Five girls from the Northwestern High School competed at the Wisconsin State High School Indoor Championships Saturday, April 6, at UW-Whitewater.
Athletes qualify for this meet by meeting a standard in their event.
Northwestern qualified girls in three events, the pole vault, triple jump and 4x200-meter relay.
Journey Amundson place ninth in the triple jump with a jump of 34-feet-10 inches. She missed placing sixth and being on the podium by 2.5 inches.
“That's how tough the triple jump was,” NHS coach Bruce Nelson said. “To put it into perspective, to come in ninth place out of 74 of the top triple jumpers in the state is incredible.
Amundson is currently ranked No. 4 in the state in the triple jump in Division 2 behind Veroqua’s Xana Leum (36-11.5), Wisconsin Lutheran’s Jaiah Hopt (36-10), and Westby’s Grace Hebel (36-4).
Abby and Hannah Nelson qualified in the pole vault. Abby tied for fifth place with Jacqueline Gerovac from New Berlin West with a jump of 10-6. Neither vaulter had any misses up to 11-0.
“It's pretty good when you don't have your best performance and you still place in the top six at state. That says a lot,” coach Nelson said. “Hannah was a little nervous and didn't make opening height, but there were a lot of great vaulters at this meet and it can be a very overwhelming experience the first time you compete there against the best in the state.”
DePere’s Olivia Fabry won the pole vault with a jump of 11-6.
Abby Nelson is currently ranked No. 3 in state with her previous jump of 11-2 at Ashland. Richland Center’s Abby Rynes and Kewaskum’s Abby Meidl are tied for the top spot at 11-3. Hannah Nelson is presently ranked No. 9 with a jump of 9-6.
The 4x200-meter relay consisting of A. Nelson, Makayla Truchon, Ella Brill and Amundson placed 21st out of 48 teams with a time of 153.67.
“It was a great experience for the girls to compete against such quality athletes,” coach Nelson said.