Several individual performances guided both the boys and girls track teams of Marlowe Middle School to Fox Valley Conference championships on May 17.
The girls earned a decisive 22-point victory over their closest competitors to claim their first-ever conference title. The boys finish for its second consecutive FVC title was closer but just as exciting, with their 8-point victory being decided on the final competition of the night.
“Both teams were looking to finish their middle school careers undefeated through all three years,” said coach Jason Monson. “Over the last three years, these teams have won every dual meet, four sectional championships, and multiple state medals, including a state championship for the 7th grade boys last year.”
Girls individual medalists included Cameryn Piskule, who won the discus event, Grace Cyphers (100m), and the girls 4×100 relay team of Cyphers, Taryn Sargent, Elizabeth Talesky, and Christine Becker.
On the boys side, the 4×400 team of Kade Rott, Brice Klepfer, Ian Geisler, and Rafael DeLaPaz sealed the championship with their performance in the final race of the night. Individual champions included Zach Fitzgerald (hurdles) and Ian Geisler in both the 800m and the mile.
“Winning conference championships is a huge accomplishment for both Marlowe programs. Winning back-to-back championships in a competitive conference is something these athletes set as the goal from the start of the season,” Monson said. “When this girls team realized that they could do something no other girls’ team had done, it brought an extra element of excitement into the two days.”