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The Hamilton track and field teams geared up for their final meet before the Great Metro Conference indoor championships on March 28 and 29.

At New Berlin West's Schreiber Invite March 22, the HHS girls came in third with 82 points and the boys placed sixth with 40 points.

"We didn't run anybody who had run at Whitewater for the most part because we were just trying to let everybody get a chance to compete," Hamilton coach Ben Nysse said. "We had some good results."

Lauren Leonardi was victorious in the 55-meter dash with a time of 8.05 seconds.

"She ran a great race," Nysse said. "She had a great start and held her speed until the finish. It was a really close race. With her, we're trying to work on sticking with what you're doing in your own lane and not trying to press too much. She held her composure all the way, so that was really nice."

Taylor Fuerstenberg won the 800 in 2:35.85. Elizabeth Boney, Jordyn Jeffers, Megan Gundrum and Audrey Downs took first place in the 4x800 relay in 11:37.87.

Sarah Schrader, a freshman, impressed Nysse in the triple jump with a third-place finish (28-6).

"She was kind of a revelation," Nysse said. "She had not done that before. She's such a good athlete from volleyball. That was kind of a revelation to see how well she could do. I mean, 28-6 right out of the gate was a pretty good jump."

Rachel Seraphine was second in the pole vault (10-6), Jaclyn Zeman took third (9-6) and Jessica Mueller finished fourth (9-0). Emma Woelfel came in third in the 1,600 with a time of 6:19.28.

Taking fourth was Lexi Zuehlke (200), Taylor Sohre (400), Jeffers (800) and Zeman (55 hurdles).

Joe Bolda led the boys with a second-place showing in the shot put with a toss of 44-6. Also coming in second was Matthew Bohlman in the triple jump (39-10 1/2). Bohlman was third in the 400 in 58.48.

The 4x160 relay of Patton Germann, Adam Panten, Shane Johnson and Corbin Stepney took third (1:24.31).

Coming in fifth for the Chargers were Zach Brewer in the shot put (42-4 1/2), Ben Cady in the pole vault (11-0) and Dylan Melotik in the long jump (18-0 1/4).

Germann and Panten, who are both sophomores, also competed in the 55 dash and show promise in the sprint events.

"We needed some short sprinters and those guys, I think, are really going to fill in nicely," Nysse said. "They're both football players who are coming out to work on their speed."

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