Marinette’s Olivia Alloy clears a hurdle on her way to a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles at Higley Stadium Tuesday. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette’s Olivia Alloy clears a hurdle on her way to a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles at Higley Stadium Tuesday. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
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MARINETTE - There was a steady streak of Marquette Red at the finish line of the Marinette Invitational but Marinette and Menominee added plenty of Purple and Maroon splashes.

The Redettes used their superior depth to win the meet with 189 points, but the Marines pulled off the surprise of the day with their second-place showing (118). West De Pere took third (105), just five points ahead of Menominee in the five-team meet.

Most of the Marine athletes had headed for home before the final results were released.

"I am pleasantly surprised," Marinette coach Bob Caelwaerts said. "I can't wait to tell the girls tomorrow."

Olivia Alloy won the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 1⁄2 inch and tied a personal best in the high jump with her winning effort of 5 feet. Alloy added a silver-medal effort in the 300 hurdles (51.11) and was fourth in the low hurdles.

Unable to match Marquette's depth, the Marines piled up points with one-two finishes in the discus, shot put and long jump.

Emily Conley added gold for the Marines in the field events with her shot put toss of 36-3 and Megan Wagner pulled in second-place points with her lob of 33-11.

Conley puts the pressure of the moment out of her mind before she steps into the shot put circle.

"I get really nervous so I try not to focus too much and then I do better," she explained.

Conley has her sights set on taking the heavy ball to the state meet in La Crosse in June.

"I'd really like to make it to state, just for the experience," she noted. "I would like to get to 37 (feet) by the end of the season."

Conley struck gold again in the discus (96-11) and teammate Elizabeth Lang was second (92-4).

Courtney Hoffman led the top-two sweep in the long jump (14-1) and Kayla Petrosky was second (14-0 1/2).

Lynsee Bohan won the 200-meter dash in 27.29, edging Marquette's Cassidy Thomas by .31 of a second.

"I knew it was definitely time to kick it in harder," said Bohan.

Mariah Ravet earned fourth-place points in the long jump and Ari Zuraski was fourth in the triple jump.

Menominee freshman Paiton Plutchak continued her dazzling varsity debut by winning the 100 hurdles in 16.99.

"I always try to go out and do my best. If I end up winning the race, that's nice," said Plutchak.

Plutchak was focused on the finish line at Higley Stadium Tuesday, but her mission is to make to the Kingsford track on June 1.

"Hopefully I'll get good times and make it to the U.P. Finals," she noted with a smile.

Maroon junior Jane Enderby and Bohan hooked up in a duel to the finish in the 100-meter dash with Enderby hitting the line in 13.18 to edge Bohan by .05 of a second.

"I knew it was going to be close," said Enderby. "I could see (Bohan) out of the corner of my eye so I tried to go faster."

The Maroons sent a message to Marquette that they're going to be right with them in the sprint relays at the U.P. Finals.

Enderby, Kristina Tetzlaff, Lexi Christian and Plutchak blazed to a strong silver-medal run in the 400 relay (53.76). Christian clicked off a torrid third lap to pull almost even with Marquette and Plutchak narrowly missed overtaking the Redettes at the finish line.

"Marquette is our toughest competition when it comes to the sprints," said Enderby. "They happened to win today."

Menominee also finished second to Marquetty, Tetzlaff, Christian and Plutchak churned out a 1:54.36 clocking.

Allia Stewart made her debut in the 3,200 relay and teamed with Rebekah Wickman, Anah Schloegel and Kameron Burmeister to open the meet with a silver-medal run of 10:57 in the 3,200 relay.

Burmeister added a third silver medal with her time of 2:25.38 in the 800.

Rebekah Wickman, Schloegel, Paige Barrett and Kameron Burmeister closed the Maroon relay medal rush with a silver-medal time of 4:27.60.

Freshman Sophie Sartorelli took third in the pole vault (6-6 1/4) with Iris Parrish placing fourth (6-6). Freshman Breanna Retlick was fourth in the high jump and Tetzlaff placed fourth in the 100.

Christian backed up her strong relay work with a third in the long jump (13-11 1/2) and a fourth in the 200 and Lilly Johnson was fourth in the 3,200.

Brianna Kopp led Crivitz with her second-place triple jump 28-7.

The Crivitz 1,6,00 relay team of McKenna Kelly, Theresa Orlando, LeAnne Orlando and Victoria Neuman took fourth and Kopp, Haley Moriva, Pauline Berna and Amanda LaFave took fourth in the 800 relay. Berna, Siera Kopp, Tayler Gezella and Moriva were fourth in the 400 relay.
By JODY KORCH
EagleHerald sports editor


MARINETTE - A day like Tuesday almost made it worth enduring a rotten early spring. At sunny Higley Stadium, track athletes performed like it was the day they were waiting for.

The West De Pere boys won the Marinette Invitational with 179 team points. Led by wins from Justin Brilinski in the long jump and the 1,600-meter relay, Menominee finished a strong second with 1243⁄4, Marinette was third with 92, and Crivitz scored 62 to place fifth against much larger schools in a six-team meet.

It was a day to challenge school records and set personal bests. Marinette's 800 relay team of Jaden Boivin, Zach Campbell, Colton Dessart and Dakota Vanidestine broke a 50-year-old record with a winning time of 1:32.09. That bettered the time of 1:32.6, set in 1963 by Mike Bradley, Don Beerbaum, Mike Cavill and Ken Christianson.

The same Marine foursome ran a school record time of 43.39 to win the 400 relay. The previous best time, 53.83, was set last year at state by Ian Greenlund, Campbell, Boivin and Vanidestine.

"Very good handoffs and fast kids," is how Marinette coach Bob Caelwaerts described it.

Two-time defending state champion Jake Wiedemeier didn't quite break the Crivitz school pole vault record, but he tied his personal best by clearing 141⁄2 feet. He then set his sights on 15 feet but failed in three attempts.

Wiedemeier's pole vault coach, Scott Banaszak, set the school record of 14-9 when he won the state title in 1997. Now, he's trying to help Wiedemeier break it.

"I'd be mad if he doesn't," Banaszak said.

Wiedemeier didn't start vaulting until the bar was set at 13 feet, and he missed his first two attempts.

"He had to move up to a bigger pole," Banaszak said.

After that, it was clear sailing all the way up and over 14-6.

Boivin tied his personal best, 13 feet, to place second.

Brilinski long jumped a personal-best 19-61⁄2 feet.

"Feels pretty great," the Maroon sophomore said. "The warm weather definitely helps keep me nice and loose. Competition helps, too. Yeah, there was pretty good competition today."

Crivitz's Ben Fischer (18-10) took second.

Brilinski ran with Brad Sellers, Bryce Ranta and Austin Vorachek on the winning 1,600 relay team, which finished in 3:43.22.

Menominee had six second-place finishes. Bryan Hines, Aeron Forsberg, Shaun Sullivan and Leonard Briggs took second in the 800 relay (1:33.16).

"I thought our 800 relay ran a great race," Maroon coach Greg Langlois said.

Tyler Harmon placed second in the high jump (5-101⁄4) and second in the 110 high hurdles with a personal-best time of 15.60.

Hines took second in the 300 hurdles (43.53), and third in the 110 hurdles. Jason Kaster ran a personal-best time of 2:11.39 to place second in the 800 run.

In one of the closest 100 dashes you'll ever see, Vanidestine won by one-hundredth of a second over Sullivan with a time of 11.16. Briggs was just two-hundredths of a second behind for third.

Campbell took second for Marinette in the 200 dash, and Sullivan was third.

Marine senior Dustin Valind doesn't mind the weather - warm or cold, he wins the shot put and discus. Tuesday, he placed first in the discus with a throw of 170 feet, 7 inches.

"It's the same as any other weather," Valind said of the picture-perfect day. "It doesn't make a difference, really."

In the shot, Valind scratched on three of his throws but his other throw traveled 53 feet to place first.

"I've just got to work on not scratching," Valind said. "I was just going too fast and falling over the toe board."

Fischer never missed a high jump attempt until the bar was set at 6 feet. He won with a jump of 5-101⁄2.

Fischer's personal-best high jump is 6-1.

"I wanted to get 6 feet," he said. "Still got some time before regionals. Fine-tune some things and go from there."

Also for Crivitz, Alan Slaby took second in the 400 dash (56.03). Tanner Thoreson and Joe Rodriguez placed 3-4 in the discus, Treven Gezella was fourth in the pole vault, and Fischer was fourth in the triple jump.

"It's really good competition," Fischer said. "There's no reason we can't compete. They're all high schoolers, too."

Marinette's Austin Mahlik set a personal-best by eight seconds with his second-place time of 4:46.55 in the 1,600 run.

"I think a lot of it is just the weather, because I didn't really feel that good going into the race," Mahlik said. "And having the Marquette kid (Cole Riebolt) pace me helped also. I knew they were going out too fast, so I sat in the back, worked my way up and gained some time at the finish."

Marinette's Brandon Miller took third in the 800. Erik Breuer was fourth in the 3,200.

Marinette Invitational

Girls' team scores
: Marquette 189, Marinette 118, West De Pere 105, Menominee 100, Crivitz 14
100 hurdles - Paiton Plutchak (Men), 16.99, Vandenavond (WDP), Bain (WDP); 300 hurdles - Hunter Viitala (Mqt), 50.43, Alloy (Mar), Johnson (Mqt); 400 relay - Marquette , 53.74; Menominee, West De Pere; 800 relay- Marquette, 1:51.56, Menominee, West De Pere; 1,600 relay - Marquette, 4:20.81; Menominee, West De Pere; 3,200 relay - Marquette, 10:39.24, Menominee, West De Pere; High Jump - Olivia Alloy (Mar), 5-0, Viitala (Mqt), Mattocks (Mqt); Pole Vault - Megan Gannon (WDP), 8-61⁄4, Barnes (WDP), Sartorelli (Men); Long Jump - Courtney Hoffman (Mar), 14-01, Petrosky (Mar), Christian (Men); Triple Jump - Olivia Alloy (Mar), 32-01⁄2, Kopp (Cri), Alberts (WDP); Shot Put - Emily Conley (Mar), 36-3, Megan Wagner (Mar), Val Smith (WDP); Discus - Emily Conley (Mar), 96-11, Elizabeth Lang (Mar), Iwanski (Marq)

Boys' team scores: West De Pere 179, Menominee 124.75, Marinette 92, Marquette 84.25, Crivitz 62, Denmark 8
100 dash - Dakota Vanidestine (Mar) 11.15, Sullivan (Men), Briggs (Men); 200 dash - Dom Conway (WDP) 22.99, Campbell (Mar), Sullivan (Men); 400 dash - Jake Bostedt (WDP) 53.79, Slaby (C), Grant (Mq); 800 - Leighton Locke (Mq) 2:10.33, Kaster (Men), Miller (Mar); 1,600 - Cole Riebolt (Mq) 4:42.0, Mahlik (Mar), Fitzgerald (WDP); 3,200 - Riebolt (Mq( 6:00.0, Fitzgerald (WDP), DeDamos (Men); 110 hurdles - Matt Lafrombois (WDP) 15.57, Harmon (Men), Hines (Men); 300 hurdles - Lafrombois (WDP) 42.99, Hines (Men), Maass (WDP); 400 relay - Marinette (Jaden Boivin, Zach Campbell, Colton Dessart & Vanidestine), 43,39; West De Pere, Menominee; 800 relay - Marinette (Boivin, Campbell, Dessart & Vanidestine), 1:32.09; Menominee, Marquette; 1,600 relay - Menominee (Justin Brilinski, Brad Sellers, Bryce Ranta & Austin Vorachek), 3:43.22; Marquette, West De Pere; 3,200 relay - Marquette 8:57.28, West De Pere, Menominee; high jump - Ben Fischer (C) 5-101⁄2 , Harmon (Men), Bostedt (WDP); pole vault - Jake Wiedemeier (C) 14-6, Boivin (Mar), Kindle (WDP); long jump - Brilinski (Men) 19-61⁄2 , Fischer (C), Smalls (WDP); triple jump - Keegan Wirtz (WDP) 42-1, Bostedt (WDP), Conway (WDP); shot put - Dustin Valind (Mar) 53-0, Bjork (WDP), Lutz (WDP); discus - Valind (Mar) 170-7, Lutz (WDP), Thoreson (C)