The Oak Creek and Franklin track teams got their season formally underway with a series of solid indoor efforts.
A highlight was the second-place finish of the Oak Creek girls in the 14-team Lois Wolf Invite at Whitefish Bay on March 20.
The Knights scored 69 points for their spot as Southeast rival Kenosha Tremper won the meet with 72.
Oak Creek took three firsts. Alaina Holt claimed the 55-meter dash in 7.5 seconds while state qualifying thrower Jenna Dankert has made a good transition from an excellent basketball season by winning the shot put by over 4 feet with a toss of 39 feet, 10 inches.
The Knights' four-lap relay team dominated the field by 2.5 seconds with a clocking of 1:28.8.
Other good finishes for the Knights included a third from Jazmin Washington in the 200 dash (28.52) and a second from Washington in the 55 hurdles (9.09). Mason Wylie was third in the high jump (4-10), while Maddie Gard was fourth in the 55 dash (7.75), and Danielle Moczynski was fifth in the 1,600 (5:57.95). The 4x400 relay was sixth (4:37.9), the 4x800 relay fourth (11:04.15), Isabella Nuck fourth in the pole vault (9-6) and Olivia Schommer fourth in the 3,200 (13:36.84).
The powerhouse Franklin boys may have graduated state champions Brady Snelson (800 meters) and Tri Pham (triple jump), but they show no signs of slowing down as they turned in several good efforts at the powerhouse Nelson-Daniels Invite at UW-Whitewater on March 18.
Chris Rafalski was third in the 400 dash (52.96) while Ben Tarmann was 10th in the 800 (2:04.23), as Bryce Tome in the 1,600 (4:49.73). Michael Hennig was sixth in the 55 meter hurdles (8.23), while the 4x200 relay team of Charles Rydeski, Jack Wadzinski, Brad Tobin and Noah Rugaber was 12th (1:38.74).
The 4x400 team of Carter Snelson (Snelson's sophomore brother), Joe Hasenstein, Rydeski and Rafakski was a solid fourth (3:36.99) while Dawson Ziegler was 10th in the pole vault (11-6) and Hasenstein 12th in the triple jump (38-6¾).
The Saber girls were also at the Nelson-Daniels as Kathryn Pecha was fifth in the 55 dash (7.65), Leslie Davis seventh (1:04.99), Hailey Migliano was 11th in the 1,600 (5:36.82), as was Haley Pyan in the 55 hurdles (9.62) and the triple jump (32-9). The 4x200 relay of Alyssa Colla, Pyan, Whitney Thomas and Pecha was sixth (1:53.07).
The Oak Creek boys were at the Cudahy Invitational on March 22 while both the Oak Creek and Franklin boys and girls will be at the Racine Case Invite at UW-Parkside at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25.