The Brookfield East girls track and field team finished third at the West Allis Hale sectional on May 26, qualifying 10 girls in seven events for this weekend's WIAA state championships.
Wauwatosa West won the event with 103 points, while Waukesha West had 90 and the Spartans 88.
'Overall, I am extremely proud of all the girls for giving it their all and doing whatever it took to try to earn a spot at the state meet,' East coach Lisa Foss said. 'Ultimately all of those events have the potential of reaching the podium at UW-La Crosse.'
The Spartans had plenty of highlights.
Sophomore Lizzy Cagle once again broke the school record in the shot put, throwing 40 feet, 7 inches for a personal best.
'She finished second and has earned herself a spot at the state meet with potential to reach the podium,' Foss said. 'Her strong work ethic and competitive nature will help her finish strong at state.'
Rachel Werking qualified for state in both the 1,600-meter run (5 minutes, 7.39 seconds) and the 3,200 run (11:22.37).
'The strength in pulling off this accomplishment is admirable,' Foss said. 'Rachel is mentally and physically prepared for her senior year state performance. I can't wait to see what she does. I know she'll be great.'
Allie Bullen qualified in the 100 hurdles, running a personal-best 15.17. She was able to squeeze through to state in the long jump (17-9) as an extra qualifier.
'We are very happy that she was able to qualify through and get another opportunity to compete as she's been one of the top long jumpers in the state all season,' Foss said. 'Allie has competed in multiple events at state the past three years and, therefore, is prepared for the challenge ahead.'
Eleni Tongas was able to win the high jump with a new personal best of 5-5. She has jumped 5-2 the majority of the season, so reaching this new height was a high milestone for her, and it puts her in good position going into the state meet.
The 1,600 relay finished second (4:01.33) to qualify for the state meet with the following four girls: Sierra Fischer, Sarah Werking, Suzie Swietlik and Emily Breider.
'These girls ran the fastest mile relay time that I have ever coached in the past nine years, and it was very fun to watch,' Foss said. 'We ran about nine seconds faster than our regional time, so it was obvious to the crowd that they were going to do everything they could.'
Other admirable performances were Natalie Rouse in the shot put in throwing another personal best (36-1). Bella Rosa ran a strong 200 time, finishing with a personal best (27.19), and the 4x800 relay of Sarah Werking, Meg Swietlik, Molly Perkins and Gina Behling ran a season-best time (9:45.15).
The Spartans won their own Brookfield East regional on May 23, scoring 131.50 points to beat out Brookfield Central (119.50) in the nine-team event.
The following athletes qualified: relay teams: 4x800, 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400; 100 hurdles, long jump: Bullen; 100 hurdles, high jump: Tongas; 300 hurdles: Bella Auger; 1,600, 3,200: Rachel Werking; 200: Bella Rosa; shot put: Cagle, Rouse; and discus: Katie Work.