Milton senior wins three events; Red Hawks finish third

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Craig Henquinet
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
— After winning the 400-meter relay, Milton High senior Nate Hammon allowed himself a few moments to rest before warming up for his long-jump final.

That lasted all of two seconds before Hammon popped back to his feet, changed shoes and prepared to cap off his day with his fourth individual title.

Hammon came up short in his bid after fouling on his final two long-jump attempts to take second to teammate Riley Kovars.

Earlier, Hammon won the 100 and ran the anchor leg of the winning 400 relay team before taking the 200 title to propel the Red Hawks to a third-place finish in the Badger Conference South boys track and field meet here Tuesday night.

Monroe won the boys meet with 178 points. Monona Grove was second at 153, while the Red Hawks had 139.

“I was happy with my day, going into the long jump,” Hammon said. “I just got done doing two 200s and three 100 dashes, so I was a little bit tired.”

The University of Wisconsin football recruit said he starts classes right after graduation and starts out as an athlete without a set position heading into fall camp.

Hammon showed off his athletic talent Tuesday by handily winning his sprint events. He won the 100 in 11.48 seconds and the 200 in 23.3.

“I felt I underperformed, but still got first, so I was happy with that,” Hammon said.

Kovars also was a conference champion in two individual events by also capturing the triple jump title with a leap of 43 feet and ˝ inch. Kovars won the long jump (21-2), followed by Hammon at


Kovars also was part of the winning 400 and 800 relay teams. Kovars and Hammon, were joined by Phil McCarty and Craig Jensen in the 400, and Collin Sayre and Jordan Gerharz joined Kovars and McCarty in the 800.

In the girls meet, Sarah Adamson was the lone Milton conference champion. She won the high jump title by clearing 5-1.

“Every coach has a goal for his team to contend or get a conference championship,” Milton coach Jeff Bachinski said. “But I’m very proud of our performance.

“They continue to improve and continued to do well today at one of the finest conference meets in the state. You go against Monroe and Monona Grove. They are track towns.”

Stoughton took the girls title with 155 points, with Fort Atkinson second at 126. Milton placed sixth.

Placing runner-up for Milton was A.J. Natter in the discus (156-7) and Riley Cark in the 400 (:51.64). Clark also was part of the second-place 1,600 relay team with Brendan Falk, Kyle Martinelli and Sayre. (3:30.8). Clark also was third in the 800 (2:01.14), and Falk was third in the 300 hurdles (:42.57).

Lauren Frisque was runner-up in the girls triple jump (33-1.25), while Bonnie Willinson was third (31-11). Frisque also took second in the 800 relay and third in the 400 relay, with a team of Kimberly Mehlert, Alycia Catacutan and Lauren Bradey.

Catacutan also placed third for the Red Hawks in the long jump (15-4), while Mandi Speer and Emilee Walters were third in the 3200 run (12:13.39) and discus (102-10), respectively.

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