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East girls track team close to winning Triple Crown

Brookfield East’s Allyx Kvasnicka hands off to Brianna Mathison in the distance medley relay at the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 7.

Brookfield East’s Allyx Kvasnicka hands off to Brianna Mathison in the distance medley relay at the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 7. Photo By Peter Zuzga

May 15, 2014

Two down, one to go for coach Lisa Foss and the Brookfield East girls track and field team.

The Spartans ran away with the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 7, just like they did at the GMC Indoor Championships.

The Spartans, who won the indoor by a 74.5 points, won the relays by 35 points, another impressive advantage.

"This was a great opportunity for the team to show their strength and depth in all events, and they did just that," a happy coach Foss said. "They have a clear vision to finish all three conference meets at the top for varsity, and they have one more left to go.

"If they maintain their focus and work ethic in the next week-and-a-half, they have the potential to reach that goal. They work hard and were deserving of their second conference championship this season."

The Spartans had seven first-place finishes, six seconds and two thirds.

Here is a breakdown of the top three finishes.

First place

· 4x100 relay (51.94 seconds) — Jasmine Watson, Allie Bullen, Angela Schmidt and Alisha Harper

· high jump relay — Khadiya Hollingsworth (5 feet, 8 inches), Sierra Fischer (personal record 4-10) and Eleni Tongas (4-8). Their total of 15 feet, 2 inches broke the school record originally set in 1998.

Hollingsworth also jumped her personal best, breaking her own school record and repositioning herself as one of the few high jumpers in the state to clear that height.

"It was an exciting performance to watch by all three jumpers," Foss said.

· pole vault relay — Anatalia Ashcroft (10-0), Kate Watry (9-6) and Madi McDonald (8-6). This tied the conference record of 28 feet set by Menomonee Falls in 2006.

"Anatalia jumped her personal best that day by a foot, going 10-0," Foss said. "She was beaming with joy as everything finally came together for her. She is a strong vaulter and is going to continue to see success."

· long jump relay — Harper (17-2), Bullen (15-5½) and Katie Krugel (14-4½)

· triple jump relay — Harper (36-6½), Bullen (34-2) and Angela Schmidt (32-9¾)

· discus throw relay — Amanda Hodgson (99-1), Hollingsworth (82-2) and Therese Gaines (81-9)

· 300 hurdles — Julia Jacob (50.90), Sierra Fischer (51.38), Amy Grisa (53.95)

Summary: Harper and Bullen were each on three relay-winning teams.

Second place

· 4x200 relay (1:50.15) behind Watson, Katie Linhart, Schmidt and Bullen

· 4x400 relay (4:09.09) behind Hollingsworth, Tiffany Bianco, Fischer and Harper

· 4x800 relay second (10:12.96) behind Brianna Mathison, Rachel Werking, Sarah Werking and Allyx Kvasnicka

· 4x1,600 relay (24:01.79) behind Sarah Werking, Molly Perkins, Jessie Austin and Ellen Bruhn

· shot put relay behind Erin Kreul (31-2), Breanna Collins (30-4) and Therese Gaines (29-5)

An area of strength that is relatively new to the Spartans was the throwers: the discus relay won and the shot put took second.

"It is nice to see the depth of our throwers continue to grow," Foss said of Kreul, Gaines and Collins in the shot and Amanda Hodgson, Hollingsworth and Gaines in the discus.

· 3x300 shuttle hurdle (53.48) Amy Grisa, Kelsey Linsmeier, Julia Jacob and Maddie Schlei

Third place

· 800 sprint relay (2:02.83) of Linsmeier, Erin Donnelly, Erin Ditter and Maddie Fitzpatrick

· Distance medley (13:17.40) of Ashley Johnson, Kvasnicka, Mathison and Rachel Werking

As the Spartans head down the stretch, they should heed the words of Linsmeier, a senior, to Foss.

"Kelsey said it well before we got off the bus the day of relays," Foss said. "When discussing our performance for the meet she reminded us that we need to work hard for each other because 'the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.'"

GMC Relays

Girls results

1. Brookfield East (130)

2. Brookfield Central (95)

3. Hamilton (80)

4. Menomonee Falls (59)

4. Divine Savior Holy Angels (59)

6. Wauwatosa East (40)

7. West Allis Hale (27)

8. West Allis Central (13)

Boys results

1. Menomonee Falls (118)

2. Brookfield East (110)

3. Marquette (74)

4. Hamilton (64)

5. Wauwatosa East (45)

6. West Allis Hale (36)

7. Brookfield Central (30)

8. West Allis Central (25)

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