The Homestead girls track team was still short-handed due to spring break, but got a victory from Leah Ghoulson in the 300-meter low hurdles to lead the Highlanders to an eighth-place finish in the West Allis Hale Mondo Invitational on April 15.

"It was a great day to get things started for the outdoor season," said coach John Krueger. "For a bunch of girls, this was their first outdoor meet at Homestead against some good competition. I was really proud of how they stepped up to the task and gave it everything they had. We had a nice day as a team and learned how to run with a strong wind. It was nice to see Leah run a strong 300 hurdles and to win by that margin was impressive."

The Highlanders will now be back in action Friday, April 21, at the West Bend Invitational.

Homestead scored 45 points for its spot in the 12-team field as Waukesha West won with 125 points and Waukesha South was second with 95.

Ghoulson turned in a time of 49.42 seconds to earn a three-plus second win in the 15-runner field. She was also second in the 100 high hurdles in 16.63 as a runner from DSHA won in 16.22.

Other strong efforts included Natalie Ceelen taking fourth in the 100 dash (13.53), Katie Wegmann claiming third in the 400 dash (1:01.17), Grace Mueller taking sixth in the 400 (1:04.98), Reilly Albert earning third in the 3,200 (13:53.33), and Jessie Zupke placing fifth in the discus (92-10).

Krueger foresees a return to good health for the team.

"We are really looking forward to getting everybody back and healthy before our next meet at West Bend," he said.