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May 22, 2012 | 05:39 PMWHITEWATER — At Monday's Division 2 Whitewater Regional, Big Foot track coach Greg Lueck said it was all about moving on to Thursday's sectional. Times didn't necessarily matter.
Well, the boys heard coach's message loud and clear, responding with a plethora of qualifiers including several in multiple events.
Junior Garret Cary advanced to Thursday's Kewaskum Sectional in the shot put (47-3) and discus (134-0), taking third in both.
"Garret threw good enough and did what he needed to do," Lueck said.
Senior Kenny Walker, who was competing at 80 percent (hamstring) according to Lueck, moved on in the 110 hurdles (second, 16.1) and the 300 hurdles (fourth, 43.49). Also, Matt Ripkey won the 400 with a time of 53.9 and grabbed third in the 200 (24.0). Lueck said Ripkey's times were not that fast but he got through.
Andy Oja qualified in two events as well, taking third in the 800 (2:02.00) and qualifying in the 3,200 relay along with Ed Kinerk, Emmanuel Huerta and Fletcher Strahan. Michael Brody, who usually competes in the relay, missed the regional due to illness. Lueck hopes to have him back for sectionals, and he said the relay squad has a decent chance at state with Brody.
Gus Wedig qualified in the 110 hurdles, taking fourth with a time of 16.7, which Lueck said was a little bit of a surprise. Other sectional qualifiers included Ben Lueck in the 400 (fourth, 56.3), Connor Lauzon in the triple jump (third, 42-0.5) and Strahan in the 3,200 run (third, 10:17.00). Ben Lueck and Lauzon posted their best marks of the season.
Greg Lueck said he hopes some kids can advance to state at Thursday's sectional.
"We have a lot of kids on the edge," he said. "We have some health issues. But I was very impressed with the boys Monday."
Another school record
Senior Alyssa Lueck was the lone girls sectional qualifier, but she made it count.
The throwing sensation broke her own school record in the shot put with a toss of 42-10, four inches further than her previous best, which she set at conference two weeks ago. However, it was only good for second behind Whitewater's Molly Griep (43-2.5). Competitive yet friendly rivals, Alyssa Lueck and Griep will be Division 1 teammates at North Dakota University next season.
"Alyssa and Molly are real close," Greg Lueck said.
Alyssa Lueck also qualified in the discus, taking fourth with a toss of 107-00. Senior Kayleigh Wedig just missed out in the 100 hurdles, taking fifth with a season-best time of 17.2.
"I'm real happy for her," Greg Lueck said. "The girls competition was very tough. There were some good performances."
Greg Lueck said he hopes Alyssa can finish in the top four in both events on Thursday.
"Alyssa is looking real strong in the shot put," he said. "She could challenge for the top prize at state."