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VERONA — Sun Prairie senior Tierney Lindner hopes to soar to new heights in the final weeks of her high school track and field career.

Lindner, the defending WIAA Division 1 state champion in the high jump, began that quest in record fashion on Friday night at the Big Eight Conference meet at Curtis Jones Field.

The Nebraska recruit cleared 5 feet, 10 inches on her first attempt at that height, which topped her personal record of 5-8 and set the Sun Prairie school record, the facility record and the Big Eight meet record for girls. The height also became a state best so far this season. The victory made Lindner a four-time conference champion in the high jump.

“It’s a beautiful day to PR,” Lindner said. “I’m glad I did it today when it counted. First and foremost, I wanted to get first to help our team get first. I was hoping to break the school record today and I just kept on going. It felt great.”

Lindner missed her three attempts at 6-0, which is the state meet record by Wendy Markham in 1980 and the oldest existing girls state meet record. That, Lindner said, is the mark she is going after.

The night ended well for Sun Prairie’s girls, too, as the Cardinals rallied in the final events — which included a clinching victory in the 1,600-meter relay — to edge Beloit Memorial for the team title. Sun Prairie finished with 149.5 points, just ahead of the Purple Knights’ 145. It was Sun Prairie’s sixth title in seven years, as the Cardinals reclaimed the title they won five years in a row from 2009-2013.

“It’s very exciting,” Sun Prairie coach Doug Maughan said. “Beloit is a fantastic team and really gave us a run for the money.”

Junior Jaliyah Elliott swept the 100, 200 and 400 for the Purple Knights.

The Middleton boys, meanwhile, won their third consecutive conference title, scoring 173 points. Verona was second with 124.

The Cardinals got wins from Noah Meeteer in the pole vault (13-0), Nnamdi Okoli in the 100 (:11.13), Perrin Hagge in the 800 (1:54.33), Jack Jesse in the long jump (a school-record 23-2½), the 800 relay and 3,200 relay.

“I’m very pleased,” Middleton boys coach Isaac Mezera said. “You just want to keep the ball rolling.”

Hagge, a junior, and Madison West senior Olin Hacker, a University of Wisconsin recruit, turned in one of the night’s most exciting moments in the boys 1,600.

Hagge took the lead from Hacker going into the final lap, then the two legged out the final 400 and finished in a virtual dead heat. Neither runner knew who won.

“I think he won,” Hacker said after the race. “He’s a great competitor. It was a good race. I’ve been looking forward to running against him.”

Said Hagge: “It looked like he got me. It went to the wire. It was a good race. I felt great. I ran a good race.”

The official results listed Hacker in front in 4 minutes, 16.97 seconds, while Hagge finished in 4:16:98.

Hagge later set a meet record in winning the 800, beating Hacker by nearly 4 seconds.

Madison West senior Jack Wellenstein won the 200 and 400.

In the girls 1,600, Sun Prairie junior Katie Hietpas pulled away from the lead pack down the stretch to win in 5:07:13. Madison Memorial’s Delaney Eigenberger (5:08:31), Middleton’s Samantha Valentine (5:08:43) and Sun Prairie’s McKensey Van Wie (5:08:96) followed. Van Wie, a junior, later claimed the 3,200 championship in 11:00.46.

Elliott had put the Beloit Memorial girls in position to win by sweeping the sprints. The Purple Knights held a narrow edge going into the final event on the track, but finished fifth in the 1,600 relay as Sun Prairie raced to the win.

“Everyone talked at practice yesterday that we can win,’’ Elliott said. “Everyone did what they had to tonight.”

In addition to the 1,600 relay, Maughan said the 3,200 (with crucial points from Van Wie, fourth-place Hietpas and sixth-place Trista Pringle) and the pole vault (with a second from Natalie Pfann and fourth from Taylor Bradley) were pivotal.

“It definitely came down to the last three events,’’ Maughan said.

BOYS

Team scores: Middleton 173, Verona 124, Madison La Follette 74, Madison West 70, Janesville Parker 66, Sun Prairie 62.5, Janesville Craig 51, Madison Memorial 36, Beloit Memorial 32.5, Madison East 13.

100-meter dash: 1, Okoli, Mid, :11.13; 2, Tindall, V, :11.26; 3, Parks, V, :11.29; 4, Toyer, JP, :11.31; 5, Henderson-Zintz, ML, :11.37; 6, Wood, Mid, :11.46.

200: 1, Wellenstein, MW, :22.01; 2, Okoli, Mid, :22.38; 3, Vance, JP, :22.39; 4, Ifediora, V, :22.77; 5, Einstein, MW, :23.22; 6, Murry, JC, :23.22.

400: 1, Wellenstein, MW, :48.64; 2, Vance, JP, :50.56; 3, Futch, Mid, :51.09; 4, Ifediora, V, :51.46; 5, Zander, Mid, :51.66; 6, Easton, Mid, :52.26.

800: 1, Hagge, Mid, 1:54.63; 2, Hacker, MW, 1:58.07; 3, Shoemaker-Allen, Mid, 1:59.72; 4, Cotter, MLF, 2:00.02; 5, Oltman, MW, 2:00.21; 6, Waleffe, Mid, 2:00.25.

1,600: 1, Hacker, MW, 4:16.97; 2, Hagge, Mid, 4:16.98; 3, Nameth, V, 4:25.36; 4, Cotter, MLF, 4:26.13; 5, Shoemaker-Allen, Mid, 4:27.37; 6, Farrell, JC, 4:30.00

3,200: 1, Gessner, MLF, 9:14.42; 2, Newcomb, Mid, 9:16.12; 3, Nameth, V, 9:32.69; 4, Legg, MLF, 9:42.85; 5, Helstad, SP, 9:44.00; 6, Farrell, JC, 9:48.45.

110 hurdles: 1, Gutierrez, BM, :15.29; 2, Peters, MM, :15.42; 3, Joers, Mid, :15.66; 4, Herkert, V, :15.68; 5, Polk, V, :15.84; 6, Biddle, V, :15.98.

300 hurdles: 1, Gutierrez, BM, :40.59; 2, Brooks, JP, :40.98; 3, Polk, V, :41.27; 4, Noel, MW, :41.31; 5, Newson, JC, :42.56; 6, Joers, Mid, :42.89.

400 relay: 1, Verona (Tindall, Hediora, Parks, Auman), :43.20; 2, Janesville Craig, :43.99; 3, Middleton, :44.35; 4, Sun Prairie, :44.60; 5, Madison East, :45.30; 6, Madison Memorial, :45.70.

800 relay: 1, Middleton (Wood, Gussel, Turner, Jesse), 1:30.19; 2, Janesville Craig, 1:31.56; 3, Janesville Parker, 1:32.39; 4, Madison East, 1:33.87; 5, Beloit Memorial, 1:34.55; 6, Madison La Follette, 1:35.82.

1,600 relay: 1, Janesville Parker (Brooks, Sanchez, Toyer, Vance), 3:23.54; 2, Middleton, 3:24.18; 3, Verona, 3:29.29; 4, Madison La Follette, 3:30.38; 5, Sun Prairie, 3:35.20; 6, Madison Memorial, 3:35.86.

3,200 relay: 1, Middleton (Conklin-Little, Madoch, Plumb, Futch), 8:06.00; 2, Madison West, 8:06.63; 3, Madison La Follette, 8:09.27; 4, Sun Prairie, 8:11.96; 5, Janesville Parker, 8:28.97; 6, Verona, 8:30.58.

High jump: 1, Herkert, V, 6-2; 2, Peterson, MM, 6-0; 3, Morgan, MM, 5-10; 4, Diaz, SP, 5-10; 5, Brooks, JP, 5-10; 6, Maes, Mid, 5-10.

Pole vault: 1, Meeteer, Mid, 13-0; 2, Ressler, JC, 12-6; 3, Roquet, SP, 12-0; 4, Zocher, Mid, 12-0; 5, Stenklyft, Mid, 11-6; 6, Bornitzke-Wolfgram, SP, 11-6.

Long jump: 1, Jesse, Mid, 23-2½; 2, Diaz, SP, 21-8; 3, Ceballos, JC, 20-10; 4, Henderson-Zintz, MLF, 20-5; 5, Vance, JP, 20-2½; 6, Payton, BM, 20-2.

Triple jump: 1, Jackson, MLF, 45-4; 2, Herkert, V, 42-8½; 3, Auman, V, 42-1; 4, Haste, MLF, 41-9¼; 5, Gilchrist-Keinitz, MLF, 41-0; 6, Maes, Mid, 40-7½.

Shot put: 1, Deloney, SP, 50-1½; 2, Roberts, V, 48-3; 3, Enderle, MW, 47-6; 4, Benedict, Mid, 47-4; 5, Curtis, V, 45-8; 6, Williams, JP, 45-½.

Discus: 1, Roberts, V, 139-11; 2, Schulenberg, Mid, 138-10; 3, Gullens, SP, 136-10; 4, Bourne, V, 128-09; 5, Gustafson, MM, 126-9; 6, Ryan, JP, 125-11.

GIRLS

Team scores: Sun Prairie 149.5, Beloit Memorial 145, Middleton 115.5, Verona 77, Madison Memorial 71, Madison La Follette 57, Janesville Parker 31, Madison West 27, Janesville Craig 18, Madison East 11.

100-meter dash: 1, Elliott, BM, :12.30; 2, Summerville, BM, :12.98; 3, Docter, Mid, :12.99; 4, Burks, MM, :13.16; 5, Turner, MLF, :13.26; 6, Siehr, SP, :13.34.

200: 1, Elliott, BM, :25.55; 2, Larson, ME, :26.13; 3, Summerville, BM, :26.56; 4, Johnson, BM, :26.60; 5, Mitchell, V, :26.69; 6, Docter, Mid, :26.94.

400: 1, Elliott, BM, :57.42; 2, Mitchell, SP, :58.92; 3, Docter, Mid, :58.99; 4, Patrick, Mid, :59.09; 5, Zeker, Mid, 1:00.32; 6, Larsen, V, 1:01.29.

800: 1, Patrick, Mid, 2:23.53; 2, Valentine, Mid, 2:24.43; 3, Lemirande, Mid, 2:26.33; 4, Mitchell, SP, 2:30.61; 5, Peterson, MM, 2:31.05; 6, Thiel, SP, 2:32.17.

1,600: 1, Hietpas, SP, 5:07.13; 2, Eigenberger, MM, 5:08.31; 3, Valentine, Mid, 5:08.43; 4, Van Wie, SP, 5:08.96; 5, Pringle, SP, 5:12.64; 6, Hernandez, BM, 5:12.66.

3,200: 1, Van Wie, SP, 11:00.46; 2, Eigenberger, MM, 11:01.33; 3, Degen, MW, 11:05.45; 4, Hietpas, SP, 11:08.39; 5, Hernandez, BM, 11:08.97; 6, Pringle, SP, 11:18.32.

100 hurdles: 1, Smith, Mid, :15.07; 2, Laun-Smith, BM, :15.37; 3, Porter, JP, :16.05; 4, Schuh, SP, :16.38; 5, Johnson, BM, :16.49; 6, Christoffel, V, :17.11.

300 hurdles: 1, Johnson, BM, :45.16; 2, Diaz, BM, :47.20; 3, Laun-Smith, BM, :48.45; 4, Oruruo, MLF, :49.28; 5, Singer, SP, :49.43; 6, Mayers, Mid, :49.50.

400 relay: 1, Verona (Kerrigan, Schmaltz, Alt, Mitchell), :50.10; 2, Middleton, :50.72; 3, Madison Memorial, :50.81; 4, Sun Prairie, :50.86; 5, Janesville Craig, :51.03; 6, Beloit Memorial, :52.09.

800 relay: 1, Verona (Kerrigan, Schmaltz, Alt, Mitchell), 1:44.85; 2, Middleton, 1:46.03; 3, Sun Prairie, 1:46.64; 4, Madison Memorial, 1:47.89; 5, Beloit Memorial, 1:48.03; 6, Madison La Follette, 1:48.12.

1,600 relay: 1, Sun Prairie (Haas, Singer, Coulthart, Mitchell), 4:07.83; 2, Janesville Craig, 4:09.61; 3, Verona, 4:09.86; 4, Middleton, 4:10.03; 5, Beloit Memorial, 4:15.04; 6, Madison La Follette, 4:17.93.

3,200 relay: 1, Middleton (Lemirande, Phillips, Zeker, Rader), 9:49.71; 2, Sun Prairie, 9:56.52; 3, Madison La Follette, 10:10.18; 4, Madison Memorial, 10:13.96; 5, Janesville Parker, 10:14.04; 6, Madison West, 10:14.10.

High jump: 1, Lindner, SP, 5-10; 2, Peek, BM, 5-4; 3, Olson, V, 5-0; 4, Lease, V, 5-0; 5, Riak, MLF, 4-10; 6, Schuh, SP, 4-10.

Pole vault: 1, Semmann, V, 10-3; 2, Pfann, SP, 10-3; 3, Rainiero, JP, 10-0; 4, Bradley, SP, 9-6; 5, Rainiero, JP, 9-0; 6, Queoff, V, 9-0.

Long jump: 1, Turner, MLF, 17-9½; 2, Laun-Smith, BM, 17-4½; 3, Lindner, SP, 17-2½; 4, Bradley, SP, 16-9½; 5, Cesar-Heymann, MW, 16-2½; 6, Christoffel, V, 15-10½.

Triple jump: 1, Laun-Smith, BM, 36-6; 2, Smith, Mid, 35-2 ½; 3, Christoffel, V, 34-2 ¾; 4, Jones, MLF, 34-1; 5, Cesar-Heymann, MW, 34-1; 6, Hubbard, MM, 33-8 ½.

Shot put: 1, Cousins, BM, 39-5½; 2, Houston, MM, 38-10; 3, Weathers, SP, 36-9 ½; 4, Meglic, JP, 34-8; 5, Collins, MLF, 34-2; 6, Helle, MM, 33-5½.

Discus: 1, Houston, MM, 134-0; 2, Weathers, SP, 116-0; 3, Collins, ML, 111-9; 4, Cousins, BM, 102-9; 5, Witthuhn, V, 101-9; 6, Peetz, ML, 100-6.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.