EagleHerald Sports Writer

FREEDOM, Wis.—The Marinette track and field team competed in the North Eastern Conference Championships with temperatures reaching the mid-90’s trackside at Freedom High School on Friday.

The Marines finished seventh in both the boys and girls championships.

“This conference is incredible competition in every event from every school,” Marinette coach Jessica Konyn said. “We got hit by the injury bug today with some things that are just kind of out of our hands that just popped up, but the kids that did compete today competed well. I thought we competed where were slotted to compete and where we were missing those kids just hurt us point wise.”

Marinette ended the meet on a high note. As the sun set and temperatures finally began to drop, the boys 4x400m relay team of Logan Parris, Finn Seaborg, Ryan Demmith and Robert Hruska weathered a tremendously fast start and flew from seventh place into a third place finish with a time of 3:44.29, earning honorable mention All-Conference recognition.

“The boys four-by-four was one of the best four-by-fours we’ve had in a long time,” Konyn said. “They ran 3:44 which is very strong, and none of those boys run the open 400m. That’s a 300m hurdler, a 4x200m runner and two distance kids, but we were like ‘these kids are quick, let’s put them on the four-by-four and see what they can do and they got honorable mention all-conference.”

Freedom took the conference crown in both the boys and girls competitions.

On the boys side, Freedom put up 164.5 points to best Little Chute’s score of 127. Fox Valley Lutheran, Luxemburg-Casco, Denmark, Clintonville, Marinette, Waupaca, Oconto Falls and Wrightstown rounded out the field.

In the girls championship, defending WIAA Division 2 State Champion Freedom scored 174 points ahead of Fox Valley Lutheran’s 128. Little Chute, Luxemburge-Casco, Oconto Falls, Wrightstown, Marinette, Denmark, Clintonville and Waupaca completed the field.

Cale Ducane also earned honorable mention all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the Discus. Ducane set a personal record at 147’06. He also placed fourth in the shot put at 42’09.

Seaborg and Cole Vargo reached the 100m final. Seaborg placed sixth with a season record of 11.61 seconds while Vargo was second with a personal record of 11.62. A paltry 0.53 seconds separated the eight finalists.

Seaborg was among the Marines top point scorers, adding a seventh-place finish in the long jump (19’00.75) and a fifth place finish in the 4x100m relay to his performances in the 4x400m relay and the 100m dash for a total of 15 points.

Hruska also scored in the 1600m where he finished eighth with a time of 5:03.40.

Paris turned in a personal records in both the 110m hurdle finals and the 300m Hurdles. He ran the 110m race in a16.35 seconds and the 300m race in 44.08 seconds to finish fourth in both events and boost his point total to 16 points on the day.

For the Marinette girls, Kylie Veriha was named 2nd-team All-NEC with a runner-up finish in the 100m Hurdles, completing the course in a personal record 16.99 seconds during the event finals, over half a second faster than her preliminary time of 17.53.

Rylee Hansen performed well in the sprint events with an eighth-place finish in the 100m finals at 13.61 seconds and a ninth place finish in the 200m with a season-best 28.47 seconds.

Hansen and Veriha teamed up with Chloe Seymour and Elise Schmiege in the 4x100m relay to place fifth at 54.74 seconds.

The 4x800m relay team of Ava Dahlman, Molly Knutson, Hadley Reines and Addison Lacy also placed fifth with a time of 11:32.00.

Lindsey Wingender scored in both the shot put and discus. She placed fifth in the shot put at 32’00.50 and sixth in the discus with a toss of 99’11.

Veriha finished seventh in the high jump at 4’08, and Reines was fifth in the pole vault at 8’06.

The Marines are back in action at the WIAA Division 2 Regional hosted by Fox Valley Lutheran on May 23.

Marinette Boys Results

100 Meters: 6 Finn Seaborg 11.61; 7 Cole Vargo 11.62; 26 Brett Whiting 12.42.

200 Meters: 19 Nick Baldwin 26.10; 20 Henry Bailey 26.97; 21 Brady Golueke 27.43.

400 Meters: 16 Nicholas Hruska 1:02.53.

800 Meters: 15 Landon Reek 2:29.03;.

1600 Meters: 8 Robert Hruska 5:03.40; 10 David Jezowksi 5:13.37.

3200 Meters: 13 David Jezowski 11:33.93.

110m Hurdles: 4 Logan Paris 16.35; 11 Connor Whisler 20.41.

300m Hurdles: 4 Paris 44.08; 9 Charlie Bailey 47.93;

4x100m Relay: 4 Vargo, Brett Whiting, Braden Bizzelle, Seaborg 47.54.

4x200m Relay: 6 Nick Baldwin, Henry Bailey, Whiting, Vargo 1:42.92.

4x400m Relay: 3 Seaborg, Demmith, Hruska, Paris 3:44.29.

4x800m Relay: 7 Demmith, Jackson Draheim, Landon Reek, Robert Hruska 9:53.89.

Shot Put: 5 Cale Ducane 42’09.00; 9 John Boyce 38’11.50.

Discus: Ducane 147’06; 9 Caden Genrich 133’03; 13 Nick Kriedeman 113’10.

Long Jump : 7 Seaborg 19’00.75 ; 13 Vargo 17’09.00.

Triple Jump: 12 Landon Reek 34’04.50.

Marinette Girls Results

100 Meters: 8 Rylee Hansen 13.61.

200 Meters: 9 Rylee Hansen 28.47; 19 Keirsten Kabacinski 30.92;

400 Meters: 6 Elise Schmiege 1:06.87.

800 Meters: 8 Molly Knutson 2:45.54; 14 Karissa Valitchka 3:10.87.

1600 Meters: 5 Hadley Reines; 6:03.38; 9 Addison Lacy 6:26.09; 10 Madison Kunick 6:32.42.

100m Hurdles: 2 Kylie Veriha 16.99; 10 Delanie Langlois 19.18.

300m Hurdles : 15 Delanie Langlois 1 :01.94 ; 16 Shaelee Brunette 1 :02.65.

4x100m Relay : 5 Veriha, Chloe Seymour, Schmiege, Hansen 54.74.

4x200m Relay: 8 Hannah Lindsay, Kyle Vergara, Keirsten Kabacinski, Lauren Sadowski 2:08.79

4x400m Relay: 7 Knutson; Schmiege, Lacy, Reines 4:39.86.

4x800m Relay: 5 Dahlman, Knutson, Reines, Lacy 11:32.00.

Shot Put: 5 Lindsey Wingender 32’00.50; 15 Dahlman 27’08.00; 18 Langlois 26’05.5.

Discus: 6 Wingender 99’11; 15 Isabel Rowell 71’00.

High Jump: 7 Veriha 4’08.

Pole Vault: 5 Reines 8’06.

Long Jump: 9 Schmiege 13’07.25.

Triple Jump: 13 Brunette 25’11.