A host of Hamilton track and field athletes advanced to sectional from the May 23 Menomonee Falls regional. Top-four finishers in each event moved on to the May 26 sectional at Watertown, the final step before the annual state meet.
For the girls, Meghan Joyner won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.17 seconds. Bianca Stubler also claimed the top prize in the 400 with one of the state's fastest times this year (56.79). Claire Birk was the fastest in the 300 hurdles with a 46.65.
Taylor Fuerstenberg took the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 21.52 seconds. In the pole vault, Rachel Seraphine had the best height of 10 feet, 6 inches. Hamilton's 4x800-meter and 4x200 won titles.
The 4x400 relay team took second. Rachel Jeffers placed third in the 3,200. Taking fourth were the 4x100 relay and Molly Hubred in the discus. As a team, the girls finished in second with 119 points. Arrowhead won the event with a 184.66.
Winning for the boys was Ty Olejnik in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 2 3/4 inches. The 4x200 relay, Zach Leinbach (800), Jackson Kollath (200) and Zach Jasinski (pole vault) were all second.
Advancing in fourth place was the 4x800 relay, Michael Swope (1,600) and Andre Gordon (200). HHS took fourth with 62 points. Arrowhead was crowned the champion with a 136.
At the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championships on May 17, the Hamilton girls took third, and the boys placed sixth.
Stubler won the 400 in 57.42 and Fuerstenberg took the 800 in 2:21.10. Birk, in her first action in nearly a month as she worked her way back from injury, was victorious in the 300 hurdles in 46.84, which put her on the Wisconsin Track Online Honor Roll.
'I have no way to explain that,' HHS coach Ben Nysse said of Birk's performance. 'I told her just to try and finish and be respectful and work on her hurdle technique. She had the lead by hurdle four. Everybody knew her situation for the most part with all the other coaches. We just couldn't believe it. It was miraculous.'
The 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams also claimed titles. Seraphine had a height of 10-0 in the pole vault, which was good enough for first in the pole vault. Joyner was the runnerup in the 100 hurdles, as was the 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams.
For the boys, Leinbach won the 800, and Jasinski took the pole vault with a 15-0. Swope (1,600) and Olejnik (long jump) were third.