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State meet veterans will help lead the Grafton boys and girls track and field teams this spring.

"We have a few key returners who have had state experience from last year," coach Kevin Kriegel said.

The boys' state participants are senior Bobby Olmr in the 4x100-meter and 4x200 relays, junior John Kluck in the 4x100 and 4x200, senior Ryan Melotik in the 4x200 and sophomore Caden Knauer in the 4x100 and 4x200.

Veterans for the girls are junior Abby Cibulka in the long jump and 4x200, sophomore Julia Wille in the 1,600 run and junior Lizbeth Huertas in the 4x200.

Kriegel said the teams should have strong sprinters and solid throwers, including senior Casey Garza and sophomore Justine Tiegs for the girls and junior Nick Franzen for the boys.

The coach said others who should have an impact include sophomore Kate Senczyszyn, freshman Jaden Mirek and freshman Delaney Riedl, all in the sprints; sophomore Calen Knauer and sophomore Jack Orlowski in the sprints and junior Gordy Thompson in the distance events.

The boys competed in the Madison West Relays on April 1 at the University of Wisconsin Shell, taking 13th place with 17 points.

The highest places were fifth from the 4x100 relay of Caden Knauer, Olmr, Calen Knauer and Kluck (46.71 seconds) and the 4x800 unit of Melotik, junior Ethan Lang, sophomore Sam Peters and Thompson (8:38.99).

Coming in seventh were Kluck in the 200 (24.4 seconds), Thompson in the 3,200 (10:17.04), the 4x200 relay of Caden Knauer, Olmr, Orlowski and Melotik (1:37.84) and the 4x400 group of Orlowski, Lang, junior Ian Bould and Melotik (3:41.53).

Kluck was eighth in the 55 dash (6.86) and 10ths went to Bould in the 400 dash (56.35) and sophomore Zander Lichosik in the 1,600 (4:54.47).

"We are a fairly young team but are promising, with an abundance of youth," Kriegel said. "We have lots of freshmen."

The Black Hawks will compete in the North Shore Conference Indoor Meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Homestead.

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