Wauwatosa West's boys track and field team is known for its sprinters, but it was a distance runner that sealed the Woodland Conference Indoor team championship for the Trojans on April 7 at UW-Parkside.
Paris Howell won the long jump, Javaree Jackson took the shot put title and Sterling Heit's sixth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run locked up the title for the Trojans, who scored 113.5 team points to hold off second-place New Berlin Eisenhower (98 points).
"We are very proud of how the boys competed," Tosa West boys track and field coach Matt Good said. "Going in we thought we had a chance to compete for the indoor title. We knew it would come down to the end, which it did, and we could not be any happier with the result."
Howell cleared 6 feet, 2 inches to take first in the high jump. He also was the runner-up in the triple jump at 40-0 and came in third in the long jump in 20-6 1/4. Jackson recorded a top throw of 56-6 1/2 to easily win the shot put.
Ean Haller placed second in the 55 hurdles in 8.10 seconds and was sixth in the 400 in 53.59 seconds. Bayden Stoltenburg-Willis was second in the high jump clearing 5-10. Earning third-place finishes for Tosa West were Jeremiah Cash in the 800 in 2 minutes, 7.58 seconds, Kyleon Parker in the 55 hurdles in 8.30 seconds and Austin Ertl in the shot put with a toss of 46-06.
Josh Riebe was fourth in the 55 hurdles in 8.55 seconds, Michael Green came in fifth in the triple jump at 39-02 and tied for fifth in the 55 dash in 6.87 seconds and Heit claimed sixth in the 3,200 in 10:48.90.
The Trojans took second in both the 4x400 relay (3:37.41) and the 4x800 relay (8:42.79) and were third in the 4x200 relay (1:36.57).
"Our field events were extremely good and we expected those kinds of results," Good said. "Hurdles we thought were going to be good and we ended second, third and fourth in finals, which is always good. Our 400 through 800 kids competed hard for points.
"Without a doubt Heit stole the show for us. His sixth-place finish sealed the meet for us. Our 4x400 ran the type of race we expected. It was a total team performance."