The sprint history for the Nicolet boys track team is long and formidable and includes names and faces that are among the state's elite.
Bryan Jones, BJ Tucker, Brandon Williams, and Randee and Rodnee Drew, are all state champions, are all either state or school recordholders and all have multiple state championships to their name.
Now rapidly moving toward having a serious conversation with them are the likes of David Dunlap and Dakari Williams.
Dunlap will be among the favorites in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes when the WIAA state meet is held at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium, starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 3. Furthermore, the 4x200 relay team of Dunlap, Williams, Kamari Clayton and Tyler Grisham has already taken down the long-standing school record held by Tucker and the Drew brothers and will be among the top seeds in La Crosse.
Williams also earned an individual spot in the 100 dash.
'The coaching staff and I are pleased with how the meet went over,' said Knight coach Jeff Houck. 'We have a talented group of boy sprinters who have been putting up great times all year in both the open events and the relays.
'It was great to see the 4x200 relay team of Kamari, Dakari, Tyler and David top our school record. That record has been around since 1999 when both the Drews and BJ Tucker ran here. It is great to see them having that same level of success.'
Those speedy gentlemen will be joined at state by freshmen Destiny Huven, who broke the school record in the 100 high hurdles at the sectional and junior vaulter Rylee Callahan.
After Friday's first day of events, the remainder of the state finals will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4.
The group earned its qualifying spots in the WIAA D1 sectional at Watertown on May 26. And they're prepared to go faster still.
'This is so good,' said Williams. 'I never thought I'd be here, but it's great that I have David beside me to push me. Having David in front of me just makes me want to go faster.'
And he has to go plenty fast just to keep up with Dunlap.
Dunlap lost to Congress Purple Storm summer team training partner Bryant Brown of Milwaukee Marshall-Morse in the sectional 100, 10.77 seconds to 10.83, but then came back to get him the 200, turning in a blistering 21.68 to Brown's 21.8. Williams earned his 100 spot with a third (10.96) and just missed out on another spot in the 200 by 0.01 of a second when he took fourth (22.37).
In between that came the spectacular effort of the 4x200 relay, as the Knights trailed a mighty Menomonee Falls team going into the anchor leg, but Dunlap brought them home in an extremely quick record time of 1:27.74, while Falls was a close second in 1:28.1.
'It's nice to see all that training pay off,' said Dunlap, who was happy to win the 200 after the close loss in the 100.
'I trained with Bryant all summer, and he would just burn me in practice,' Dunlap said, laughing. 'It was nice I finally got him.'
Other efforts included Mike McLaughlin fifth in the high jump (6-0), and Matthew Aussem seventh in the pole vault (13-0), while Maxwell Selbach was eighth in the 3,200 (10:40.76), John Ford seventh in the 110 high hurdles (16.08), Zach Asmann eighth in the 1,600 (4:53.55) and Emire Sewell eighth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (43.95).
Those efforts earned the Knights 50 points
Huven continued her amazing freshman season with a runner-up time of 15.01 in taking second to a Milwaukee King runner (14.9) in the 100 hurdles.
She credited her event coach for teaching her how to sprint between the hurdles.
'I try to get to the first hurdle quick because it really sets the tone,' she said, 'and then I try to be quick between the hurdles ... this is so exciting.'
Huven nearly had a second state berth as she took fourth in the 300 low hurdles (47.81).
Callahan was third in the pole vault at 10-3, while teammates Lauryn Wagner in fifth (10-0) and Callin Mahoney in sixth (9-6) were close behind.
'Heading into the girls meet, we knew the competition was a lot tighter,' Houck said. 'Having Rylee advance in the vault was a big accomplishment as only 6 inches separated all the sectional qualifiers. Seeing how well Destiny ran in the hurdles was also amazing.
'We knew she was fast, but she ran the best race of her season yesterday and it showed. She's only a freshman, and her time of 15.01 broke the Nicolet school record, which had stood since the 1970s.'
Other efforts included a fifth from Katie Novak in the 1,600 (5:22.38), while Megan Sullivan was sixth in the same race (5:34.75). The 4x400 relay team of Maggie Navarre, Cassidy Eiers, Novak and Julia Simenz was eighth (4:21.11); the 4x800 crew of Sita Agterberg, Navarre, Michelle Pigg and Megan Sullivan was seventh (10:28.9); Asante Lanier was sixth in the high jump (4-6); and Katrina Fears fifth in the triple jump (34-4).