West Allis Hale sent a group of three athletes to the WIAA Division 1 State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse last week, and freshman Abigail Stevens earned the highest finish.
Stevens captured seventh place in the high jump with 5 feet-4 inches on June 4 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, trailing champion Tara Pratt of Appleton West, who notched an effort of 5-7.
The seventh place, which just missed putting Stevens on the podium, capped a strong season for the freshman, who always finished in the top part of her competitions.
The two points she scored put Hale in a tie for 50th place in the state meet, which was won by Milwaukee King with 44 points. Among the teams that shared 50th with the Huskies was Greater Metro Conference foe Divine Savior Holy Angels.
On the boys side of the meet, Hale junior Sammy Miller came in 13th with 6-2 in the high jump.
'Sammy had a really nice attempt at 6-4 that would have put him on the podium (top six),' Hale coach John Dewitt said, 'but he clipped the bar at the very end. It was a solid performance overall, as he finished higher than his seed with 13th. This kid's got a lot of potential, and we believe he will come back strong next year.'
Sophomore Thomas Hines took 14th place in the long jump with 21-4 for the Huskies' other state showing.
'Thomas took care of business on his end, competed well and fell just 2 inches short of making finals (top 10),' Dewitt said. 'He showed a lot of maturity and composure as a young man competing in his first individual entry at the state meet. We are very excited for the future (for him) as a sophomore, and we are hoping he can get on the podium in future years.'
The Huskies did not score any points in the state meet, which was won by GMC rival Brookfield East with 49 points.