New Berlin West qualified in nine events at the West Allis Central Sectional on May 30 and will now go on to the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on June 6-7 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
The Vikings girls finished fourth (66) in the 15-team sectional, their highest finish in a Division 1 sectional in school history.
Junior Rayce Albino in the pole vault had the only first with an effort of 12 feet.
"Rayce really rebounded in the pole vault," coach Matthew Ische said. "The last month has been her trying to find the right pole, and her and Coach Brad Schuster figured that out now."
Senior Marissa Myers finished second in the 200-meter run (26.71 seconds), one of three second-place finishes.
Juniors Ali Boldt finished second and set a school record in the 400 (1 minute, 1.04 seconds). Patricia Boles was second in the shot put (37-feet, 10 inches).
"Ali and Patricia really impressed me and stepped up in tough pressure situations," Ische said. "Ali had to kick the last 100 because coming off the curve she was fourth.
"Patricia Boles set a PR and just missed the school record in the shot put. We knew Patricia had it in her, but she was seeded eighth and then she had a great day. Coach Jeff Grabo does some amazing work with our throwers."
Senior Kia Richards finished third in the pole vault (9-6) and had a happy ending to her final season.
"I'm very proud of Kia," Ische said, "As a freshman she was a 10-foot vaulter and then she missed her whole sophomore year when she tore her ACL. Junior year was a getting back in the flow year, and this year she has worked so hard to get to state."
Sophomore Liz Liska was third in the high jump (5-0), bouncing back from a rough performance at regional (4-8).
"Liz bounced back nice to claim third," Ische said. "It was good to see her put Tuesday out of her mind. I credit Coach Kevin Bania with getting her prepared."
The 4x200-meter relay took third with a season-best time of 1:48.93 behind Myers, senior Carley Stauche, senior Anne Radtke and Albino.
"The girls had to step up because we took Ali Boldt off to run the open 400," Ische said. "Everyone ran well to make up for the loss of Ali. I am very proud of how the girls responded."
On a side note, the girls 4x100 relay finished sixth in a strong field, but broke the school record with a time of 51.05. Freshman Kailey Foster, Albino, Anne Radtke and Myers made up the team.
On the boys side, the Vikings finished ninth with 36 points, their most points at the sectional since joining Division 1 in 2012.
Junior Grant Marton was second in the 800 (1:56.54), and senior Bryan Watson placed third in the 100 (11.39).
"Grant Marton ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 800," Ische said. "Coach Cathy Kowalski does a great job with our distance group, but the 800 has become a real strong suit. She has taken an athlete in the open 800 five years in a row, and before that she took two 4x800 teams up to state.
"Bryan Watson had to fight his teammate Nate Latus for the last spot. which is tough. but Bryan usually struggles with his start. He put in a lot of work to try and be with the first group out of the blocks. He closes so well, and when he was out of the blocks with the first group I knew he would have a chance."
May 30 at West Allis Central
GIRLS —1. Brookfield East (96), 2. Wauwatosa West (75), 3. Divine Savior Holy Angels (70), 4. New Berlin West (66), 5. Wauwatosa East (62), 6. Waukesha West (55), 7. Kettle Moraine (53), 8. Brookfield Central (52), 9. Waukesha North (40), 10. Waukesha South (38), 11. West Allis Hale (31), 12. New Berlin Eisenhower (21), 12. West Allis Central (21), 14. Washington (11), 15. Bradley Tech (4).
BOYS — 1. Brookfield East (103), 2. Waukesha South (102), 3. Marquette (77), 4. Wauwatosa East (70), 5. Wauwatosa West (64), 6. Waukesha West (49), 7. New Berlin Eisenhower (42), 8. West Allis Central (38), 9. New Berlin West (36), 10. West Allis Hale (30), 11. Waukesha North (27), 12. Kettle Moraine (26), 13. Brookfield Central (16), 14. Bradley Tech (10), 15. Washington (3).
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