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Boys stay unbeaten
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OREGON - In a battle of unbeatens, the Monroe boys track team secured its position in the driver's seat as the top team in the Southern Badger Conference after sweeping a triple dual with Oregon and Monona Grove.

The Cheesemakers defeated the previously unbeaten Silver Eagles, 95-51 and rolled over Oregon, 115-31.

Monroe (6-0 Badger South) in dual meets will enter the Badger South meet May 19 at Fort Atkinson unbeaten. The Cheesemakers won 13 of the 18 events.

The Cheesemakers swept the top three spots in the 100-meter dash to set the tone in the third event of the meet. Monroe senior Garrett Wyss won the 100 with a time of 12.10 seconds followed by Mason Goff (:12.20) and Alex Bartlett (:12.40).

"I know the 100 meter dash is only the third event in the meet," Monroe boys track coach Dave Hirsbrunner said. "There were still 15 more to go. But when our guys swept that event, I knew it was over. You could feel the momentum go our way and there was no giving it back. We knew that if we set up to beat MG, the Oregon score would take care of itself."

Monroe senior Tad Christen won the triple jump (44 feet, 1/2 inch) - a distance that won the event by two feet and is the fourth best in Monroe's school history.

Christen won the long jump (20-2) and was on the winning 800 relay, and anchored the winning 1,600 relay.

Christen teamed with Bartlett, Dan Vale and Goff to win the 800 relay with a time of (1:34.80). In the 1,600 relay, he teamed with Bryan Tordoff, Skyler Stingley and Cullen Sampson to win the race with a time of 3:36.20. Tordoff added a first place finish in the 400 (:53.40).

"He had a tremendous night," Hirsbrunner said. "He's the kind of senior leader that we knew would be there when his team needs him."

Monroe senior Brett DeNure won three individual events including the 800 (2:07.40), 1,600 (4:50) and 3,200 (10:45.20).

"This is not an easy triple to complete," Hirsbrunner said. "Brett's strong enough to pull it off, especially when he knows we need it for our team to win."

Monroe sophomore Caleb Ahrens won the 110 hurdles (:16.8) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (:42.30).

Sophomore Jeff Hill won the pole vault after clearing 13-0.

The Cheesemakers' 3,200 relay team of Cody Plenge, Dylan Starck, Sampson and Gavin Wels finished first with a time of 9:16.

"Tonight was a total team effort," Hirsbrunner said. "Guys were sacrificing their own personal performances for the team. We have been talking about how special this team is all year long. Tonight they really reflected that statement. There are several guys that want to win and win at all costs."