Badger track delivers repeat sweep
Justin Bowers and Megan Mulligan of Lake Geneva Badger did just that at the Southern Lakes Conference meet here Tuesday night.
Their results helped Badger High sweep the boys and girls titles for the second straight season.
Bowers earned 36 points with three victories and a third-place finish in an event he had not competed in this season to help the Badgers earn the boys title with 170 points. Waterford was second with 131.5, while Burlington was third at 120, and Elkhorn fourth at 112.5.
Mulligan won the three events she competed in to lead the Badgers to a palm-rubbing title with 180 points. Badger edged out both second-place Waterford (170) and third-place Burlington (165).
Bowers won the 100 (11.09), 200 (22.47) and long jump (21-10) and finished third in the triple jump (40-9).
Badger boys coach Dave Jaeger said Bowers had not competed in the triple jump all season.
"We put him in there because we thought it was a weak event," Jaeger said. "We were asking a kid to do something he wasn't used to, and he agreed. We usually run him in a relay, but we figured we could earn points there anyway.
"He usually competes in the 4-by-100, the 200, 100 and long jump, but the long jump is where his money's at."
The title was the boys' eighth conference championship in 10 years.
Badger girls coach Dee Dee Giovingo had to sweat out her team's title run.
"We knew it was going
to be close," she said, "but I
didn't think it would be that close."
Mulligan led the way by winning the 100 (12.89), 200 (26.59) and 400 (1:00.61).
Giovingo said victories in the 400 and 800 were the key factor in the Badgers' title.
"They surprised me," Giovingo said. "We knew we could expect some points there."
The 400 relay team of Jackie Ippolito, Aerial Altergot, Alyssa Humphrey and Carly Beil set a meet and school record with its time of 52.83.
Elkhorn's Dan Sullivan was a double winner in the 800 (1:57.31) and 1,600 (4:24.49). He finished third in the 3,200 (10.16.63). Hew on the 1,600 and 3,200 last year.
On the girls side, Elkhorn's Sarah Woellert finished first in the shot put (36-3.25) and the discus (108-0).
Monroe High School's girls track and field team continued its regular-season dominance into the Badger South Conference meet.
The Cheesemaker boys weren't as fortunate.
Monroe's girls, who went
6-0 in the regular-season duals, scored 136 points to win the conference title at Stoughton. The host Vikings were second with 116, and Fort Atkinson was third with 114.5. Milton was sixth with 75.
Monona Grove won the boys title with 153.5 points. Monroe, which went 6-0 in the regular-season duals, was second (130.17). Milton was fifth with 90.
Milton's highlight came in the boys 100. Nate Hammond won the event in 11.25, with teammate Alex Cecenzi finishing third in 11.71.
Lauren Frisque led the Red Hawk girls with two second-place finishes. She was second in the long jump (15-7.25) and in the triple jump (33-8.25).
Milton's Leah Devries was second in the shot put (41-9) and Gretchen Natter was second in the discus (115-1).