been in a while, and Zech came out on top in both races," Steiner said. "Zech should be primed for a truly excellent outdoor season."
Glen Harold was East's sixth champion, winning the pole vault with a jump of 14 feet, 6 inches to break the conference record (14-0).
"Glen was his usual self," Steiner said. "He is so relaxed and in the moment. Our vaulters were excellent and are certainly one of the strengths for our team. All three had strong performances."
Chad Kluender placed second in the pole vault (14-0), and Josh Dempsey was fifth (12-0).
Stephen Browne was second in the 3,200 (10 minutes, 29.82 seconds) behind Pierce Libbey of Tosa East (10:20.63).
"Truly a gutsy performance by Steve," Steiner said. "He's coming back from an injury, and the way the meet was going, we needed him to come through in that race. He really dug deep to get through that race, and we are proud of his effort."
Jack Leonovicz finished second (47-5.5) in the shot put behind Austin Mitzel of Sussex Hamilton (50-2.25).
Harry Britton was third in the shot (49-9.5), and Dominic Cartier finished sixth (43-9.5).
"All three throwers had personal records," Steiner said. "Leonovicz is just a sophomore. He expects big things from himself and has set some pretty lofty goals. He has the potential to be really good. It will be fun to see him develop over the next few years."
Mario Carr finished third in the triple jump (40-8), fourth in the 55 high hurdles (8.17) and seventh in the 55 low hurdles (8.28).
Drew Bullen took fourth in the long jump (20-1.50) and the 400 (56.03).
The 4x160 relay finished fourth (1:19.80) behind Kluender, Dempsey, Harold and Michael Mueller, and the 4x240 relay was fourth (2:04.26) behind Mitch Mikulsky, Dempsey, Carr and Saxton Williams.
Kluender finished fifth in the 55 dash (6.84), and the 4x400 relay was sixth (3:51.83) behind Ryan Dundun, Mikulsky, Williams and Bullen.
Finishing seventh were Mueller (long jump, 18-7.5), Alex McTaggert (1,600, 4:48.47) and Nick Krueger (800, 2:12.61).
Corey Smith tied for eighth in the high jump (5-4), and Andrew Pelto was eighth in the 1,600 (4:48.65) to close out the scoring.
"Our kids were very disappointed, but this might give us some motivation to take it to another level," Steiner said. "We certainly will have our work cut out for us when we see them again down the road."
Third in Madison
It didn't take the Spartans long to bounce back, as they tied for first with Stevens Point (59 points), just ahead of Racine Park (58) on Saturday at the Madison West Relays.
Sutton finished second in the 200 dash (23.30) and the long jump (21-4.25), while Copeland was second in the 55 hurdles (7.70).
Harold had the other second-place finish, jumping 15-0 in the pole vault.
East had three fourth-place finishes: Kluender in the pole vault (13-0), Bullen in the long jump (20-6.5) and Leonovicz in the shot put (48-7).
Other top finishers were Williams, seventh in the 400 (54.36) and Krueger, 11th in the 800 (2:08.34).
Three relays finished in the top six.
Taking fifth (45.97) was the 4x100-meter relay crew (Kluender, Dempsey, Mikulsky, Mueller).
The two sixth-place finishes were the 4x200 (1:35.91) behind Bullen, Mikulsky, Carr and Dempsey and the 4x800 (8:28.71) behind McTaggert, Mark Stack, Dundun and Pelto.
East, which hosted an invite Tuesday, travels to the West Allis Hale Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
1. Menomonee Falls (154), 2. Brookfield East (147.50), 3. Sussex Hamilton (94), 4. Marquette (74), 5. Wauwatosa East (61), 6. West Allis Central (54), 7. West Allis Hale (34), 8. Brookfield Central (23.50).
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