HHS boys track teams uses depth to roll to title in NSC relays

May 2, 2012

Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson is a man who likes to maintain an even strain.

Nothing gets him too upset.

So that's why Benson was able to manage well the various ups and downs of the North Shore Conference Relays Wednesday, as his Highlanders bounced back from a few setbacks to cruise to another championship.

"In the end, tjhe job got done," said Benson, "and the relay meet tends to lend itself to that kind of situation. You can't get too high or too low. You respond to one event and then move onto the next."

"But this meet always brings great satisfaction to me. Especially to win like this (without having a dominant performance)."

The Highlanders won three events en route to a 103-point total as Whitefish Bay was second with 84.

The 1,600 relay team of Jay Schneider, DeAngelo Dantzler, Bryce Juedes and Stephen Sheperd put itself way up the state honor roll with a winning time of 3:24.38.

"It's nice to do that because all it seems we're doing is training," said Schneider, who anchored the relay, "and we were waiting for a race like this. Almost everyone of the team had ran at least two events before this, so we wanted to see what we had left (in the tank) at the end of the meet."

And 2011 state qualifying high jumper Alex Butovskiy had more than a little bit left too as he electrified the crowd at Germantown a personal best and best jump at the meet of 6-5.

"I've been working a lot on my strength," he said. "I'm feeling good right now. I went to state last year at 6-1, and this is a great start to the outdoor season. I just want to keep going."

Julian Boulier and Conor Quick joined in on winning effort.

The other victory came from the long jump team of Riley Pelisek, Evan Sadowsky and Jonathan Parker. Pelisek had the second-best individual jump at 20-7 1/2.

Earning seconds were the 330 high hurdle shuttle of Mitch Kukla, Christian Toth and Wes Wouters (51.57); the 400 relay of Xavier Crumpton, Dantzler,  Brett Geschke and Schneider (43.25); the 3,200 relay team of Cody Berger, Geschke, Nick Allen and Christian Mueller (8:28.85); and the triple jump crew of Pelisek (second best individual jump at 42-9), Kukla and Christian Toth.

The 800 relay team of Crumpton, Juedes, Dantzler and Schneider was third in a state honor roll time of 1:30.27.

"We were all over the board today, but we had a lot of competitive events and that really helped," said Benson.






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