Whitnall girls track and field team captures Franklin Indoor crown
Sabers take seventh behind Lampone's first in pole vault
The goal for the Whitnall girls track and field team this season is clear - to repeat as Woodland Conference champion.
The Falcons launched their campaign on a strong note by winning Saturday's Franklin Indoor Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with 83 points, beating East Troy's 66 points. Host Franklin tallied 45½ points for seventh place in the 13-team event.
Whitnall, in its first major test of the young season, prevailed despite being somewhat shorthanded.
"We've been plagued early on by some injuries to a couple key distance runners, so we've been without them," head coach Mike Thompson said. "With it being spring break, we're also without some key sprinters. Nevertheless, the girls came ready to compete and did so quite well, as we were able to repeat as Saber Invite champs."
Rachel Stave won a pair of events, taking the 200-meter dash with 26.96 seconds and the triple jump at 35 feet-6½ inches.
Stave also collected two second places, individually in the 55 dash at 7.72 and with Meredith Heller, Jenny Lawton and Danika Johnson in the 4 x 400 relay in 4:19.19.
Johnson also put together a strong overall meet, winning the 800 run in 2:32.06 and coming in second in the 1,600 run with 5:29.91.
Lawton added a third in the 55 hurdles (9.62) and Kim Hurst finished third in the 800 run (2:40.67). Heller captured fourth in the 400 dash (1:02.94) and the 4 x 800 relay of Jasmine Van Tine, Jenny Bahling, Kina Cross and Hurst was fourth as well (11:00.56).
Van Tine placed fifth in the 1,600 run (6:01.96) and Heller was sixth in the 55 hurdles (10.22) to round out the Whitnall scoring.
Lampone shines for Sabers
Franklin's effort was paced by Olivia Lampone's championship in the pole vault (8-0). Teammate Abby Schreiter finished second in that event, also with 8-0.
Coming in fourth for the Sabers were Amanda Diedrich in the 55 hurdles (9.72) and Caitria Thiele in the triple jump (32-6).
Finishing fifth were the 4 x 400 relay of Atalee Paremski, Katie Babula, Shannon Haley and Diedrich (4:35.76) and the 4 x 800 unit of Cassie Hardy, Dani Hardy, Michelle Fedran and Lexi Haag (11:03.18).
Placing sixth were Babula in the high jump (4-6) and Thiele, Nancy Vo, Melissa Pelkey and Lampone in the 4 x 200 relay (1:57.49). Claiming seventh were Paremski in the 400 dash (1:06.41) and Cassie Hardy in the 1,600 run (season-best 6:10.91) and Babula was eighth in the triple jump (30-5).
Jada Avila posted 11-4 in the wheelchair shot put as the lone entrant.
"Many athletes really improved a lot from past performances," Franklin head coach Regina Schindel said. "We asked a lot out of some of the younger athletes, since over half the team is on spring vacation."
STATE INDOOR MEET
The Franklin girls track and field team participated in the Wisconsin Indoor Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
TOP FIVE: Sarah Talbott, third in the long jump (personal-best 17 feet-1/4 inch); Morgan McCuen, fifth in the 400-meter dash (1 minute, 2.11 seconds); Katelyn Thomas, fifth in the triple jump (33-11¾)
TOP 10: Thomas, seventh in the 55 hurdles (personal-best 9.17 seconds); Zoe Kupfer, eighth in the triple jump (32-6½)
TOP 20: Hannah Timm, 17th in the pole vault (8-6); McCuen, 18th in the high jump (4-8) and long jump (15-3½)
TEAM SCORE: The Sabers were ninth with 17 points
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