Grange-led Lady Hawks cruise to their inaugural NSC indoor championship
Grafton High School doesn’t have the largest girls’ track and field team in the North Shore Conference this season, but it certainly has one of the best.
The Black Hawks turned in a history-making performance April 3 by winning their first conference indoor team title in dominant fashion at Cedarburg High School.
Led by three first-place finishes from junior Sara Grange, Grafton scored 100 points, 20 more than runner-up Germantown.
Grange showed her versatility by winning the 55-meter dash (7.64 seconds), 200 dash (27.59) and high jump (5 feet, 2 inches).
The Hawks also got firsts from junior Cathy Brunette in the 55 hurdles (8.89) and the 3,200 relay team of Kylie Longoria, Jamie Karrels, Heidi Bauer and Megan Pawlak (an indoor-team record 10:25.0).
“We dominated the meet, and the 4-by-800 relay set the tone for us,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “They went out and set a record, which really got us going.”
Grafton’s steady scoring also included second-place finishes from Brunette in the high jump (5-0) and the 1,600 relay of Katie Boehm, Anya Dillahunt, Rachel Schmitz and Katelyn Gallun (4:267.9); thirds by Gallun in the 400 dash (1:04.71) and the 640 relay of Emily Schreiner, Dillahunt, Schmitz and Brunette (1:32.57); and fourths by Schreiner in the 55 dash (7.89) and Amber Ducheny in the 3,200 run (12:29.0).
“Overall, it was a nice team effort, with scoring in sprints, hurdles and distances,” Kriegel said.
Kriegel said his team’s goal entering the meet was to score more than 90 points, which he believed might give the Hawks an edge in a title fight with Germantown and Whitefish Bay.
“I thought we would have a good chance to win it if we did that,” he said. “We got 100, which was great.”
Bay finished third in the eight-team standings with 75 points, followed by Milwaukee Lutheran (63.5), Homestead (60.5), Cedarburg (60), Nicolet (51) and Port Washington (31).
Port was led by junior Bianca Benkley, whose third-place time in the 1,600 run (5:17.2) was just one second off the team record.
“Bianca had a great run. She matched last year’s state-qualifying time,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.
The Pirates’ highest-scoring event was the long jump, where they got a third from Emma Shelander (15-9-3/4), fourth by Kristina Rossi (15-5-3/4) and seventh from Anna Pierringer (15-3).