Sussex - West Allis Central was the venue on back-to-back nights for the annual Greater Metro Conference boys and girls indoor track and field championships.
On April 3, Hamilton's boys team ended up placing fifth with 75 points. Brookfield East won the boys meet with 165 points, and Brookfield Central took second with 99 points.
The Hamilton girls also finished in fifth place one night later, scoring 62 points. Brookfield Central topped the charts with 149.5 points, and Menomonee Falls finished in second place with 123 points.
Ashlyn Paulson won the 800-meter run for the Chargers girls. Her winning time was 2:31.06.
Shannon Burke finished in third place in the pole vault. She cleared 9 feet, 6 inches. In the 55 dash, Toney Lock was third at 7.52.
Hannah Johnson was sixth in the shot put at 30-3. Shannon Downs was sixth in the 1,600 at 5:51.76. Nicole Zeman was seventh in the 55 high hurdles at 10.18 and eighth in the 55 low hurdles at 9.90.
The Chargers stood out in the 4x240 relay, winning the event at 2:15.77 and setting a league record with the team of Ellen Buckley, Lock, Paulson and Jessica Rupnow. The Chargers also won the 4x160 relay in 1:29.53.
"Ellen got us the lead in the six-lap and Toney, running the 240 for the first time, blew the race open so Ashley and Jess could just run fast and clean to set the record," Hamilton head girls track and field coach Ben Nysse said.
In the four-lap relay, Nysse said the race came down to the wire. Lock opened things up for Hamilton with the lead. Jasmine Williams and Casey Allen maintained the Chargers' advantage before Ashley Holicek delivered a refuse-to-lose finishing effort. The team's winning time was 1.29.53.
"The girls had a good night," Nysse said. "We were happy to get two through to the finals of the 55. It was good for Nicole Zeman to get through in both hurdles events, and we were happy with the distance and field events as they continue to improve. We are looking forward to getting outside."
Patterson leads boys
Nick Patterson was the centerpiece of Hamilton's boys attack. He won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.72 and took second in the 400 at 53.32. He was the third-place finisher in the 200 at 24.20 and second in the long jump, flying 19 feet, 5 inches.
Dan McKee was fourth in the 1,600 at 4:44.50. Matt Snell was sixth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:26.17. Joel Fotsch was fifth in the 55 high hurdles at 8.74 and sixth in the 55 low hurdles at 8.66.
Aaron Zagorski was sixth in the pole vault at 11-0. Kevin Zarske was sixth in the shot put at 44-10.
The Chargers top relay event was the 4x240, ending up in third place with a time of 2:07.68.
Softball coasts in opener
It was a great start for the Hamilton softball team April 3 when the locals opened up Greater Metro Conference play with a dominating 18-1 victory against Divine Savior Holy Angels. The game was called in five innings due to the National Federation 10-run mercy rule.
The Chargers pounded out 17 hits in the game and didn't commit an error.
Three players - Bailee Bobbert, Emily Jansen and Whitney Wnuk - each had three hits in the game for the Chargers. Taylor Vigani and Sami Williams each had two hits.
Tori Meyer, Cassidy Schilz, Jenny Shernell and Katie Weber each had one hit for the Chargers in the team's opener.
Sydney Sprinkel and Jansen each scored three runs for Hamilton.
Sprinkel pitched four innings, earning the victory. She gave up four hits while walking two and striking out six. Jansen pitched the fifth inning. She didn't allow a hit and struck out two.
On Saturday, the Chargers travel to Slinger for a doubleheader against the Owls (2-1). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Soccer drops pair
Hamilton's girls soccer team dropped its overall record to 2-2 by falling twice in 1-0 contests - once against Divine Savior Holy Angels in Greater Metro Conference play April 3 and to Nicolet in a nonconference match April 5.
Brianna LaBarbera had a goal for the Dashers (2-0). Danielle Doucette scored the game's only goal in the Knights' win on April 5. Nicolet is 2-2 this spring.
Meghan Anthony had nine saves against DSHA. She finished the night with five saves against Nicolet.
The Chargers resume Greater Metro Conference play on April 17 with a match at West Allis Central.
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