Viroqua High School track coach Adrian Ugo believes in challenging his athletes from time to time. The longtime coach stayed true to that belief Saturday, April 7, when he selected a group of five Blackhawks to compete at an elite indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
“This meet was an excellent opportunity for the girls to face some of the best competition in the state, regardless of division and they handled the situation very well,” Ugo said. “One of the biggest challenges in sports is controlling the ‘big meet’ atmosphere and I feel they came prepared and performed well under that pressure.”
Xana Leum excelled in her specialty of the triple jump, breaking her own school record in the event, with combined leaps of 35’-8.5”. The record-breaking effort placed Leum seventh, making the VHS junior the only Blackhawk to earn team points at the meet. Leum’s previous school record was set at the 2017 WIAA state tournament at UW-La Crosse.
Leum also narrowly missed the finals in the 55-meter hurdles, with a preliminary time of 8.93, 10th best in the prelim’s; the finals cutoff time was 8.89.
Madelyn Anderson ran her season best time in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.27, placing 16th in a field of 57 runners, and also ran strong as the anchor of the VHS 4x400-meter relay team.
Anderson was joined by Delilah Vance, Josie Dobbs and Lauren Brendel in the 4x400 event, placing 10th among 37 teams, competing with a time of 4:20.40.
Brendel also recorded a personal best time in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:31.86. “Lauren has really been focused on that race (800-meter run) and she has taken a big step forward so far this year,” Ugo said.
Dobbs also competed in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:35.95.
In addition to her part in the 4x400 team, Vance ran well in the 55-meter dash in 7.78.
WIAA Division 1 power, Milwaukee King, won the team championship.