Holding onto their competitive positions with great tenacity, the Germantown boys track team was second, while the girls claimed third in the North Shore Conference Relays Wednesday in Grafton.
The Warhawk boys scored 87 points as Homestead took a second step towards an NSC triple crown with 119.
Earning firsts for the Warhawks were both hurdle teams and the pole vault. In the 900 intermediate hurdles, Dexter Schleis, Nate Schlitt and Ben Holcomb won in a combined time of 2:08.01 while the 330 high hurdle unit of Eric Geisthardt, Schlitt and Schleis won in 48.8. Taylor Ruffin of Homestead narrowly edged Schleis for the best overall time in the intermediate hurdles (40.72-40.73).
The pole vault crew of Mitch and Wes Heupel and Kevin Tran combined for a height of 34 feet to tie with Nicolet for its triumph. Mitch Heupel had the best individual vault at 12-6.
Taking seconds were the 1,600 relay team of Jordan Lark, Geisthardt, Sean Pawlak and Eric Prendergast (season best 3:29.65) and the high jump team of Eric Kindler, Jacob Keefe and Dane Collins (16-9).
The girls scored 59 points for their spot (pole vault not scored) as Homestead also won the second leg of the NSC race, leading Nicolet 95-86, going into the vault.
Germantown's middle distance runners were most impressive as the 1,600 crew of Liz Wendt, Andrea Sielicki, Meredith Humiston and Ali Lotz turned in a season best of 4:10.87 to claim one win, while earlier in the meet, the distance medley team of Wendt, MacKenzie Erdmann, Sielicki and Caitlin Dillon won a close battle with Whitefish Bay and Homestead in 12:52.84. Dillon ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg on the medley and surged past both competitors on the final stretch for the victory.
Sielicki had an impressive 2:20 800-meter leg on the medley relay.
The Warhawks also earned two field event firsts as the high jump team of Dillon, Dana Graunke and Keri Soehrmann won with a combined height of 14- 1/4; and the shot put trio of Beth Alberty, Lexi Keefe and Katie Donlin combined for a distance of 102-3 1/4.
Dillon tied for the best high jump (4-10 1/4) while Alberty (35-2 1/2) had the third-best shot toss.
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