Lancer girls win 4 titles at GMC Relays
Brookfield Central girls track team wins 4 titles at GMC relays
Brookfield Central girls finished a solid second at the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 6 at Marquette's Quad Park, earning four first-place finishes in the process and bringing a smile to coach Lorie Lewis' face.
"This was our best meet of the season," Lewis said. "I am extremely proud of the way in which the team competed and the support they had for the goals we established. Across the board, almost every relay performed at or beyond potential. There were outstanding performances throughout the entire meet."
Lewis was thrilled with the performance of Serenity Tuchalski in an event the Lancers have been trying to improve.
"Serenity was a surprise with her first-place finish in the 300 low hurdles," she said. "For the first time in her 4-year career, she won a varsity race in an event she just started running last year. The 300 hurdles is an event we have been working on rebuilding, so finishing second as a relay was a huge accomplishment."
The 3x300 intermediate relay (2:38.26) behind Tuchalski, Alejandra Peralta-Werns and Caitlin Locante was second, and the 3x100 shuttle hurdle took fifth (57.55) behind Andrea Bailey, Taylor Latona, Peralta-Werns and Tuchalski."
The 4x800-meter relay took first in a conference record-breaking time of 9 minutes, 46.10 seconds behind Danielle Kulpins, Lucy Kwiatkowski, Rachel Illgen and Elizabeth Flatley. The Lancers broke their own mark.
The 4x1600 relay was also first (23:11.24) behind Paulina Agnello, Kulpins, Megan Hlava and Olivia Zwebber.
The 800 sprint medley won with a time of 1:55.00 behind Chisom Obasih, Jessica Marciniak, Jessie Coons and Flatley.
The other winner was the distance medley in 12:51.6 behind Zwebber, Emma Kumer, Kwiatkowski and Flatley.
"The distance team managed to finish with a first in all their events," Lewis pointed out. The 4x1600 won by almost half a lap without Elizabeth Flatley running in it. Elizabeth ran the 400 leg of the sprint medley to help that relay take a first place."
The Lancers had a second runner-up performance in the high jump relay behind Shaelyn Ziegler (4 feet 10 inches), Karin Jorgensen (4-10) and Bryn Adams (4-8).
"The high jump relay was very competitive," Lewis said. "Shae Ziegler and Karin Jorgensen really stepped it up when they both cleared 4-10. It was essential for at least one of them to clear the height in order to have a chance at second. Karin cleared first and Shae followed to secure the second place. All three competed very well."
Two third-place finishes went to the long jump relay behind Obasih (15-4), Anna Cleary (13-10½) and Shannon Kebisek (13-6¼) and the triple jump relay behind Obasih (33-0), Kebisek (31-4¾) and Claudia Kozminski (29-11).
Lewis also praised Obasih for her versatility.
"Chisom Obasih was the standout from the sprint team," Lewis said. "She competed in four events and was the leader in the triple and long jump relays. She really came through huge for the team in those field events."
Two other third-place finishes went to 4x200 relay (1:52.02) behind Marciniak, Ceci Risch, Cleary and Jennifer Fox and the 4x400 relay (4:23.84) behind Rachel Hirsch, Molly Schindler, Kasey Ledvorowski and Zwebber.
The pole vault relay was fourth behind Leah Klingaman (8-0), Caitlin Locante (7-0) and Risch (7-0), as was the 4x100 relay (52.52) behind Obasih, Coons, Cleary and Fox.
Taking sixth place was the shot put behind Bailey (29-11), Emmaly Roser (26-81/2) and Tori Kost (26-1) and the discus throw behind Bailey (80-1), Roser (71-7) and Kristina Kulpins (70-3).
"This was a complete team effort where every athlete on the relay team definitely contributed toward its success," Lewis said. "The team really came together to compete for each other and produce a meet where everyone was proud of their efforts.
"It was great fun to watch them achieve to their potential and have so much support for each other."
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