At this point in the track and field season, it becomes hard not to look ahead to the postseason, especially when you are a state championship contender.
Brookfield East avoided looking ahead to the Greater Metro Outdoor Championships on May 16 and the WIAA regional on May 22 to take care of business at the Ron Burling Invitational.
The Spartans scored 136 points to finish 21 points in front of host Menomonee Falls on May 9 to win their fourth outdoor invite and their seventh overall meet of the season.
"Our kids have worked hard all year and they are like many of our previous teams in that they know how to compete," Brookfield East coach Mike Steiner said. "We value the process and we certainly value the ability to show up and be in attack mode.
"That's what we do. There is no other way to do this. At this point, we're still working on sharpening our focus, but this was a positive step."
East received individual event titles from Caleb Wright in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.31 seconds and from Cam Bauer in the triple jump with a personal record 45 feet, 3 inches.
Bauer also set a personal record in the pole vault, clearing 13-06 to take second.
"Cam had a big day," Steiner said. "He threw a big one out there in the triple jump which was fun to see. He has an awful lot of talent and is key for us as we go into the home stretch."
The 4x400 relay of Saxton Williams, Avery Barnes, Jan Wodnicki and Sam McTaggart in 3 minutes, 26.61 seconds.
Wodnicki was the runner-up in the 800 in 2:00.72, and Barnes took second in the 110 hurdles in 15.46 seconds and 300 hurdles in 41.52 seconds. Williams was second in the long jump at 22-03 1/2.
"Jan is starting to show some consistency and has been a steady contributor all year long," Steiner said. "(Saxton Williams) was actually struggling a bit with his approach so we made a little adjustment and he popped a big one. He is a special talent who has been in a number of big meets during his time with us. We have high expectations for him the rest of the way."
Morris Seaton, Wright, Abel Christiansen and Williams teamed to take second in the 4x100 in 44.03 seconds.
McTaggart took third in the 400 in 52.52 seconds, Ryan Mazza was third in the triple jump at 40-07, Seaton was fourth in the 100 in 11.30 seconds, Justin Christiansen took fifth in the 200 in 23.14 seconds, Alek Tyler was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 42.92 seconds and Patrick Cartier claimed fifth in the triple jump at 39-06 1/2.
"Our hurdle group continues the strong tradition we have in that event," Steiner said. "We rely on them heavily in not just the hurdles but in multiple events and they are our workhorses. Caleb (Wright) is a special talent and Avery (Barnes) continues to be one of our most valuable contributors.
"Justin (Christiansen) ran really well. He has been a pleasant surprise for us this year. He ran a best ever time in the 200 and looked strong in the relays. He is a key piece for us as we go forward."
East will look to complete the Greater Metro Conference Triple Crown at the GMC Outdoor Championships on May 16 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa.
"The GMC Outdoor is going to be a challenge," Steiner said. "It always is. Our kids will be ready and they will compete. We'll take a big swing at it and let the chips fall where they may. I like our chances but there isn't a lot of room for error, so we'll have to be on top of our game."