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Cheese repeat as regional champs
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe sophomore Jaclyn Ditter took third place in the 100-meter dash Tuesday at the WIAA Division 2 Sugar River regional to advance to the Boscobel sectional. Monroe won the regional title for the second straight year.
BELLEVILLE - Survive and advance was the motto for the Monroe girls track team at the WIAA Division 2 Sugar River regional on Tuesday.

Monroe repeated as regional champions by defeating runner-up McFarland, 141-90. The Cheesemakers qualified seven individuals and all four relays for Friday's Boscobel sectional.

"For the events, it's not about having your best day today," Monroe girls track coach Curt Miller said. "It's about moving on to the sectional. I didn't worry about the finish. Our goal was to get as many through to the sectional as we could. The points would take care of themselves."

Monroe senior Meaghan Tomasiewicz finished second place in the high jump (5-feet) and tied teammate Laura Chopp for third in the pole vault as both cleared 9-0.

Monroe senior Carmen Lawver took second in the shot put (33-8 1/2) and third in the discus (98-9). Brodhead-Juda freshman Heather Clankie won a regional title in the discus (114-3) and was fourth in the shot put (31-4 1/2).

The Cheesemakers' 3,200 relay team of Madeline Arnold, Tessa Frutiger, Stephanie Wyss and Tess Seichter took first with a time of 10 minutes, 3.37 seconds, smashing the second place finish by Sugar River. The Raider's 3,200 relay team of Alison Schmitz, Katie Schmitz, Rachel Miller and Amanda Kaiser was the runner-up with a time of 10:33.11.

Seichter won the 3,200 with a time of 12:21.85, which was just ahead of Sugar River runner-up Alison Schmitz (12:22.21). Monroe senior Kelsey Duxstad took third in the 3,200 (12:34.6) to qualify for the sectional. Monroe junior Jamie Armstrong finished fourth in the 1,600 (6:01.53).

Sugar River freshman Victoria Ortgiesen won a regional title in the 300 hurdles and took third in the 100 hurdles (:17.57). Monroe freshman Miranda Henke finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (:52.84). Sugar River also received a third place finish from senior Tarah Crary in the triple jump (31-11 1/2).

"I always want to give up at the end," Ortgiesen said. "I just pushed through it. It's my favorite event. I just like the adrenaline rush. I like the speed. I just love everything about it. I'm just really excited. Even if I don't make it to state, it's a great experience."

Monroe sophomore Jaclyn Ditter took third in the 100 (:13.52) and she was a key cog in the Cheesemakers' winning 400 relay. Ditter teamed with Maria Eberle, Wyss and Ty Gibson to win the race with a personal record time of (:52.13).

"They ran awesome," Miller said. "I knew they had the potential to do this. They have shown they can run at the next level. We always said if we have a chance to set up a relay to qualify for sectional or state, we will do it."

Ditter also teamed up with Frutiger, Arnold and Wyss to win the 1,600 relay with a personal record time of 4:14.6.

Ditter said the Cheesemakers have been working to perfect handoffs for the regional and in anticipation of the Boscobel sectional on Friday.

"It was really sweet to get third," Ditter said of the 100 after she entered the regional seeded fourth.

Brodhead-Juda's 800 relay team of Amanda Johnson, Shannon Klein, Larissa Klemm and Cassie Wymer finished first with a time of 1:51.3, which was about two seconds ahead of Monroe. The Cheesemakers' 800 relay team of Brenna Bazley, Eberle, Abby Jacobson and Gibson was the regional runner-up with a time of 1:53.97.

"That is the best race they have run in a long time," Brodhead-Juda girls track coach Ken Peterson said. We want to be peaking right now. I was pleased."

Wymer won a regional title in the 800 (2:27.93) and Sugar River's Rachel Miller was fourth (2:37.51).

The Cardinals' 1,600 relay team of Klein, Johnson, Klemm and Wymer finished third with a time of 4:18.68. Klein took second in the 400 with a time of 1:02.8.

Bazley finished second in the 200 (:28.81) and the Raiders had two of the top four qualifiers in sophomore Megan Neperud, third (:29.13) and senior Mianna Woller (:29.3).

"That was great to see her have some success," Miller said of Bazley.