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Alisha Harper wins four events for Brookfield East girls track team

East girls win outdoor, secure triple crown title

May 23, 2014

It has been eight years since the Brookfield East girls track and field team has won a triple crown. It has been a decade since both the Spartans boys and girls won a championship in the same season.

Both the girls and boys won the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championships, and East coach Lisa Foss was thrilled for both teams.

"While it was so rewarding to see the girls happy to earn the triple crown, it was equally exciting to see both the girls and guys teams take conference together," Foss said.

The girls defeated Brookfield Central, 180.50 to 121, a 59.5-point winning margin, and the boys defeated Menomonee Falls, 161-152, and prevented the Indians from winning the boys triple crown on May 20 at Sussex Hamilton.

A rising trend

Foss has seen her team improve each of the past three seasons. In her first year, they finished third at every conference meet. Last year they took second at every conference meet.

"Last year at our team banquet I asked them if they noticed the pattern in their conference performances and that statistically 2014 was theirs for the taking," Foss said. "Winning conference has been our team goal all season. The girls used that motivation in their offseason and they use it every day at practice."

There were several highlights, but as usual the spotlight shown the brightest on senior Alisha Harper, who won four events and accounted for 40 points.

"She wanted more than anything to lead her team to a third conference title and with those points she was able to give us a comfortable lead toward the end of the meet," Foss said.

Harper took first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.42 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (45.70), setting personal records in each event. She beat a 28-year-old school record by 0.18 seconds in the 300 hurdles and her time is currently the top Division 1 mark in the state.

Harper also won the long jump (17-feet, 8 inches) and the triple jump (37-5¾).

Khadiya Hollingsworth finished first in the high jump (5-feet, 2 inches) and third in the 200 (PR, 26.68), the latter earning a spot on the top-ranked 4x200 relay for regionals with her impressive effort in the open 200, Foss said.

That 4x200-meter relay finished second (1:49.79) behind Erin Ditter, Erin Donnelly, Natalie Mussatto and Angela Schmidt.

Others came so close

East had three other second-place performances.

Kelsey Linsmeier was second in the 100 hurdles with a PR of 16.15.

"This is by far the best race I have ever seen Kelsey run in the 100 high hurdles," Foss said. "She has worked a lot on her hurdle form and is very motivated to do well. I was so happy to see her do so well."

Rachel Werking was second in the 3,200 (11:47.75) and Antalia Ashcroft was runner-up in the pole vault (10-0).

Allie Bullen had a big day, scoring in three events. She was third in the 100 (12.91), fourth in the triple jump (PR, 35-6¾) and fifth in the long jump (PR, 16-6).

"Allie Bullen is a rising star on the girls track team as she has continuously improved and demonstrated her talent in the short sprints, relays, long and triple jump," Foss said.

Erin Kreul was third in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 34-10½.

"This mark beats her personal best by a foot and a half," Foss said. "Erin is very competitive and is constantly looking to improve. Her competition pushes her to do her best. As she is only a sophomore, I am looking forward to seeing her continue to develop and perfect her technique."

Kate Watry in the pole vault (PR, 9-0) and Amanda Hodgson in the discus (PR, 92-1) both took third.

The two other top-three finishes were relay teams, both taking third — the 4x100 relay (51.62) behind Jasmine Watson, Linsmeier, Sierra Fischer and Schmidt and the 4x400 relay (4:18.58) behind Tiffany Bianco, Ashley Johnson, Katie Linhart and Allyx Kvasnicka.

Other point scorers

Fourth — Watson 100 (PR, 12.98); Fischer 200 (PR, 26.87); 4x400 relay (10:19.85) behind Brianna Mathison, Sarah Werking, Molly Perkins and Ellen Bruhn; Fifth — Madi McDonald, pole vault (8-6); Eleni Tongas, high jump (4-10); Kvasnicka 800 (2:30.35); Mathison 3,200 (PR, 12:15.02); Sixth — Amy Grisa 300 hurdles (PR, 50.68); Julia Jacob 300 hurdles (51.06); Kvasnicka 1,600 (PR, 5:37.00); Seventh — Katie Linhart 400 (1:04.51), Breana Collins, shot put (31-6), Fischer, high jump (4-8); Eighth — Schmidt triple jump (32-2), Therese Gaines, shot put (31-2½), discus (80-3).

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