It was like the Somerset track coaches were going through a list for a tuneup when they worked through last Tuesday's Colfax Invitational.
Fine-tune relay handoffs: Check.
Set two more school records: Done.
Get one more look at field event athletes: Accomplished.
Answer any questions leading into the Middle Border Conference: Completed, as closely as possible.
In addition to all those items, the Spartan girls also earned the meet championship. Somerset won the title with 138 points. Elk Mound was next with 91 points.
The two Spartan teams took different approaches in the Colfax meet. The girls team hit the meet hard, looking to establish momentum as they try to make a run at an MBC title. The Spartan boys took a more conservative approach, looking to fine tune things as they prep for the conference meet.
The girls team accomplished a number of big things in the meet, led by a pair of school records.
Senior Monica Emerson continued to mow through the competition, breaking the school record in the 400 meters. Her time of 1:01.4 won at Colfax by nearly two seconds. It breaks the record of 1:01.6 by Pam Charbonneau, which has stood since 1994.
The Spartans were champions in the 400 and 1,600 meter relays at Colfax. The 1,600 meter relay team of Emerson, Sara Henry, Lauren Rathai and Natalie Broome set a new school record with their time of 4:14.9. That broke the record of 4:15.9 set by Kailey Klis, Annie Sullivan, Kellie Ring and Elizabeth Coe in 2007.
There were a number of other highlights. Lizzy Vanasse and Sarah Krig both cleared the nine-foot mark in the pole vault, Vanasse for the first time this season. The coaches have been building Krig up to handle a four-event workload and now feel she's ready for that task at conference.
Broome ran a career-best time of 26.7 to win the 200 meters at Colfax. Northey won the 100 hurdles and took second place in the 300 hurdles. Her time in the 300s was the significant drop the coaches were hoping to see leading into the MBC meet.
Girls coach Dave Praschak said junior Sarah Brown is making late-season improvement in the 800 and is making herself a factor in her first season in track.
Praschak said this meet gave the team the momentum it needed heading toward the conference meet and next Monday's Division 1 regional meet, which Somerset will host.
"We still have lots more to discover, but the Colfax meet surely gave us a clearer direction," he said.
The Spartan boys coaches had their team tapering down on their workload so they would be fresh for the conference meet. There were some exceptions, particularly the relay teams. The Spartans were champions in the 400, 800 and 1,600 meter relays at Colfax.
Jerrid Meyer was part of all three winning relay teams for the Spartans. Robbie Lang, Robbie Flom and Alex Baillargeon ran with him in the sprint relays. Meyer was joined by Bailey White, Tyler Kampsula and Dylan Rivard in the 1,600 relay.
Rivard also got some business done in the open 400 meters. This is expected to be one of the most competitive races in the conference meet. Rivard made it even more interesting by running a season-best time of 50.8 seconds at Colfax.