April 11 was a strong day for the Hamilton girls track and field team.
The Chargers placed third at the Mukwonago "M" Club Relays with 83 points. Mukwonago was second with 84 points and Oak Creek won the event with 107.
"There were three track events that we didn't enter," Hamilton coach Ben Nysse said. "But I think we won all but one of the things we put on the track."
Hamilton was victorious in the distance medley, 4x200 relay, 800 sprint medley relay, 4x800, 4x400 and pole vault.
"They executed," Nysse said. "We told them the way we wanted to go out was to work on execution and just try to run good races. They didn't have to go out and crush themselves but to just try to execute the game plan. For the most part, I'd say they did it. There were very few performances that we weren't really ecstatic about as a coaching staff."
Amanda Hammond impressed Nysse in the 4x200.
"She came in where Bianca (Stubler) had run at indoor state," Nysse said. "We didn't really lose anything with Amanda. She ran about as well as Bianca would have outdoors."
Elizabeth Behrndt, Morgan Price and Megan Jansett also competed in the event at Mukwonago.
In the pole vault, Rachel Seraphine had the best height (10-6) and was followed by Jaclyn Zeman (10-0), who took second. Jessica Mueller tied for fourth with a 9-0.
"Rachel had a good meet," Nysse said. "The long jump and the pole vault went really well. The pole vault they won. The goofy thing with the pole vault was the girls pole vault didn't actually start until the track meet was over because the boys pole vault took so long. It was a pretty late night for them, so they were happy to win."
The 4x400 relay has been strong this season and its time of 4:03.28 from the Indoor State competition on April 8 is the best in the state.
"When they hit their time indoor we wanted to get sub 4:04, which they ended up hitting," Nysse said. "The next goal is to try to sometime before conference to go under 4:00. If we go under 4:00 before conference, that sets us up really well."
The boys finished eighth with 40 points. Mukwonago won the championship with a 125.
"We were really happy with how the distance group did," Nysse said. "The sprints had a little bit of problems. We had a pulled muscle in one of them and an exchange issue in another one. Our 4x4 distance medley and 4x8, we were happy they ran really, really good races. Brian Wiedenfeld actually PRd in the mile at the end of the distance medley. He went under 4:50 for the first time. We were pretty happy about that."
The 4x400 relay placed sixth with a time of 3:43.53.
"The 4x4 really surprised us," Nysse said. "We had Matthew Bohlman and Ryan Coe both go under 54 seconds, which was really impressive to see. Hopefully, they can get it down to about 50 seconds by the end of the year. Then we actually have a 4x4 that we could be competitive with."
Ty Olejnik was second in the long jump with a length of 22-0.
"Ty continues to jump out of his head," Nysse said. "He finished second in the jumps in the midst of having to run as well. That's more of a normal meet for him having to run and jump. He's just very consistently at 22 feet and near the top of the state."