|South Milwaukee High School Boys Track|
|Coaches Report by Head Coach Mark Hoffman||
Menomonee Falls Invite
Tuesday, May, 14th, 2009
1. Menomonee Falls 199
2. Germantown 122.5
3. Port Washington 94.5
4. Sussex Hamilton 70.5
5. Brookfield East 46.5
6. Burlington 45.5
7. Mukwonago 35.5
8. Grafton 32
9. South Milwaukee 29
4x200m Relay Jake Rozenberg, Joe Weirich, Emelio Hernandez, Shane Wickert 1:34.90 (season's best)
4x100m Relay Joe Weirich, Jake Rozenberg, Shane Wickert, Michael Lewis 45.32 (season's best)
4x400m Relay Emelio Hernandez, Joe Denk, Michael Burkett, Jake Rozenberg 3:37.52 4th Place
Long Jump Joe Weirich 20' 0" (personal record) 7th Place
Triple Jump Jian Shi 37' 8 1/2" (personal record) 8th Place
200m Dash Shane Wickert 24.39 (personal record)
100m Dash Michael Lewis 11.97 (personal record)
High Jump Michael Burkett 5' 8" (ties personal record)
The point total and place may not make this look true, but this was a huge improvement over our performance at the conference relay meet. After not scoring a point at the conference relay meet, the biggest goal was to load up our sprint relays. Against some very good competition, they came up big. I give these kids a lot of credit for bearing down and getting better. The second goal was to try some individuals in some other events. This also proved a success for Michael Lewis in the 100 and Joe Weirich in the long jump. Those were pleasant surprises. Although he did not score any points, Joe Denk also had a good meet by running a 55.19 in the 400 and coming back int he 4x400 relay with the same time. Sean Anstett had a PR in the shot put as well. The team is improving and moving in the right direction. For that I am proud of them.
SEC Relays @ Burlington
Tuesday, May 5th
1. Racine Park 95
2. Oak Creek 85
3. Muskego 80
4. Kenosha Bradford 56
4. Racine Horlick 56
6. Burlington 54.5
7. Kenosha Tremper 46
8. South Milwaukee 41.5
9. Franklin 41
10.Racine Case 21
South Milwaukee Point Scorers
Long Jump Relay Michael Lewis, Alan Seto, Jian Shi 58' 2.25"
Triple Jump Relay Michael Lewis, Kevin Maass, Jian Shi 119' 5.5" (5th best in school history)
NOTE: Michael Lewis had the best jumps in the entire competition (LJ - 20' 7.75", TJ - 43' 0.5") 4th Places
300 Intermediate Hurdles Jake Rozenberg, Rudy Betancourt, Joel Belonger 2:18.2
Shot Put Relay Sean Anstett, Pat Morse, Justin Burg 124' 8.75"
3x110m High Hurdle Shuttle Rudy Betancourt, Joel Belonger, Jake Rozenberg 54.34
High Jump Michael Burkett, Austin Stueck, Zack Borzick 15' 8" (3-way tie) 6th Places
Distance Medley Relay John Campbell, Brett Hochstaetter, Josh Roszak, Alex Flanagan 11:47.96 7th Places
4x800m Relay John Campbell, Josh Roszak, Alex Flanagan, Joe Denk 9:00.48
4x400m Relay Jake Rozenberg, Brett Hochstaetter, Michael Lewis, Michael Burkett 3:39.24
Discus Relay Sean Anstett, Pat Morse, Justin Burg 306' 1" (2 way tie)
Well, I can't say this was one of our better meets. Because a relay meet is a total team event, we approached it as such and have to assess our performance as such. So, while we had some very nice individual performances, as a group we were not mentally sharp for this one. After having a relatively good meet at Marquette last Saturday, I certainly didn't see it coming. I knew we were lacking some depth, but our kids have been real fighters this year. The outdoor season has been kind of funny with all of the cancellations, but we won't use that as an excuse for poor handoffs or less than full effort. We just have to be better than that.
The good news is that we were only out of 4th place by 14.5 points. We could have easily made that up with a little bit more concentration on the task at hand. We discussed this after the meet and agreed to all take a look in the mirror - coaches included - to figure out what more we could do to help the team succeed. It must have hit home because our practices were very crisp the rest of the week. I guess that doesn't surprise me. They're still fighters and the experience has helped them come together as a team. I'm looking forward to a big end of the year now that we've had this great learning experience.
Marquette Invite @ Quad Park
Saturday, May 2nd
1. Marquette 88.5 11. Wisconsin Lutheran 31
2. Madison West 77.5 12. Hartford 30
3. Green Bay Preble 75.5 12. Racine Park 30
4. Mukwonago 62.5 14. Kenosha Bradford 24
5. Menomonee Falls 53.2 15. Racine Horlick 22
6. Waukesha Memorial 42 15. Milwaukee Rufus King 22
7. Nicolet 37.5 17. Verona 18.5
8. Port Washington 35.2 18. Kenosha Tremper 15.2
9. West Bend East 35 19. South Milwaukee 8.2
10.Milwaukee Vincent 32 20. Shorewood 1.2
South Milwaukee Point Scorers
4th Place Michael Lewis Long Jump 20' 8.5"
7th Place Jake Rozenberg, Joe Weirich, Emelio Hernandez, Shane Wickert 4x200 Relay 1:34.27
6th Place (tie) Mike Burkett High Jump 5'8"
It may not look like it from the score, but this was a great meet in a number of ways. First, it was great to finally have some decent weather so we could have an outdoor meet. After not competing for several weeks, the athletes finally had a chance to see how much they have improved over that time. They've been working hard and have been doing a great job keeping a positive attitude, but its nice to actually get to be able to get out there and really push it against other teams. Second, we were able to bring along a few underclassmen to participate in this meet. Those freshmen and sophomores handled themselves quite well and got an opportunity to see what a high profile meet like this is like. Hopefully, they'll bring it back to the rest of the team and help bring them along for the ride. We have a very talented group of underclassmen who should continue to improve. They have the potential to be very good if they keep working hard. Third, we all know we could have done much better if we had everyone for this meet and had really loaded up our lineup. We were missing some of our athletes due to state music competition. Also, with conference relays on Tuesday, we did not put some of our athletes in the maximum number of events. We will do that on Tuesday and expect some very good performances on that day.
Wisconsin TFA State Indoor Championships Saturday, April 11
1. Marshfield 30
2. Racine Park 23
3. Waukesha North 22
3. Milwaukee Riverside 22
3. West Bend East 22
6. Waukesha West 21
7. Appleton East 20
8. Ashwaubenon 15
9. Green Bay Preble 14
10. Monroe 12
11. Mukwonago 11.5
12. Nicolet 11
12. Bay Port 11
14. Darlington 10
14. Milwaukee King 10
14. Madison Memorial 10
14. Milwaukee South 10
18. Luxemburg-Casco 9.5
19. Madison LaFollette 9
20. Tomah 8
20. Chilton 8
20. Stevens Point 8
20. Reedsburg 8
20. South Milwaukee 8
20. Port Washington 8
Michael Lewis Triple Jump 43'4" (Currently 10th on the state honor roll)
Michael Lewis Long Jump 20'9.5"
Other notable Performances
Shane Wickert, Joe Weirich, Emilio Hernandez, Jake Rozenberg 4x200 Relay 1:38.24 (Season Best)
We finished up our indoor season once again going against some of the best competition in the state. Michael Lewis showed that he was up to the challenge scoring all of our points against a very tough field in the long and triple jumps. He did this despite not having quite as much "pop" as he had last week due to tougher workouts. This was actually supposed to be a week in which we backed off in our workouts to allow the athletes time for their legs to recover after four weeks of building up. However, last week's weather forced us to back off last week while this week's weather was more conducive to some hard workouts outdoors. As a result, all of our athletes had "heavy" legs. Its a good sign that Mike was able to still jump so well and our 4x200 was able to achieve the best time so far this year. They all have a lot more in them. We still have quite a bit of hard work to do, but its going in the right direction. We are all excited to get outside next week and really open things up.
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Racine Invite @ Carthage College
1. Oak Creek 82
2. Kenosha Tremper 70
3. Waterford 69.5
4. Kenosha Bradford 64
5. South Milwaukee 45
5. Racine Case 45
7. Racine Horlick 37.5
8. Muskego 37
9. Westosha Central 34
11.Racine Lutheran 28
14.Union Grove 12
15.Racine Prairie 5
South Milwaukee Point Scorers
Long Jump Michael Lewis 21' 4.25" (personal record)
Triple Jump Michael Lewis 42' 2.5"
4x200 Relay Joe Weirich, Shane Wickert, Michael Kryszak, Emelio Hernandez 1:40.67 4th Places
55m HH Rudy Betancourt 8.67 (pr)
55m Dash Joe Weirich 7.03 (pr)
55m Dash Shane Wickert 7.04 (pr)
800m Run Joe Denk 2:11.87
55m HH Kirk Severson 9.17 (pr)
High Jump Michael Burkett 5'8"
Considering we had only scored 3 points in our last two Saturday meets, scoring 45 points was a huge step forward. With four of our athletes missing due to the ACT, we were still able to compete favorably with the teams from our conference. I'm very proud of the effort put forth so far this year from this team. They continue to scratch and claw for points and don't back down from anyone. They have been extrememly competitive and are really starting to believe in themselves. We have a long way to go and can still improve in a number of areas, but this last meet was extrememly encouraging and a definite boost to our confidence.
Racine Park Quad
Thursday, March 24th
1. Racine Park 180
2. Burlington 113
3. Racine Lutheran 64
4. Racine Prairie 28
5. Racine St. Cats 15
5. South Milwaukee 15
3rd Place Isaiah Rodriguez Long Jump 16' 10 1/2"
4th Place Sean Anstett Shot Put 40' 3 1/2"
4th Place Noah Thompson, Ben Hoffman, Ben Susedik, Jason Mueller 4x200 Relay 1:29.0
6th Place Mike Kryszak 200m Dash 26.3
JV Place Winners that would have placed on varsity including place they would have finished.
3rd Place Nate Halverson Long Jump 16' 11 1/2"
3rd Place Austin Stueck High Jump 5' 2"
3rd Place Pat Berg High Jump 5' 2"
4th Place Zack Borzick High Jump 5' 0"
Although Park runs this as a JV and Varsity meet, we treat it primarily as a JV meet and move a few athletes up to test them against varsity competition. We were pleased to be able to score any points at all on the varsity level. On top of it, some of our JV's performed at a level that would have scored points at the varsity meet. That is very encouraging.
Lake Michigan Invite @ Carthage College
Saturday, March 28th
1. Hartland Arrowhead 92
2. Homestead 62
3. Mukwonago 43
4. Milwaukee Vincent 37
5. Zion-Benton (IL) 36
6. Crystal Lake South (IL) 30
7. Racine Park 27
8. Port Washington 26
9. Catholic Memorial 22
10.Shaumburg (IL) 21.5
28.South Milwaukee 3
Place Winners and Noteable Performances
6th Place Michael Lewis Long Jump 20' 11 1/2"
9th Place Jake Rozenberg, Joe Weirich, Emilio Hernandez, Shane Wickert 1:39.60 (missed scoring by 0.13 of a sec).
Michael Burkett High Jump 5' 8" (Indoor Best)
Alan Seto Long Jump 18' 10" (Personal Record)
Outside of the state meet, this is probably the stiffest competition that our athletes will see all year. Michael Lewis did a great job in the long jump. His best jump was actually closer to 22 feet, but he scratched. That would have put him right with the best long jumpers in the state which is actually his second best event. He has yet to triple jump and show his real potential. Michael Burkett just missed at 5'10" which would have been a personal record. He was actually over the bar and sitting on the mat. The bar was teetering for a second and then fell. Its early and I expect him to make that without a problem in the near future. The 4x200 relay is on the cusp of moving up as they have just missed out on scoring in two consecutive really tough meets. Success is just around the corner for them.
Waht a lot of people don't realize is that we have a lot of young athletes that are developing right now. We also have some seniors that have never been out for track before who have talent, but lack experience. The most important thing right now is that we keep improving. Its will be baby steps at first, but as long as they believe in themselves and the workout plan, the improvement will come in bigger steps as the year progresses. Right now, they're working very hard and that's what matters the most.
Cudahy Quad @ Cudahy
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
1. Cudahy 117
2. Bay View 66
3. South Milwaukee 39
4. St. Francis 0
South Milwaukee Place Winners
High Jump Isaiah Rodriguez 5'6" (personal record)
200m Dash Isaiah Rodrigues 27.2 (personal record)
1 mile Josh Roszak 5:19.1 (personal record)
55m High Hurdles Jake Rozenberg 9.5 (indoor best)
400m Dash Symeon Robinson 65.3
55m Inter Hurdles Kirk Severson 9.4 (indoor best)
6-lap relay Ben Susedik, Brett Hochstaetter, Jason Mueller, Michael Kryszak 2:09.6
12-lap relay Ben Susedik, Brett Hochstaetter, Jason Mueller, Michael Kryszak 4:54.2
Shot Put Justin Burg 41'10" (personal record)
55m High Hurdles Kirk Severson 9.5 (personal record)
400m Dash Ben Hoffman 66.2
55m Inter Hurdles Jake Rozenberg 10.2 (personal record)
Shot Put Sean Anstett 41'3" (personal record)
1 mile Andrew Backes 5:49.3
Nelson-Daniels Invite @ UW Whitewater
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Team Scores (30 teams total)
1. Hartland Arrowhead 66
2. Brookfield East 46
3. Waukesha North 44
4. Marquette HS 41
5. Menomonee Falls 40
South Milwaukee - Did not score
South Milwaukee Performances
55m High Hurdles
Rudy Betancourt 8.93 (personal record) 55m Dash
Joe Weirich 7.22
Alan Seto 7.35 (personal record)
Shane Wickert 7.03 (personal record)
Alex Flanagan 5:08.25
Jake Rozenberg, Joe Weirich, Alan Seto, Shane Wickert 1:38.92 (13th place)
Joe Denk 2:12.11 (13th place)
Micheal Burkett, Alan Seto, Rudy Betancourt, Jake Rozenberg 3:52.81
We are excited and pleased to be back at it for another season of Rocket track and field. Returning this year to our coaching staff we have Paul Hiegel in the distances, Keino Turner in the jumps, and John Riggins in the hurdles. I am coaching the throwers this year while coaches Turner and Riggins are sharing the duties in the sprints. We currently have 62 boys on our roster so our total numbers are holding steady from previous years. Our numbers at the freshman level are a bit low this year at 17. Normally we have between 20 and 30. If any freshmen are still thinking of joining the team, its not too late to come out. Its a great way to get in shape and be a part of a great team atmosphere.
Despite the point totals, we consider the first two meets as successful. Our goal for these early meets are very simple: Learn how to prepare yourself to compete in track and field. This means that each athlete develops the proper routines for warm-up, competition, and cool-down at a track meet. I have been very pleased with this group in the way they have handled themselves so far this year. They are starting out on the right foot to ensure the greatest possible level of success at the end of the year. With that goal in mind, we do not set our lineups at this time to score the most number of points, but rather to get as much experience as possible.
I am particularly pleased with our how some of our seniors have led the group so far. Joe Weirich (sprints), Sean Anstett (throws), and Michael Lewis (jumps) have been outstanding in that aspect so far. I have also been pleased with some of our new comers. Senior, Shane Wickert looks like he is going to be a great asset to our team in his first year of track. Junior Jake Rozenberg and sophomore Kirk Severson have looked good in the hurdles as has senior Rudy Betancourt. Sophomore, Isaiah Rodriguez is also new to the sport and did quite well at the Cudahy meet. We expect big things out of him. While our distance squad lacks some depth, Junior Alex Flanagan and Sophomore Josh Roszak put in a lot of work in the off-season and have looked good so far.
Our challenge this year will be to develop some depth and increase our strength and conditioning levels throughout the season. If we work hard in practice and continue improving in our preparation for meets, we will be a much better team at the end of the year than we are right now. That seems to be the pattern over the years with our team. If that's the case this year, then we'll have a successful year.
Boys Track Coach
South Milwaukee HS