McFadden is a state champion

Sophomore wins 200, sets one of Ozaukee’s four school records as the girls’ team finishes seventh

OZAUKEE TRACK AND FIELD team members who competed at the state meet in La Crosse included (front row from left) Matt Baldwin, Trent Simpson, (second row) coach Andrew Pfeuffer Kelley Large, Brynn Meyer, Becca Schauer, Ashlee Mueller, Amy Hoffmann, (back row) assistant coach Bill Richards, Sarah Nehls, Ally Clark, Greta Klas, Delanie McFadden, Brianna Bustamante, Ally Stahl and assistant coach Aaron Brown. Photo courtesy of Jodi Mueller
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

For Delanie McFadden, setting a school record and earning a gold medal at the Division 3 state track and field meet last Saturday was all good, but not quite good enough. The Ozaukee High School sophomore won the 200-meter dash at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 25.13 seconds, just .22 seconds from the state record. She won in a photo finish over Haley Durst of Ithaca/Weston, who ran a 25.3. “I felt like it was my race and I was capable of winning. On the last 15 meters, I decided that I had more energy, so why not keep on running,” McFadden said. “In my head I didn’t think I won until I saw my name and my time. “I was proud but also the time that I wanted is not the time that I got. I was still proud that I broke the record.” It was sweet redemption for the speedster who took eighth in the 200 at last year’s state meet. “It was also a little bit emotional for me, just because of last year’s fate and I didn’t do as good as I wanted to. Coming back this year and being on top of the podium, I was very proud of myself,” she said. McFadden gets inspiration from a couple of sources. Before each race, she prays that she will give it her all, run faster than before and be proud regardless of place. She also carries her brother Dewayne’s dog tags. He just returned from California where he served a stint in the Army. “Once he went into the military, I started to miss him. That was basically my cope, carrying it around, knowing that he’s still there with me,” Delanie said. The 200 was one of three medals McFadden brought home. She took fourth in the 100 in 12.66 — she said her nerves affected her running, since it was her first race at the meet — and helped the 800 relay team break its own school record in 1:46.34 and take third. The previous record was 1:52.5, which stood for 29 years, coach Andrew Pfeuffer said. “She really stepped up this year and was hungry for more. Last year Delanie also qualified in both the 100 (ninth place) and 200 dash (eighth place). So for her to move up that many places in one year shows that she was determined for more and learned from her first experience at the state meet,” Pfeuffer said. Other relay team members were Ashlee Mueller, Brianna Bustamante and Becca Schauer. All the runners are back next season and will be looking to improve, Pfeuffer said. The 1,600 relay team broke the school record set last year by nine seconds in preliminaries with a 4:10.14. In the finals, the team of Mueller, Bustamante, Amy Hoffmann and Schauer ran a 4:11.58 for eighth place, missing the podium by two spots. The 3,200 relay team of Hoffmann, Greta Klas, Kelle Large and Mueller broke the school record set last year by one second with a 10:07.13. That was good for ninth, three seconds out of the medals. The team was bumped into the first heat with the faster squads, causing Pfeuffer to change the order of the runners. His strategy worked. The team knocked 10 seconds off its sectional time. Large took 13th in 12:19.1 in the 3,200 after just missing qualifying in the event last year as a freshman. “I think she gained valuable state experience and she will look to return next season for another redemption run during her junior year,” Pfeuffer said. Freshman Brynn Meyer took 16th in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 5 inches, just one inch from her personal best. “She was the only freshman long jumper to qualify this season in Division 3, which just goes to show you how special her season was,” Pfeuffer said. The Warriors scored 22 points and tied for seventh place with Dodgeland. Aquinas won with 36, edging Edgar’s 33. Two Warrior boys competed. Sophomore Matt Baldwin finished 11th in the 80 in 2:02.72, just 1.5 seconds from sixth and a spot on the podium. Senior Trent Simpson cleared 6 feet in the high jump for 18th place and plans to try out for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville track and field team next season.

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