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Sugar River girls roll past Pec-Argyle; Capitol Conference meet is next week
Times photo: Brenda Steurer Sugar River's Tarah Crary runs the 100 hurdles at the Raider Invite on Friday. The Sugar River girls track team won the Raider Invite for the first time since 1998.
BELLEVILLE - Pecatonica senior Elise Sigg proved she's ready for the postseason after winning the 1,600-meter run and breaking the Raider Invitational record.

Sigg, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee recruit who finished third in the 1,600 at state last year, ran the race in 5 minutes, 25.5 seconds Friday to break the previous mark (5:28.59) set in 1997.

"I just kind of wanted to get a good workout and tune-up for Monday," Sigg said about gearing up for the Six Rivers Conference meet at UW-Platteville. "I might have went out too fast. He (Coach Pat Hardyman) didn't want us to overdo it."

Sugar River defeated Pioneer Westfield, 134-100.5, to capture the Raider Invitational championship for the first time since 1998. Evansville had won the last three Raider Invitationals, but the Blue Devils weren't at the meet this year to defend their title.

"Our big meet is Tuesday," Sugar River coach Dan Schettler said. "We want to be ready to go on Tuesday," he said, referencing the May 19 conference meet.

Sugar River senior Tarah Crary won the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Sugar River's Victoria Ortgiesen finished first in the 300 hurdles (:52.0) and Crary took second (:53.7).

Black Hawk senior Hailey Meier won the 100 (:13.0).

"I really like this meet and like running on this track," Meier said. "I wanted to come down on all my times."

Meier didn't run the open 400 since the Warriors are running in the Monona Grove Invitational today.

Meier anchored the Warriors' 400 relay team to a first-place finish. She teamed up with Katie Place, Rachel Rygh and Savannah Ernzen to win the race with a time of :52.1.

After the 400 relay, Place came back and took second in the long jump (14-7), which was just a half-inch away from champion Katie Raymond of Westfield.

Black Hawk's Cassie Jorgenson won the shot put (31-10 1/2) ahead of New Glarus' Tanya Gruter (31-2 1/2). Ernzen added a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (:16.9) for the Warriors.

Pecatonica-Argyle's 800 relay team of Holly Vlasak, Alisha Esselstein, Tanna Crull and Cassie Welch finished second with a time of 1:55.8. Welch finished second in the 200 (:28.7). Crull added a second-place finish in the 400 (1:06.7).

Sugar River's Jessica Putland won the discus (97-2) and Albany's Hillary Best took second (94-3). The Comets added a third-place finish in the 1,600 relay. Sugar River's Ashley Brusveen cleared 4-10 for second place in the high jump, and Albany senior Nicolette Blumer finished third in the high jump (4-6).

The Raiders added five third-place finishes, including Megan Neperud in the 200 (:28.7), Alison Schmitz in the 800 (2:34.1), Elizabeth Brunner in the 3,200 (13:47.2), Ortgiesen in the 100 hurdles (:18.1) and Putland in the shot put (29-7).

"We have little margin for error," Albany coach Tony Brewer said. "We don't have the depth like we have had. Black Hawk has great talent."