Ripon Tiger's Preseason Practice

Friday, March 13, 2009 at Ripon High School


Division: 2
Enrollment: 542
Coach: Jayson Duffy
Conference: Eastern Valley
Conference Schools: Berlin, Clintonville, Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom, Little Chute, Omro, Ripon, Waupaca, Winneconne, Appleton Xavier
Notes: Coach Jayson Duffy's Ripon boys team won the 2006 D2 State Championship

Left: Stephanie Zambrowicz [SR] was the 2008 D2 100m HH WIAA Champion. As a sophomore she finished in 4th place at the 2007 State Meet. Last season she posted a 15.09 in the 100m HH to edge out D2 runnerup Erin Kline [SR] of the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans.

Zambrowicz participated in Ripon Middle School track and field. Each athlete was required to compete in all the events but her favorite was the hurdle competition. Emmy Foerster from Kewaskum who was a State Meet qualifier in the 100m hurdles in 2001 was a Ripon College hurdler who encouraged and helped Zambrowicz in middle school. Stephanie's mother was a 200m runner in high school

Head boys and girls coach Jayson Duffy has been a teacher in Ripon since 1998. He has had 16 years teaching experience. Prior to Ripon he and his wife taught in El Paso Texas. Duffy graduated from Berlin high school and competed at UW-La Crosse. Since 2001 he has been the head coach at Ripon. The girls track team has steadily grown from around 15 athletes in 2001 to 32 athletes this season.

The athletes used the halls for a ten minute run prior to meeting in the wrestling gym. After footwork drills [below] the athletes broke into distance, throwers, and sprinter/hurdler groups. Coach Duffy [center, black shirt] is pictured below with the distance runners prior to their outside workout. "Go downtown, take a left on Fond du Lac, head for the hill on Union. At the stop light at Union and highway 23 take a left..." With those intstructions the distance athletes were off and running.

The sprinters and hurdlers ran to the Ripon Armory and back prior to meeting in the parking lot adjacent to the gym. A snow covered track made for Plan 'B' [parking lot].

Above left: Stephanie Zambrowicz discusses practice routines with Bill Butler who is the jumps and hurdles coach at Ripon. Coach Butler is from Berlin and played professional football for Vince Lombardi of the Packers.

Above right: Coach Butler [L] with sprint coach Don Bogdanske. When Jayson Duffy was in high school he ran against coach Bogdanske's teams in CC and Track.

Below L-R: Brittany Gaenslen [green shirt] and Nikki Schraeder [black sweatshirt], Amanda Preissner , and Stephanie Zambrowicz work on their sprint workouts.

Thrower Deidre Erickson [above left] is pictured at a film session in which athletes viewed videos that showed techniques used by successful throwers at the collegiate and Olympic level of competition. The Honor Roll finally put to rest the long standing rumor that throwing coach Amy Maciolek [above right] treated her throwers to pop-corn at video sessions. The bags that throwers had their hands in were filled with rice so that the throwers could work on hand strengthening while watching the videos.

Former Ripon thrower Aaron Studt is the Big 10 Indoor 2009 Champion in the shot put.

After their outside workouts the sprinters and hurdlers went to the weight room for abs & strength drills.

Athletes working in hurdle drills were [L-R] Savannah Hauge, Stephanie Zambrowicz, Lizbet Parks, and Maria Schroeder.

Ingalls Field is one block from Ripon High School and is the home for Ripon High School and Ripon College football and track and field. The field has a nine lane track and an artificial surface field. Two local retired citizens of Ripon Warren Sherman and Bob Lukoski have been instrumental in renovation projects that have provided Ripon High School and Ripon College with first class athletic facilities. The track improvement includes a 'FAT' timing system.

Coach Duffy had a photograph [below] from the Ripon College Archives hanging in his classroom. The picture showed a track meet from the 1890's that was held in the area now occupied by Ingalls Field. Smoke from the starters gun can be seen on the left side of the photo. The first WIAA State Meet was held at UW-Madison in 1895. Veteran track coaches at Ripon remember that in the 1950's Ripon had one of the few 440yd tracks in the area. Cinders were used to provide the running surface. During this era Weyauwega [north of Ripon] used its fairgrounds for a track. The fairgrounds had a 1/2 mile horse race course.