The seniors on the Germantown girls track team have been successes their whole athletic careers and they are going out as such.
Leaders of the class like Erin Willard, Alyssa Goesch and Kenzie Schmitz wouldn’t have it any other way.
Goesch and Schmitzwere each each part of two title-winning relay teams (three all told) and Willard earned a first and second of her own in the jumps as the Warhawks put in a balanced and deep effort in winning the North Shore Conference outdoor title on May 16 on a gusty and warm day in Cedarburg.
In doing so, the Warhawks bookended the league relays title they won on May 3 and prepped themselves well for the upcoming series of WIAA state qualifying meets that will begin on Monday, May 22 with regionals.
It was their second NSC outdoor title in three years.
“We really didn’t talk about it much (the outdoor title),” said Schmitz, who has an NCAA D1 basketball scholarship to Miami of Ohio awaiting her next fall, “but it was what everyone wanted. We all just wanted a chance to compete well.”
Goesch was happy that new faces are rising to fill in the ranks of the graduated. People who will hopefully help out when she and Schmitz are gone too.
“We lost people like Rosalie (Campbell) and Tatum (Gallenberger),” she said, “but others have really stepped up. We’re really excited about what happened today and we’re really excited for the next few weeks. It’s going to be fun.”
Germantown will host the WIAA sectional qualifying meet on Thursday, May 25 and state will be June 2 and 3 in La Crosse.
Goesch and Schmitz put the final touches on the team title by joining with fellow senior Molly Baus and freshman Melina Kopischkie to win and set a new conference record in the final event, the 4×400-meter relay.
Their time of 4:02.03 was good for an eight-plus second victory and broke the league record set by 2009 Germantown legends Liz Wendt, Meredith Humiston, Andrea Sielecki and Caitlin Dillon (4:03.93).
With that, Germantown finished with 128 points and the title as surprising Cedarburg was second with 110, Homestead fourth with 85 and Nicolet fifth with 79.
Other relay wins for the Warhawks included the 4×100 team of freshman Mya Lovett, Schmitz, junior Kennedy Runde and senior Erin Willard (50.55); and the all-senior 4×800 team of Baus, Emily Bethhauser, Jennifer Lindgren and Goesch (10:02.22).
Goesch also took a strong second to seven-time state champion Camille Davre of Whitefish Bay in the 800 with a fine time of 2:20.29 while Schmitz was third in the 200 dash (25.66).
Willard also closed out her league career with an individual title in the long jump (17 feet-seven inches) whole sophomore Tabitha Wechlo claimed the shot put (35-3 3/4). Willard was also second in the triple jump (35-9 3/4).
Sophomore distance ace Sami Stieve also had a big meet, winning the 3,200 going away on a hot, 80-plus degree day in 11:24.0 and taking second to Davre in the 1,600 (5:14.11).
Sophomore McKenna Klopfer was also second in the 300 low hurdles (49.35).
Other good finishes for Germantown included thirds by Kopischkie in the 400 (1:01.17), senior Aubrey Fliss in the 300 low hurdles (51.01). and a fourth from Klopfer in the 100 high hurdles (16.18).
Coach Jared Foerch felt was a good day all-around.
“I knew it was a possibility,” he said of the title. “When I put it on paper I thought we’d have a good meet. The goal for us was to average out our places throughout all the events. Earn as many points as possible.
“But people like Kenzie (Schmitz) and Alyssa (Goesch) put up times that were really unexpected.”
Schmitz just wants this all to keep rolling.
“We just want to keep achieving as we keep competing,” she said. “It’s fun to do this with such great teammates helping me out.”
Homestead had a strong meet too, headed up by senior 300 low hurdles champ Leah Gholson (47.56) and junior 400 dash champ Savannah Melan (59.91). Gholson was also second in the 100 high hurdles (15.13).
Senior distance runner Allie Levin was third in both the 1,600 (5:19.37) and the 800 (2:24.64).
Nicolet was led by 100 hurdles champ Destiny Huven who cruised to a state-best title of 14.38. She was also second in the 200 dash in a quick 25.03.
The Nicolet pole vaulters also turned in a spectacular one-two-three effort, as Rylee Callahan won with a vault of 11 feet while Cailin Mahoney was second (9-6) and Lauryn Wagner third (9-0).
Freshman Reese Parish was third in the 100 dash (12.76), as was senior Nora McGuire in the 3,200 (11:52.0), and the 4×800 relay team of Ciara Jones, Isabella Mahlik, Margaret Navarre and McGuire (10:26.11).