About

Middleton track and field has had a strong tradition of being a fun team to be a part of with plenty of hard work and successes.  Whether these success are State championships, conference championships, or just personal bests, the coaching staff works hard so that each and every athlete can achieve their own personal goals as well as put on a strong team performance.

Middleton Track and Field
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State Champions1997, 1998
State Top 10 Finishers2003, 2004, 2014, 2015, 20161997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference Champions2004, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 20172007, 2008, 2014, 2016

Coaching Staff

Cory Christnovich – Girls Head Coach/Girls JV Relays (12 season coaching) – Cory has been a member of the Middleton Track and Field coaching staff since 2006.  Prior to coaching for Middleton, Cory ran hurdles for Neenah High School (class of 2001) and for UW – Stevens Point.  Cory raced in the WIAA state track meet in 2001 and finished 5th.  He also raced at Drake Relays in 2004 and 2005 including a 3rd place finish in the hurdle shuttle relay.  Cory coached the hurdlers from 2006 through 2011, then was the varsity girls relay coach for 2012 and 2013 season.  Cory returned to coaching hurdles in 2014.  Cory was named the girls head coach, replacing Tara Franklin, for the start of the 2016 season.

Joe Line – Boys Head Coach/Boys High Jump Coach (12 season coaching, 4th at Middleton) –  Joe has been a member of the Middleton Track and Field coaching staff since 2014.  Prior to coaching at Middleton, Joe was coaching at Janesville Craig, where he was the jumps coach and the girls head coach.  Joe ran track and field for Monroe High School, as well as UW – Whitewater.  Joe has coached many athletes to state podium performances.

 

Tracey Bernstein – Throws (2nd season coaching) – This is Tracey’s first year coaching at Middleton with previous experience coaching with the Madison’s East Side Sharks while in high school and college. Tracey competed at LaFollette High School, throwing shot put, discus, running relays and sprints. Tracey enjoys bike rides and cheering on the Indianapolis Colts and Wisconsin Badgers.

Robert Burtley – Girls JV Relays/Blocks (7th season coaching, 3rd at Middleton) – A previous coach at Grafton has taught Burtley the wonderful skills of working with blocks.  As a student at SPASH, Burt ran the 400, 4×400, ran all 4 years and Captained his senior year for Track and ran Cross Country for 2 years. He also ran for a semester at Marquette University doing 400 and 4×400. Robert also enjoys playing Ultimate frisbee and hanging out with his dogs.

Lauren Dilley – Distance (2nd season coaching) – Lauren is the quiet assassin for the distance program at Middleton High School.  Lauren ran distance for Middleton High School Track and Field in 2010 and 2011 and continued to run distance in college for UW-Stevens Point Track and Field (2012-2015).  Lauren is very good at motivating her athletes, and talking to them in a calm manner to keep them focused on the task at hand.

Brian Finnel – Distance (4th season coaching) – Brian is another graduate of UW-Stevens Point where he had a successful Track and Field as well as cross country career.  Brian was recently named the Boys head coach for Middleton’s cross country team.  Brian enjoys running, and still competes, running for Wisconsin Runner Racing Team.  When he’s not running, he enjoys superhero movies, the Packers, or grading papers for his 7th grade science classes.  Brian may also secretly be a ninja.

Chris Hujanen – Pole Vault – Chris is our oldest coach on the the staff only in number.  Chris enjoys taking pictures and videos of all of the fun and excitement that happens at practice and meets.  He also enjoys coaching his daughter to new PR’s in the pole vault.

Erin McCauley – Hurdles (2nd season coaching) – Erin previously ran track for Middleton 4 years, setting school records in the 100 high hurdles, 300 low hurdles, and 4×200 relay.  She then continued competing in college at UW-Milwaukee and UW-La Crosse, where she competed at the DIII National Meet for both Indoor (Pentathlon) and Outdoor (Heptathlon and 100m Hurdles) on the team that finished 1st. Erin enjoys hanging out with her dog, Felder.  She also enjoys hanging out at the lake in the summer, and overall being a big ol’ goof.

David Olive – Pole Vault (1st season coaching) – David is a past pole vaulter, vaulting on old poles before the advancement in technology.  This is his first year coaching, however he has been studying up and is ready to take the leap (pun intended) into coaching.  David believes in focusing on fundamentals to maximize safety (our first priority) while still enhancing performance.

Leo Olson – Horizontal Jumps (2nd season coaching) – Hailing from Merrill, WI, Leo graduated in 2011 and competed in the 400, 200, Triple and Long Jump with the Track team.  Leo is a special education science teacher at the high school and coaches Special Olympics softball during the summers. Leo enjoys training all year for the coaches 4×100 relay at the Cardinal Relays.

Chris Reinke – Boys Varsity Relays (7th season coaching) – English teacher by trade, baton master mind in his free time.  Reinke will be in his 7th year of coaching for Middleton and will continue to specialize in getting the baton around the track as fast as he can.  Please, just make sure he is looking if you toss any sort of ball in his direction.

Alexa Richardson – Distance (3rd season coaching, 1st at Middleton) – Alexa is the current MHS Girls Cross Country head coach.  This is her first season coaching at MHS and she has quickly become part of the running family.  She has a great positive attitude and is always cheering on the ladies to perform their best.

Meg Shaffar – Distance (3rd season coaching) – Meg has is our ladies distance coach.  She also coached Cross Country 2015 at MHS.  She coached in China for a couple years before moving here, first in 2012 with an Upper Elementary Track club in Beijing and also with elite high school middle distance runners, based at Beijing Sport University. She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1994 and was a 5-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier in Track & CC, sectional champion in CC and in the 3200 in Track.  Meg ran Track & CC at Malone University for one year before transferring to UW-Madison.  There she ran with the Badger CC team in ’95 and ’96.  At Malone, she ran the 1500, 3000, and Steeplechase.  From 2000-2014 Meg lived in China, doing ministry with college students with her family, so Meg is still new to the Middleton community.  She has 4 children, ages 13, 10, 8, and 5.

Jay Schweitzer – Girls Varsity Relays (6th season coaching) – Jay is a Middleton alumnus, graduating in 2004.  Jay won state in the 400 his senior year for the Cardinals and still holds the school record at this distance (his records in the 200, 4×200, and 4×400 have been broken in recent years).  Jay went on to compete briefly for UW-Milwaukee.  Jay has a great wife and a cute little daughter.

Libby Torresani – Pole Vault – (3rd ish year coaching) – Libby has been a long time helper at MHS in the pole vault.  Libby graduated from MHS in 2011, along side Lauren Dilley and Erin, after capping off her great track career at Middleton.  She had a 5th place finish at state in PV her senior year, and is our current school record holder.  She also placed at state in the 4×100 relay.  Libby then went on to compete at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) where she had a great college career.  All through college, Libby was always helping out MHS pole vaulters any time she was back in the area.  Libby moved back to town to complete her schooling, and is also working on planning her upcoming wedding.

Lauren Waller – High Jump (5th season coaching) – Lauren is a 2001 graduate of Neenah High School and has the distinction of knowing Cory for the longest out of anyone on the coaching staff (since 4th grade).  Lauren has been coaching with the Cardinals since 2013 and has helped coach athletes that have broken the MHS school record as well as place at the state track meet.

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