BELOIT - The East Troy reign of domination is officially over at the Beloit Daily News Invitational.
That's thanks to the Brodhead-Juda Cardinals, who won the girls meet for the third straight year, and snapped a string of eight straight boys meet victories for East Troy by winning that meet, too.
The Cardinal boys finished with 138.5, 12.5 points ahead of second-place Turner, with East Troy finishing third.
The Brodhead-Juda girls cruised to a victory, winning by over 40 points over second-place East Troy, with Turner coming in third and Clinton finishing fourth.
"Every year we circle the BDN as a meet we gear up for," Gratz said. "It's a big meet and a great opportunity to shine before the tournament season begins. Our athletes stepped up and it was a team effort. The depth won the day."
Several standouts punctuated the meet, which held with temperatures in the mid-50's and, thankfully, dry conditions.
Turner's Jo`Vontae Coleman set the meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 45-11.50, which also constituted a personal record for the senior who finished second in the WIAA Division 2 state meet last year.
Coleman's teammate and fellow senior Emiliano Reyes captured both the shot put and discus titles to win boys field MVP honors and help the Trojans to that second-place finish.
The Cardinals couldn't have won without solid performances across the board on the boys side.
Jeff Williams won the 100 (11.43 seconds) and 200 (23.47), which rather amazingly were the Cardinals' only two first-place finishes on the way to the title. But they placed an athlete in the top three in eight other individual events, plus a relay.
The ensemble cast ended up being enough in the end.
Other standout performances on the boys side included the Clinton 4x400 team, which easily outdistanced the field with a time of 3:33.56. The Cougars' 4x200 also took first with a 1:35.18. Both relay teams include Jackson Nelson, Jordan Decker, Jordan Laatz and Tyler Stauss.
Turner's Jack Neupert won the pole vault with an 11-6, while Cooper Moran won the 3200 with a 10:28.
On the girls side, Clinton freshman Sylvia Johansen remained undefeated in the 100, winning easily with a time of 12.61. She also took home the victory in the 200, winning with a 27.13.
Johansen actually ran her PR of 12.29 in the preliminaries, which wasn't an accident on her part.
"I actually like running really fast in the prelims so I know where I'm at, and where the other girls are at," Johansen said. "That way, I know how fast I need to run to win in the finals."
Johansen also put on an eye-popping performance in the 4x100 relay, as she was more than 20 feet behind when she took the baton in the final leg. She ended up just .03 seconds behind Turner's Breanne Baker as the Cougars finished second. "She's just really fast," Clinton coach Jacob Standiford said. "She can and should run faster than she's running right now, based on where she's at in her training. She has to stay healthy, which is huge as a sprinter. She has the potential to do well really late into the season."
The distance relays both had solid finishes, thanks to the PR performances of Brodhead-Juda sophomore Madelynn McIntyre and Clinton senior Charlotte Mueller.
McIntyre won the 1600 with a time of 5:27, five seconds ahead of Mueller, who came back to out-sprint McIntyre at the end of the 3200 to beat her by a second with an 11:57.
"The last two races we've run against each other, it's been really fun to have someone who can push you," Mueller said. "I think we both had huge PR's in those races, and that competition is a huge reason why."
Brodhead-Juda's Rhianna Teubert continued her outstanding senior campaign by winning the 100-hurdles (17.36), 300 hurdles (49.11) and pole vault (8-0).
The Cardinals cleaned up in the shot put, with Kalyn Lawrence (33-10) getting first and Lexi Oliver (30-11) getting second, while Parkview's Sarah Baker threw 107-06 to easily win discus.
Turner's Baylee Windsor wont the high jump with a 4-6, while sophomore A'Blesin Wilson won both the long jump (15-6.75) and the triple jump (33-4.5) to capture girls field MVP.
The Trojan sprint relays also excelled, with Jayla Chancy, Peyton Hasse, Wilson and Breanne Baker running 52.45 to win the 4x100 and the same quartet running a 1:50.63 to win the 4x200.
"There was a lot to like tonight o both sides," Turner coach Andy Coldren said. "I think we are going to switch to Turner field and track instead of track and field. We had a great night in the field events. And the girls sprint relays are really starting to get their hand-offs done, which is nice to see."
Team scores: Brodhead-Juda 142.5, East Troy 105, Turner 92, Clinton 91, Palmyra-Eagle 57.5, Big Foot 53, Parkview 53, Monticello 45, Home School Eagles 37, South Beloit 13, Delavan-Darien 1.
100m: Johansen (CL), 12.61, Noriega (MON), 13.25, Johnson (SB), 13.28; 200m: Johansen (CL) 27.13, Noriega (MON), 27.33, Fristch (P-E), 27.88; 400: Bottum (ET), 1:01.49; Kamholz (B-J), 1:03.09; Nolting (ET), 1:03.62; 800: Bottum (ET), 2:27.10; Hoover 2:34.11; Czeshinski 2:36.25; 1600: McIntyre (B-J), 5:27.97; Mueller (CL), 5:32.81; Czeshinski (P-E), 5:43. 3200: Mueller (CL), 11:57; McIntyre (B-J), 11:58.41; Lindow (ET) 12:56.55; 100 hurdles: Teubert (B-J), 17.36; Oliver (B-J); 17.83, Otto (HSE), 17.95. 300 hurdles: Teubert (B-J), 49.11; Bak (MON), 50.62; Grinvalds (HSE), 52.65; 4x100 relay: Turner, 52.45; Clinton 52.48; Big Foot 55.68; 4x200 relay: Turner 1:50.63; Monticello 1:50.67; Clinton 1:54.91; 4x400 relay: East Troy 4:19.08; Clinton 4:26.72; Brodhead-Juda 4:31.82; Medley relay: East Troy, 13:21.63; Palmyra-Eagle 14:02; Big Foot 14:20. Shot put: Lawrence (B-J), 33-10; Oliver (B-J): 30-11; Kunder (PV), 30-04; Discus: Baker (PV), 107-96; Kundert 94-03; Hahn (CL), 86-02. Pole vault: Teubert (B-J), 8-0; Johnson (BT), 7-6; Beaumont (CL), 7-6. Long jump: Wilson (BT), 15-6.75; Beyers (BF) 15-6; Cruger (PV); 15-4.75; Triple jump: Wilson (33-4.50); Cruger (PV), 32-10; Schmitt (ET), 31-5.75
Team scores: Brodhead-Juda 138.5, Turner 126, East Troy 91, Home School Eagles 85, Parkview 62.5, Clinton 50, North Boone 45, Palmyra-Eagle 29, Monticello 27, South Beloit 21, Big Foot 14, Delavan-Darien 12.
100m: Williams (B-J): 11.43, Sennie (SB), 11.51; Vegter (HSE) 11.59; 200m: Williams (B-J) 23.47, Tracy (PV), 23.94, Vegter (HSE), 23.95; 400: Steurer (HSE), 53.64, Dessart (ET), 55.32; Kamholz (BJ), 55.36; 800: Fox (ET): 2:02; Hutchinson (NB), 2:03.21; Steurer (HSE); 2:04.40; 1600: Fox (ET), 4>26.66), Lutzke, (PV), 4:56.01; Wicker (MON), 4:56.53; 3200: Moran (BT), 10:28.51; Depuydt (ET), 10:34; Geunther (MON): 10:56.81; 110 hurdles: Cliffgard (ET), 16.32); Dillard (BT): 17.35; Bergett (B-J), 18.88; 4x100 relay: Parkview, 45.68; Turner 48.13; Palmyra-Eagle 48.28; 4x200 relay: 1. Clinton 1:35.18; Turner 1:36.77; Brodhead-Juda 1:39.90; 4x400 relay: Clinton 3:33.56; North Boone 3:38.27; East Troy 3:38.34; Distance medley: East Troy 11:11.83; North Boone 11:49.06; Monticello: 11:58.09; Shot put: Reyes 46-00.25; Meier 41-11l Loeffelholz (B-J). 39-7.50; Discus: Reyes (137-00); Loeffelholz (B-J), 127-09; Karalis (SB), 125-10.50; High jump: Krystosek (PE), 6-4; Engen (BJ), 5-8; Lomax (BT): 5-6; Pole vault: Neupert (11-6), Ellefson (CL), 11-0; Policastro (BJ), 10-6: Long jump Vegter (HSE), 19-10.50; Bieber (HSE) 19-10; Allen (BJ), 19-9.75; Triple jump: 1. Coleman (BT): 45-11.50; Combs (BT): 41-2; Brauer (BJ), 41-1.