Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Girls Track

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Good meet for CMH girls relays
  - Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – The sun finally came out to shine Saturday.

Right on cue, so did the Catholic Memorial High School girls track and field relay teams during the Northstar Classic at Waukesha North High School.

Erin Jaynes, Maddy Davis, Bailey Finnegan and Abby Finnegan won the 4x200meter relay in 1 minutes, 48.43 seconds, and Jaynes, Davis, Bailey Finnegan and Emily Kern won the 4x100 relay in 51.96.

“We especially want to focus on getting to state, so coach (Chris) Andacht is switching people in our relays to see what’s best for state,” said Davis, who also won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.29 seconds.

Abby Finnegan enjoyed both the warmth of the sun and the thrill of victory.

“This felt really good,” Finnegan, said. “We’ve been training for a long time, and it felt good to work as a team and win. Our relays are really important to us. Some of the schools in this meet are D-2, so it was nice to be able to compete against teams we’ll see down the road.”

Schools from outside of Waukesha County dominated the team scoring. West Bend West won the meet with 94 points and was followed by Fond du Lac with 76.5, Racine Case with 76, Crystal Lake (Ill.) South with 73 and Grafton with 71.

Kettle Moraine’s Taylor Weis won the triple jump at a personal-best 35 feet, 11.25 inches, and the Lasers – who finished sixth – got thirdplace finishes from Lindsay Stefan in the 100 hurdles, Ann Sekutowski in the 1,000 and 3,200 runs, Alia Paavola in the 800 and Chrystelle Schowalter, Morgan Wischstadt, Nicole Schroeder and Samantha Totsky in the 4x800 relay.

“I was out for most of the indoor season with an ankle injury from gymnastics season,” Weis said. “It’s been
difficult for me to get back to full strength. My past couple outdoor meets, the triple jump hadn’t gone as well as I wanted it, which was a little discouraging.

“This meet was definitely just what I needed to get my confidence back and my excitement and passion about the event.

“The nice weather was a big part of it. We haven’t been able to practice outside every day. The (sand) pits have been frozen, so we can’t jump into them. It’s made a difference with our practices.”

KM coach Steve Lewis was encouraged.

“To have a fabulous meet like this with a lot of great competition was just awesome,” Lewis said. “This is our conference and sectional site, and we saw some good things. Alia Paavola has been injured, but she gutted it out and finished third in the halfmile 15 seconds off her time from last week. That was the type of performance we saw from our kids.”

Waukesha North’s Madison Ricciardi, who played soccer last year rather then competing in track and field, claimed second place in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles. She was spent after her 300 race.

“Going through the first 200 meters is fine,” Ricciardi said. “Once you hit the 100 mark, the wall just hits you. It’s so tiring, but I did pretty well. I’d like to make it to state in the 100. The 300 isn’t my strongest event, but today it went pretty well.”

Kaitlyn Weis placed third in the shot put, and Krysta Parson came in fourth in the 200 dash for the Northstars.

“The warm weather felt
amazing,” North coach Kristin Hubmann said. “We had to cancel this meet last year because of cold weather. It was our only meet that got canceled last year, so it was a bummer.

“Our girls ran really, really well today. We had Jori Galles and Krysta Parson in the 400 and 200 for the first time today, and they both dropped huge times since the last time they ran those races. We’re excited to see where they’ll wind up by the end of the year.”

Oconomowoc freshman Marlie Houston won the
1,600 in 5:09.64, teammates Olivia Radtke (800) and Riley Frieler (3,200) finished second and Leah Fenske (high jump) placed third, leading the Raccoons to a seventhplace finish with 60 points.

Muskego, which finished ninth with 44 points, got second- place finishes from Leanna Barr, Morgan Marek, Lexie Tremble and Georgi Llanas in the 4x800 relay and Brianna Frey, Marissa Wendtland, Anna Egan and Shannon Staral in the 4x100 relay.


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