Validating a popular sports cliché, the Waterford High School girls track and field team owes its sparkling new conference championship to a true team effort.
The Wolverines swept the four relays on Tuesday, lifting them to the top of an eight-team race in the Southern Lakes Conference meet at Elkhorn.
“This speaks to the depth of our team and their willingness to work together towards a common goal,” coach Michelle Sittig said.
With a team total of 184.75, the Wolverines finished with a 52-point edge over runner-up Badger. Among other Racine County schools, Burlington (76) was fourth and Union Grove (38.75) took seventh.
The anchor of Waterford’s victorious 4x100-meter relay (51.22), Haleigh Reindl, also picked up two of the team’s three individual wins. She nipped teammate Jayda Obluck by nine-hundredths of a second to win the 800 (2:25.43) and dominated the 400 race (57.76), beating the field to the line by almost five seconds in windy conditions.
“It’s a tough double, but she’s a phenomenal athlete,” Sittig said.
Waterford also topped the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays, as 14 different runners contributed to the relay sweep. Emma Karpinski earned the Wolverines’ other individual victory, running the 200 in 27.01. She tied Reindl, Obluck and Olivia Busch with three conference medals.
One other Racine County girls’ competitor, Union Grove’s Katie Fruth, won an SLC title with a 38-foot, 1 ½-inch shot put. Burlington did its best in the field events, with Emma Langley (discus), Paige Taylor (shot put) and Grace Peyron (long jump) all placing second for the Demons.
In boys’ competition, Waterford got three event wins: Chase Obermeyer in the pole vault (12-6), Will Busch in the discus (133-10) and the foursome of Sean Pritchard, Jared Furman, Josh Butscher and Jack Duerst in the 4x400 relay (3:32.67). The Wolverines (137 points) finished second to host Elkhorn (162), thwarting hopes of twin team titles.
Nick Webley soared to the long jump title (21-5 ¼) for Burlington and anchored the winning 4x100 relay (45.26), teaming with Zach Wallace, Ben Vos and Jack Shenkenberg. The Demons totaled 99 points to place fifth.
Next came Union Grove in sixth (39). Kevin Hall, runner-up in the 3,200 (10:39.09), provided the Broncos’ high finish.