Menomonee Falls senior pole vaulter Cameron Jemison is a chiseled, well-put together individual exuding confidence.
He narrowly missed out on what would have been another school record when his second attempt at 15 feet-six inches in the WIAA sectional at Germantown on May 25 just every so slightly clipped the bar.
Still, he finished with a winning vault of 15 feet even, just three inches below his school record, good enough for the second seed when the state’s best vaulters convene at the WIAA state track meet in La Crosse June 2 and 3.
Only Jared Jones of Kettle Moraine’s effort of 15-7 was better coming out of sectional. Jemison was seventh at state last season as a junior, but if you ask the Marquette recruit’s impression of his efforts at state last season, he’ll roll his eyes in slight disgust.
“My steps were so far off that day,” he said. “State is just so huge and I was more than a little bit jittery. That experience is going to prepare me a lot. I’ll look to have a good week of practice and see if I can aim for the top.”
Jemison will be joined at state by the Indians’ 4×200-meter relay team of senior Patrick Doyle, sophomores Dominick Kollmann and Michael Young and senior Matt Nienow. They cruised to a sectional championship and season best time of 1:28.93 that also has them in state top six medal contention.
Also joining them will be the all sophomore 4×100 team of Jacob Ernst, Jacob Kaus, Young and Kollmann.
The 4×100 team earned its spot with a third place effort of 43.85. Falls also had three other near-misses at state berths as Kaus was just 6-1/4 inches off a berth in his specialty the triple jump, when he turned in a fine fourth place effort of 43-1/2.
The Indians’ 4×400 relay of Doyle and fellow seniors Tyler Smalley and Nienow as well as junior William Reynolds, was also fourth in a season best 3:24.94. Arrowhead earned the third and final slot with a 3:24.06 clocking.
Doyle, who earned two state medals last season as part of the Indians school record 4×100 and 4×200 teams, was a heartbreaking .02 off of a state berth in the 200 dash when he took fourth in the 200 dash in a very fast 22.09.
Doyle was pleased with how this young Indians’ team, which lost people to transfers and to others just not coming, has progressed. They finished second in both the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor meet and in the WIAA regional meet held on May 22.
“We had a lot of young people out there,” he said, “but everyone competed as well as they could in the end and that’s what you really want to see.”
Senior Brandon Schaefer closed out his career on a positive note with a fifth place personal best effort of 49-9 1/2 in the shot put as freshman Davis Corazzari was the same in the high jump (6-0).
Falls was fifth of 16 teams in the sectional with 58 points as Arrowhead won with 126.
For the Falls’ girls, freshman distance runner Eileen Tocco remembered well the success of the youthful Indians’ cross country team that was a surprise state meet qualifier last fall and she wanted to build upon that.
Tocco book-ended that success, when she took third and earned a state berth in the 1,600 with a 10-second personal best of 5:18.0.
“This was a big surprise,” she said. “At the beginning of the season I thought my best shot was in the two-mile (the 3,200), but a lot of people moved out of the 1,600 and I thought this (the 1,600) was a possibility.
“I was seeded third, but I didn’t know how well I would run until I got out there. I really worked hard that last lap.”
She held off Nicolet senior Nora McGuire (5:21.54) for that third and final state berth.
She will be joined at state by the school record 4×100 relay team of junior Jada Jones, freshman Alexis Hunter, junior Sam Kruk and senior Anaya Hunter which turned in a second place effort of 49.63. Milwaukee King turned in a state best of 47.81 in winning the race.
The same quartet turned in a fine season best of 1:44.55 in taking fifth in the 4×200 relay while senior Caleigh Chisholm closed her career with a good fifth place effort of 16.28 in the 100 high hurdles as Jones was the same in the 100 dash (13.36).
Falls was 11th in the 15-team sectional with 29 points as King won with 123.