KIMBERLY - Monday's Fox Valley Association track and field meet had one athlete win three individual events and if he has it his way, he won't have the chance to win the same three events during the postseason.
Appleton North's Connor Seiler won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs to help the Lightning finish in second place with 172 points, finishing 3.5 points behind winner Kimberly at Papermaker Stadium.
Seiler normally runs the 100 and 200, but added the 400 to "get as many points as possible." He did more than just win the 400, as he set an FVA record with a time of 49.26 seconds, which ranks him third in the state this season.
"It felt great," Seiler said. "One of my worst events; hate running it, but the results show I love it."
Not knowing at the time where his time ranked in the state, Seiler didn't have plans to continue to run the 400 in the postseason.
"I'm not really sure yet as far as regionals, state, I'm not sure yet," the senior said. "Hopefully that was my last one."
Oshkosh North's Bilderback sets school record
Oshkosh North's Sean Bilderback made sure his moppy orange hair wasn't all people talked about after Monday's pole vault. The senior not only won his event, but set a school record by one inch when he cleared 13 feet, 10 inches.
"It's phenomenal," Bilderback said. "I feel like I'm on top of the world, right now. I took down the record I've been waiting for."
Bilderback's previous best was 13-3 this season, but had no plans on setting a record. When asked what his goal was he said, "Just take first."
Bilderback didn't know what the day had in store for him. Temperatures were in the 50s, it was cloudy and windy. He didn't know how high he would go.
"It depends how you're jumping, how you're running, the weather," Bilderback said. "I was so nervous, because I know it was a bad day. Great day to break records, I guess."
Bilderback enters Monday's regionals with more confidence than before and talked about his approach for the postseason.
"I kind of look at it like the playoffs," he said. "If you don't go anywhere from here, you're done. It's phenomenal. It gives me a lot of breathing room."
Appleton North's Giaimo makes noise
Appleton North's Halle Giaimo has come a long way in one year and Monday was proof. The junior won the 100 hurdles (13.89) and placed second in the 300 hurdles (47.74) a year after not being a contender.
"It's crazy because last year I didn't make finals for 100 hurdles," said Giaimo, who ranks in the top 12 in Division 1 in the state in both events. "I came a long way in hurdle form. A new coach stepped in this year and has helped me pull through in some races."
Giaimo won one of the best races Monday, when she edged Oshkosh West's Jackie Butler in the 100 hurdles by .03 seconds. Butler got her back in the 300, winning by .87 seconds.
"I start off my races slow and I gain my speed and rhythm throughout the race," Giaimo said. "I knew Jackie was right there (in the 100). I knew I could catch her. It was close and I got her on that last hurdle."
Giaimo's performance Monday has her ready for the postseason.
"Peaking right now is what our whole season is about," Giaimo said. "What all that matters is going to state."
- Neenah won the girls meet, ending Kimberly's six-year run as conference champs.
- Multiple individual winners: Connor Seiler, Appleton North, won the 100 (11.33), 200 (22.63) and 400 (49.26); Tony Bauer, Appleton East won the long jump (21-10) and triple jump (42-9.5).
- Parker x 3: Each Parker sister from Neenah won an event as Jennifer Parker won the 800 (2:24.23), Jessica Parker won the 1,600 (5:17.96) and Alison Parker won the 3,200 (11:40.75).
- Neenah girls had the top three finishers in the long distance events – 800, 1,600 and 3,200 - and that totaled 42 points, or 25 percent of the team's winning total of 169.
- Kimberly boys won seven events, including two relays.
- Appleton North boys finished 1-2-3 in the 1,600, as Max Edwards (4:24.14) won the race, followed by teammates Jordan Knapp (4:25.55) and Tanner Daines (4:34.45).
Fox Valley Association Track and Field Meet
Team scores: 1. Kimberly 175.5, 2. Appleton North 172, 3. Fond du Lac 88, 4. Appleton East 59, 5. Oshkosh West 49, 6. Oshkosh North 43, 7. Appleton West 40, 8. Kaukauna 31, 8. Neenah 31, 10. Menasha 11.5.
Team scores: 1. Neenah 169, 2. Kimberly 138, 3. Oshkosh West 98, 4. Appleton North 78, 5. Appleton West 66, 6. Fond du Lac 50.5; 7. Appleton East 41, 8. Kaukauna 30.5, 9. Oshkosh North 15, 10. Menasha 14.
For complete results on the meet, click this link: http://184.108.40.206/system/files/9407/original/FVA.pdf?1368491905
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