Area Athletes Qualify for State in 19 Events

Three Bulldogs Earn
State D2 Start  Times;
Marines Qualify One

Peshtigo’s track & field program took a big leap forward at Friday’s Division 2 Sectional in Little Chute, sending athletes to state competition in four events.
Last year, Ethan Brissette was the team’s lone qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles, where he took 16th at state. This year, not only is Brissette heading back in both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, he’ll be joined by two teammates.
Brissette took third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.48 seconds and fourth in the 110 hurdles at 15.25 seconds. Both were personal records and one was just fast enough, as the third decimal point was needed to separate Brissette and Two Rivers’ Austin Phillips, who ultimately finished fifth, in the 110-meter hurdles.
“Luckily we were on the right side of that. It was close,” Peshtigo coach Derek Smith said.
Brissette broke his wrist earlier in the season, but after being cleared to run, he took the season in stride.
“He’s one of those athletes that come around that’s just got ‘it.’ We’re lucky he’s on our team,” Smith said. “He’s one of those kids that’s just a spitfire. He’s always bouncing around and running around, so I don’t think even an injury is going to hold him back.”
Andrew Nelson also set a personal record in the 3200-meter run and Rachel Nelson blasted past her personal best in the 1600 as each took fourth place to move on to La Crosse.
Rachel took 11 seconds off her mile, running a 5-minute, 16.68-second race to separate herself from the crowd. She was over nine seconds ahead of the fifth-place finisher, Oconto Falls’ Brooke Hodkiewicz.
“We told her right from the get-go, ‘One, two, and three are going to be going out there. It’s going to be a battle for fourth,’” Smith said. “I thought it was going to be in the low 5:20s. She kind of pushed the limit a little bit and opened up a gap they couldn’t make up, which was awesome. I was happy to see that.”
Nelson was also sixth in the 800-meter, where she ran a 2:28.92. She was the highest-finishing freshman in either race.
“Her 16 was incredible. I’ve never seen her run so strong like that before, the whole race,” Smith said. “She’s always been a strong finisher, but she ran a strong race from start to finish.”
In the boys’ 3200, Andrew Nelson was in a similar situation where the top three runners were likely to distance themselves, with Notre Dame’s Joseph Stumpf, Little Chute’s Riley Huss, and Xavier’s Kenny Power taking up the top three spots.
Nelson wasn’t far behind, however. Power ran a 9:51.25 and finished third, while Nelson ran a 9:55.98 to finish fourth, nearly seven seconds better than fifth place.
“That was one of the best races I’ve ever seen him run. I think he paced himself, he ran smart,” Smith said. “He knew where he had to be, he didn’t try to take first. He knew that fourth place qualifies him and that’s what we were shooting for. He ran his race. He did it.”
With about a lap and a half to go, Nelson turned on the jets and pushed past the rest of the field. When the top three medalists crossed the finish line, Nelson was still gaining on them, so he might just have some more in the tank this weekend at state.
“After I talk to him after this race, I’m going to see what he’s feeling, but I think he’s still got some left,” Smith said. “State is a huge accomplishment. I think when we’re there he’s going to be looking for the school record. He’s going to push himself to see what he’s really got.”
Marinette senior Logan Paris also advanced in the 110-meter hurdles, where he took third, .03 seconds ahead of Brissette in the photo finish for fourth.
At 15.22 seconds, Paris is also just .02 seconds off the school record. His goal, coach Jessica Konyn said, is to break 15 seconds at state.
He’s super excited to run at state and he already has a goal to get under 15, which I think is awesome and is very do-able within his wheelhouse of abilities,” Konyn said. “That’s going to be awesome. He’s a kid with great heart and he works so hard. He has worked all season for this meet, and this next week, he’s just going to continue working harder and harder to be able to get that goal that he’s already set for himself at state. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s going to do a phenomenal job in La Crosse.”
The Peshtigo girls’ closest near miss was from Christina Powers, who took sixth in the shot put (35-5.75) and 11th in the discus (98-3). The thrower that took fourth in the shot put had a throw of 36 feet, 3.5 inches.
Alaina Archambault was 12th in the 300-meter hurdles (50.08) and 14th in the triple jump (29-10.25) and Riley Sabel took 15th in the pole vault (7-6).
A relay team of Archambault, Shayla Boettcher, Jaycee Mullins, and Kylie Villas 10th in the 4x200 (1:52.5) and 13th in the 4x400 (4:34.13).
Sabel, Holly Pesch, Mary Mayhew, and Kayla Murphy took 14th in the 4x800 (11:27.71).
For the Bulldog boys, Kavin Kleikamp just missed in the pole vault, with a 12-foot-6 effort putting him in fifth place, six inches short of fourth.
Madison Vorpahl took 13th in the 200-meter dash (23.93) and Tristan Krejcarek was 15th in the 100-meter dash (11.77).
A team of Dathen Sechen, Krejcarek, Vorpahl, and Kleikamp took 12th in the 4x100 (45.82) and 10th in the 4x200 (1:35.13).
In the 4x400, a team of Mason Doberstein, Reese Yunke, Nathen Kleikamp took 14th (3:46.14).
For Marinette, Paris also PR-d in the 300-meter hurdles, where he took sixth at 41.5 seconds, came in 13th in the shot put (43-1.5), and ran a 16th-place 4x100 relay with Cole Vargo, Braxton Polzin, and Devin Holman (48.73).
Cale Ducane, a Marinette senior, was fifth in the discus at 148-1 and ninth in the shot put at 46-5.25. He was six inches from fourth place in the discus.
“That’s the size of a disc. That’s so close. He’s one of the top throwers in the state and has worked hard to get there,” Konyn said. “I’m extremely proud of him. He’s worked so hard and battled through some injuries this season that have limited him in some things that he’s been able to do. He’s a great kid. Super proud of him.”
Caden Genrich was 13th in the discus (130-6), Vargo took 16th in the 100-meter dash (12.3), Jackson Draheim placed 14th in the 800 (2:10.67), and David Jezowski took 10th in the 1600 (4:52.96) and 16th in the 3200 (11:31.54).
Holman, Polzin, Nick Baldwin, and Nicholas Hruska took 16th in the 4x200 (1:41.06) and a 4x400 team of Vargo, Baldwin, Hruska, and Draheim was 16th (3:57.68).
Draheim and Evan Reines did not record heights in the pole vault.
Marinette’s Addison Lacy was ninth in both the girls’ 1600 (5:40.15) and 3200 (12:31.34). Madison Kunick placed 16th in the 3200 (13:26.6).
Rylee Hansen took 12th in the 200-meter dash (27.65) and 16th in the triple jump (28-7.5) and Jaydn Sherwood placed 13th in the discus (88-8).
In the 4x100, Hansen, Kylie Veriha, Hannah Lindsay, and Keristen Kabacinski took 15th (54.37), and a 4x800 team of Lacy, Kunick, Karissa Valitchka, and Lauren Sadowski took 13th (11:09.53).
Oconto Falls came up short of sending any athletes to this year’s state finals.
Brooke Hodkiewicz was fifth in both the girls’ 800 (2:28.32) and 1600 (5:26.47) and Brailyn St. Louis was fifth in the high jump (5-1).
Abby Budz took 13th in the triple jump (30-0.75), Brynn Hodkiewicz was 15th in the 400 (1:09.84), Hailey Delzer placed 14th in the 3200 (12:47.66), St. Louis was 13th in the 100-meter hurdles (17.2), and Josie Saari took 15th in the 300-meter hurdles (52.1).
Morgan Moynihan took 13th in the shot put (30-6) and 15th in the discus (87-9). Grace Molitor was 15th in the shot (29-8.25) and Ava Hodkiewicz placed 13th in the disc (88-8).
In the 4x100 relay, Anna Spaulding, Hailyn St. Louis, Hailey Kopke, and Budz took ninth (52.69). A 4x400 team of Josie Saari and Ava, Brynn, and Brooke Hodkiewicz took 10th (4:27.54) and a 4x800 team of Brynn and Ava Hodkiewicz, Delzer, and Maddy Przybylski was 11th (10:48.83).
For the Falls boys, Ben Adams took eighth in the 3200 (10:10.06), Isaac Bramer was 12th in the 200 (23.84), and Evan Yuma took 15th in the 400 (54.85).
Alex Haines took 16th in the high jump (5-6) and 14th in the 110-meter hurdles (17.54). Emerich Skarban took 16th in the 300-meter hurdles (46.18).
Devon Dorn took 10th in the long jump (19-3.25) and Brady Bursa was 13th in the triple jump (37-9.25).
A 4x100 team of Dorn, Bramer, Cole Judkins, and Nicholas Allen took 11th (45.49), while Bursa, Bramer, Judkins, and Allen were 11th in the 4x200 (1:35.91). In the 4x800, Adams combined with Griffin Kopke, Brant Laluzerne, and Emerson Rice to take 13th (8:53.09).

Gillett’s Peterson/
Smith  Lead Area

Athletes to State in D3
Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, Suring, Gillett, Oconto, Coleman, Florence-Niagara, and Crivitz will send qualifiers to represent the area at this weekend’s Division 3 State Track & Field Championships in La Crosse.
To qualify, competitors needed to take fourth or better. Several local athletes qualified in multiple events, including Florence-Niagara’s Blake Smith and Kamdan Johnson and Gillett’s Alex Peterson.
Smith took third in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles with a 15.73-second time, second in the 300-meter hurdles at 40.5 seconds, and fourth in the triple jump (41-11).
Peterson won the boys’ 4x800 relay with Evan Peterson, Bradyn Wendorf, and Ben Matczak (8:15.85) and took fourth in both the 1600 (4:30.84) and 3200 (9:48.93).
Johnson won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (15.53) and placed third in the 400-meter dash (1:00.29).
Lena/STAA’s Anthony Seefeldt took third in the shot put (46-10.5).
Coleman’s Kiersten Jensen took first in the girls’ discus (122-10), Suring’s Christine Sleeter was second in the pole vault (10’), and Lena/STAA’s Eva Brooks came in second in the high jump (5’4).
Coleman hurdler Sylvia Fochesato was second in the 300-meter hurdles (47.67).
Coleman’s Corrin Liptak took second in the long jump (16-11) and Florence-Niagara long jumper Morgan Borchardt took fourth (16-2).
In the 100-meter dash, Oconto’s Rylie Shallow took third (13.01) and Crivitz’s Senya Caine placed fourth (13.05).
Oconto’s sectional qualifiers that didn’t make the cut for boys’ state were Dominick Baxter, who took 13th in the 1600 (5:30.29), Dominic Caylor, who was ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.93), and Carter Koch, who tied for 13th in the high jump (5-6).
Roger Herrera Ramirez, Davon Caylor, Adan Herrera Ramirez, and Dominic Caylor took 15th in the 4x100 (49.02) and a 4x800 team of Dominick Baxter, Dalton Bastian, Trenton Hartman, and Owen Bryzozowski took 15th (9:35.19).
A girls’ 4x200 team of Alexis Martin, Gracie Simon, Kyanne Wusterbarth, and Shallow took 12th (1:54.16).
In the 4x100, it was Wusterbarth, Shallow, Simon, and Jenelle Sowle taking ninth (53.13).
Just missing out for Suring: Quinn Thomson took 10th in the boys’ 400 (54.61) and Trent VanDenElzen was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (43.59).
Sleeter tied for fifth in the high jump (5-2) and Olivia Noack was ninth in the 800-meter (2:35.75). Hailey Thomson placed 13th in the 3200 (13:30.25), and Macie Reed was 13th in the discus (88-6).
Birdee Cramer was ninth in the 300-meter hurdles (52.16) and 15th in the pole vault (7’). Ginger Gerndt took 11th in the pole vault (7-6).
In the 4x800, Suring’s team of Noack, Hailey Thomson, Ginger Gerndt, and Georgia Gerndt was 11th (11:17.71).
A 4x200 team of Lily Hakes, Lillie Taylor, Sleeter, and Ginger Gerndt placed ninth (1:52.99).
Hakes, Taylor, Ginger Gerndt, and Bunny Cramer were 16th in the 4x100 (56.43) and a 4x400 team of Noack, Georgia Gerndt, Sleeter, and Hakes took ninth (4:30.46).
Also for Coleman, Dylan VanErmen took 10th in the 100-meter dash (11.98) and Darian Patz was 13th (12.07). Victor Kostreva took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (42.25)
Ben Krueger was 15th in the boys’ discus throw (114-9). VanErmen was also 10th in the triple jump (39-9.25).
Gavin Fochesato, Garett Kreischer, Patz, and VanErmen combined to finish 12th in the 4x200 (1:38.56) and 13th in the 4x100 (47.65).
Vivian Kostreva tied for fifth in the high jump (5-2) and Sylvia Fochesato was ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.43).
Xandriana Rhode took 16th in the 400-meter (1:11.23 and Clare Gappa took 15th in the 1600 (6:24.99).
Sylvia Fochesato, Maddie Hinther, Ella VanErmen, and Liptak took fifth in the 4x100 (52.45).
Florence-Niagara’s Truth Setner was 14th in the boys’ 200-meter dash (24.93) and 13th in the 400 (55.75).
In addition to qualifying in the long jump, Borchardt was ninth in the girls’ 200-meter dash (28.89) and 100-meter dash (13.5).
Ingrid Holt took 15th in the girls’ 800 (2:51.36) and Abbey Tripp was 14th in the 1600 (6:12.07).
Bryn Sullivan, Tripp, Holt, and Ashlynn VanDenhuevel took 15th in the 4x800 (12:10.26). A 4x400 team of Borchardt, Holt, Sullivan, and Johnson took 11th (4:31.78).
Gillett’s Evan Peterson was sixth in the 800-meter (2:04.03) and Wendorff took ninth (2:07.13).
Kasey Hansen finished 16th in the girls’ 1600 (6:31.81) and Carleigh Kaczmarek was ninth in the 3200 (12:49.07).
Kasey Hansen, Lily Hansen, Kaczmarek, and Sophia Limberg were 12th in the 4x800 (11:22.78).
Lena/STAA’s Sam Marquardt took fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.59) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (24.22) and Zander Thomson tied for 13th in the high jump (5-6). Lucas Heimke took ninth in the long jump (18-10.5) and 13th in the triple jump (38-7.5).
Alabama Lambert was 14th in the girls’ 100-meter dash (13.84) and fifth in the long jump (16-1.75).
Della Kostreva took 15th in the 400-meter dash (1:10.56) and 11th in the triple jump (30-6.5). Brooks was fifth in the triple jump (32-5.5) and placed 15th in the 100-meter hurdles (18.72).
Lambert, Karli Fischer, Kaelyn Cook, and Claire Brooks were 15th in the girls’ 4x200 (2:02.47) and a Lena/STAA boys’ 4x200 team of Robert Alberts, Reed Hosking, Calvin Peters, and Tyler Shallow took 15th (1:43.3).
In the girls’ 4x4, Fischer, Kate Peters, Kostreva, and Sophia Pirlot took 14th (4:41.25). A boys’ 4x400 team of Dylan Comins, Thomson, Heimke, and Marquardt came in seventh (3:43.23).
Crivitz’s Dominic Thoreson and Karson Bins each pole-vaulted 12 feet and took sixth and seventh, respectively.
Abby Langer was seventh in the shot put (34-0.25), Karlie Goldberg placed 12th in the discus (89-11), and Kylah Betka took fifth in the girls’ pole vault (8-9).

Maroons Compete at
GNC Championships

While Marquette won the boys’ and girls’ Great Northern Conference track & field championships Thursday in Escanaba, it was another learning experience for the young Menominee Maroons, a team full of athletic freshmen.
Menominee got one event victory, as Erin Schuettpelz, freshmen Gianna Coduti and Emily Schuettpelz, and Attica Brandt won the 4x400 relay in 4 minutes, 30.33 seconds.
Brandt also took third in the 1600-meter run (6:01.02) and Emily Schuettpelz took fourth in the high jump (4-8).
Mackenzie Pesola took fourth in the long jump (14-3.5). Maroon freshman Erika Peterson placed third in the discus (76’) and fourth in the shot put (28-9).
Menominee’s best individual finishes from the boys came from freshman Darrent Butler, who took second in the high jump (6’), and Kaeden Calcari, who was third in the shot put (41-6).
Aaron Brunelle was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.27 seconds) and Robert Finger took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (19.05). Nathan Komp placed fourth in the 400-meter dash (54.91).
Finger and Komp are also freshmen.



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