The number 13 was lucky for the Brookfield Central girls track and field team April 4 when they won their 13th straight Greater Metro Conference (indoor, relays, outdoor) title.
It was No. 14 that was unlucky.
Menomonee Falls scored 102 points May 1 and nipped the Lancers (99) by three points to win the 2012 GMC Relays at Brookfield Central, ending the Lancers' domination of league championships.
"If the string of 13 consecutive conference titles had to end, this was not the worst way to have it go," Central coach Lorie Lewis said. "Getting beat by only three points to a team which produced such a flawless meet somehow makes the loss slightly more tolerable. There is no shame in losing such a well fought battle.
"Falls had an outstanding meet. They were truly quite impressive and each relay performed flawlessly."
The Lancers did earn five first-place finishes.
The shot put relay of Debbie Entzminger (33 feet, 11 inches), Jessica Meichtry (30-7¾) and Emily Strack (30-5) finished first as did the discus throw relay of Meichtry (104-10), Entzminger (93-10) and Molly Schindler (68-8).
The 300 shuttle hurdle relay took first (52.50 seconds) behind Veronica Porubsky, Rubie Nordling, and Natalie Schmitz; as did the 6,400 relay (23 minutes, 24.86 seconds) made up of Danielle Kulpins, Megan Hlava, Sheila Kilb and Elizabeth Flatley; and the 3,200 relay (9:47.11) behind Sheila Kilb, Hlava, Paulina Agnello and Flatley.
The 800 sprint medley (1:54.97) of Jennifer Fox, Shae Ziegler, Ceci Risch and Alissa Elwing; the distance medley (13:04.63) of Kristen Hlava, Agnello, Kulpins and Flatley; and the 300 hurdles relay of Porubsky (50.22), Schmitz (53.02) and Nordling (54.13) all finished second.
The 400 relay of Serenity Tuchalski, Jessica Marcinaik, Ceci Risch and Shae took third (52.39) and the 800 relay (1:49.92) of Fox, Ziegler, Risch, Alissa Elwing and the 1,600 relay finished fourth (4:21.89) behind Lauren Gehl, Kelsey Fox, Molly Schindler and Kristen Hlava.
The pole vault relay also took fourth behind Kelsey Kazmierczak (8-6), Milena Latinovich (8-6) and Leah Klingaman (7-0).
The triple jump relay took fifth behind Schmitz (33-5), Klingaman (30-4½) and Jessica Bourdow (28-3¾) and the high jump relay placed fifth behind Bryn Adams (4-8), Schmitz (4-3) and Ziegler (4-3).
Also adding points were the long jump relay, who finished sixth behind Gehl (13-10¾), Porubsky (13-4) and Strack (12-1½).
"We competed very well; there were no major disappointments," Lewis said. "In fact we moved up in the seeding of several events - the 3,200 relay, 400 relay, 300 low hurdles, sprint medley and 800 relay all brought in more points than we expected. Yet these efforts came up just slightly shy of the championship."
May 1, at Brookfield Central
Women Team Rankings
1. Menomonee Falls (102)
2. Brookfield Central (99)
3. Brookfield East (71)
4. Hamilton (68)
5. DSHA (61)
6. Wauwatosa East (50)
7. West Allis Hale (37)
8. West Allis Central (21)
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