WISTCA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2019

Saturday, February 2, 2019. HOF Ceremony at the Madison Marriot

Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Hall Of Fame Class Of 2019

Seated above L-R: Arian "Bud" Hilgendorf - Orfordville Parkview, Brooke Jaworski - Wausau West, FlaTria Horne - Racine Park, Shelia Schuffer - Stevens Point, and Terrie Fregien - Sullivan.
Standing above L-R: Marques Johnson - Milwaukee Vincent, Josh Dickerson - D. C. Everest, and Greg Peterson - D. C. Everest.

Photo top left: FlaTria Horne Hall Of Fame Class 2019 inductee and WISTCA master of ceremonies Mark Maas..

WISTCA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2019
Source: Press Release by Jason McMahon
Wisconsin Track Coaches Association PR Czar

The Wisconsin Track Coaches Association (WISTCA) is pleased to welcome eight members to its Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019, including six state champion athletes and two of our most accomplished coaches. The WISTCA Hall of Fame began with its inaugural class in 1990 and has enshrined more than 150 athletes and more than 50 coaches. All inductees can be found at the WISTCA website.

WISTCA HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019: Amanda Nechuta (Bailey), Mosinee, Melissa Oleson (Tasson), Marinette , FlaTria Horne (White), Racine Park , Ray Neosh, Green Bay East, Josh Dickerson, Schofield D.C. Everest, Marques Johnson, Milwaukee Vincent, Coach Arlan "Bud" Hilgendorf, Wausaukee/Orfordville Parkvew, and Coach Greg Peterson, Schofield D.C. Everest.

Three other individuals will be honored at the Hall of Fame banquet. WIAA Administrative Assistant Sheila Schulfer will be presented with the WISTCA Merit Award. The late Dan Fregien will be presented with the Officials Merit Award. And WISTCA Fundraising Coordinator Mike Price will be presented with the WISTCA Service Award. Price also serves as transportation coordinator and on the coaching staff for Team Wisconsin at the Midwest Senior Spotlight Meet and has previously served as WISTCA high jump chair and WISTCA Clinic door prize chair. Price, a Green Bay native, coached at a number of schools in the Green Bay area and is currently an assistant coach at Deerfield High School.

In addition to the Hall of Fame class, WISTCA will honor the 2018 boys and girls Athletes of the Year (as selected by the WISTCA Executive Committee), along with boys and girls District Coaches of the Year (as voted on by their colleagues).

2018 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Kenny Bednarek [Rice Lake] and Brooke Jaworski [Wausau West].

KENNY BEDNAREK will go down as one of the greatest track and field athletes in Wisconsin history after posting one of most dominant performances ever seen at the WIAA state meet in June. Bednarek swept the 100, 200, and 400, setting Division 2 state records in every event. His times of 20.43 in the 200 and 46.73 in the 400 are the fastest ever run at the state meet in any division, and his 200 time was the eighth-fastest ever recorded by a high school athlete, according to National Federation of High Schools data. Bednarek's three gold medals - giving him seven for his career, after winning the 200 and 400 as a sophomore and junior - helped lead Rice Lake to the Division 2 state championship. The record he set in the 400-meter preliminaries marked the third consecutive year he broke the Division 2 state record in that event. Bednarek has moved on to Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, where he has posted world-leading times in the indoor 200 and 400 this season.

BROOKE JAWORSKI becomes the sixth girl to win the WISTCA Female Athlete of the Year award twice, after becoming the first freshman winner two seasons ago. She won her third consecutive WIAA Division 1 400-meter dash state title in June, coming within four-hundredths of a second of the record she set in the event a year earlier, and then raced to a new state record in winning the 300-meter low hurdles, a new event for her in 2018. Her hurdles time of 41.40 was the fifth-best among the nation's high schoolers. She also medaled in the long jump and 4x400-meter relay, helping Waukesha West to the Division 1 team championship. Prior to the high school season, Jaworski set the facility record for high school girls in the 400 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, during the SPIRE Scholastic Showcase. She followed that up with an eighth-place finish at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory in New York City. After the high school season, Jaworski finished seventh in the 400 hurdles at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland.


District 1 GIRLS - Julie Schunk/Matt Peterson, Shell Lake. BOYS - Matt Tebo, Rice Lake.
District 2 GIRLS - Mike Balliet, Wittenberg-Birnamwood. BOYS - Andy Wyss, Three Lakes.
District 3 GIRLS - Adrian Ugo, Viroqua. BOYS - Kevin Kravik, Bangor.
District 4 GIRLS - Brad Hoerth, Kimberly. BOYS - Craig Zellner, West De Pere.
District 5 GIRLS - Todd Bastian, Benton/Scales Mound (Ill.)/Shullsburg. BOYS - Randy Skellenger, Lodi.
District 6 GIRLS - Doug Siegert, Jefferson.BOYS - Sean Currie, Cambridge
District 7 GIRLS - Chris Ramsey, Waukesha West. BOYS - Mackenzie Laska, Wawatosa East
2018 Wisconsin T & F coaches of the Year - Girls Chris Ramsey, Waukesha West - Brad Hoerth, Kimberly.

All Kids Can Find A Home
In This Amazing Sport

The HOF posters to the right, left and above were produced by Keith Klestinski of Marquette High Schoool.

In preliminary remarks WISTCA Hall Of Fame MC Mark Maas stressed the dignity and respect coaches can impart to the athletes they coach. Maas talked about coaching the life lesson of "failure is not the end but only the beginning of learning." Maas ended his remarks by saying "all kids can find a home in this amazing sport."

Wisconsin Track Online Memories

Seeing senior Brooke Jaworski talking to Wisconsin track legend Mark Winzenreid prior to the Hall Of Fame ceremony brought to mind the thought of how much track history has been made in the last 50 years in Wisconsin. Mark is a HOF member being inducted into the original HOF Class of 1990.

In 1994 when Wisconsin Track Online was struggling with organizing the Honor Roll lists Mark's brother Dan who was head coach at Sauk Prairie laid out a plan to get Wisconsin Track Online rolling in the right direction. Dan is a Class of 2013 HOF member .

Kenny Bednarek was unable to attend as he and his family were at the University of Nebraska for a college track meet.

Bednarek's Indian Hills Team was competing in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite held in Lincoln Nebraska. At the meet Bednarek set a record in the 200m dash with a time of 20.30. This time is the World and American leading time for the 200m dash as of February 2, 2019.

WISTCA President
Joe Hackbarth ~ La Crosse Logan

WISTCA 2018 Male Athlete Of The Year
Kenny Bednarek ~ Rice Lake

WISTCA 2018 Female Athlete Of The Year
Brooke Jaworski ~ Wausau West

Amanda "Nechuta" Bailey was coaching her team at Luther College and could not attend the ceremony. However she sent a video and her mother attended to receive her HOF Award.

HOF Inductee
Flatria "Horne" White ~ Racine Park

HOF Inductee
Melissa "Oleson" Tassone ~ Marinette

HOF Inductee
Amanda "Nechuta" Bailey ~ Mosinee

HOF Inductee
Josh Dickerson ~ D.C. Everest

HOF Inductee
Ray Neosh ~ Green Bay East

HOF Inductee
Marques Johnson ~ Milwaukee Vincent

HOF Inductee - Coach
Arlan "Bud" Hilgendorf ~ Wausaukee,
La Farge, and Orfrodville Parkview

HOF Inductee - Coach
Greg Peterson ~ D.C. Everest

Officials Merit Award - WIAA Referee
Dan Freigen ~ "Awarded Posthumously"

Award Of Merit
Sheila Schulfer ~ Stevens Point

Officials Merit Award - WIAA Referee
Terrrie Fregien ~ Wife of Dan Fregien

WISTCA Awards Chairman
Jim Stephnany ~ Wausau West

WISTCA Hall of Fame MC
Mark Maas ~ Whitewater

WISTCA Secretary and Woman4Woman Cordinator
Kari Krakow ~ Portage

WISTCA Clinic Co-Director
Mark Hoffman ~ South Milwaukee

WISTCA President Elect
Tom Hoogester West Bend East

WISTCA Historian
John Masanz ~ Wausau West

WISTCA Service Award
Mike Price ~ Deerfield

WISTCA HOF Press Release by Jason McMahon

WISTCA Female Hall of Fame Members 1990 - 2018
Looking Back: Past Hall of Fame Female Members

Name   Grad School Event Inducted
Lori Monk 1974 Madison West Dash 1993
Terry Simonson - Davis 1974 Racine Case Throws 1996
Sue Tallard 1974 Madison Memorial Dash 1991
Patty Hein - Trimborn 1976 Lake Mills Hurdles 1997
Ann Mulrooney 1976 Prairie du Chien Distance 1990
Jane Dwyer - Kolonko 1977 Madison East Dash 1997
Pam Moore 1977 Madison Memorial Dash 1992
Linda (Hoffman) Zeske 1978 Green Bay SW Long Jump 2013
Sandy Grove 1978 Brookfield East Distance 2002
Megan R. Scott 1979 Platteville Throws 2014
Kelly (Miller) Lillge 1980 Monroe Hurdles 2011
MaryAnn Brunner 1980 Waukesha North Distance 2001
Margaret (Davis) McDonnell 1981 Brookwood Distance 2012
Cathy Branta 1981 Slinger Distance 1991
Sharon Dollins 1981 Janesville Parker Dash/Jumps 1994
Diane Lemmitt 1981 Milwaukee West Dash 2007
Cindy Lensmire 1981 Marathon Throws 2018
Wendy Markham - Hirsch 1981 Cedarburg High Jump 1995
Ellen Olson Wermuth 1981 Madison West Distance 2007
Kris Eiring 1982 New Holstein Dash 1999
Michelle Riedl - Baumgartner 1982 Kenosha St Joseph High Jump 1998
Ann Kattreh 1983 Kohler Dash 1990
Jennifer (Brown) Simmons 1985 Pius XI Hurdles 2008
Lori Wolter 1985 Sauk Prairie Distance 1995
Shari (Hafenstein) Lemke 1986 Waterloo Hurdles 2014
Suzy Favor - Hamilton 1986 Stevens Point Distance 1995
Catherine Jones 1986 Milwaukee Riverside Hurdles 1993
Kim Tiller 1986 Richland Center Dash 1992
Lee Ann (Majerle) Kitchell 1987 D.C. Everest Jumps 2007
Deb Hafenstein 1987 Waterloo Triple Jump 1994
Ester Jones 1987 Milwaukee Bay View Dash 1993
Tracy Mattes 1987 Pius XI Hurdles 2002
Clare (Eichner) Taylor 1988 Wauwatosa East Distance 2008
Andrea Lee 1989 Milwaukee Riverside Dash 2004
Molly McClimmon 1989 Edgewood Distance 1996
Julie A. (Beck) Steinhoff 1990 Tomah Throws 2001
Amy Wickus 1990 Baraboo Dash 1999
Jennifer (Paynter) Nyquist 1991 Whitewater Hurdle 2003
Rebecca Butt 1991 West Bend West Hurdles 1998
Lisa Junck 1991 Madison Edgewood Hurdles 2000
Jesse (Bushman) Anderson 1992 Rosholt Dash 2001
Heather (Murphy) Fitzlof 1992 North Crawford Distance 2002
Charlie (Rockweiller) Larson 1992 Verona Dash 2015
Dana Collins 1992 Milwaukee Marshall Dash 1999
Katie E. Ishmael 1992 Madison Memorial Distance 2004
Heather (Hyland) Cherney 1993 Nekoosa Long jump 2003
Melissa (Oleson) Tassone 1993 Marinette Throws 2019
Lisa Townsend-McKeown 1993 Elk Mound Jumps 2004
Brittany (Rusch) Daly 1994 Wausau East Dash 2011
Avrie (Walters) Duffy 1994 La Crosse Logan Distance 2012
Janet Westphal 1994 Marinette Distance 2000
Jenni Westphal 1994 Marinette Distance 2000
Rachael Anderson 1996 Mount Horeb Hurdles 2003
April Beard 1996 Winneconne Dash 2009
Flatria (Horne) White 1996 Racine Park Dash/Relays 2019
Lisa Kincaid 1996 Palmyra-Eagle Dash 2005
Stephanie Pesch Obermyer 1996 Catholic Memorial Dash 2009
Angela (Bruecker) Martin 1997 Seymour Hurdles 2006
Lena Van Haren 1997 Mount Horeb Distance 2005
Hillary Hyland 1998 Nekoosa Jumps 2009
Jacklyn M. Kriegl 1998 Florence Long jump 2005
Jill (Pedretti) Ross 1999 Verona Area Throws 2006
Elizabeth (Reusser) Black 1999 Middleton Distance 2006
Kate (Juedes) Scharinger 2001 Clear Lake High Jump 2016
Jamie (Rebella) Ligon 2001 Merrill Jumps 2012
Amanda (Nechuta} Bailey 2001 Mosinee Hurdles/Throws 2019
Brooke Novack 2001 Kaukauna Distance 2008
Melissa (Talbot) Boettcher 2002 Freedom Hurdles 2010
Anna (Monsen) Howie 2003 Stoughton Dash 2010
Amber Curtis 2003 Brodhead Throws 2010
Marcia Taddy 2003 Two Rivers Distance 2013
Kristen (Barr) Brandt 2004 Newman Catholic Dash 2018
Jenny (Soceka) Wartinbee 2005 Madison Memorial Pole vault 2014
Joanna (Schultz) Currie 2006 Holmen Dash 2013
Rebecca (Buchholtz) Massey 2008 East Troy Jumps 2018
Ashley Beutler 2008 Belleville/New Glarus Distance 2016
Megan Rennhack 2008 Dodgeland Hurdles 2015
Kaya Senaya 2008 Brown Deer Dash 2016
Tasha Allen 2009 Milwaukee North Dash 2015
Jamie Vandenberg 2009 Niagara Dash/Mid. Dist. 2017
Jessica Maroszek 2010 Seymour Throws 2017
Dezerea Bryant 2011 Milw Bradley Tech Dash 2017