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Falcons jump to fourth at Hale Invitational

Bickerstaff, Heller finish one-two

University School’s Emily Waples, left, and Whitnall’s Jenny Bahling, right, clear the obstacle in front of the water hazard during the running of the steeplechase at the West Allis Hale Invitational Track and Field meet on Friday. The meet is one of the only high school track meets in Wisconsin to run the event. Waples came in first in the event and Bahling second.

University School’s Emily Waples, left, and Whitnall’s Jenny Bahling, right, clear the obstacle in front of the water hazard during the running of the steeplechase at the West Allis Hale Invitational Track and Field meet on Friday. The meet is one of the only high school track meets in Wisconsin to run the event. Waples came in first in the event and Bahling second. Photo By Peter Zuzga

May 14, 2013

Jasmine Bickerstaff and Meredith Heller claimed the top two spots in the 100-meter hurdles to help the Whitnall girls track and field team to fourth place in the West Allis Hale Invitational on Friday.

Bickerstaff won the event in 16.93 seconds, while Heller placed second in 17.55 for the Falcons, who tallied 59 1/2 points for fourth behind Divine Savior Holy Angels (153 1/2), Wauwatosa West (149 1/2) and New Berlin West (133 1/2).

Also winning events were Nicole Larson of West Allis Central in the pole vault with 11 feet even and West Allis Hale's Elizabeth Brunner in the triple jump at 35 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

The Bulldogs scored 56 points for fifth place and the Huskies 43 points for eighth place in the 10-team event.

Also capturing second was Jenny Bahling of Whitnall in the 1,100-meter steeplechase at 4 minutes, 32.66 seconds.

Taking third for Central were Katie Wardinski in the 1,600 run (5:32.9), Nicole Barbian in the shot put (33-10) and Gabby Coto-Valentin in the discus (87-7).

For Whitnall, thirds were earned by Kenedy Jafuta, Jenna Jones, Diana Magana and Niki Damijan in the 400 throwers relay (1:03.86) and Kim Hurst, Robyn Roberts, Sarah Czerwinski and Heller in the 1,600 relay (4:18.52).

Finishing third for Hale were Nicole Flagge in the pole vault (8-6) and the 3,200 unit of April Koshen, Madison Mihaljevic, Jenna Freund and Grace Kusik (11:00.65).

The Hale 400 relay team of Flagge, Susie Melk, Hannah Baumann and Gabby Raab took fourth (57.36).

Placing fifth for Central were Alex Jonas in the 100 dash (13.49), Adaja Crossley in the 100 hurdles (18.41) and Carly Weigel in the long jump (13-7).

Taking fifth for the Falcons were the 400 unit of Sara Sison, Lani Cieszynski, Claudia Mancl and Michelle Koklas (57.53) and the 800 group of Sison, Koklas, Czerwinski and Bickerstaff (1:57.5).

Freund claimed fifth for Hale in the 800 run (2:39.44).

For the Bulldogs, sixths were captured by Jonas in the 200 dash (28.5) and the triple jump (30-5 1/2) and the 400 relay unit of Brianna Nelson, Coto-Valentin, Selena Perez and Janiece Alexander (1:02.83).

Finishing sixth for Whitnall were Alyssa Woo in the 1,600 run (5:54.56) and Bickerstaff in the long jump (13-6 1/2).

The Huskies posted sixths from Kristen Folger in the high jump (4-4), the 800 squad of Melk, Baumann, Cassie Gonzalez and Jean Tooher (2:03.39) and the 1,600 group of Mihaljevic, Baumann, Kusik and Irina Ernst (4:32.48).

Whitnall was also fifth with 49 points in the Richmond/Erickson Invitational at Hart Park on May 7.

Heller won the 300 hurdles (48.29) and took second in the long jump (16-5 3/4). The 1,600 relay of Reilly Johnson, Roberts, Czerwinski and Heller took second (4:21.01).

Taking fourth were Roberts in the 300 hurdles (51.6) and Hurst, Woo, Jasmine Van Tine and Bahling in the 3,200 relay (10:52.52).

All three teams will take part in WIAA regional meets next Monday. Central and Hale will compete at the West Allis Athletic Field, while Whitnall is at Mukwonago.

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