The underclassmen-dominated Whitefish Bay boys track team has always been a “strength in numbers” kind of outfit this season and they’re going to finish up that same way.
Bay had a sound day at the WIAA sectional meet at Germantown on May 25 and will send to the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, June 2 and 3, four individuals and a relay team.
The qualifiers include sophomore Evan Murray in the 100-meter dash, junior Rhys Koch in the 800, senior Michael Kirkendoll in the 110 high hurdles and the triple jump and the 4×800 relay team that included a combination of juniors Rowan and Rhys Koch, junior Bowin Bassindale, sophomores Noal Basil and Eli Dyer and senior Henry Primack.
Kirkendoll was 16th in the triple jump at last year’s meet and is looking forward to getting back.
“I’m fine finishing up with two events,” he said. “I’ve been working hard on my technique and I feel like I’m in a real good place mentally. I just had to concentrate on finishing in the top three (of my events) and really pushing myself.
“Try to make it to the next level.”
Kirkendoll was third in the 110 high hurdles with a 15.27 seconds clocking and was second in the triple jump with an effort of 44 feet-three inches. He missed out on a third spot in the pole vault by three inches when he took fifth with a showing of 13-0.
The 4×800 relay was a pleasant surprise at it recorded a season best of 8:05.54 in earning third.
Rhys Koch later turned in a strong third in the 800 to earn his slot in 1:56.32. He was 11th in the 800 last season at state but was not taking another state berth for granted.
“I felt good but I was still pretty nervous,” he said. “My stomach was in knots. It was a pretty crazy race. I really had to push through to get there (back to state).”
Murray earned his spot with a second place 100 dash effort of 11.02. He missed out on a second state berth in the 200 by just .04 of a second after earning fifth in an intense race with a quick 22.11 time.
Senior Rayquan Bolden was another near miss after taking fifth in the long jump with a 21-1 effort, just three inches out of third.
The efforts left Bay in sixth place in the 16-team sectional with 53 points while Arrowhead won with 126.