MADISON — Drew Evans swept the throwing events and the girls 1,600-meter relay squeaked out a first-place finish at the Badger South Conference Meet Tuesday at Madison Edgewood High School.
Other first-place finishes for Fort Atkinson included Travis Sykes in the triple jump and Jada Zorn in the 800-meter run.
Evans won both the discus and shot put. Evans cruised to the discus title with a distance of 157-07. The second-place throw came in at 141-05.
In the shot put, Evans threw to the winning distance of 51-08.5.
“I’m really happy for him and the way his season has turned out,” Fort Atkinson head coach Dennis Schwedrsky said.
“In the last five days he’s gone from not being on our top-10 list to being the No. 2 in school history (in discus and shot put). Seemingly in a blink of an eye, but if you watched all the work he’s done the last year and a half it’s not. You can see where it comes from. He’s a hardworking kid who wants to get better everyday.”
The Fort Atkinson girls — led by Adyn Theriault, Zorn, Sophie Chapman and Lauren Haas — won a tight race in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:12.31. Madison Edgewood placed second in the event with a time of 4:12.36.
The Blackhawk boys — who raced Anthony Theriault, Eli Koehler, Aiden Worden and Nolan Zachgo — were on the other side of a close 1,600 meter-relay, getting edged out in the finals with a time of 3:35.38. Oregon won the event with a time of 3:35.31.
“I was incredibly proud of both the 1,600-meter races,” Schwedrsky said. “The boys were just on the wrong end of the lean. In both instances our kids just competed so hard. They were challenged, it was close and our kids refused to back down.”
Sykes leaped to a first-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 42-04. He also grabbed third in the long jump with a 19-02.5.
“Another example of a young man who has worked really hard for four years,” Schwedrsky said. “He didn’t let missing the season last year hurt him, he used it as fuel to get better. I’m really happy he’s having the success he’s having and I think he has more.”
Zorn won the 800-meter run title with a time of 2:24.59.
“What most impressed me was how she raced,” Schwedrsky said. “It was a close race, she was pushed. When she got pushed, she responded and didd’t wilt. She took control of the race. It’s almost as if a light went off in her head and she said, this is mine.”
Zachgo earned runner-up honors in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.17 and also took third in the 110-meter hurdles with a 16.11.
Trinity Wilson finished second in the 14-player pole vault field, reaching a height of 9-00.
Morgan Brown earned a third-place finish in discus with a 96-02.
Adyn Theriault clocked in at 12.91 in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.87, good for third. She also took third in the long jump with a leap of 16-05.