It's a Bulldog track title sweep
Both Peshtigo teams edge Suring for title
Friday, May 10, 2013 7:00 PM
PESHTIGO - Every ounce of energy, all of the extra effort helped the Peshtigo track teams accomplish the improbable Friday night.
Peshtigo’s Levi Sanborn sails over the hurdles to win the 110-meter high hurdle title at Friday’s M&O Conference Meet. Suring’s Cody Christensen is at the left and Coleman’s Dominick Hansen is to the right.
A boy/girl sweep at the M&O Conference Meet, held at Badger Stadium.
The Peshtigo boys won with 164 points to edge Suring (150.5). The Bulldog girls accumulated 133.5 points to edge Suring (127.5).
"I can't remember the last time the girls won the M&O," Peshtigo coach Jim Stillman said.
The Peshtigo boys dethroned defending champion Gillett, which placed third.
Stillman's message to his teams were clear before the meet.
"Everyone's going to have to run and jump and score points if we're gonna do this thing," he said. "We scored in a lot of events. I guess this is a good way to go into the WIAA tournament, especially because this is only our second full track meet."
Both Peshtigo teams won five events. The Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy girls also claimed five first places. The Suring and Gillett boys each won four events.
Suring's Jay Tienor couldn't beat Peshtigo's Brad Neumann in the 100 and 400 dashes, but he can at least say he beat the Bulldog speed demon once. Tienor won the 200 dash in 23.74. After winning the 100 (11.20) and 400 (51.84), Neumann fell back to eighth in the 200. It was his first outdoor meet of the spring.
"Brad ran a tremendous 400," Stillman said. "What we also learned, he's just not prepared to run that many races."
Peshtigo's Levi Sanborn won the 110 high hurdles (16.02), and he placed second in the 300 hurdles, third in the long jump. Sanborn joined Colin Hass, Nate Larsen and Trevor Igl on the winning 800 relay team, which finished in 1:39.42.
Sanborn edged Suring's Cody Christensen by 18-hundredths of a second in the high hurdles to repeat as conference champ.
"Had a good start and had a good trail leg," Sanborn said.
Despite having some tough competition from Christensen and from Coleman's Dominick Hansen, Sanborn tuned out the runners on both sides.
"It's tunnel vision," he said.
Peshtigo freshman Tyler Nault couldn't stay with Gillett's David Rosenlund during the last lap of the 1,600, but Nault beat him in the 3,200 with a time of 10:50.12.
Tienor won a duel against Crivitz's Ben Fischer in the high jump, but Fischer came back to win the triple jump (40 feet). Christensen won the long jump.
Facing a stiff chilly crosswind in the pole vault, Crivitz's Jake Wiedemeier cleared 131⁄2 feet.
"That was Scott (coach Banaszak) pushing me," Wiedemeier said. "I didn't want to go for height because it's so cold."
Crivitz's Treven Gezella placed second.
"I want to make a little competition for him," Gezella said of his buddy and teammate. "It's lonely at the top."
The Bulldog girls beat Suring in the 1,600 relay to clinch the win. Peshtigo swept the distance events, with Samantha Rauch taking the 800, Saige Ruleau winning the 1,600 and Anna Madsen placing first in the 3,200. Peshtigo's 3,200 relay team of Taylor Sodini, Ruleau, Rauch and Madsen placed first with a time of 10:27.16.
In the 1,600, Ruleau hung behind Niagara's standout distance runner, Jenna Carlton. In the backstretch of the final lap, Ruleau made her move, and she won the race by nearly nine seconds.
"I felt like I had some left in me," Ruleau said of her last lap. "I was just trying to run a smart race. I was trying to benefit my team as much as I can."
Nicole Motkowski cleared 5-4 to win the high jump for the Bulldogs.
While Peshtigo has the endurance runners, Lena/STAA has the speed. Marlena Wagner took first in the 100 dash (13.49, and Megan Rouer won the 200 (27.43). In the 400 relay, Wagner teamed with Christina Jagiello, Crystal Kallies and Rouer for a first-place run of 53.67.
In the 800 relay, Wagner, Kallies and Rouer ran with Lilly Duffrin for a winning time of 1:57.87. The first handoff was smooth but the final handoff was out of synch.
"I almost came to a complete stop," Rouer said. "That was a little rough. We just need to work on handoffs."
The Suring and Gillett girls each won three events. The Crivitz boys also had three first places.