Boys, girls struggle at RVC meet
May 19, 2010 | 08:35 AM
Boys — 1, Whitewater 170; 2 (tie) McFarland and Clinton 70.75; 4, Edgerton 73.5; 5, East Troy 70; 6, Beloit Turner 52.75; 7, Brodhead/Juda 41.5; 8, Big Foot 35.5; 9, Orfordville-Parkview 32; 10, Palmyra-Eagle 20; 11, Evansville 5; 12, Jefferson 3. Girls — 1, East Troy 119.5; 2, Whitewater 108.5; 3, McFarland 82; 4, Edgerton 68.5; 5, Jefferson 64; 6, Evansville 51.7; 7, Clinton 48.2; 8, Brodhead/Juda 34.5; 9, Big Foot 32.4; 10, Palmyra-Eagle 29.5; 11, Orfordville-Parkview 20.2; 12, Beloit Turner 4.
Top Chief performers
Boys — 400 relay team (Mike Walker, Kenneth Walker, Jon Petkoff, Matt Ripkey), first, 44.85; 300 hurdles, Kenneth Walker, second, 43.11; Long jump, Mike Walker, fourth, 20-3; 100 dash, Mike Walker, sixth, 11.56. Girls — Shot put, Alyssa Lueck, second, 40-7; Triple jump, Maddy Kenny, third, 32-7; 800 relay team (Jordyn Courier, Haley Schwartz, Mati Novak, Katie Schreiber), fourth, 1:54.6; 400 relay team, sixth, 54.87.|
Whitewater — Warm temperatures. Blue skies. The sun shining down.
It was a picture perfect Saturday at the Rock Valley Conference meet. Unfortunately for the Big Foot boys and girls track squads, that didn't translate to much team success.
The boys were eighth out of 12 RVC teams with a score of 35.5. Coach Greg Lueck said a better result was a difficult task.
"The competition was very difficult," he said. "There were some very good track teams there. We did OK. I expected us to finish a bit higher."
Despite the low team mark, the boys boasted the school's only conference champion. The 400 relay team of Mike Walker, Kenneth Walker, Jon Petkoff and Matt Ripkey grabbed first place with a time of 44.85, the team's fastest time of the season.
"They ran very well, and it was a photo finish," Lueck said. "Ripkey is a freshman, and he ran a great leg."
Big Foot's only other medalist for the boys was Kenneth Walker in the 300 hurdles. He took second with a time of 43.11.
"Ken had some trouble in the high hurdles," Lueck said. "It was nice to see him come back and take second. He did it right after the 400 relay so it affected his time."
Mike Walker also captured fourth in the long jump with a 20-5 and sixth in the 100 dash with an 11.56.
"We competed, but it wasn't terrific," Lueck said. "It was nice to have a champ."
The girls fared a bit worse than the boys, taking ninth with 32.4 points.
"We were shooting for the top six," Lueck said. "It was a little disappointing."
The Lady Chiefs didn't have any champions, but there were two medalists, Maddy Kenny and Alyssa Lueck. Kenny took third in the triple jump with a solid leap of 32-7.
Lueck shattered her own school record by two feet in the shot put with a throw of 40-7, good enough for second.
"It was our best performance of the day," Lueck said of his daughter's toss. "She has really come on this year, and she works hard in the weight room. She is dedicated to doing well. She is feeling comfortable in the ring."
The 800 relay team of Jordyn Courier, Haley Schwartz, Mati Novak and Katie Schreiber grabbed fourth place with a time of 1:54.6.
"They exceeded their seventh seed," Lueck said of the relay squad. "It was great to see. They competed well and ran a fast race."
The Chiefs now will have a week off to prepare for regionals May 24 at Clinton. The boys may have an easy regional, according to Lueck.
"We are hoping to advance as many people as possible," he said. "The 400 relay team is confident it can advance to state."
The going may not be as easy for the girls. Big Foot will face the likes of Whitewater and East Troy, the top two RVC squads, and Lakeside Lutheran and Lake Mills.
"Making it to sectionals is a big deal for these girls," Lueck said. "Lueck, Kenny, Courier and Schwartz should have a good shot."