SOPHOMORE DEREK HALEY, pictured here at a March 17 meet at Cedarburg, is one of the young talents on the Port High track team, coach Mark Pasten said. Haley placed fifth in the long jump and eighth in the pole vault at Sheboygan North’s Raider Invite.
Photo by Sam Arendt
Strong in numbers, talent, Pirate boys’ and girls’ teams fare well in season-opening meets, have high hopes for season
The Port Washington’s boys’ track and field team got off to a solid start last Saturday, placing fifth out of 13 teams at Sheboygan North’s Raider Invite.
“They put some work in over the winter and it’s shown,” Pasten said.
The Pirates scored 64.5 points. Freedom won with 108.
Port scored three first places. Junior Adam Schoenfeld won the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 4.5 inches. Jared Sandlin won the 3,200-meter run in 10:17.53. The 3,200 relay team of Justin Fote, Joe McIlree, Auggie Yates and Andrew Bortolotti won in 8:58.76.
Coach Mark Pasten said Schoenfeld hasn’t practiced much since hockey season just ended, and to be over 40 feet already is “outstanding.”
Schoenfeld tied for third in the high jump at 5-10, which equals his best ever.
“It’s a great place to start,” Pasten said.
Pasten said Sandlin ran the two-mile in his best time ever. Yates wasn’t far behind in second place in 10:27.27. Both were members of Port’s cross country team that took third in state competition last fall.
Sneaking in under nine minutes was impressive for the 3,200 relay team. Fote and McIlree ran the event last year. Bortolotti is the team’s only junior and did well in his first varsity race.
“For the first meet of the year, it’s a solid time,” Pasten said.
Pasten likes his team’s quality and quantity this season.
“Our numbers are really high. There’s just about 80 kids out,” he said.
Pasten also likes the breakdown by age: nearly 20 per class.
“I’m really looking forward to working with some of these young guys, seeing what they can do. It’s a good senior class. The juniors are strong too,” he said.
The Pirates will rely on distance running as a strength, and Schoenfeld is expected to do well in field events. Sophomore Derek Haley may step up as well. Last Saturday, he took eighth in the pole vault with a 10-6.
“As a sophomore, that’s pretty good,” Pasten said.
Haley was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18-6.
“He’s quite an athlete,” Pasten said. “He’s got a lot of potential.”
Time will tell which sprinters stand out.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that are pretty much equal,” Pasten said.
Other highlights from Saturday included senior Brandon Hinneberg taking fourth in the 1,600 in 4:52.3.
“That’s only two seconds off of his personal best. For the first meet indoors, that’s a real good sign. He put in a lot of work over the winter,” Pasten said.
The 800 relay team of Andrew Wood, Eric Didier, Brandon Liebscher and Marty Franzkowiak took fifth in 2:11.71.
The 640 relay team of Dan Karrels, Alex Multerer, Franzkowiak and Mick Clark took sixth in 1:24.16.
The 1,600 relay team of Fote, McIlree, Didier and Liebscher was sixth in 3:59.57.
“We’re excited to work with the group. It’s a great group of kids,” said Pasten.
Girls place seventh in 16-team field
Port’s girls took seventh of 16 teams with 43 points at last Friday’s Raider Invite. Sheboygan North won with 86.66.
Sophomore Bianca Benkley won the 1,600 in 5:39.44.
The 3,200 relay team of Bonnie Allen, Anna Bartlein, Payton Greisch and Diana Seer took second in 10:56.91.
Greisch took third in the 400 in 1:04.84.
Seer finished fourth in the 3,200 in 12:28.53.
The 800 relay team of Kayla McIlree, Sydney Greisch, Anna Pierringer and Kristen Smith took sixth in 2:35.
Senior Marly Trier was sixth in the shot put with a toss of 31-9.75.
Coach Joe Adamak said the meet went very well.
“A good group of kids returning and some talented young freshmen. It should be a good year. We just have to get them some opportunities right now,” he said.