Bulldog track teams have depth, standouts
Neumann, Motkowski lead the way
Sunday, April 07, 2013 7:00 PM
PESHTIGO - Brad Neumann and Nicole Motkowski are must-see performers for Peshtigo. But the Bulldogs have many other promising track and field athletes this spring.
Peshtigo has 25 girls and 23 boys out for track - better numbers than in recent years. As a result, the Bulldogs will enter almost all of the events.
"What we've seen so far is really encouraging," Peshtigo coach Jim Stillman said. "In some of our events we'll have young kids. They'll take their lumps, but what I've seen, these kids aren't afraid."
Neumann is the reigning Division 2 100-meter dash state champion and a Minnesota Gopher recruit. He felt a muscle twinge in his leg during last month's indoor meet in Oshkosh and is nearly recovered.
"If we start getting some warm weather I think he'll be fine," Stillman said.
This season, Neumann will focus more on the 200 and 400 dashes and less on the 100, which requires more explosive power and is more prone to injury.
Other senior boys include Gagan Daroach and Adam Hynnek in the throws, and Matt Wall in the jumps.
Junior Levi Sanborn excelled in his first season of hurdling last spring. He's also a 20-foot long jumper.
The junior group includes three two-spring sport athletes - Zack Neumann in the throws, Jordan Berth in the throws and triple jump, and Dakota Keller in the high jump and sprints.
Neumann is approaching the 50-foot mark in the shot put.
"He picked up right where he left off last year as a sophomore," according to Stillman.
Other juniors include Eddie Jornlin. Nate Larsen and Aaron Bhatoya in the middle distance and distance events. Bhatoya is recovering from an ACL tear and hopes to return in May.
Among the sophomores are Trevor Igl in the sprints, thrower Deepak Daroach, Colin Hass in the middle distances and sprints.
Freshman distance runner Tyler Nault is the team's top two-miler.
"He's pretty small but boy, he's tough," Stillman said.
Freshman Jake Romenesko is a promising sprinter with an impressive leg turnover.
Other frosh include Kahlid El-Jack and Bryce Trimberger in the distances, and throwers Andy Jornlin, Brody Devine and Josh Druckery.
Motkowski won a third-place medal in the high jump as a sophomore at state last spring. She owns the school record, 5-foot-4. Motkowski also competes in the sprints.
Seniors include Paige Immel and Erica Carviou in the throws and Amie Parker in the sprints and pole vault. Parker has assumed a leadership role with the underclassmen.
Junior thrower Amanda Emmes has shown potential to be exceptional in the shot and discus.
"I think this is going to be her breakout year," Stillman said.
Other juniors are Jenna Spangenberg in the long jump and triple jump, Kelsey Enderby in the sprints and relays, and Heidi Angwall in the 400 dash and hurdles.
The Bulldogs have a good core of young middle distance runners in sophomores Taylor Sodini, Samantha Rauch, Claire Stuart and Anna Madsen. Other sophomores include Jade Jansen in the hurdles and triple jump and throwers Bailey Cahill and Katie Rhode.
Saige Ruleau is a promising freshman distance runner. Freshman sprinters include Destiny LaPlant, Esther Kangas, Mikenzie Howarth, Sam MacGlashin and Valerie Gable; and Maggie Thill and Kelsey Doucette in the sprints and hurdles.
Other coaches include Rick Neumann, Stephanie Nault and Jennifer Hass. Jason Malke and Matt Paris are the middle school coaches.
"Your season ends in June - it doesn't end in May," is Stillman's message to his athletes. "It would be nice to take a handful of kids to the state meet."