Handful of locals compete at Badger State Games

Josh Staloch

MARATHON CITY – The 39th installment of the Badger State Summer Games were held on Sunday, June 23 and several TimesLand athletes made the trip to Marathon City to be a part of the 800+ attendees gathered for friendly competition. 

From Peshtigo, competing in the 11–12-year-old group, Haddie Nault took 1st place in the 80-meter hurdles event, a 1st place in the shot put and 1st place in the discus.

Grant Nault, competing in the 8U group, was 5th in the 100-meter dash, 8th in the long jump and 2nd in the shot put.

Competing in the 9-10 girls division, Peshtigo’s Olivia Seefeldt was 6th in the 100-meter dash, 9th in the 200-meter dash and 8th in the long jump.

Kenzie Nault finished 4th in the girls 9-10 division’s shot put, 6th in the 400-meter dash, 3rd in the 200-meter dash and 4th in the long jump.

From Coleman, competing in the boys 15-16 group, Kolton Peters was 1st in the 110 hurdles, 1st in the 400-meter hurdles, 1st in the 200-meter dash, 1st in the long jump.

Dayton Patz took 1st in the boys 13-14 100-meter dash, 2nd in the 200 meter dash and 1st in the long jump. 

In the boys 15-16 group, Dawson Patz was 1st in the 100-meter dash and 2nd in the 200-meter dash. 

Darian Patz took 2nd in the boys 100-meter dash amongst 17-18 year olds and 3rd in the 200-meter dash.

David Anderson, born and raised in Marinette, earned a gold medal in the Masters Class (60+) long jump and a silver medal in the 100-meter sprint. 

“It went wonderful. It’s an outstanding event, actually run by the son of a Hall of Fame athlete from Marinette, Doug Miller from my era. He has a large role in it but it’s primarily run by his son Curt,” Anderson said. “Doug is in the Marinette Sports Hall of Fame. He’s also a hall of fame football coach, just a top-shelf guy.”

Anderson, who graduated Marinette High in 1974 and was an All Bay Conference football player at right tackle as well as an All Bay Conference track and field athlete, said he definitely plans on being a part of next year’s 40th Badger State Games 

“It’s a great family event, a real hidden gem in Wisconsin,” said Anderson, who is also an official and can be seen on local Legion diamonds officiating baseball games this summer. “I intend next year to bring some of my grandkids to compete in it, just because it’s that much fun. It’s not a lot of pressure but the kids can get a sense of their competitive spirit.”  


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