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New Berlin West girls win first Woodland Conference track meet

Dozen athletes make All-Woodland squad

New Berlin West’s Kia Richards was a member of the Woodland Conference high jump and pole vault champions at the Woodland Conference Relays on May 6 at Pewaukee.

New Berlin West’s Kia Richards was a member of the Woodland Conference high jump and pole vault champions at the Woodland Conference Relays on May 6 at Pewaukee. Photo By Scott Ash

May 12, 2014

For the first time in the school's history, the New Berlin West girls track and field team won a Woodland Conference Meet on May 6 at Pewaukee when they captured the relay championship.

South Milwaukee had won the previous four conference relay titles. As a team the girls scored 103 points, the most in school history at this meet. Of the 15 events, the girls earned all-conference honors in 12 of them.

Two school records were also broken to top off the day.

"To win relays it's about everyone and that is why I think this meet is special," coach Matt Ische said. "This group works so hard, I am very happy for them."

The three conference champions/all-conference:

The pole vault relay behind Rayce Albino (10-feet, 6 inches), Kia Richards (8-6) and Liz Liska (7-6).

The high jump relay behind Liska (5-feet, 0 inches), Richards (4-10) and Ariana Gladieux-Carter (4-10).

The 3x100-meter shuttle hurdle (56.91) behind Liz Doty, Gladieux-Carter and Anna Klingbeil.

Other honorees

Also earning All-conference honors:

The 4x800-meter relay was second (10:35.26) behind Madeline Egan, Sarah Meleski, Emily Szydlowski and Claire Radtke.

The 4x1600 relay took second (23:42.45) behind Allie Maniscalco, Jamey Devine, Meleski and Egan.

The distance medley was second (13:22.69) behind Meleski, Szydlowski, Claire Radtke and Egan.

The triple jump relay finished second behind Meleski (30-8), Doty (28-10¼) and Gabby Torres (28-7½).

The shot put relay was second behind Patricia Boles (33-½ ), Myers (30-7¼) and Rebekah Damitz (26-2½).

The 800 sprint medley (1:58.96) behind Marissa Myers, Kailey Foster, Carley Stauche and Ali Boldt took third.

The 4x100 relay took third (52.03) behind Kailey Foster, Albino, Anne Radtke and Marissa Myers, and the 300 hurdles relay finished third behind Doty (55.28), Klingbeil (58.47) and Gladieux-Carter (58.67).

The 4x200 relay was also third (1:52.12) behind Myers, Anne Radtke, Carley Stauche and Albino.

Other scorers were the long jump relay (fourth) behind Klingbeil (13-6), Torres (13-5¼) and Carnahan (13-5).

The 4x400 relay sixth (4:31.47) behind Ali Boldt, Albino, Sammi Bush and Liska and the discus throw finished seventh behind Ashley Zidar-Brimeyer (75-0), Boles (70-2) and Damitz (55-2).

Ische raved about several of his athletes' performance.

"Sarah Meleski and Madeline Egan were great today," he said. "We asked them both to run three distance events and we asked Sarah to triple jump in addition. That is a lot of running around but neither of them ever complained. They just did it.

"We also asked a lot of Marissa Myers and Rayce Albino. They were maxed out and really helped us in the sprints.

"Some of kids just worked through injuries too. Ali Boldt and Liz Doty jump out as two that battled through the meet. They will get some recovery time now."

Boys grab fifth

New Berlin West boys finished fifth with 51 points on May 6 in the Woodland Conference Relays at Pewaukee.

"We improved from indoor," coach Matt Ische said. "I think fourth was within reach, but we just made too many mistakes. Hopefully we can get those taken care of before (outdoor) conference."

The following boys were All-Conference performers:

The high jump relay, second behind Scott Reichel (5-feet, 10 inches), Chamika Wijenayake (5-8) and Mindika Wijenayake (5-6).

The triple jump, third behind Reichel (39-4½), Bryan Watson (38-½) and Max Meleski (35-6¾).

The 800-meter sprint medley took third (1 minute, 41.34 seconds) behind Dylan Wiese, Dan Western, Devon Thiel and Nate Latus.

The 3x110 shuttle hurdle also took fourth (52.24) behind Travis McKeon, Sam Nigbur and Wiese.

The long jump relay was fourth behind Watson (18-6½), Mindika Wijenayake (17-61/2) and Chamika Wijenayake (17-3¼).

The 300 hurdles relay was fifth behind Sean Bruders (44.33), McKeon (46.08) and Matt Thomas (46.46).

The 4x200 relay finished sixth (1:36.38) behind Western, Wiese, Watson and Latus.

The pole vault relay behind Chase Kelly (9-0), Felipe Marquaz (9-0) and Wiese (8-0) and the discus throw relay behind Lukas Lauer (114-3), Andrew Wacholz (82-4) and Alex Rodriguez (73-9) each finished seventh.

The 4x800 relay (9:04.55) behind Sebastian Swiderski, Dom Ropella, Grant Marton and Victor Wang and the 4x1,600 (21:45.07) behind Bibhav Shresta, Marton, Ropella and Wang each finished seventh.

The shot put relay behind Alex Rodriguez (39-½), Lukas Lauer (38-7) and Andrew Wacholz (35-5) and the 4x400 relay (3:51.04) behind Western, Sami Alfahel, Meleski and Mindika Wijenayake each finished eighth.

The distance medley also took eighth (11:45.58) behind Swiderski, Alfahel, Ropella and Marton.

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