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Grace Stuckey

Baraboo senior Grace Stuckey clears a barrier while competing in the girls 100-meter high hurdles at the Badger Conference Challenge in Portage on Tuesday.

After four indoor meets to start the season, the Baraboo prep track and field teams were itching to get outdoors.

The Thunderbird girls team ran with it, scoring 144 points Tuesday to take home the Badger Conference Challenge at Portage High School. Waunakee (115.5) and Stoughton (63) rounded out the top three in a 13-team meet that brought together most of the teams from the Badger North and Badger South.

“Going into the day, the girls felt confident about their ability to perform,” Baraboo coach Nicholas Geiger said. “We were fortunate enough this year to have a full indoor season. We had four indoor meets, so the girls already had a lot of races under their belt.”

The Baraboo girls used that experience to run away from the field, collecting 15 top-three finishes.

“We brought home a lot of medals,” Geiger said. “What I am proud of most is the way that these seniors have performed and have been so welcoming to our underclassman. We have a talented senior class, but the way they lead and challenge the underclassman to perform to the best of their ability is what really has helped our team develop. A track team has a lot of moving pieces and the way they have been able to promote a positive team culture is incredible.”

Lexi Johnson had two of the Baraboo girls’ five first-place finishes.

Johnson won both of the throwing events, finishing first in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 7 inches, then backing it up by winning the discus with a toss of 119-4. Lia Kieck added a third-place finish in the shot put (33-6).

“Lexi’s throwing distances are picking up right where she left off,” Geiger said of Johnson, who qualified for the WIAA state meet in the discus last season. “Lia has improved tremendously learning shot put this year. Those two have done a nice job together.”

Senior Jamie Runnels also put together a big day, winning the long jump with a mark of 15-11 and crossing the finish line in 13.12 seconds to take second in the 100-meter dash. Junior Jennifer Arias added a fourth-place finish in the long jump (15-3¼), while sophomore Jordan Buelow placed third in the 100 (:13.20).

Arias, Buelow and Runnels teamed up with Chloe Uphoff to win two relay events. They dominated the 400-meter relay in :51.97, 2.65 seconds ahead of the field, and the 800-meter relay in 1:48.95, which was 5.07 seconds clear of their nearest competitor.

The T-Birds also placed third in the 3,200 relay, as Venna Krayer, Vita Patten, Natasha Hess and McKenzie Gruner crossed the line in 10:50.37. Gruner, Johnson, Grace Stuckey and Lauryn Frederick took fifth in the 1,600 relay (4:31.18).

“Our relay members have put a lot of work in during the offseason, whether its speed training, playing another sport or building a running base,” Geiger said. “It has shown to be one of our strong points this year. I am excited to see what our times we’ll end up at after the outdoor season plays out.”

Stuckey and Hope Brandhagen earned a number of points in the hurdles Tuesday. Stuckey ran to a runner-up finish in the 300 low hurdles, crossing the line in :50.95 to trail only Madison Edgewood’s Hannah Kolpien. Brandhagen used a time of :53.0 to take fifth in the event. Stuckey (:16.23) and Brandhagen (:17.31) also placed fifth and seventh in the 100 high hurdles.

“Grace and Hope have been pushing each other every practice and competition to get better,” Geiger said. “They are seconds faster than at this point last year.”

Junior Molly Stewart and Krayer, a sophomore, ran together in the 1,600. Stewart took second place in 5:51.11, while Krayer (5:52.08) followed in third. Watertown senior Sheridan Dettmann won in 5:41.59.

Uphoff took second in the 200, crossing the line in :27.59 to finish behind Waunakee’s Sarah Bova (:27.19). Gruner and Shelby Marquardt each added third-place finishes — Gruner (2:35.78) in the 800 and Marquardt (33-3¾) in the triple jump.

The T-Birds also got points from Stewart in the 3,200 (fifth, 12:34.59), Isabel Deering in the 200 (seventh, :28.50), Patten in the 800 (eighth, 2:43.91) and Mabelle Boehlke in the pole vault (eighth, 6-0).

The Baraboo boys scored 77.5 points to take fifth out of 13 teams, trailing DeForest (106), Reedsburg (97), Oregon (94.5) and Waunakee (76).

Baraboo had three first-place finishes, including two from Jake Schaefer. The sophomore won the shot put with a throw of 44-6½, then beat the field by 26 feet to win the discus with a mark of 159-4.

Hackbarth had Baraboo’s other victory. The senior crossed the finish line in 2:07.31 to take home the title in the 800. The T-Birds showed their depth in the distance events, as Ethan Agren (4:59.81) took second in the 1,600 and Garrett Exo (10:37.46) placed third in the 3,200.

Matt Lane barely missed a gold medal in the 400, as his :54.38 was a hundredth of a second behind DeForest’s Caleb Ekezie.

Max Koenig added a third-place finish in the 300 intermediate hurdles (:42.02), while Justin Philipp took third in the high jump (5-4) and Charlie Stack took seventh in the pole vault (10-0).

Lane, Koenig, Stack and Hackbarth placed sixth in the 1,600 relay (3:52.55), while Oscar Fernandez-Hydzik, Max Statz, Evan Exo and Malachi Krayer took seventh in the 3,200 relay (9:29.01), and Zack Kargel, Stack, Dominick Jefferson and Caden Carpenter finished seventh in the 800 relay (1:41.78).

The T-Birds, who had Thursday’s home meet against Monona Grove canceled due to weather, will compete in a Saturday invitational in McFarland.

BOYS

Team scores: DeForest 106, Reedsburg 97, Oregon 94.5, Waunakee 76, Baraboo 77.5, Mount Horeb 60, Stoughton 53.5, Sauk Prairie 47.5, Milton 45, Madison Edgewood 24, Portage 20, Watertown 3, Beaver Dam 3.

100: 1, Maly, Wau, :11.21; 2, Kissling, Or, :11.35; 3, Lee, R, :11.52. 200: 1, Kissling, Or, :22.83; 2, Gunder, R, :22.83; 3, Maly, Wau, :23:05. 400: 1, Ekezie, D, :54,37; 2, Lane, Ba, :54.38; 3, Gunder, R, :54.78. 800: 1, Hackbarth, Ba, 2:07.31; 2, Burgener, D, 2:10.47; 3, Zelinski, Or, 2:10.96. 1,600: 1, Zelinski, Or, 4:57. 39; 2, Agren, Ba, 4:59.81; 3, Nelson, MH, 5:00.29. 3,200: 1, Roth, D, 10:19.55; 2, Haas, SP, 10:30.85; 3, Exo, Bar, 10:37.46.

110 hurdles: 1, Dregney, R, :15.36; 2, Nelson, Mil, :15.58; 3, Meyer, Wau, :16.03. 300 hurdles: 1, Dregney, R, :40.86; 2, Nelson, Mil, :41.87; 3, Koenig, Bar, :42.02. 400 relay: 1, Mount Horeb (Fish, Gassman, Henderson, Lee), :45.40; 2, DeForest, :45.93; 3, Oregon, :46.10. 800 relay: 1, Oregon (Anderson, Armstrong, McCorkle, Gable), 1:35.57; 2, Mount Horeb, 1:38.34; 3, DeForest, 1:38.34. 1,600 relay: 1, Reedsburg (Cherney, Dregney, Gunder, Yanke), 3:38.14; 2, Oregon, 3:43.76; 3, Milton, 3:45.72. 3,200 relay: 1, DeForest (Roth, Grabowski, Larson, Burgener), 9:06.84; 2, Madison Edgewood, 9:11.88; 3, Sauk Prairie, 9:16.78.

Pole vault: 1, Lane, SP, 11-6; 2, Nelson, D, 11-0; Geiselman, SP, 10-6. High jump: 1, Soergel, M, 5-8; 2, Thomas, MH, 5-6; 3, Philipp, Bar, 5-4. Long jump: 1, Lee, MH, 20-6; 2, Lee, R, 20-1¼; 3, Ciesielczyk, D, 20-0. Triple jump: 1, Mais, W, 41-4 ½; 2, Peterson, R, 40-1; 3, Ciesielczyk, D, 39-4. Shot put: 1, Schaefer, Bar, 44-6½; 2, Fetters, W, 43-5; 3, Smozynski, D, 41-8. Discus: 1, Schaefer, Bar, 159-4; 2, Schmitt, R, 133-4; 3, Koopmans, W, 130-4.

GIRLS

Team scores: Baraboo 144, Waunakee 115.5, Stoughton 63, Oregon 62, Madison Edgewood 54, DeForest 50.5, Milton 47.5, Mount Horeb 43, Watertown 40, Reedsburg 32, Sauk Prairie 24, Beaver Dam 21.5, Portage 5.

100: 1, C. Egwuonwu, Or, :13.00; 2, Runnels, Bar, :13.12; 3, Buelow, Bar, :13.20. 200: 1, Bova, Wau, :27.19; 2, Uphoff, Bar, :27.59; 3, Donaldson, BD, :27.69. 400: 1, O’Driscoll, ME, 1:01.50; 2, Larsen, Wau, 1:01.82; 3, Uhl, Or, 1:01.96. 800: 1, Armstrong, W, 2:31.53; 2, Olson, Me, 2:33.57; 3, Gruner, Bar, 2:35.78. 1,600: 1, Dettmann, Wtn, 5:41.59; 2, Stewart, Bar, 5:51.11; 3, Krayer, Bar, 5:52.08. 3,200: 1, Hoopes, Wau, 11:51.63; 2, Talabac, Mil, 12:16.77; 3, Bertz, Wau, 12:24.12.

100 hurdles: 1, Hughes, Mil, :15.36; 2, Krysinski, W, :15.50; 3, Goetzinger, MH, :15.62. 300 hurdles: 1, Kolpien, ME, :49.98; 2, Stuckey, Bar, :50.95; 3, Kissling, Sto, :51.29. 400 relay: 1, Baraboo (Runnels, Arias, Uphoff, Buelow), :51.97; 2, Stoughton, :54.62; 3, Milton, :54.67. 800 relay: 1, Baraboo (Runnels, Arias, Uphoff, Buelow), 1:48.95; 2, Madison Edgewood, 1:54.02; 3, Stoughton, 1:54.22. 1,600 relay: 1, Waunakee (Armstrong, Larsen, Grabarski, Meinholz), 4:19.02; 2, Madison Edgewood, 4:20.26; 3, Reedsburg, 4:22.22. 3,200 relay: 1, Stoughton (Lawrence, Ross, Ashworth, Kittleson), 10:42.97; 2, Mount Horeb, 10:44.00; 3, Baraboo, 10:50.37.

Pole vault: 1, Zaemisch, Sto, 9-0; 2, Weier, MH, 7-6; 3, Christianson, W, 7-0. High jump: 1, Mink, D, 5-2; 2, Goetzinger, MH, 4-10; 3, Stauffacher, BD, 4-6. Long jump: 1, Runnels, Bar, 15-11; 2, Schmitt, R, 15-4½; 3, Bova, W, 15-4¼. Triple jump: 1, Stauffacher, BD, 33-3¾; 2, Mink, D, 32-1¾; 3, Marquardt, Bar, 33-3¾. Shot put: 1, Johnson, Bar, 35-7; 2, Quinn, Wtn, 35-7; 3, Kieck, Bar, 33-6. Discus: 1, Johnson, Bar, 119-4; 2, Hesse, Wtn, 106-2; 3, Manke, Wtn, 95-1.