Brookfield East girls track wins first leg of Triple Crown
Harper wins three events; Hollingsworth breaks meet record
Brookfield East's girls track athletes have shown in the early going that they might be the team to beat in the Greater Metro Conference.
On April 2, the Spartans unseated champion Brookfield Central to win the first leg of the Triple Crown by beating the Lancers by 74.5 points in the GMC Indoor Championships at West Allis Central.
It was the first time since 2006 the Spartans won a conference meet.
Coach Lisa Foss was ecstatic over the win.
"The team's honorable accomplishment is by far the best performance I have ever seen by the track team since I started coaching in 2008," she said. "They were solid, focused and determined to be the top team of the Greater Metro Conference, and they made it happen. We had an average of two girls score in every event at the meet, and at least one score in each event."
Alisha Harper stole the show, winning three events and finish second in one. She scored 38 points and outscored both West Allis teams by herself.
"Harper has an admirable ability to lead by example," Foss said. "Not only did she score a record amount of points, but she was there for her teammates, cheering them on the whole meet."
Harper won the 55-meter high hurdles (9.29 seconds), the long jump (16 feet, 9 inches) and the triple jump (37-4.5). She also finished second in the 200 dash (27.31) to Yadiah Stallworth of Divine Savior Holy Angels (27.28).
Khadiya Hollingsworth won the high jump (5-7), breaking the meet record and tying her school mark. She also finished third in two events, the 200 dash (28.26) and the 400 dash (1:04.12).
Kelsey Linsmeier took first in the 55 low hurdles (9.01), second in the 55 high hurdles (9.42) and fourth in the triple jump (31-7.25).
Allie Bullen finished first in the 55 low hurdles (8.9) and grabbed three thirds: the 55 dash (7.70), the long jump (15-6) and the triple jump (33-8.75).
"Allie came into her own at the meet as she proved to be a top point contributor in the jumps, hurdles and sprints," Foss said. "She is extremely talented. We are just beginning to see what Allie has to offer.
"Her strength and general athleticism will lead her to continual success in the future."
Rounding out the seven first-place finishes were the 4x240 relay (2:27.12) behind Katie Linhart, Maddy Fitzpatrick, Amy Grisa and Sierra Fischer.
Each also had four more second-place finishes, two individuals in the field events and two relays.
Eleni Tongas tied for second in the high jump (4-10), and Kate Watry was runner-up in the pole vault (9-0).
The 4x160 relay took second (1:31.48) behind Jasmine Watson, Linhart, Tongas and Angela Schmidt, and the 4x400 finished second (4:33.96) behind Tiffany Bianco, Allyx Kvasnicka, Julia Jacob and Fischer.
Rachel Werking was third in the 800 (2:33.25) and fifth in the 1,600 (5:39.88); Madi McDonald was third in pole vault (8-6), and the 4x800 relay was third (10:36.81) behind Sarah Werking, Molly Perkins, Brianna Mathison and Kvasnicka.
Katie Krugel in the long jump (15-5) and Sarah Werking in the 3,200 (12:35.89) each took fifth.
Sixth-place finishes went to Jasmine Watson, 55 dash (7.86); Bianco, 400 run (1:08.00); and Breanna Collins, shot put (30-11.25).
The Spartans rounded out their scoring with two seventh-place finishes and two eighth-place scorers.
Kvasnicka in the 800 (2:2.29) and Erin Kreul in the shot put (30-8.50) each took seventh.
Eighth-place finishes went to Mathison, 1,600 (6:02.33), and Eliana Ashcroft, pole vault (7-6).
Foss knew it would be a battle between East and the Lancers, but her team quickly pulled away from the competition.
"The girls quickly changed the battle between East and Central into a significant lead as we moved into the final races of the meet," Foss said. "They remained poised and focused throughout the meet before they celebrated in the middle of the gym and ran their victory lap.
"As a coaching staff we are extremely proud of the girls for all of their hard work and for reaching one of their season goals to be at the top of the conference. They are very deserving of this achievement. The team couldn't be happier with our finish to the indoor season. We are ready to continue this success moving into outdoor."
East hosted the Spartan Invitational on Wednesday.
1. Brookfield East (195), 2. Brookfield Central (120.5), 3. Sussex Hamilton (97.50), 4. Divine Savior Holy Angels (85), 5. Wauwatosa East (52.50), 6. Menomonee Falls 45), 7. West Allis Central (34), 8. West Allis Hale (12.50).
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