Franklin — A freak injury to one of the state's best pole vaulters overshadowed the Franklin girls track team's impressive showing at last week's Southeast Conference Relays.
Junior Farrah Brown, who set a school record with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches earlier this month, broke her wrist when her pole snapped in half during an attempted vault during warm-ups.
Brown was driving upward off the pole when it shattered.
"The only other time I have seen it here was when Ryan Schweitzer's pole broke at the regional in the early '90s," Franklin coach Jack Hervert said. "Farrah is a very strong kid and gets a great drive whenever she vaults. It's a very unfortunate injury to a very valuable member of our team."
Brown's previous effort of 10-6 currently stands as the state's 11th-best effort across all divisions. Brown was 17th at the WIAA Division 1 State Meet as a sophomore last year with a 9-6.
Brown could return
"If the doctor OKs it, she may come back and run relays and jump for us," Hervert said. "I actually saw a kid from Janesville (Friday) night run races and jump with a cast similar to hers."
Despite Brown's injury, the Sabers won two events and placed third with 78 points, behind only Racine Case's 97 and Oak Creek's 81.
The girls 300-meter shuttle hurdle of freshmen Katelyn Thomas and Zoe Kupfer and sophomore Amanda Diedrich won in 52.78 seconds and the 3,200 team of Lindsay Fons, Jenny Eickhorst, El Walman and Atalee Paremski won in 10 minutes, 21.45 seconds after the Muskego team was disqualified for pushing.
Franklin was runner-up twice: the distance medley of Walman, Erica Kornhoff, Katelyn Salzburger and Fons (13:34.89) and pole vaulters Olivia Lampone (7-6) and Liz Hamm (7-0), despite being without their leader, Brown.
Boys teams places sixth
For the Franklin boys, who were sixth, the 1,600 sprint medley of John Janicek, Derek McElroy, Lance Baretz and Brady Oates was second in 3:44.99, just behind Kenosha Bradford's 3:43.00.
Also, the boys 6,400 team of Phillip Guilbault, Niko Grabowski, Will Campbell and Tyler Jensen finished fourth in 19:31.59, a top-five time in school history.
Three nights later at Burlington, Fons won the 3,200 in 11:21, the seventh-best time in the state this season.
"It was a spectacular race as Fons continues to dominate the long distance events," Franklin coach Regina Schindel said.
Thomas placed second in the 100 high hurdles and Zoe Kupfer was right behind in third. Eickhorst was third in the 400, as was Baretz in the same event for the boys.
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