East's Dismukes hurdles to victory
Spartans finished third in Greater Metro Conference Indoor
The Brookfield East girls put on a good show - with Nina Dismukes being the major highlight - as the Spartans finished third in the Greater Metro Conference Indoor Championship on April 4 at West Allis Central.
Brookfield Central won the event with 149.5 points, while Menomonee Falls had 123 points and East finished with 114, the only teams with more than 100 points.
"I am pleased with the girls' performance," East coach Lisa Foss said. "I am especially proud of the girls' fight to compete for that top spot in the conference. They fought hard all the way through the end of meet when Katie Schwarz crossed the finish line in the mile relay which led to a third-place finish for the mile relay and the team."
Earning first-place finishes
The Spartans were led by Nina Dismukes, who earned two of their three first-place performances.
Dismukes won the 55-meter high hurdles in 9.11 seconds and then took first in the 55 low hurdles (8.86).
"Our standout performer was Nina," Foss said, "who won both high and low hurdles and ran the third leg of the third-place mile relay.
"She ran two personal records at this meet and I could not be more proud of her. Her hurdle technique continues to improve and she is ready to compete this year. She deserves the recognition and praise for these accomplishments."
The Brookfield East 3,200 relay of Briana Mathison, Allyx Kvasnicka, Emily Newton and Maddie Timm took first (10:21.82), nine seconds ahead of the runner-up team.
"These girls set a tone to start off the running events at the meet letting their competitors know that they were ready to fight for that top spot," Foss said.
East also had four second-place performances - Alisha Harper in the triple jump (34-02¾), Jade Race in the pole vault (10-00), Khadiya Hollingsworth in the high jump (5-0) and the 640 relay of Crystal Lee, Lauren Engelhart, Schwarz and Harper (1:29.58).
Foss was especially pleased with Harper's day.
"Alisha Harper had an outstanding meet competing in the 55 dash (fifth), 200 dash (fifth), she anchored the second place four-lap relay and took second place in the triple jump jumping a PR of 34 feet, 2¾ inches," she said. "Her strength lies not just in her athletic ability, but in her focus and drive to do well for herself and for her team."
Others got in top four
East had five more top four finishes.
The 1,600 relay of Jenna Hatab, Tory Felker, Dismukes and Schwarz took third (4:30.85) and the 960 relay of Tory Felker, Kelsey Linsmeier, Adriana Gibbs and Jasmine Watson was fourth (2:30.23).
Molly Neimi finished third in the 400 (1:06.91) and both Katie Krugel in the long jump (15-6½) and Jenna Hatab in the 400 (1:07.17) each finished fourth.
East had four fifth-place finishes - Harper in the 55-meter dash (7.73) and 200 (27.96), Lauren Englehart in the triple jump (32-07) and Natalie Gehred in the 3,200 (12:50.42).
Kathleen Browne was sixth in the 800 (2:35.90) while Therese Gaines in the shot put (29-8) and Julia Barnes in the 3,200 (13:01.56) finished seventh.
Rounding out the scorers with eighth-place performances were Kelsey Linsmeier in triple jump (30-8½), Maddie Timm in 1,600 (5:55.43) and Neimi in 200 (29.63).
The Spartans take part in Saturday's West Allis Hale Invitational at 10 a.m.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what the girls do in the outdoor season," Foss said. "If they keep their focused attitude and work ethic, I see more successes in our near future."
GMC GIRLS INDOOR
April 4, at West Allis Central
1. Brookfield Central (149.5), 2. Menomonee Falls (123), 3. Brookfield East (114), 4. Wauwatosa East (67), 5. Hamilton (62), 6. Divine Savior Holy Angels (55.5), 7. West Allis Central (40), 8. West Allis Nathan Hale (32)
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