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Sauk Prairie’s senior leaders made the most of their final Badger North Conference meet.

The trio of Julia Ballweg, James Bockhop and Ethan Schad each took home Badger North titles at Tuesday’s conference meet at Sauk Prairie High School, something that each of the Eagles laid out as a goal entering the season.

The veterans led the way as the Eagles took sixth out of eight teams in both the boys and girls meets. The Waunakee boys and girls teams swept to a pair of titles, while Reedsburg took second in the boys meet and Mount Horeb was the runner-up in the girls meet.

“I was very pleased with how our team performed,” Sauk Prairie head coach Andy Sherman said on Wednesday morning. “We did many great things and the effort was there from our team. I cannot ask for anything more than that. ... We had a great night and I could not be more proud of our team.”

Schad was the first Eagle to win a title on Tuesday, finishing first in the pole vault for the second straight year. The senior took it a step further this season, tying the Badger North Conference meet record by clearing 13 feet, 9 inches.

“Being a conference champ once is difficult, but to come back and repeat is a great accomplishment for Ethan,” Sherman said.

Schad still has a number of goals out there, including breaking the school record of 14-01 and qualifying for the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet for the third straight year.

“He is focused on the task at hand and that is to earn a return trip to state,” Sherman said of Schad. “He also has performance goals in doing everything he can to take a shot at our school record.”

The Eagles have also cultivated pole vault depth behind Schad. It showed on Tuesday, as Jack Porubsky and P.J. Lane each cleared 11-6 to take third and fourth, respectively. On the girls’ side, Audrey Pape (7-6) took second while Grace Williams (7-6) finished sixth.

“Our pole vault group is talented and they work hard,” Sherman said. “They understand the process that it takes and work every day remembering that. When you lose someone like Ethan to graduation, it is always hard at first to replace, but in high school that is what happens. I am very pleased with how our returning vaulters have progressed and know that they will continue to be a force in the future.”

Another Sauk Prairie strength has been the hurdles. That’s where Ballweg and Bockhop shine.

Ballweg took to the starting blocks first on Tuesday. The senior had been waiting for the conference meet since taking second in the 100-meter hurdles last season. She took it up a notch this season, crossing the line in 16.51 seconds to edge out Waunakee’s Hayley Krysinski (:16.54) and Mount Horeb’s Madelyn LaBorde (:16.67) for first place in the 100 hurdles.

“I was so happy for Julia,” Sherman said. “She has worked so hard for this and coming into the season with an injury from basketball and not getting all that many races in, we didn’t know how it would shake out for her. She has stayed focused and has worked on her technique, but last night there was simply something else there, determination, that helped her become a champion.”

Bockhop was in a bit of a different situation, entering the conference meet as the defending champion in the 110-meter high hurdles. The senior bested the field again on Tuesday, using a time of 14.70 seconds to beat out Reedsburg’s Jacob Dregney (:15.47).

“’I did it... I did it...’” Bockhop said of what he was thinking when he let out a yell after crossing the finish line. “The goal has been to be a two-time (winner) since I did it last year.

“It feels awesome, there’s no words.”

Bockhop said he didn’t treat this meet any differently despite coming in as a defending champion.

“Still got to work just like everyone else,” said Bockhop, who added a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (:42.58). “The work paid off and I got it.”

Hudson Haas had Sauk Prairie’s lone individual runner-up finish, closing strong to take second in the 3,200 meters (10:08.78), finishing behind Beaver Dam’s Cade Ferron (9:54.43).

“Hudson Haas ran a terrific 3,200, earning second place by simply pulling away from the pack with 300 meters to go,” Sherman said. “He continues to impress me with his guts and confidence.”

Haas also teamed up with Will Alt, Camden Desroches and Carson Radl to take second in the 4x800-meter relay (8:26.88) behind Waunakee (8:26.55).

“The boys 4x800 relay was fantastic,” Sherman said. “To throw Will Alt in at the last minute and to have them all run the fastest time they’ve ever run, they did exactly what we wanted to finish second, and if they had 10 more meters, Hudson would have passed the winner.”

Emily Herbrand and Taylor Bierstaker each had a pair of top-six finishes. Herbrand finished third in the 3,200 (12:43.15) and sixth in the 1,600 (5:56.52), while Bierstaker placed fourth in the 400 (1:03.85) and sixth in the 200 (:28.33).

Samantha Marx (32-3.75) and Olivia Smith (31-8) placed third and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump while Carina Meixelsperger (15-4.25) and Kiersten Kobussen (14-11) took fifth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump.

Radl added a fifth-place finish in the 800 (2:06.05), Adam Garland took sixth in the discus (122-2) and Hannah Kruckman finished sixth in the high jump (4-8).

Sauk Prairie will compete in the WIAA Division 1 Sun Prairie regional on Monday.

BADGER NORTH CONFERENCE MEET

Boys

Team scores: Waunakee 164, Reedsburg 107, DeForest 93, Beaver Dam 79.5, Baraboo 79, Sauk Prairie 68, Mount Horeb 63, Portage 47.5.

100: 1, Johnson, W, :11.01; 2, Maly, W, :11.18; 3, Zuhde, W, :11.30; 4, Campbell, R, :11.38, 5, Szepieniec, D, :11.62; 6, Conlon, BD, :11.66.

200: 1, Johnson, W, :22.59; 2, Zuhde, W, :22.67; 3, Rapisarda, R, :22.71; 4, Mathison, W, :23.41; 5, Conlon, BD, :23.48; 6, Duffy, D, :24.01.

400: 1, Rapisarda, R, :50.20; 2, Mathison, W, :50.88; 3, Hackbarth, B, :52.17; 4, Chujor, D, :53.25; 5, Murray, MH, :54.20; 6, Szepieniec, D, :54.84.

800: 1, Ferron, BD, 2:03.16; 2, Chujor, D, 2:04.74; 3, Vogt, W, 2:05.33; 4, Czarnecki, BD, 2:05.90; 5, Radl, SP, 2:06.05; 6, Kittleson, MH, 2:06.66.

1,600: 1, Ferron, BD, 4:31.98; 2, Czarnecki, BD, 4:35.96; 3, Chujor, D, 4:36.05; 4, Jones, P, 4:37.50; 5, Kittelson, MH, 4:43.31; 6, McGuire, W, 4:44.16.

3,200: 1, Ferron, BD, 9:54.43; 2, Haas, SP, 10:08.78; 3, Burgener, D, 10:16.09; 4, Thompson, W, 10:20.70; 5, Exo, B, 10:22.66; 6, Jones, P, 10:27.43.

110 hurdles: 1, Bockhop, SP, :14.70; 2, Dregney, R, :15.47; 3, Ranum, W, :15.61; 4, Mais, W, :15.95; 5, Brown, R, :15.97; 6, Gabel, BD, :16.77.

300 hurdles: 1, Ranum, W, :41:00; 2, McKay, D, :42.39; 3, Bockhop, SP, :42.58; 4, Briggs, P, :43.18; 5, Ames, MH, :43.34; 6, Koenig, Bar, :43.52.

400 relay: 1, Waunakee (Maly, Mais, Zuhde, Johnson), :43.30; 2, Reedsburg, :45.85; 3, Baraboo, :46.24; 4, Portage, :46.28; 5, Sauk Prairie, :46.43; 6, DeForest, :46.43.

800 relay: 1, Reedsburg (Ernstmeyer, Gunder, Stats, Campbell), 1:33.71; 2, Mount Horeb, 1:34.08; 3, Portage, 1:36.79; 4, DeForest, 1:37.21; 5, Baraboo, 1:37.95.

1,600 relay: 1, Reedsburg (Brown, Gunder, Dregney, Rapisarda), 3:33.61; 2, Waunakee, 3:37.29; 3, DeForest, 3:41.67; 4, Baraboo, 3:42.53; 5, Mount Horeb, 3:43.12; 6, Sauk Prairie, 3:48.11.

3,200 relay: 1, Waunakee (Thompson, Hinton, Lincoln, Vogt), 8:26.55; 2, Sauk Prairie, 8:26.88; 3, Baraboo, 8:31.29; 4, DeForest, 8:55.88; 5, Mount Horeb, 8:57.54; 6, Portage, 9:17.01.

Pole vault: 1, Schad, SP, 13-9; 2, Kiekhaefer, BD, 12-0; 3, Porubsky, SP, 11-6; 4, Lane, SP, 11-6; 5, Rodriguez, R, 10-6; 6, Bowman, BD, 9-6.

High jump: 1, Bierman, R, 6-2; 2, Maly, W, 6-0; 3, Ross, MH, 6-0; 4, Tully, R, 5-10; 5, Lynch, P, 5-8; 6, Miller, P, 5-8.

Long jump: 1, Lee, MH, 20-9½; 2, Maly, W, 20-9½; 3, Ringelstetter, P, 20-1¾; 4, Mais, W, 19-9½; 5, Cystrunk, D, 19-8; 6, Szepieniec, D, 19-8.

Triple jump: 1, Mais, W, 43-0; 2, Nesja, MH, 43-0; 3, Crary, R, 41-1; 4, Klein, D, 40-11; 5, Gabel, BD, 40-10½; 6, Cystrunk, D, 40-4.

Shot put: 1, Fry, Bar, 46-0; 2, Lichte, R, 45-8½; 3, Neuman, Bar, 44-7; 4, Klitzke, Bar, 44-3½; 5, Schoenberger, BD, 43-7; 6, Statz, R, 42-06.

Discus: 1, Klitzke, Bar, 149-10; 2, Schaefer, Bar, 142-11; 3, Koopmans, W, 130-5; 4, Schmidt, R, 129-3; 5, Vanderschaaf, Bar, 122-3; 6, Garland, SP, 122-2.

Girls

Team scores: Waunakee 157.5, Mount Horeb 127, Beaver Dam 101, DeForest 85, Reedsburg 69, Sauk Prairie 68, Baraboo 60, Portage 33.5.

100: 1, Schyvinck, R, :12.55; 2, LaBorde, MH, :12.99; 3, Bova, W, :13.00; 4, Gilmore, W, :13.31; 5, O’Grady, P, :13.60; 6, Buelow, Bar, :13.66.

200: 1, Schyvinck, R, :25.62; 2, Bova, W, :26.65; 3, LaBorde, MH, :27.38; 4, Uphoff, Bar, :27.63; 5, Larsen, W, :27.64; 6, Bierstaker, SP, :28.33.

400: 1, Schyvinck, R, :57.77; 2, Bova, W, 1:01.13; 3, Thole, W, 1:03.48; 4, Bierstaker, SP, 1:03.85; 5, McBride, R, 1:04.73; 6, Alvarez, BD, 1:05.96.

800: 1, Vega, BD, 2:27.27; 2, Donaldson, BD, 2:27.31; 3, Armstrong, W, 2:28.23; 4, White, BD, 2:29.83; 5, Bogost, W, 2:32.99; 6, Fountas, MH, 2:36.55.

1,600: 1, Hoopes, W, 5:25.29; 2, Ollendick, MH, 5:38.64; 3, Donaldson, BD, 5:40.19; 4, White, BD, 5:41.37; 5, Krayer, Bar, 5:43.23; 6, Herbrand, SP, 5:56.52.

3,200: 1, Hoopes, W, 12:03.10; 2, Ollendick, MH, 12:41.95; 3, Herbrand, SP, 12:43.15; 4, Krayer, Bar, 12:47.68; 5, Uhrich, BD, 12:52.42; 6, Stofflet, BD, 12:52.44.

100 hurdles: 1, Ballweg, SP, :16.51; 2, Krysinski, W, :16.54; 3, LaBorde, MH, :16.67; 4, Goetzinger, MH, :17.08; 5, Schwenn, D, :17.50; 6, Salettel, BD, :17.76.

300 hurdles: 1, M. LaBorde, MH, :47.63; 2, L. LaBorde, MH, :48.98; 3, Krysinski, W, :50.06; 4, Ryan, W, :51.68; 5, Schwenn, D, :51.91; 6, Rosenstock, W, :51.94.

400 relay: 1, Waunakee (Murray, Gilmore, Larsen, Hamlin), :52.80; 2, Portage, :53.64; 3, Baraboo, :53.92; 4, Reedsburg, :54.17; 5, DeForest, :54.52; 6, Mount Horeb, :55.79.

800 relay: 1, Baraboo (Uphoff, Hennessy, Johnson, Buelow), 1:52.68; 2, Portage, 1:54.72; 3, Waunakee, 1:55.13; 4, Mount Horeb, 1:56.61; 5, DeForest, 1:56.65; 6, Beaver Dam, 1:57.51.

1,600 relay: 1, Waunakee (Thole, Armstrong, Robertson, Bogost), 4:14.12; 2, Beaver Dam, 4:18.89; 3, Portage, 4:22.36; 4, DeForest, 4:26.20; 5, Baraboo, 4:26.82; 6, Mount Horeb, 4:35.02.

3,200 relay: 1, Beaver Dam (Stofflet, Uhrich, Alvarez, Vega), 10:16.07; 2, Waunakee, 10:24.38; 3, DeForest, 10:37.54; 4, Mount Horeb, 10:48.13; 5, Baraboo, 11:01.53; 6, Sauk Prairie, 11:14.60.

Pole vault: 1, Schwenn, D, 8-0; 2, Pape, SP, 7-6; 3, Dray, BD, 7-6; 4, Gramman, MH, 7-6; 5, Kurtenbach-Winch, R, 7-6; 6, Williams, SP, 7-6.

High jump: 1, Goetzinger, MH, 5-4; 2, Mink, D, 5-4; 3, Miller, R, 5-0; 4, Stauffacher, BD, 4-10; 5, Meinholz, W, 4-8; 6, Kruckman, SP, 4-8.

Long jump: 1, Schyvinck, R, 16-5¾; 2, Mink, D, 16-0; 3, Gilmore, T, 15-5¾; 4, Goetzinger, MH, 15-4½; 5, Meixelsperger, SP, 15-4¼; 5, Kobussen, SP, 14-11.

Triple jump: 1, Mink, D, 34-2; 2, Stauffacher, BD, 34-1 ½; 3, Marx, SP, 32-3¾; 4, Goetzinger, MH, 31-11; 5, Smith, SP, 31-8; 6, Schmitt, W, 31-6.

Shot put: 1, Gabel, MH, 35-0½; 2, Rindy, W, 34-2; 3, Rueter, BD, 32-7¼; 4, Johnson, Bar, 32-4½; 5, Schultz, P, 32-4¼; 6, Gabris, D, 31-8.

Discus: 1, Gabel, MH, 116-11; 2, Johnson, B, 109-3; 3, McMahon, D, 102-8; 4, Bussan, W, 93-9; 5, Rueter, BD, 91-3; 6, Kunesh, D, 85-10.

At Sauk Prairie.

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