Weaver takes fourth

Ella Weaver, right, finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run at the Spartan Invitational.

Last week, McFarland saw all four seasons occur within the span of six days. While Saturday may have been more like fall or even winter than spring, the McFarland High School girls track and field team was ready to welcome their competitors to the nine-team invite.

The Spartans tied for third with Fort Atkinson with 80 points. Madison Memorial easily managed the win with 190 points with Stoughton in runner-up with 92.

Freshman Chloe Goecks provided McFarland with its only win of the meet as she completed the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.24; DeForest’s Hannah Feldman was runner-up with 18.89.

While unable to follow in her teammate’s success, senior Skye Eliades’ time of 52.36 earned her second place in the 300-meter hurdles. The event was won by Victoria Ashworth of Stoughton who finished the event in 52.18.

Eliades helped McFarland earn another runner-up finish, this time by partnering with Ella Weaver, Sadie McCaulley and Lilly Innes in the 4x400 relay. The quartet paced itself to a final time of 4:31.57, nearly 11 seconds behind the first-place finishers from Madison Memorial. Underclassmen Lydia Brandt, Elizabeth Maly, Laura Billmann and Innes worked toward third place in the 4x200. The foursome finished the race in 1:58.99.

The Spartans secured a trio of fourth-place finishes on the track with McCaulley in the 400 (1:06.89), Weaver in the 1,600 (5:42.70), and the 4x800 relay squad (11:07.93). Megan Broome had the team’s best field event finish. The senior took third place in the shot put with a toss of 34-11.50.

The Spartans travel to Brodhead today for a 10-team meet; events get underway at 4 p.m. McFarland travels to Palatine, Illinois, on Saturday before hosting East Troy, Jefferson and Beloit Turner on Tuesday.

McFarland takes second at triple dual

The Spartans left Edgerton with three wins and 58 points to take second place at the April 9 triple dual. East Troy took the overall win with 92 while the host school earned 35 points.

Weaver and Ella Ceelen both took first place in their respective events. Weaver’s time of 2:33.92 in the 800 was roughly half a second faster than the East Troy runner-up. Ceelen completed the 1,600 run more than three seconds faster than the second-place athlete from Edgerton; the junior finished the race in 5:48.03.

Sophomore Lydia Brandt dashed to runner-up in the 100 with 13.70, just 0.20 seconds behind the winner from Edgerton. Eliades and Rachel Dimeo both took second in the 100 and 300 hurdles, respectively.

With no relay entries from the host school, the Spartans were unable to surpass the Trojans as they were beaten to the finish line by 0.03 seconds in the 4x200. Broome’s work in the shot put earned McFarland it’s third first place of the meet. Her throw of 33-07.00 in the event drew the top finish in the field event. Teammate Callie Korth was just 4 inches short of tying the runner-up as the sophomore settled for third with 31-04.50.

Kynaeda Gray’s 4-06.00 in the high jump secured the junior second place as freshmen teammates Mara Freeman and Innes tied for third with 4-04.00.

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