Whippets leave Lakes track in championship style
That’s how the rest of the Southern Lakes probably views Whitewater High after it dominated its final appearance in the conference track and field meet here Tuesday night.
The Whitewater girls gave their regards to the old conference by winning their 15th consecutive championship with 185.5 points, which was 36.5 more than second-place East Troy’s 159.
Meanwhile the Whippet boys scored 208 points in winning their 12th championship in 15 years. Milton was a distant second with 125.
The Whippets’ triumphant Southern Lakes swan song left their coach, Mark Maas, impressed.
“We were just on a mission tonight,” said Maas, whose school will join East Troy, Jefferson, Milton and Fort Atkinson in leaving the Southern Lakes next fall. “I could just tell as we got off the bus on both teams that they just had a look like they weren’t letting up.”
“Winning our last SLC meet was special,” said Maas, whose athletes will compete in the Rock Valley next season. “We made a point of emphasis that this was our last SLC meet before realignment, and we wanted to finish it up with an exclamation point.”
East Troy senior Becca Buchholtz also concluded her Southern Lakes career in style. The Michigan State recruit easily won the high jump and triple with season-best scores of 5 feet, 8.5 inches and 35-10, respectively. She also finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.9 and third in long jump with a distance of 17-1.
“I thought in the high jump that I would jump 4-10 and be done, but I made it by so much, I thought I’d try to get 5-4, and then go for the record because that’s what I’ve been aiming at the last four years. So that was amazing,” Buchholtz said.
And that pretty well describes the reigning WIAA Division 2 high jump and triple jump state champion.
“Buchholtz is arguably the best track athlete to come through this conference. She was just outstanding tonight,” Maas said.
Jasmine Haines of East Troy also posted two victories by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while Fort Atkinson’s Micaela Magsaman won the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.
On the boys side, Whippet senior Grant Bughman notched victories in the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.47 and 40.87, respectively. Elkhorn senior Alex Lockwood won the 100 and 200 dashes, while Fort Atkinson’s Spencer Agnew posted victories in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.