Marines begin season at UW-Oshkosh Invite

Josh Staloch

OSHKOSH – Competing in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational, the Marinette boys’ track and field team kicked off its indoor season with a solid performance. 

Leading the charge was Jackson Draheim, showing versatility by securing third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.47, while also competing in the pole vault, finishing seventh with a height of 11-6.

In spite of some tough competition, the Marines had a good showing at the event, clinching the 20th position out of 26 teams in Division 2, for a total of eight points. The invite’s top spot was taken by Catholic Memorial with an impressive 59 points, trailed closely by Campbellsport (49) and Freedom (44).

There were notable individual events across various events for Marinette. Ashtyn Patneaude navigated the 60-meter hurdles in 10.89 seconds, securing the 17th spot. Hunter Schneider and Brady Menor both represented the Marines in the 1,600-meter run, with Schneider finishing 26th with a time of 5:24.34, and Menor following closely behind in 31st place clocking 5:47.16.

In the extremely competitive 400-meter dash, Nicholas Hruska just barely outpaced Evan Reines, securing 27th and 28th positions respectively, with times of 1:00.46 and 1:00.54. Aidan Anderson was close behind, claiming the 38th spot with a time of 1:02.87.

Evan Reines showcased his versatility by also participating in the pole vault, taking home a commendable 12th place with a leap of 9 ‘6. 

Elijah Wimbush’s speed was on display in the 200-meter dash, clinching 11th place with a time of 24.64.

The field events saw some notable performances as well, with Caden Genrich delivering a strong toss of 44’ 7 in shot put, earning him the 12th position, while Frankie Marquardt secured 36th place with a throw of 37’ 4.

Marinette also competed in a handful of team events. The quartet of Reines, Draheim, Schneider, and Anderson collaborated in the 1,600-meter relay, taking the 15th spot with a time of 4:03.57. Meanwhile, Wimbush, Hruska, Mason Floriano, and Mason Hofherr combined efforts in the 800-meter relay, securing the 17th position with a time of 1:44.25.



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