The Brookfield Central girls track and field team scored 121 points and battled hard to hold off Divine Savior Holy Angels (111) and Hamilton (101) to win second behind Brookfield East at the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championships on May 20 at Sussex Hamilton.
"This was a hard-fought meet for us to hold onto second place," said coach Lorie Lewis. "With four teams scoring over 100 points, there were several teams with the capability to slide into second place. The team was well aware of the competition and knew they would need a team effort to finish in second. In the end, we had significant performances from a large majority to hold onto second."
The Lancers had only one individual winner — Elizabeth Flatley — but she won two events. They also won two relay races.
The amazing Flatley won both the 800-meter run and the 1600, topping off a sensational day of racing by breaking two conference records (800 and 1600), along with her own school record in the 1600 meters.
"Not only is it atypical to break two distance records in one meet, but her accomplishment is all the more impressive given the unusual heat and the fact the existing records were significant," Lewis said.
Flatley broke the 1600 record previously held by Natalie Schudrowitz from Wauwatosa East in 2012 with a time of 4 minutes, 59.16 seconds. Flatley ran 4:53.88 to break the record along with her own school record.
She broke the 800 record previously held by Katie Tolan of Brookfield East in 2011 with a time of 2:18.24. Flatley ran 2:17.28 to break the conference record.
The 4x800-meter relay took first (10:04.83) behind Paulina Agnello, Megan Hlava, Kasey Ledvorowski and Emma Kumer, and the 4x200 relay also won (1:48.82) behind Shae Ziegler, Jessie Coons, Jessica Marciniak and Jenny Fox.
Three other athletes scored in two individual events.
Chisom Obasih finished second in the 100 dash (12.79 seconds) and sixth in the 200 run (27.31).
Danielle Kulpins took third in the 1600 (5:20.14) and the 3200 (11:51.49).
Lucy Kwiatkowski finished fourth in both the 800 run (2:29.75) and the 1600 run (5:32.58).
Central had four other athletes finish fourth — Rachel Hirsch, 400 run (1:03.43), Megan Hlava, 3200 (12:09.11), Ziegler, high jump (5-feet) and Andrea Bailey, discus (91-2).
The 4x100 relay also took fourth (51.84) behind Ziegler, Coons, Anna Cleary and Zaporah Jackoyo.
Lewis couldn't say enough good things about the sprinters.
"They truly had their best meet of the season and probably surprised many," she said. "They scored three in the 100 and 200, which was far beyond what they accomplished at indoor.
"The 800 relay team, which was seeded fourth, pulled out a championship race. Additionally, Rachael Hirsch placed fourth from the slow heat. All of them went beyond expectations."
Cleary in the 100-dash (13.25) and Jessica Marciniak in the 200-dash (27.13) each took fifth.
The 4x400 relay also took fifth (4:23.20) behind Hirsch, Molly Schindler, Kasey Ledvorwoski and Emma Kumer.
Four more athletes finished seventh — Cassie Jehly, 100-dash (13.38), Fox, 200-dash (27.55), Olivia Zweber, 800-run (2:32.39), and Leah Klingaman, pole vault (8-6).
Ceci Risch, pole vault (8-0), Alejandrea Peralta-Werns, 100 hurdles (17.70), and Karin Jorgensen, high jump (4-6), all rounded out the scoring by finishing eighth.
Girls results: 1. Brookfield East (180.50), 2. Brookfield Central (121), 3. Divine Savior Holy Angels (111), 4. Hamilton (101), 5. Wauwatosa East (73), 6. Menomonee Falls (52.50), 7. West Allis Hale (38), 8. West Allis Central (22).
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