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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 15:08
FRESHMAN Sydney Greisch participated in the high jump for the Port Washington girls’ track and field team at the Spartan Invitational as well as running the 400-meter dash and on a first-place 1,600 relay team.                                                         Photo by Sam Arendt

Steady scoring helps Port boys, girls place 3rd at Oshkosh invitational


Well-balanced performances served the Port Washington track and field teams well in the Spartan Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh last Friday.

Scoring in 15 of 18 events, the Port girls’ squad finished third in a nine-team field with 95 points.

The Pirates’ boys did almost as well, scoring in 14 of 18 events and sharing third out of 10 teams with 70 points.

“It was a good all-around effort,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said. “We scored in every event where we had kids entered.”

The top finish for the Pirates’ girls came in the 1,600-meter relay, where Sydney Greisch, Kristina Rossi, Anna Pierringer and Payton Greisch combined for a winning time of 4 minutes, 20.78 seconds.

Placing second for Port were Bianca Benkley in the 1,600 run (5:27.23), Marly Trier in the discus (111 feet, 8 inches) and the 3,200 relay team of Diana Seer, Rossi, Bonnie Allen and Benkley (10:12.69).

The Pirates received third-place efforts from Payton Greisch in the 400 dash (1:01.66), Emma Shelander in the triple jump (33-6-3/4) and Sarah Carini in the discus (106-1) and fourths from Kristen Smith in the 200 dash (29.65), Allen in the 800 run (2:39.07), Pierringer in the triple jump (33-6) and Trier in the shot put (33-2).

Placing fifth were Sydney Greisch in the 400 dash (1:04.79) and the 800 relay team of Smith, Julia Von Buddenbrock, Rossi and Shelander (1:56.86).

The Pirates more than held their own in a meet filled with teams from larger schools. Green Bay Preble won the girls’ title with 172 points, and Lakeland Union was second with 103.

“We were one of the smallest teams, so we did pretty well,” Adamak said.

The lone victory for the Port boys came in the meet’s final event, the 1,600 relay. The team of Boomer Scheel, Justin Fote, Augie Yates and Joe McIlree combined for a winning time of 3:34.94, with McIlree pulling away from the rest of the field down the stretch.

Placing second for the Pirates were Zach Hauser in the discus (a personal-best 144-4) and the 3,200 relay team of McIlree, Jake Verfuerth, Jared Burris and Jared Sandlin (8:24.32).

“I was pleased to take third in this meet,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said. “I thought we would probably be right in the middle of the field, but we did even better.”

Stevens Point won the boys’ title with 137 points, and Appleton East was second with 126. Port and Lakeland Union shared third.

Also bolstering the Pirates were fourth-place finishes by Yates in the 1,600 run (a personal-best 4:33.59), Adam Schoenfeld in the long jump (a personal-best 19-10-3/4) and Carlos Helmstedt in the discus (128-2).

Taking fifth were Scheel in the 400 dash (55.54), Verfuerth in the 800 run (2:10.68) and Nathan Penkwitz in the shot  put (44-7).

Pasten also singled out freshman Marty Franzkowiak, who placed sixth in the 100 dash (11.91) and seventh in the 200 dash (24.06).

This week, both Port teams were scheduled to travel to Nicolet High School on Wednesday for the North Shore Conference relays at 3:30 p.m.

On May 10, the Pirates will participate in the Menomonee Falls Invitational at 3:30 p.m.

Zahn’s record-setting effort leads Hawks

Jason Zahn stole the show for the Grafton Black Hawks at the North Star Classic in Waukesha last Saturday.

In addition to winning the discus with a school-record throw of 170-1, he placed second in the shot put with a personal-best effort of 52-8-1/2.

Zahn shattered the previous Grafton boys’ discus mark of 166-8, set by Andy Drzewiecki in 2001.

“It’s quite an accomplishment. Jason has worked very hard,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.

“Our goal is to have Jason get into the mid-170s this season, which is certainly within his reach.”

The Grafton boys scored 38 points, good for 10th place in the 16-team standings. Arrowhead won the meet with 151 points, and Brookfield East was second with 108.

The Hawks’ other scoring finishes included seconds by Justin Tomashek in the 600 run (1:24.78) and the 1,600 relay team of Erick Huertas, Kevin Wegner, Stefan Lundgren and Tomashek (3:31.7) and a fifth by the 800 relay team of Jack Howman,
Wegner, Huertes and Tomashek (1:34.41).

Kriegel said his team was limited by the absence of several regular performers, including Ryan Grange, Marcus Hill and Willie McElligott.

Sophomores Cathy Brunette and Sarah Grange led the Grafton girls, who scored 47 points in their portion of the meet, good for a share of seventh place with Oconomowoc.

Brunette won the high jump (a personal-best 5-3) and was second in the 100 hurdles (16.05).

Grange took second in the high jump (tying a personal-best 5-0), third in the 200 dash (a personal-best 26.94) and fifth in the 100 dash (13.72).

“Cathy’s 5-3 was a huge jump,” Kriegel said. “She also did well in the hurdles, so she’s on pace to go to state in both events.”

Grafton’s other scoring finishes were a fourth by the 1,600 relay team of Katelyn Gallun, Anya Dillahunt, Kylie Longoria and Grange (4:23.19), fifth by Amber Ducheny in the 3,200 run (12:29.78) and eighth by Gallun in the 600 run (1:50.35).

“We had three girls out of this meet, so the ones we had did very well,” Kriegel said.

Both Grafton squads were scheduled to compete in the North Shore Conference relays at Nicolet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

They will then participate in the Menomonee Falls Invitational at 3:30 p.m. May 10.

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