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Boys track finishes second in RVC South

by Mike Ramczyk

May 10, 2012

Big Foot junior Garett Cary heaves the shot put in a recent meet.
CLINTON — The Big Foot boys track squad wrapped up second place in the Rock Valley South with a strong performance at a Clinton double dual May 1.

Big Foot downed Clinton, 86-60, and rolled Beloit Turner, 102-44.

With the victories, the Chiefs finished the Rock Valley South season 4-1, good for second place behind Brodhead.

"I'm very happy with the second-place finish," Big Foot coach Greg Lueck said. "We had some bad luck earlier in the year with injuries to Mason Dixon and Kenny Walker. We missed them against Brodhead. But they came back and we beat everyone else."

Walker, who is still not in top form after having an appendectomy last month, has been encouraging, Lueck said.

Walker won the 110 high hurdles (16.44) and the 300 hurdles (43.43) in the double dual.

Dixon won the 100 dash with a time of 11.76.

Big Foot's strongest area, as it has been all season, was the distance events.

Michael Brody won both the 1,600 (4:51.1) and 3,200 runs. Big Foot's 3,200 relay team won with a time of 9:43.75.

Also, Andy Oja won the 800 run with a 2:08.18.

"Special kudos to the distance guys," Lueck said. "They've had a solid year. They have a lot of depth, and they work hard. Ed Kinerk, Brody and Oja lead that group. They are our most consistent performers."

The girls fell to Clinton, 112-31, and lost to Turner, 87-46.

The squad finished 1-4 in the Rock Valley South. The team has been bit by the injury bug. The team's top distance runner, Carley Castelein, went down two weeks ago with a foot injury. Another distance runner, Brandi Zillmer, has been injured most of the year. Lueck said it will be hard for the team to score without Castelein.

On May 1, Big Foot's Kayleigh Wedig won the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.8.

"Wedig has really come along in the the hurdles," Lueck said.

Big Foot's 1,600 relay team won with a 4:44.26.

In the throws, Alyssa Lueck had her best shot put performance, winning with a toss of 42-0. She also took first in the discus with a mighty heave of 131-3, just a few feet shy of her school record toss of 136-7.5.

"To be in the 130s again after breaking the record was big," Greg Lueck said. "I'm real happy with that."

This Saturday, Big Foot will host the 12-team Rock Valley Conference meet for the first time in nearly a decade.

"It will be a big test," Greg Lueck said.

"For the boys, top three or four is a good goal. I look forward to a good meet. East Troy, McFarland and Whitewater will be strong."

Greg Lueck said injuries to key athletes will make it tough for the girls Saturday.

"It will be tough for the girls to crack the top six," he said.