At first glance, the Madison Memorial girls track and field team didn’t appear to be a major threat to make postseason noise this spring.
The Spartans are coming off a fifth-place finish at last year’s Big Eight Conference meet, and they lost their only point-scorer at state — discus thrower Corinne Franz — to graduation.
While Memorial’s roster isn’t loaded with experience, the Spartans demonstrated plenty of potential at Saturday’s Madison City Indoor meet at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center.
Memorial won four of 14 events at the five-team meet on its way to scoring 123 points — 66 more than second-place Madison Edgewood.
“I think it shows, even though we lost a couple good athletes last year, I feel like we started off on a good foot and we can do well this season,” Memorial sophomore Sydney Stroud said. “We have a young team, so we have a lot of potential.”
Stroud, who narrowly missed advancing to last year’s WIAA Division 1 state meet in the high jump, is just one example of Memorial’s emerging talent.
Along with finishing a close second in the 400 meters Saturday, she led a 1-2-3 finish for Memorial in the high jump with teammates Kayla Goetz and Natalie Statz, who also won the 55-meter hurdles.
The Spartans also won the 400 relay and took the top three spots in the pole vault, led by Goetz’s winning effort of 9 feet, 3 inches.
“I think winning City … it’s a good motivator and shows that we’re doing the right things for now,” Memorial girls coach Joe Frontier said. “It’s certainly a good feeling for the kids. A lot of kids stepped up. A lot of (personal records). And that’s what we were hoping for — getting better from week to week.”
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Edgewood also won four events — Hanna East in the shot put, Amy Davis in the 1,600, Courtney Link in the 800 and the 1,600 relay squad.
The La Follette girls scored 48 points to finish third, Madison West (42) was fourth and Madison East (20) was fifth.
The Memorial boys, who scored 116 points, looked just as dominant as the Spartans girls team. Memorial’s boys won seven event championships and enjoyed a 53-point margin over second-place Madison West (63 points).
“It’s really the way to start the season,” Memorial boys coach Bill Richardson said. “I think everyone really stepped up. We have a goal to be the best in the area, and being the best in the city is the first step to that.”
La Follette finished right behind West with 62.25 points, while Madison East (28.75) was fourth and Edgewood (16) was fifth.
Daurice Fountain won the long jump and the 55-meter hurdles for Memorial, and the Spartans also received individual victories from Ryan Bruesewitz (shot put), Hunter Peters (high jump) and Jason Weah (55-meter dash).
Memorial also won the 400 and 800 relays.
“We’ve been trailing behind La Follette for the last few years, so to come out here and take the City Indoor meet, that’s just a blessing for us,” Fountain said. “We’ve been working hard for it, and we’re watching our hard work pay off.”
The West boys won four events — Olin Hacker in the 1,600, Jack Wellenstein in the 400, Terrell McFadden in the 200 and the 1,600 relay team.
The only athlete other than Fountain to win multiple individual events was West’s Lexi Gee, who won the girls 55 dash, the 200 and the 400.
• Results in Scoreboard. D13