Girls track team 2nd at Big 8 meet

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Rob Reischel
Kaitlyn Montour and Middleton’s girls track and field team finished second at last week’s Big Eight Conference meet./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The wait was long, painful and annoying.

In the end, though, Middleton’s girls track and field team overcame the excruciating delay.

The Big Eight Conference track and field meet — which was supposed to take place last Tuesday — was delayed halfway through due to lightning. But Middleton never missed a beat.

When the meet resumed Wednesday, the Cardinals made a statement and finished second in the league.

Sun Prairie won the title with 144.50 points, while Middleton was a close second at 134.50. Madison West and Janesville Craig tied for third with 80 points.

“Besides the obvious frustration of waiting to complete the conference meet, we were thrilled with the outcome,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said. “I was hesitant to say early in the season where we may end up — and was being optimistic when we were aiming for top-three finish at conference.”

Franklin’s optimism came to fruition, though.

Middleton opened the meet by winning the 3,200 meter relay. The quartet of sophomore Bobbi Patrick, senior Darcy Dean, sophomore Jenny Phillips and senior Elena Thompson finished first in 9:44.37.

“The 4x800 winning and starting the meet off was not a surprise, but fun nonetheless,” Franklin said. “A time of 9:44.37 is great, and we know that this will continue to improve heading into the last few meets.”

Middleton’s foursome of Patrick, junior Kayla Bauhs, sophomore Emily Zeker and sophomore Anna Garren also shined and won the 1,600 meter relay (4:05.65).

“Sandwiching the meet with another win in the 4x400 was also a big highlight, and our best of the season to date,” Franklin said.

Middleton stole the show in the 800 meter run. Patrick won the event in 2:19.14, while freshman Sam Valentine was third (2:25.25) and Dean was fourth (2:26.70).

Freshman Loren Skibba was second in the 100 meter hurdles (16:65) and Bauhs was second in the triple jump (35-1 ¾).

“Loren Skibba coming in second place is really exciting and promising for the future for her,” Franklin said. “She has such quickness that we know her time will continue to improve with more experience and races.”

Bauhs was also third in the 300 meter hurdles (48.32) and senior Kaitlyn Montour was fourth (49.87) in that event. Sophomore Emily Bergum was third in the long jump (16-3) and Dean was fourth (16-3).

Sophomore Rachel Wians was third in the 1,600 meter run (5:26.51) and Valentine was fourth (5:27.69). Wians was also fifth in the 3,200 (11:45.53).

Freshman Lauren Smith was fourth in the 200 (26.92) and Dean was fifth in the 400 (1:02.87). Roach was fifth in the high jump (4-10) and sophomore Cole Jordee was sixth in the shot put (33-6 ½).

Senior Lydia Meier (102-5) and junior Ciara Clay (101-11) were fifth and sixth in the discus, respectively.

Middleton’s 400 meter relay team of Bergum, Smith, Skibba and sophomore Kayleigh Dietz was fourth (50.94). The Cardinals’ 800 meter relay team of Bauhs, Smith, Zeker and freshman Abbey Webber was sixth (1:52.54).

“I am so proud of all of the girls that competed,” Franklin said. “It was a great finish to the regular season and something to build on going into the WIAA tournament meets.”


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