Track and field
Brookfield Academy's varsity track and field team competed in the Pacer Relays on April 28 at Union Grove. This was an unusual meet in that all the events were relays, including the field events where the athletes' performances were added together to determine final placement. The boys team placed fifth out of 14 teams and the girls team placed sixth. Outstanding performances were turned in by the boys 800-meter relay of Patrick Send, Nathan Kustner, Jonny Jensen and Delmar Herman, who placed second. The boys sprint medley relay of Send, Kustner, Jensen and Jake Wills placed second, the girls 400-meter relay of Katherine Schwister, Maya Coumbe, Liese Wareham and Grace Peacock finished with a time of 53.90 seconds and the girls sprint medley relay of Schwister, Coumbe, Wareham and Julia Jensen placed second. The lone first-place finish was earned by the girls distance medley relay of Katherine Obst, Shannon Griffin, Grace Griffin and Ashlin LaFond. Another highlight was the third-place finish of the high jump relay of Grace Griffin, Kaitlyn Asante and Julia Jensen.
In the next meet, the team competed in the Gerald Parker Invite on May 5 at New Berlin West. The boys placed fifth out of 12 teams with 73.5 points, while the girls team placed sixth with 65 points. The lone first-place finish was earned by the 400 relay of Send, Kustner, Joe Doyle and Jensen. Send ran an outstanding race in the 100, placing second with a PR time of 11.31 seconds. Ryan Beckley and Ryan Mills both established new PRs in the 110 high hurdles by finishing third and fourth respectively. Jensen placed third in the triple jump, an event he was trying for the first time this season. Highlights for the girls include Maya Coumbe, who ran PRs in both the 100 and 200 with times of 13.46 seconds and 27.61 seconds, finishing eighth and fourth respectively. Freshman Julia Jensen lowered her PR in the 400 to 1:05.73, finishing fifth. Sammie Ronge finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 54.09 seconds. Grace Peacock looked really good anchoring the 400 relay, which placed third. Joining Peacock were Katherine Schwister, Maya Coumbe and Lydia Balistreri. It was also nice to see Yutian (Heidi) Chen lower her PR in the 300 hurdles to finish fifth.
Several athletes from the team had an opportunity to compete in the prestigious Myrhum Invitational at Arrowhead on May 6. The Myrhum Invitational is open to all track athletes who have run below a specific qualifying time. Two BA boys sprint relays, the 800 and 400, as well as Ashlin LaFond in the 800, qualified. Both relays placed seventh out of 12 Division 1 teams. The 400 of Send, Kustner, Doyle and Jensen ran a 46.65, which is currently the sixth-best time in all of Division 2. The 800 relay of Send, Kustner, Doyle and Jay Chand ran a 1:32.15, which is ranked second in Division 2. Doyle ran a PR of 11.33 seconds in the 100, placing seventh, and Kustner ran the 200 in 23.21 seconds to also take seventh. LaFond ran her best race of the year in a very competitive 800 and placed sixth in 2:25.38, the ninth-best time in the state for Division 2.
- Coach Brian Schuster
The Blue Knights softball team traveled to Pewaukee for a JV tournament May 6. The girls dropped a 16-6 decision to Pewaukee in the first game but bounced back in the second game to defeat Cudahy by a score of 12-9. Amanda Roessler had a big day at the plate, while Mileena Sanchez-Luna turned in a couple of defensive gems, including an unassisted inning-ending double play.
- Coach Chris Mason
Brookfield Academy played two games this past week, a road contest against USM on May 3 and a game against Slinger at New Berlin West on May 5.
The Blue Knights were able to leave USM with a 2-1 win. Serena Shah scored in the first half off an assist from Annika Washburn. The offense had countless opportunities in front of the net, but USM’s goalkeeper and defense did a great job stopping BA’s forwards. After the score was tied 1-1 at half, Washburn led the Blue Knights’ offense in the second half with several shots on net. Center defender Kelly Choren took a beautiful free kick later on in the half, and after the keeper deflected the ball onto the crossbar, Washburn finished it off with a header into the back of the net.
The girls then went on to play one game in New Berlin West’s tournament. BA set the tone against Slinger, a Division 1 team, getting a goal in the first five minutes. Abby Schlosser found Washburn open in the box, who was able to place the ball into the back of the net. BA’s defense was doing well shutting down skilled wing midfielders and forwards, however, Slinger scored a goal off of a free kick and another off a cross. The score was 2-1 at half. Slinger came into the second half putting a lot of pressure on BA’s defense, scoring a header goal off of a corner kick. The Blue Knights were able to hold them for the rest of the game, and Washburn, putting lots of pressure on the defense, caused a turnover in Slinger’s half and scored on a breakaway at the end of the game, making it 3-2.
- Serena Shah, student reporter
The BA boys varsity tennis team lost a tough match to Shorewood on May 3 by the score of 4-3. Picking up wins were No. 1 doubles team Liam Mathews and Jason Tan, No. 1 singles Pablo Dale and No. 2 singles Ian Francis. On May 5, BA swept Kenosha St Joseph 7-0, improving the Knights' season record to 11-2.
- Coach Todd Fisher
The BA varsity golf team participated in its fourth conference mini-meet of the season at Dretzka Park, finishing in first place with a team score of 168. The team was led by a 38 from Alex Pellegrini, earning him a first-place individual finish, and a 42 from Rhea Nangia, earning her a fifth-place individual finish. The well-rounded team performance also received rounds of 44 from Rohan Nangia and Aaron Dobbs and a 45 from Garrett Smith.
- Coach Geo Peterson