Boys Take Regional Title
May 17, 2014By Chris Davis of Bishop Brossart High School
The Boys take down the 1st regional championship since 2011 on a rainy, dry, sunny, cloudy, windy, calm night at Walton Verona. Mother Nature threw the book at the competitors during the meet but it did little to slow down the Mustang's momentum.
The team knew going into the meet that the bull’s eye was clearly on their back. With a narrow victory in the Conference meet, and Walton Verona's end of the year surge, it was going to be a team effort to accomplish another pre-season goal. In 2013 the elusive Regional title fell out of the team's grasp as they were edged out by St. Henry by just 2 points in the last event of the night. As the team graduated 50 regional points last year between Alex Schwartz, Austin Frey, and Jake Hartig, it was clear there were several holes to fill entering the season. Collectively the holes were filled.
It has been the 2013 Regional loss that has fueled the Mustang's fire this entire season. Friday night it would not come down to the final event. As the night progressed and the points piled up Brossart had built an insurmountable lead.
The lead Walton needed to gain in their impressive sprint relays just was not there, as Joe Donnelly anchored both the 4x1 and 4x2, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively to Walton. Even with Walton dominating the 400 meter dash, Daniel Vogel was just a few steps behind running his fastest time ever earning 4th place.
Then came Friday’s historical moment. Drew Berkemeyer stepped to the line in the 300 hurdles, ranked the 3rd fastest in the region. Drew exploded out of the blocks and the beat everyone to the first hurdle and the rest was history. He ran faster than any other Bishop Brossart athlete ever, shattering the school record by over .5 seconds. A goal for the entire season he could not picked a better time for this performance. This meet was unquestionably Drew’s finest hour as he racked up 36 points including 3 gold medals. He singled handedly out-scored half of the teams in the field.
Fellow senior standout Michael Caldwell helped finish off the Bearcats of Walton Verona. Battling a cold this week Caldwell was still able to come through with 3 runner up performances, including breaking 2 minutes in the 800 meter run yet again. Caldwell led a pair of 2-3 finishes in the 800, along with Chris Loos who ran the 3rd fastest time in the state in the 800; and then Caldwell and Nick Schuler put all of Walton’s hopes to bed with a 2nd and a 3rd in the 2 mile. It was Schuler’s best time of his career.
This year the Mustangs were able to breathe a sigh of relief heading into the final event. As Mark Goller got the crowd fired up on the home stretch the coaches were able to hand out some high five’s and handshakes on the backstretch as the victory was secure. This year the last event was all that stood between them and trophy presentation. The Mustangs finished 3rd qualifying for the state meet in the 4x400.
As the dust settled the Mustangs had qualified in 15 of 18 events, ranked near the top in many of them. There is one more meet ahead and one more goal to accomplish. Coming out of NKY they know they are battle tested and they should not see competition they have not yet seen. They will walk into UK with a bull’s eye on their back next Saturday, and Ft. Knox, Murray, and Walton will all pose legitimate threats. It will take a total team effort to bring home some hardware next weekend, but this team has not backed down from any challenge.
Congratulations to the 2014 Class A Region 4 Champions.