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Demos extends streak

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 19, 2010
— The high jump has been good to the Demos sisters.

Shelby Demos won four straight Big Eight Conference high jump championships for Janesville Parker and two Division 1 state titles before taking her talents to UW-Whitewater this year.


Paige Demos kept the conference streak alive in Tuesday night's Big Eight track and field meet at Mansfield Stadium.


The Parker High junior cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump and make it five straight conference titles for the Demos sisters.


Demos was one of three Parker athletes to win titles. Cody Speaker repeated in the boys pole vault after clearing 13-6 for the second straight year, while teammate Ryan Shelton won the 200-meter dash.


As expected, Sun Prairie won the girls team championship, but by only two points over Middleton. Sun Prairie took its second straight title with 128 points, while Middleton was right behind with 126.


Janesville Craig was fifth in girls competition, while Parker finished ninth.


Madison La Follette won the boys team championship with 111 points, followed by Verona with 99.5 and Parker at 95.75. The Craig boys were sixth.


Paige Demos finished second behind her sister a year ago, but held off the competition to take top honors this time.


Parker girls coach Dave Lehmann said the run of five straight conference high jump titles by the Demos sisters is a rare feat.


"Five straight titles by the same school in the same event doesn't happen very often, but when it's sisters doing it five years in a row, that's pretty amazing," Lehmann said. "It just doesn't happen very often because so many things have to go right at the conference meet.


"I just wish there was another Demos girl coming up. They've been special athletes."


Speaker led a 1-2-3 Janesville finish in the pole vault. Speaker vaulted a season-best 13-6 to finish six inches ahead of Craig's Tom Kitching (13-0). Craig's Alex Crandall was third at 12-6.


Shelton, a senior, coasted to victory in the 200 with a time of 22,47. He also was second in the 200.


Craig's Maggie Slatter was second in the 100, while Parker's Calvin Nauer finished second in the shot put and discus.


Three records were set Tuesday night.


Madison Memorial's Leichin Neblett, who will play football at Illinois State in the fall, set the 110 high hurdle mark with a time of 14.18. That broke the record of 14.22, set by Madison La Follette's Nate Brown in 2002.


Madison East's Gabe Heck ran a 4:16.93 time in the 1,600 to break the record of 4:17.99, set by Alex Brill of La Follette in last year's conference meet.


On the girls side, Middleton's Laura McGinnis set the lone record by winning the triple jump with a leap of 38-2. That broke the 37-11 mark, set by Jackie Johnson of West in 1987.



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