So far, so good for the Port Washington High School girls’ track and field team.
Despite missing several runners, the Pirates opened the season with a solid performance at the Raider Invitational in Sheboygan last Friday.
Sparked by sophomore Anna Pierringer’s strong work in jumping events, Port scored 53 points, good for a share of third place with Kiel in a 17-team field.
Pierringer placed second in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), long jump (15-1) and triple jump (31-8), leading a steady scoring attack by the Pirates.
Pierringer shared the longest distance in the triple jump. However, she had to settle for runner-up honors on a tie-breaker with Oak Creek’s Jenny Howski, who had the second-longest effort.
“It’s early, but the girls did a nice job,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.
“We got a lot of points from people in different events.”
The Pirates’ other top-three finishes came from junior Bianca Benkley, who was second in the 1,600-meter run (5 minutes, 26.07 seconds) and third in the 800 run (2:35.39), and the third-place 640 relay team of Myria Hubert, Kristina Rossi, Kristen Smith and Allie Mann (1:39.2).
Port also got sixths from Rossi in the 200 dash (30.45), Kayla McIlree in the shot put (31-11.5) and the 800 team of Hubert, Rossi, Smith and Mann (2:40.8).
Placing ninth were Abby Kotecki in the 3,200 run (13:10) and Claire Kinzer and Gabby Fote in the pole vault (both at 7-0).
Slinger won the meet with 71 points, and Little Chute was second with 64.
The Pirates held their own despite having a short-handed lineup whose missing members included runners Bonnie Allen and Sydney Greisch.
Adamak said he was encouraged by the season debut, noting his team has decent depth (more than 30 athletes) and well-balanced scoring.
Benkley leads the returning talent as one of three Port state qualifiers last year, having advanced in the 1,600 run. The Pirates lost Payton Greisch (400 dash) and Marly Trier (discus) to graduation, but Adamak is hoping other varsity veterans will pick up the slack.
The team’s senior members are Allen, Kinzer, Fote, Anna Bartlein, Sarah Carini, Maggie Seer and Alex Anderson.
The Pirates’ next meet will be Saturday, March 24, when they travel to Milwaukee Lutheran for the Chris Wilson Invitational at 9:30 a.m.
On Monday, March 26, Port will participate in the Oshkosh Invitational.
Image Information: ALLIE MANN (left) and Anna Pierringer — shown in a relay race last year — contributed to the scoring for the Port Washington girls’ track and field team at the Raider Invitational on Friday. Pierringer, a sophomore, contributed 24 points in individual events. Press file photo