The Homestead boys track team took a little time to find its legs after a long time off, but its outdoor opener showed that the Highlanders are going in the right direction, as they finished second in the West Bend West Invitational on April 21.
"It was a pretty typical first outdoor meet in terms of outcome and effort," said coach Dan Benson. "The veteran guys were a little more prepared for it and they helped the younger guys. Overall, we pretty much accomplished what we came here for."
The Highlanders will try to build on the effort when they head to Tosa West on Friday, April 28, for the annual Benson Invitational, named after Benson's dad, a long-time legendary track coach and official.
"I always like that meet,' said Dan Benson, "because it's three entries per event right before the (North Shore) conference relays (on May 3 at Cedarburg) and that's very valuable to see where kids are. We'll bring a lot of them."
The Highlanders are still patiently waiting for all-state cross country and distance runner Drew Bosley to get back to full health. Benson said that Bosley is progressing nicely from a foot problem but there is no exact time-table for his return.
At the 15-team Spartan Invite, Homestead scored 72 points to edge Menomonee Falls (71) for second while Fond du Lac ran away with the title with 146.
The only first for Homestead came from Mike Bruner in the high jump (5-10).
Earning seconds were Willie Garrison in the 100-meter dash (11.39 seconds in the final after an 11.27 in the trials); the 4x100 relay team of Corey Detoro, Lief Erlandson, Julius Wilkerson and Garrison (44.65); and Timothy Rodd in the shot put with a personal best of 53-1 ½.
Benson was impressed with Rodd's effort as his PR came on a very consistent series of throws.
Thirds went to the 4x400 relay team of Brad Woldt, Erlandson, Brenton Levy and Zion Bullock (3:35.54); and Tyler Brown in the high jump (5-8).
Other places of note included Woldt sixth in the 400 (53.39), Bullock fifth (2:06.15) and Thomas Miller sixth (2:07.28) in the 800, Noah Cummisford fourth in the 1,600 (4:43.05), Matt Hartlieb fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.73), and Jared Schneider fifth in the triple jump (41-9).
Benson liked the work that the sprint crew and its coach Todd Brawner were doing.
"I know he'll maximize their abilities," Benson said. He was also pleased with Schneider's effort in the triple jump.
"It's been quite awhile since we competed," Benson added. "It was good to get outside."