Girls track team thinking big

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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Rachel Wians (6) was part of the Cardinals’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished fourth at state last year./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Tara Franklin has assembled one of the top girls track and field programs in the state.

Middleton’s head coach has her Cardinals at — or near the top — of the Big Eight every season. And Middleton is always threat at the state meet, as well.

So when Franklin says the following, you do an E.F. Hutton and immediately listen.

“I think this is one of the strongest teams we have had in years,” Franklin said. “We have great strengths in many of our returners, and lots of depth in distance and sprints/relays. I see us in the top of our conference and performing very well in the bigger invites as well as the postseason.”

Middleton is coming off a season in which it finished second in the Big Eight Conference, second at regionals and second at sectionals. In all three instances, Middleton was edged by Sun Prairie.

Middleton also finished in 23rd place at state, and brings back several key contributors from that team.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how many of the girls will reach their personal goals of being at state and making the podium,” Franklin said.

Middleton certainly has a head start, bringing back several individuals that played a role in last year’s success.

Senior Kayla Bauhs, junior Emily Zeker and junior Bobbi Patrick were all part of Middleton’s 1,600 meter relay team that finished third at state a year ago. And Patrick, junior Rachel Wians and sophomore Sam Valentine were part of Middleton’s 3,200 meter relay team that was fourth at state.

Bauhs also qualified for state last year in the 300 meter hurdles, and Patrick made it to state in the 800 meter run.

Middleton’s distance runners should be a huge strength again. The Cardinals welcome back several runners such as Valentine, Wians, Patrick, Delaney Foster, Jenny Phillips and Jenny Mangas that helped Middleton’s cross country team finish fourth at state last fall.

Other key returnees include seniors Kelly Roach, Ciera Clay, Emily Douglas and Maddy Matush, juniors Emily Zeker, Emily Bergum, Cole Jordee, Hanna Docter and Anna Garen, and sophomores Kiara Cruz, Lauren Smith, Loren Skibba, Hailey Milton, Celia Mayne, Hanne Andersen-Smith and Abbey Webber.

Jordee, Clay and Cruz will anchor Middleton’s throws, while Bauhs, Bergum and Roach will spearhead the jumps. Bauhs, Skibba and Smith will also lead Middleton’s hurdlers.

Newcomers such as freshmen Carlee Lemirande and Alyssa Lemirande, and junior Elizabeth Norregaard are all expected to give Middleton a boost, too.

“There are some newcomers that show promise,” Franklin said.

Which should help the Cardinals have another big year.

 

MIDDLETON’S GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD ROSTER

Seniors: Ashley Aegerter, Kayla Bauhs, Payton Bills, Cierra Clay, Emily Douglas, Shannon Dugan, Delaney Foster, Emorie Harty, Tamshika Hereford, Madelyn Kolz, Kristin Kravik, Madeline Mack, Maddy Matush, Ariana McCallum, Kelly Roach, Naomi Smith, Hailey Thompson, Meta Williams, Taylor Ziegler.

Juniors: Jayde Babler, Emily Bergum, Isabel Bernauer, Kayleigh Dietz, Alyson Dietz, Hanna Docter, JoHanna Funk, Kenyairra Gaelson, Anna Garren, Maggie Garren, Stef Graser, K.J. Hong, Cole Jordee, Jenny Launder, Marie Lawton, Melia Leighty, Jenny Mangas, Maria McMahon, Erin McShane, Josie Meinholz, Carley Meyers, Maygan Neisius, Elizabeth Norregaard, Bobbi Patrick, Jenny Phillips, Grace Pierstorff, Paige Prestigiacomo, Tara Roach, Olivia Roberts, Emily Walther, Rachel Wians, Emily Zeker.

Sophomores: Hanne Andersen-Smith, Zoe Brandner, Maddie Clark, Kiara Cruz, Sara Gaab, Autumn Grim, Jordyn Hellenbrand, Greta Hevesi, Emma Larson, Kimberly Livingood, Milena Martin, Celia Mayne, Hailee Milton, Maritza Quechol, Starr Rios, Morgan Roberts, Sam Roll, Katie Schmidt, Loren Skibba, Kaisey Skibba, Lauren Smith, Allison Thompson, Sarah Thornton, Victoria Trantow, Sheyenne Tung, Sam Valentine, Brook Walser, Abbey Webber, Anna Welton, Molly Zeinemann.

Freshmen: Madeline Ace, Emma Addington-White, Andrea Aranda Sanchez, Elizabeth Boettinger, Jane Buck, Laly Cadenillas, Lilly Chairo, Anna Clark, Anna Clear, Courtney Conroy, Morgan Eder, Annika Edmundson, Sarah Engle, Audrey Evert, Katie Fink, Courtney Florin, Jahnavi Gali, Maya Gibson, Maggie Go, Betsy Hathaway, Neeloufar Hematti, Molly Hoferle, Emma Hoffmann, Elise Hokanson, Ally Hujanen, Talia Joseph, Katie Kolden, Paola Lara, Carlee Lemirande, Alyssa Lemirande, Allison Libert, Christina Martin, Taylor McDonald, Mimi McMurray, Morgan Narowetz, Maddy Phillips, Anitha Quintin, Tiana Richmond-Lee, Dana Rotert, Kallie Stafford, Rachel Steiner, Shanna Wiegand, Clare Marie Williams, Ana Xelhua, Rachel Zander, Karolina Zawadzki.

 

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