Hunter Cook clears 13 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault at the East Central Conference meet.
Hunter Cook clears 13 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault at the East Central Conference meet.

   The Ripon High School track and field teams recorded mixed results at the East Central Conference meet Tuesday.

   Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams placed sixth out of eight schools at the meet, which took place in Berlin, but combined for 10 all-conference finishes (top-three).

   “There were some very good performances,” Ripon head coach Chris Gatzke said. “There were some that I think we could have done better, but I thought we did well as a team for both boys and girls. There were some definite surprises.”

   Though not necessarily surprises, events the Tigers won conference championships in were the girls’ 400-meter relay and the pole vault, where Hunter Cook won with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches. That height is just 3 inches short of the school record that he set earlier this season.

   The girls’ 400 relay team, which was made up of Lexi Elegbede-Peer, Lexi Miller, Celina Lopez and Lillian Schram, finished first with a season-record time of 52.16.

   Elegbede-Peer, Miller and Lopez also teamed up to set a season-record in the 800 relay with a second-place time of 1:51.55. Kelly Rudolph was the other member of the team.

   While the relays were among the “good” for the Tiger girls, they also played a role in the “bad” as Elegbede-Peer cramped up after running them and couldn’t compete in the finals of the 200 dash.

Read the full story, which includes information on all the all-conference finishes as well as those who scored, in the May 16, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.