HS track: Parker tops Memorial; Middleton upends Craig

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Janesville Parker track teams swept Madison Memorial in a Big Eight dual meet on Tuesday.

The Parker girls team used two first-place finishes and a second-place finish by Brecklyn Skaleski to down Memorial, 83-63. The Parker boys got two individual victories and a relay victory from freshman Sandy Toyer to edge the Spartans 74-72.

“It’s good to get the first win under our belt,” Parker boys coach Dick Schuh said. “I thought we were a little rusty coming off spring break. But those times and distances should get better as the season wears on.”

Skaleski won the triple jump (35-0) and the pole vault (8-6) and was second in the high jump (4-10). In addition, she was on the winning 400 relay team.

“This was the first meet that we had everyone ready to go,” Parker coach Kristin Collins said. “Brecklyn had a good meet in the jumps, and Ariaunna Robinson had another good meet in the sprints.”

Robinson won the 100 (12.8) and was second to Parker freshman Kiah Ayers (28.5) in the 200. Ayers also was on the winning 800 relay team.

Collins also praised the work of Morgan McCulloch, who won the 400 (1:08.3) and was on the winning 1,600 relay team.

On the boys side, Toyer won the 100 (11.1 seconds), the 200 (23.3) and ran the second leg of the Vikings’ 400-meter relay team (45.9).

“He had a good night,” Schuh said. “He (set a personal record) in his long jump, too, though it wasn’t enough to place.”

The Vikings girls will host the Parker Relays on Friday. The boys are at the Hononegah Relays on Saturday.

Middleton sweeps Craig—At Monterey Stadium, Big Eight powerhouse Middleton dominated Tuesday’s meet against Janesville Craig.

Middleton’s boys defeated Craig, 118-28, while the Cougar girls lost 119-27.

Alli Calkins won the high jump for the Craig girls, while Courtney Pohlman won pole vault.

“We’re a pretty young team that’s continuing to improve,” Craig coach Brad Troeger said. “We just don’t have the depth that Middleton has.

“Alli is so consistent in everything she does, and Pohlman’s winning height of 10-6 is very good.”

Alec McCann won his second straight 800-meter race to highlight the meet for the Craig boys.

“We’re a little nicked up right now but we did some good things tonight,” Craig boys coach Jeff Deininger said. “It’s just really tough to compete with Middleton because of their depth and talent in just about every event.”

Both Craig teams compete at the Watertown Invitational on Friday night.

Last updated: 11:46 pm Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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