In two events last week, the Hamilton track and field teams saw plenty of positive and encouraging results.
At its own invitational on April 19, the HHS girls finished second with 100 3/4 points.
"We were actually pleasantly surprised at the end of the meet when the results came in and showed us in second," Hamilton coach Ben Nysse said. "We were like, 'How in the world did we get second?' We had 12 or 13 kids competing in the entire meet because it was spring break."
The 1,600-meter runners for Hamilton thrived with Taylor Fuerstenberg taking first, Isabel Seay coming in second and Jordyn Jeffers finishing third. Rachel Jeffers won the 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes, 36.25 seconds.
Morgan Price (400) and Riley Swope (800) finished second. The 4x400 relay team of Taylor Sohre, Price, Fuerstenberg and Chelsea Parker also placed second.
At Wisconsin Lutheran's Viking Invitational on April 22, Rachel Seraphine set a school record in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches. Seraphine previously held the record of 11 feet with Shannon Burke.
"(Seraphine's) goal was to get 11, now it's 11-6, now if she can get 12, that would be great," Nysse said. "It's a lot to ask for her to go up 2 feet in a season, but her technique is really spot on right now. It's really a matter of can she get the kind of speed that she's going to need to get those extra heights?"
Elizabeth Behrndt, Carolyn Troutman, Fuerstenberg, and Parker took second in the 4x400 in 4:23.60. Amanda Hammond (200), Seay (3,200) and Fuerstenberg (800) came in fourth. Rachel Jeffers, McKenzie Vang (discus) and Jessica Mueller (pole vault) finished fifth.
The Chargers placed fifth out of 14 teams with 52 points.
Boys fight for individual titles
At the Hamilton Invitational, the HHS boys were fourth out of 12 teams with 83 1/2 points.
Jackson Kollath was the 200 champion with a time of 23.02. Ty Olejnik won the long jump with a leap of 21-3. Kollath was also second in the long jump (19-9) and Olejnik came in third in the 200 (23.17).
"The thing I was really impressed with this week was Ty and Jackson are kind of emerging now with their sprinting," Nysse said. "They did really well on Wednesday and they came back and did really well (at the Viking Invite). That's good to see. They've been struggling a little bit with the indoor season. I think they're happy to be outside now."
Gavin Kuhlenbeck took second in the 1,600 (4:45.96) and Matthew Bohlman was third in the 400 (54.60). Bohlman was also second in the triple jump (39-2).
At the Viking Invite, the boys tied for eighth out of 15 teams with 48 points.
Michael Swope was victorious in the 1,600 with a time of 4:35.55, which was less than two seconds quicker than the second-place finisher.
"The distance events for the boys are really strong," Nysse said. "It's all the same kids that came out of the conference championship for cross country and they're just carrying it on."
Olejnik won the long jump with a 21-10 1/2. The 2x400 relay of Olejnik, Cam Davis, Tyler Fralick and Kollath placed second. Olejnik was also third in the 200 (22.69).
Evan Selin (1,600) and Brian Wiedenfeld (3,200) took fifth. Swope also came in sixth in the 800.