This year's Brookfield East girls track and field team is coming off an outstanding 2015 season, and coach Lisa Foss is looking for even more good things.
The Spartans won the Greater Metro Conference Triple Crown, winning the indoor, relays and outdoor championships, and also finished first at the WIAA sectional meet. They plan to defend their titles again this season.
The talent is there, as Foss has 22 returning members of last year's GMC championship team and seven returning state qualifiers.
It's not surprising that with all that talent the Spartans set four school records last season: The 4x100-yard relay (Jalyn Byrd, Angela Schmidt, Sierra Fischer, Emily Breider), Anatalia Ashcroft in the pole vault (10-feet 9 inches); Khadiya Hollingsworth in the high jump (5-9) and Rachel Werking in the two-mile (11:13.26).
Tons of talent
Breider, a sophomore, should lead the sprinters, sprint relays and long jump. She anchored the state-qualifying 4x100 relay that finished 12th at state last year and set a new school record. She was also a member of the 4x200 relay that finished third at state. She was conference champion in the 200 dash indoor and had six second-place finishes at the three conference meets.
Allie Bullen, East's team MVP last year and GMC Athlete of the Year for Track and Field, currently holds the school record for the 4x200 relay. Last year she finished sixth at state in the long jump, third in the 4x200 relay and 12th in the 4x100 relay. She will compete in the long jump, triple jump, 55-yard hurdles, 100 high hurdles, sprints and sprint relays throughout the season.
She had seven first-place finishes and two second-place finishes at the three conference meets last season. Next year she plans to compete on the track and field team at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jalyn Byrd, a three-year varsity letter winner, is one of the team's top sprinters and long/triple jumpers. Last year she was a member of the state qualifying 4x100 and 4x200 relays. She was also a member of the 4x100 relay that broke the school record.
Sierra Fischer, a three-year varsity letter winner, is in her second season as team captain. She leads the team in the high jump, hurdles, sprints and sprint relays and was a member of the state-qualifying 4x100 relay that finished 12th at state last year and set a school record. She was also a member of the 4x200 relay that finished third at state. Fischer holds the school record as a member of the 4x200 relay from the 2014 season.
'Sierra's strong character, poise and competitiveness make her a great leader for our team,' Foss said. 'She is continuing her track career at Carroll University after this year.'
Lots of experience
Madi McDonald, a team captain, is returning for her fourth season on the team. She is the top returning pole vaulter. Last year she was a member of the pole vault relay at the GMC Relay meet that set a new GMC Relay Record and was the second-highest relay in the state last season. McDonald plans to continue her track career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater after this year.
Angela Schmidt is another returning three-year varsity letter winner. Last year she was a member of the state-qualifying 4x100 relay that finished 12th at state and set a school record. She was also a member of the 4x200 relay that qualified for state.
Eleni Tongas is a junior captain returning to the team after a strong sophomore season as one of East's top high jumpers, hurdlers and long/triple jumpers. She was a member of the record-setting GMC Relay high-jump relay team that was the best high-jump relay in the state and tied the record for best high-jump relay of all time.
She finished 15th in high jump at state and also qualified in the 100 high hurdles, where she finished 18th.
Rachel Werking is coming off an outstanding finish to her senior cross-country season. She is returning for her fourth season on the team and will be looking to earn her fourth varsity letter. She holds the school record in the 2 mile, which she broke twice last season. Last season she was the GMC 2-mile champion, sectional champion and state qualifier, where she finished 13th.
Sarah Werking is another returning three-year varsity letter winner.
'She is our fourth team captain and a great leader for the distance team,' Foss said. 'Sarah's strength in the distance events makes her a crucial member of our team, as she is someone that we can always count on.'
Lizzy Cagle and Katie Work return as top throwers. Cagle made it to sectionals in the shot put (53-5). Work finished ninth at the WIAA Regional in discus (96-6). Work was a member of the GMC Discus Relay Championship Relay, and Cagle was a member of the GMC Shot Put Relay Championship Team.
Newcomers to watch include Bella Rosa (sprints/jumps) and Isabel Szablewski (distance).
The Spartans will have 20 seniors on the team. They have added a new coach in Hannah Guth, a math teacher and girls volleyball coach at East. She is taking over the high-jump coaching position and will assist with coaching sprints as well.