Germantown girls track wins three relays at North Shore Conference Outdoor
Senior Jayne Bertieri a bright spot on a young squad
Germantown senior sprinter Jayne Bertieri just laughs when she thinks of how old she is compared to the rest of her surprisingly successful Warhawks girls track squad.
"There must be something like 80 freshmen on this team," she said at the North Shore Conference Outdoor on May 20. "I'm the only senior sprinter out there and I'm just so happy to be part of it all. I hope this (season) never comes to an end."
But the end is in sight, and Bertieri and her youthful comrades are making the most of it. She was part of winning 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay teams at the NSC Outdoor and also watched as an equally youthful 4x400 team also claimed the title in its race as Germantown took a strong third in the event.
"We were just trying to do things that played into our strengths and it worked out pretty well," said Warhawks coach Greg Siegert of the relay teams. "Our future is really bright on the girls side (with so many freshmen). We're even thinking about next year about how we can build on our depth."
Eyes on the prize
But for the moment, Siegert, Bertieri and the rest are clearly focused on the here and now as they look to earn some valuable state meet experience. They took part in the WIAA regional meet at Watertown on May 27 and will now send qualifiers from there to the sectional meet at Sussex Hamilton on Friday, May 30.
From there, the top three in each event plus all those whose efforts are among the eight best of all sectionals statewide will advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse on June 6 and 7.
"We'll see a lot of competition, but we are confident," said Siegert of the sectional.
Behind the three relay wins, Germantown finished with 113-1/2 points at the outdoor as Whitefish Bay edged Homestead, 146-140, for the title.
The highlight of the three titles was the school record effort of 1 minute, 45.59 seconds of the 4x200 team of Rosalie Campbell, Bertieri, Erika Betthauser and Kenzie Schmitz. The squad took more than 1.5 seconds off the old mark of 1:47.23.
"I've never run the 4x200 until this year and it's fun," said Bertieri.
Betthauser broke open the race with an explosive third leg that left the competition well in the rear-view mirror.
"We can count on her to do certain things that others just can't," said Siegert of Betthauser.
The 4x100 team of Betthauser, Schmitz, Tatum Gallenberger and Bertieri then set a season best mark of 50.72 in easily cruising to a win in its event.
A young win
Germantown also had some fun at the end, as the ridiculously young 4x400 team of Campbell, Gallenberger, Molly Baus and Alyssa Goesch came across in a winning time of 4:05.33.
The Warhawks were trailing Grafton in the race until the final 150 meters or so, when Goesch, better known for her 800 and 1,600-meter exploits, slipped into an amazing gear off the final turn and wound up winning as she closed with a blistering 400 split of 59.1.
As a sophomore, Campbell was the elder stateswoman on the 4x400 team as the other three are freshmen.
Other good efforts for the Warhawks included the following: 100—Bertieri, third (13.15); Gallenberger, fourth (13.23). 200—Betthauser, fourth (26.95); Schmitz, fifth (27.15). 400—Baus, fifth (1:02.59). 800—Goesch, third (2:21.43). 1,600—Khia Kurtenbach, third (5:15.23). 110 high hurdles—Megan Hedinger, fourth (17.3). 300 low hurdles—Hedinger, fourth (49.89). 4x800—Calli Lemke, Baus, Julia Schroder and Goesch, third (10:11.66). Shot put—Olivia Verdin, sixth (31-10 1/2). Discus—Verdin, fourth (95-9). High jump—Schmitz, fourth (5-0). Long jump—Erin Willard, third (16-6 1/4). Triple jump—Willard, sixth (32-5).
Siegert was excited about the meet and has been impressed by the work of the team's few upperclassmen, such as Bertieri, in helping lead the younger members of the squads down the road of success.
"Jayne can be very headstrong," said Siegert, "but she is a very calming influence on the rest of the team."
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