In what was a rebuilding year for the Brown Deer track program, the Falcons are ending things on a competitive note.
They qualified senior Nyles Williams and junior Thomas Kelly in the long jump and senior Todd Beadle in the 400-meter dash to this weekend's Division 2 state meet in La Crosse while the girls came close but just missed qualifying athletes out of the sectional at East Troy on May 26 despite season-best efforts.
'The kids had a really good sectional meet,' said Falcons coach Rob Green. 'Nyles was only 10th or 11th in the 100 dash, but he and Thomas (Kelly) have really excelled in the long jump. We felt going in that we had a chance to get both out (to state).
'Neither had their best days hitting the board. They were a little inconsistent in that department, but they have room for improvement and can really help each other (at state). And Todd (Beadle) has one of the fastest opening 200s that you'll see (in a 400 race) and today he had a really strong finish to his race. He PRed by close to a second.'
Williams earned his spot with his final jump while Beadle made up for a narrow miss on qualifying last season.
The WIAA state meet will be held at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium with Division 2 and 3 competition getting underway at 3 p.m. Friday, June 3, with finals at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4.
Beadle earned his berth in the 400 with a third-place effort of 50.15 seconds as a Catholic Memorial runner won the race in 49.15.
In the long jump, Kelly took second with a 20-feet, 7-inch effort while while Williams was third at 20 feet, 5 3/4.
Green said Williams was sitting in sixth until his final effort.
Those efforts led the Falcons to a 12th-place showing in the 29-team sectional field with 23 points as Wisconsin Lutheran ran away with the meet title with 119 1/2.
Senior AJ Mayfield was just more than a foot away from a state berth in the shot put when he took sixth with a 48-feet, 11 1/2-inch showing while other finishes at sectional included an 11th by Kelly in the triple jump (39-11) and an 11th by Williams in the 100 dash (11.53).
Shelby Sellers and the remainder of the spring crew closed out the season well for the girls. She was one spot away in the 100 dash with a fifth-place, 12.85 clocking (12.77 advanced) while the underclassman 4x100 relay team of Malena Edwards, Hannah Boyd, Breona Strong and Sellers turned in a season best of 51.79, good for sixth. The fourth and final qualifying team was caught in 50.98.
Sophomore Kristiana Longe turned in close to a two-second personal best in taking seventh in the 400 (1:02.78) as 59.3 qualified for state while the group of Longe, Boyd, Edwards and Sellers was 13th in the 4x400 in 4:24.27 after turning in a season best of 4:19.23 in the May 23 regional. Edwards also competed in the pole vault.
Those efforts led the Falcons to nine points in the sectional, good for 22nd as Wisconsin Lutheran won with 89.
Green was proud of the girls' efforts, especially of Sellers.
'She's been fighting a hamstring problem all season,' said Green. 'She was just starting to running upright and tall. She had a great end to her season.'