West Allis Central, Hale girls track and field teams finish in middle of pack
Wardinski wins 3,200 for Bulldogs in own meet
Katherine Wardinski of West Allis Central won the 3,200-meter run in 12 minutes, 59.17 seconds to help the Bulldogs place fourth in their own Doug Johnson Invitational on Friday at the fieldhouse.
Central's 4x160-meter relay team also won in 1:33.81, and the two firsts boosted the Bulldogs to 67 points, trailing Brookfield East (172), Milwaukee King (84) and Pewaukee (70) in the 10-team meet.
West Allis Hale followed Central in fifth place with 62 points.
Ella Schultz of Central placed second in the shot put (33 feet-71/2 inches), and Hale had seconds from Elizabeth Brunner in the triple jump (33-21/4) and the 4x800 relay unit (11:05.36).
Taking third for the Bulldogs were Megan Turner in the shot put (30-11) and Coral Davis in the 400 dash (1:09.38). Capturing third for Hale were Nicole Flagge in the pole vault (8-0) and Melaine Ziolecki in the 55 low hurdles (9.74 seconds).
Coming in fourth for Central were Dana Batchelor in the 55 high hurdles (10.28) and the 4x240 relay (2:32.44). For Hale, fourths were earned by Melanie Freet in the 55 low hurdles (9.94), Madison Mihaljevic in the 1,600 run (6:09.34) and Grace Kusik in the 3,200 run (14:06.93).
Placing fifth for Central were Becky Schwindt in the pole vault (7-6) and the 4x800 relay (13:06.41). The Hale 4x400 relay also came in fifth (4:51.16).
Capturing sixth for the Bulldogs were Batchelor in the high jump (4-4) and Alexandra Jonas in the 55 dash (8.19).
For the Huskies, sixths went to Michelle Nicholas in the triple jump (29-103/4), Amber Allen in the long jump (13-1), the 4x240 relay (2:40.87) and the 4x160 team (1:39.21).
Finishing seventh were Shakira Cruz of Central in the triple jump (29-3), Hannah Pfister of Central in the 3,200 (15:34.01), Jenna Freund of Hale in the 1,600 (6:25.55) and Arianna Scalish of Hale in the 200 dash (31.87).
Taking eighth were Brianna Nelson of Central in the triple jump (26-11/2), Marisa Anderson of Hale in the 55 high hurdles (12.14) and Alexis Goodstein of Hale in the 200 dash (32.09).
Hale head coach Kristi Hall is optimistic about the season.
"This season will be an exciting one," she said. "We have a lot of new girls on the team, with a huge group of freshmen and sophomores. We have young talent that I feel will do great things as the season continues."
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