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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 16:33

Greisch-led Port girls post five top-10 finishes during strong showing at invitational


Strength in running events carried the Port Washington girls’ track and field team to an 11th-place finish in the Large Schools Division at the Oshkosh Invitational on Monday.


Senior Payton Greisch led the Pirates by taking second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 2.72 seconds. She trailed only Ashwaubenon’s Cassie Dax, who won in 1:02.04.

Port scored 21.5 points to finish in the middle of the 20-team standings at the Kolf Sports Center. Kimberly won the meet with 89 points, and Neenah was second with 67.

The Pirates had four other top-10 finishes — a third by Diana Seer in the 3,200 run (12:15.79), fifth by Bianca Benkley in the 1,600 run (5:26.46) and sevenths by Claire Kinzer in the pole vault (8 feet) and 1,600 relay team of Sydney Greisch, Anna Pierringer, Benkley and
Payton Greisch (4:28.38).

Port also got an 11th-place finish from Marly Trier in the shot put (33-1).

“We were really looking at individual efforts rather than the team finish,” Pirates coach Joe Adamak said. “We had some very good performances.

“It was our only opportunity to run on a 200-meter track indoors this season. It was a great to run in a facility like that.”

Pirates take 4th at Wilson Invite 

Led by three winning finishes, Port placed fourth in the annual Chris Wilson Invitational at Milwaukee Lutheran last Saturday.

The Pirates got victories from Trier in the shot put (33-8-3/4), Pierringer in the high jump (5-1) and the 3,200-meter relay team of Benkley, Anna Bartlein, Payton Greisch and Seer (10:37.37).

Port’s other top finishes included a second by Seer in the 800 run (2:37.97); thirds by Sydney Greisch in the high jump (4-8) and the 660 relay of Payton Greisch, Sydney Greisch, Pierringer and Kristen Smith (1:34.46); a fourth by Kristina Rossi in the 800 run (2:42.39); and a
fifth by Abby Kotecki in the 1,600 run (6:19.44).

The Pirates finished with 69 points.

Milwaukee Lutheran won the team title with 121.5 points, and Wauwatosa West was second with 104.5.

“We had some very good performances,” Adamak said. “I didn’t run Bianca or Payton in open events, but we still did pretty well.”

Underscoring the Pirates’ young talent were scoring contributions from four freshmen — Sydney Greisch, Pierringer, Smith and Kotecki.

On Thursday, Port will participate in the North Shore Conference indoor meet at Homestead High School. Competition starts at 4 p.m.

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