WIAA track: Big day for Reynolds, Wallace

Victor Reynolds

Two of the top 10 class of 2007 football prospects in the state of Wisconsin led their teams to first- and second-place finishes in the Division 1 WIAA track championships Saturday at Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

Victor Reynolds stole the show at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association track and field championships, coming away with two first-place finishes, two second-place finishes and a team Division 1 championship this weekend.

After winning a state title in the long jump Friday, the Oak Creek junior repeated as state champion in the triple jump. His leap of 47 feet, 1 ¾ inches was well shy of the state record he set in winning the event last year (48-11), but was good enough to hold off University of Wisconsin football signee and Milwaukee King senior Lance Kendricks (46-7 ¾), who finished second for the second consecutive year.

Reynolds, a defensive back/running back who transferred from Bradley Tech this semester, is the fourth-ranked class of 2007 football prospect in the state of Wisconsin, according to BadgerStatePreps.com. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Friday that Wisconsin currently leads over Nebraska and Arkansas for his football services.

In addition to exhibiting his prowess in the jumps, Reynolds also was part of two second-place finishes in sprint events Saturday, leading Oak Creek to the team state championship.

Reynolds placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88 seconds, and he ran the anchor leg on the second-place 400 relay team (42.76). Sophomore Robert Lee, a class of 2008 tailback prospect, ran the lead leg on that relay.

All told Reynolds accounted for 36 of Oak Creek's 48 points in the two-day event. The second-place teams, Germantown and Green Bay Preble, scored 36 points each.

And of Germantown's 36 points, Marcus Wallace played a role in 26 of them.

Wallace, the No. 8 in-state prospect for the class of 2007, won the 200 in 21.94, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Milwaukee Marshall's Quentin Luttrell, who earlier had beat out Reynolds in the 100 at 10.72.

Wallace also ran the anchor on Germantown's state champion 1,600 relay (3:17.37) and its third-place 400 relay (42.77). Mequon Homestead won the 400 relay in 42.61. Germantown was just one-hundredth of a second behind second-place Oak Creek and one-hundredth of a second ahead of fourth-place Wauwatosa West (42.78).

Racine Park football standout John Clay ran the anchor on his school's eighth-place 400 relay team.

Other top class of 2007 in-state football prospects competing Saturday included Kenosha Bradford athlete Justin Belotti (part of an eighth-place 800 relay and ninth-place 400 relay), and Shoreland Lutheran wide receiver Ben Johnson (11th place in the Division 2 long jump at 20-10).

Monona Grove senior Gabe Carimi, a UW football signee, placed fifth in the Division 1 discus at 157-8.

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