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Sun Prairie girls favored in Big Eight

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Gazette staff
May 17, 2010

While as many as five teams have a shot at the boys team title, Sun Prairie will be a heavy favorite for girls honors in the Big Eight Conference track and field meet Tuesday night at Mansfield Stadium in Madison.


The co-ed meet begins with the girls pole vault at 1:30 p.m., with field events and the first running event—the 3,200 relay—scheduled to begin at


3 p.m.


Sun Prairie won last year’s Big Eight girls title and warmed up for this year’s event by dominating the Tom Mueller Invitational en route to the team title Friday night.


“Sun Prairie has got an unbelievable girls team,” Janesville Craig girls coach Mark Marsden said. “Everywhere you look in the state honor roll, Sun Prairie seems to have a kid in the top 10.


“I think they’ve got enough talent to make a run at a (Division 1) state title. Middleton has an outside shot at beating them Tuesday night, but I’d be very surprised if that happened.”


Janesville Parker’s Shelby Demos won two events last year but is now competing for UW-Whitewater.


“If Sun Prairie puts its entire lineup together for maybe the first time all year, which they will Tuesday night, they’re going to be very hard to beat,” Parker girls coach Dave Lehmann said.


“We’re not as strong team-wise as we’ve been in the past, but hopefully we can have a good meet Tuesday.”


Madison West is the defending boys champion, and Parker boys coach Joe Dye said the Regents enter Tuesday night as a slight favorite because of their depth in the sprints, relays and distance events.


The Vikings’ Cody Speaker is the defending champion in the pole vault after clearing 13 feet, 6 inches a year ago.


“This is the deepest (boys) conference meet I can remember,” Dye said. “Memorial just won the Madison city invite, West has got some great athletes, La Follette is strong again, and Verona and Sun Prairie will be in the mix, as well.”


“For this time of the year, we’re not as healthy as I’d like to be. Hopefully, we can get as many oars going in the right direction as we can.”


The Craig boys will be led by sophomore Tommy Meister in the 1,600 and 3,200, along with junior Cy Badertscher in the triple jump and long jump.



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