MARINETTE—The Marinette Track and Field team kicked off the 2021 season in impressive fashion on Thursday, with the Marines picking up whopping 38 top-five finishes at the North Eastern Conference meet at Higley Stadium.
After missing the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marines were eager to get back in action and showed little rust in their return. Tuesday’s meet was also the debut of new Marinette head coach Jess Scheer, and the Marines made sure to make their new boss’s debut a memorable one.
Sophomore Kylie Veriha and junior Lindsey Wingender each captured two first places finishes on Thursday, with Veriha running the 300m hurdles in 56.43 and recording a 5-00.00 in the high jump. Wingender notched a 103-11 in the 1kg discus and also took home first in the 4kg shot put with a 35-02.00.
Junior Finn Seaborg garnered three third place finishes after blazing through the 100 meter dash in just 12.11 seconds. He then blitzed his way through the 200 meter dash in 24.87 before finishing up with a distance of 16-09.50 in the long jump.
The Marinette girls dominated the 100 meter dash with senior Sherrie Wu taking home third place with a time of 13.87. Senior Amara Smalls (14.44) and junior Elise Schmiege (14.67) finished seventh and ninth respectively to give the Marines three of the top-10 times.
Schmiege and sophomore Abbie Shaw continued to run well in the 200 meter dash, with Schmiege taking home fifth place (30.58) while Shaw ran a 32.07 to finish 10th.
In the boys 400 meter dash, the Marines recorded three of the 10 fastest times, with freshman Nick Baldwin leading the way with a 1:03.85, good for seventh place. Marinette also saw strong performances from freshmen Landon Reek, who finished ninth with a 1:05.23, while Brady Golueke was close behind in 10th place with a time of 1:05.45.
The Marines continued their high level of play in the girls 400 meters, with Hansen taking home fourth (1:09.58) and junior Molly Knutson (1:11.60) taking sixth. Knutson also grabbed a sixth-place finish in the 800 meter dash with a time of 3:01.64.
Sophomore Ryan Demmith continued Marinette’s hot streak with a fourth-place finish in the boys 800 meters with a 2:11.94. Fellow sophomore Alex Mamonov (2:27.86) finished ninth.
Junior Robert Hruska came in fourth in the 1600 meter dash with a time of 5:21.09 while senior Alec Queever finished seventh with a 5:43.12.
The Marines owned the girls 1600 meters event, with junior Hadley Reines taking home third place with a time of 6:08.09. Senior Sam Pieper was fifth with a 6:18.56 while junior Ava Dahlman was hot on her heels in sixth place with a 6:25.07. Sophomore Karissa Valitchka (7:17.96) was eighth, giving Marinette four of the top-eight finishes.
Sophomore Logan Paris had an impressive day in the hurdles, nabbing second place in the 300m event with a time of 46.75 and finishing fourth in the 110m with a 20.17. Junior Joseph Gagnon (22.11) captured fifth in the 110m event.
In addition to her first-place finish in the 300m hurdles, Veriha brought home fourth place in the 100m event with a 21.47. Junior Dalanie Langlois (20.49) was third on the 100m side of things.
Marinette’s relay teams also performed well on Tuesday, with the combination of Wu, Veriha, Smalls and Hansen finishing second in the 4x100 relay (55.20). Smalls and Wu then teamed up with Shaw and Schmiege to finish third in the 4x200 relay with a time of 2:00.15. The team of Dahlman. Pieper, Valitchka and Reines finished second in the 4x800 relay after running a 11:39.80.
The boys 4x800 meter relay team of Demmith, Queever, Hruska and Mamonov were also in top form, capturing second place with a time of 9:33.43.
The Marines picked up three more top-ten finishes in the 12lb shot put, with senior Cameron Anderson finishing fifth with a 40-00.00. Sophomore Gordon Langer (37-06.00) finished ninth while junior Darik McMahon (37-01.00) took home tenth.
Backing up Wingender in the girls 4kg shot put was sophomore Kylee McFadden with a 26-10.00, which was good for sixth place, while Langlois finished eighth with a 25-07.00. McFadden also took part in the 1kg discus and finished fourth (70-09) while junior Megan Shebuski was seventh (68-09).
In the boys 1.6kg discus, Anderson threw a 120-05 to finish fourth with McMahon heaving a 111-02 to take home fifth. Junior Nick Kriedeman (106-05) finished seventh.
Sophomore Cale Ducane finished third in the boys high jump with a height of 5-04.00. He was joined by a pair of freshmen, Nick Baldwin (4-10.00) and Golueke (4-04.00), who finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Paris and Mamonov competed in the boys pole vault, with Paris (8-06.00) finishing second and Mamonov (7-06.00) right behind in third. On the girls side, Pieper was third with a height of 6-06.00.
Marinette stayed hot in the long jump event, with Vargo taking home fifth place with a distance of 14-03.25. For the girls, Wu finished third with a 14-03.00 with Schmiege (13-09.00) nipping at her heels in fourth and Shaw (13-04.25) close behind in fifth.
The Marines’ final event of the day was the girls triple jump, which saw Hansen bring home another top-three finish for Marinette with a 29-01.75, putting her in third place.
The Marines travel to Oconto Falls on Tuesday for another NEC meet, beginning at 4 p.m.
100 Meters—Seaborg 12.11; Vargo 13.66; Duncan Jackson DNF, Braden Bizzelle DNF
200 Meters—Seaborg 24.87; Jackson 28.26; Vargo 28.66; Bizzelle DNF
400 Meters—Baldwin 1:03.85; Reek 1:05.23; Golueke 1:05.45
800 Meters—Demmith 2:11.94; Mamonov 2:27.86; Reek 2:39.69; Baldwin 2:45.70
1600 Meters—Hruska 5:21.09; Queever 5:43.12
110m Hurdles—Paris 20.17; Gagnon 22.11
300m Hurdles—Paris 46.75
4x800 Relay—Mamonov/Hruska/Queever/Demmith 9:33.43
Shot Put (12lb)—Anderson 40-00.00; Langer 37-06.00; McMahon 37-01.00; Kriedeman 36-05.00; Max Heckel 35-10.00; John Boyce 35-00.00; Nathan Krouth 30-05.00; Charlie Rowell 16-02.00
Discus (1.6kg)—Anderson 120-05; McMahon 111-02; Kriedeman 106-05; Heckel 99-02; Boyce 97-02; Ian Baumgarten 85-00; Krouth 81-01; Langer 79-09; Rowell 30-04
High Jump—Ducane 5-04.00; Baldwin 4-10.00; Golueke 4-04.00; Reek NH
Pole Vault—Paris 8-06.00; Mamonov 7-06.00
Long Jump—Seaborg 16-09.50; Vargo 14-03.25
Triple Jump—Ducane ND.
100 Meters—Wu 13.87; Smalls 14.44; Schmiege 14.67; Shaw 15.32; Ally Harding 16.15; Hazel Knutson 16.76; Ameria Wollershein DNF
200 Meters—Schmiege 30.58; Shaw 32.07; Harding 33.30; Knutson 34.76; Wollershein 46.63
400 Meters—Hansen 1:09.58; Molly Knutson 3:01.64
1600 Meters—Reines 6:08.09; Pieper 6:18.56; Dahlman 6:25.07; Valitchka 7:17.96
100m Hurdles—Langlois 20.49; Veriha 21.47
300m Hurdles—Veriha 56.43; Langlois 1:04.89
4x100 Relay—Wu/Veriha/Smalls/Hansen 55.20
4x200 Relay—Smalls/Schmiege/Shaw/Wu 2:00.15
4x800 Relay—Dahlman/Pieper/Reines/Valitchka 11:39.80
Shot Put (4kg)—Wingender 35-02.00; McFadden 26-10.00; Langlois 25-07.00; Megan Shebuski 23-01.00; Izzy Rowell 21-21.00; Breely Reiswitz 20-02.00
Discus (1kg)—Wingender 103-11; McFadden 70-09; Shebuski 68-09; Jedi Bianchetti 55-02; Rowell 49-02; Reiswitz 39-04; Brienna Genrich 31-10; Langlois ND
High Jump—Veriha 5-00.00, Harding NH; Smalls NH
Pole Vault—Pieper 6-06.00
Long Jump—Wu 14-03.00; Schmiege 13-09.00; Shaw 13-04.25; Knutson 10-13.50; Wollershein ND
Triple Jump —Hansen 29-01.75.