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No Comet three-peat
Times photo: Adam Krebs Albany's Tyler Conley launches himself into the long jump pit at the Six Rivers Conference track meet Monday at UW-Platteville. He finished in sixth place with a leap of 19 feet.
PLATTEVILLE - As the season winds down, throwers chuck farther and runners get faster.

As was the case again this season at the Six Rivers Conference track and field meet at UW-Platteville.

Black Hawk topped River Ridge and Albany to take home the girls title Monday, while River Ridge edged the Comets on the boys side, ending Albany's two-year stronghold on both conference crowns.

"We've got some good individual performances," Black Hawk head coach Cory Milz said. "We had a lot of (personal records), and our sprinters are going a nice job."

The Warriors had eight first-place finishes on the girls side, including two individual races by Hailey Meier. The senior won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.70 seconds and the 400 with a time of 1:01.16. In the 100, Meier beat out teammate Rachel Rygh (12.88) and topped Albany's Nicolette Blumer in the 400 (1:03.39).

Rygh won the 200 dash (28.00), just 12/100ths of a second ahead of Pecatonica-Argyle's Cassie Welch. Black Hawk's Savannah Ernzen finished third in the 100 hurdles (16.65) behind Albany's Devan Brugger (16.55) and Benton's Danielle Dixon (15.62). Ernzen won the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.10 over River Ridge's Desiree Knapp (51.84) and Brugger (52.80).

"I'm very pleased. All the kids get excited for this meet. It's conference. You score points and you get excited," Milz said.

Pec-Argyle's Elise Sigg won the 3,200 with a time of 12:06.69, nearly 44 seconds ahead of Monticello's Kelsey Bernet (12:50.00). Sigg (5:22.70) also topped Bernett (5:34.30) and teammate Kendra Sigg (5:34.60) in the 1,600.

"It's pretty good competition out here," Pecatonica-Argyle coach Pat Hardyman said. "This is where the cream of the crop rise."

Kendra Sigg (2:35.41) topped Albany's Jessica Mauerman (2:37.08) and Black Hawk's Melissa Wellnitz (2:38.38) in the 800.

Black Hawk won the girls' 400 relay, Pec-Argyle won the 800 relay, Albany topped the list in the 3,200 relay and Monticello came in second to River Ridge in the 1,600 relay.

"Our goal for the girls 4x800 was to win, and we did that," Albany head coach Tony Brewer said.

The Warriors' Nicole Kloepfer kept her title as the top high jumper in the Six Rivers, winning for the second year in a row with a mark of 4 feet, 8 inches.

Brugger finished second in the pole vault with a leap of 7-6.

Black Hawk's Katie Place won the long jump (15-1 1/2) and the triple jump (32-4). Jordan Mauerman finished in third in both events (14-9 1/2, 29-5). Black Hawk's Cassie Jorgenson threw the shot put 33-11.

On the boys side, Black Hawk's Tyler Whalen took home the conference crown in the 200 (23.10) and 400 (52.46). Pec-Argyle's Cody Slater came in second in the 100 (11.61).

Albany couldn't hold onto its third straight championship, despite winning four races and finishing second six times.

"We need to step it up. It's more exciting right now. It's good for the kids to face competition like this. If you're not at your best this late in the season, you're not going to do well. You're going to get beat," Brewer said.

Brewer had hoped that the boys 1,600 individual race would be the turning point, with standout Jake Lincicum and teammates Jake Short and Drew Mather all running in the same race. Lincicum won running away with a time of 4:55.30, just ahead of Short (5:58.20). However, River Ridge's Josh Bradley (4:59.40) held off Mather (5:03.60) for third place.

Lincicum also won the 3,200 (10:57.29) over Short (10:59.91) and Pec-Argyle's Chris James (11:02.51). Lincicum's winning mark of 19-5 1/2 was just three-fourths of an inch better than Belmont's Reggie Kamps in the long jump, and he topped the field in the 800 dash with a time of 2:07.16.

T.J. Bump finished in second place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.78, just a few ticks behind Benton's Michael Droessler (15.63). Black Hawk's Cody Foster took second in the 300 hurdles (44.80) behind Belmont's Adam Wedig (43.25).

Albany took second in the 3,200 relay and third in the 1,600 relay. Black Hawk finished second in the 1,600 relay and Pec-Argyle finished second in the 800. River Ridge won all four relays.

Black Hawk's Shane Jackson won the shot put with a throw of 41-2 with Monticello's Troy Berg finishing third.

Albany's Nick Patchen took second in the discus with a chuck of 135-2.

"Everybody's improving and we've had some good personal times. We couldn't ask for anything more. We've always told them that this meet (conference) is what we work for. We practice throughout the season for this meet and to get to state. It's one step at a time," Monticello head coach Tim Dubel said. Dubel also said Rachel Nelson would not compete at 100 percent until regionals while recovering from a minor injury.

"We want her to make it to state - and she'll make it. So will Kelsey Bernet," Dubel said.

Albany, Black Hawk, Monticello and Pec-Argyle are running at the Cuba City Regional on Saturday, May 26, along with Darlington.

"Now everyone shifts their focus," Brewer said.