Wauwatosa West's girls track and field team got its indoor season off to a strong start.
The Trojans began last week by taking second at the New Berlin West Invitational on March 16 and then claimed fifth at the Performance Running Outfitters Invitational held March 18 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Tosa West scored 104.33 points at New Berlin West to finish second in the six-team field behind Mukwonago at 139. The Trojans scored 50 points at UW-Parkside, finishing fifth out of 18 teams. Brookfield Central won the meet with 90 points, followed by Waukesha West at 68.5, Wisconsin Lutheran at 62, Muskego at 58 and Tosa West at 50.
"We had an excellent meet as a team," Tosa West girls track and field coach Jack LoPresti said of the Performance Running Outfitters Invitational. "We have a great group of girls this year and they are really working hard, so we are optimistic about our chances as the season progresses."
Cheri'A Adams won the 55-meter dash at New Berlin West in 7.68 seconds. Chloe Beaudoin won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes 49.30 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:57.70. Breanna Weigman placed first in the high jump with a top jump of 5 feet, 2 inches, and Lauren Nemitz was first in the long jump at 14 feet, 3.75 inches.
The Trojans relay team of Nemitz, Kayla Crump, Brishaun Bailey and Callie-Ann Gayle claimed first place in the 4x240 with a time of 2:34.38.
Weigman came in second behind Adams in the 55 dash in 7.75 seconds, and Bailey was fourth in 8.29 seconds. Crump took second in the 55 hurdles in 9.69 seconds. Nemitz was fourth in the high jump at 4-08, Kim Mai took third in the pole vault clearing 7 feet, 6 inches, and Dasia Davis was fifth in the shot put with a top throw of 30 feet, 2 inches.
Tosa West had three champions at UW-Parkside, with Beaudoin winning the 3,200 in 12:28.16, Weigman claiming the high jump title by clearing 5 feet and Crump winning the 55 hurdles in 9.32 seconds.
"Kayla is going to be a real leader for us this spring," LoPresti said of Crump. "She's a great student-athlete, a hard worker and is just awesome to coach. She ran a personal best in the final and won the race by a nose ... great stuff."
Adams was third in the long jump at 16.04 1/4 and fifth in the 55 dash in 7.51 seconds, Davis was eighth in the shot put with a 30-07 1/4 and Nemitz was eighth in the long jump with a 15-06 3/4 and ninth in the high jump with a 4-08.
The relay team of Adams, Crump, Bailey and Weigman came in second in the 4x200 in 1:54.19.
"Lauren Nemitz had a huge personal best in the long jump," LoPresti said. "She had a real solid meet in high jump and running."