Aaron Bhatoya leads the pack on his way to a first-place finish in the 800-meter run during the Peshtigo Invitational on Thursday. <br>EagleHerald/Billy Betts
Aaron Bhatoya leads the pack on his way to a first-place finish in the 800-meter run during the Peshtigo Invitational on Thursday.
EagleHerald/Billy Betts
PESHTIGO - Ready, set, go. A track season limited due to poor weather conditions had its best day of the year for a meet as 13 teams faced off in the Peshtigo Invitational on Thursday.

The invitational, which was canceled last year because of rain, provided many athletes with personal record times and scores.

"It's nice to just get out and compete finally," Menominee track coach Greg Langlois said. "We did well in several events today and I was proud of the group."

Menominee had a solid day with the boys taking third place and the girls fourth.

Justin Brillinski took first in the long jump for the Maroons, while Devon Harris finished second.

"Excellent finishes," Langlois said. "It was huge for us to get a sweep in that event. I was also very pleased with our boys' relay teams."

The Maroon girls' relay runners weren't too shabby either.

Menominee placed first in both the 400- and 800-meter relays, let by anchor Allia Stewart.

"We had a really good start and set personal best times today," Stewart said. "It's been hard to get much practice outdoors because of the weather so I was happy with the way we ran today."

Kameron Burmeister took first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter run to earn a sweep of the long-distance runs for the Maroons.

Other first-place finishes for the Maroons included Jane Enderby in the 100 meter dash, Paiton Plutchak in the 100 meter hurdles, Stewart in the long jump and the boys' 800 meter relay squad.

Peshtigo earned second-place finishes for both its boys' and girls' teams.

The 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay squads placed first for the Peshtigo girls.

Anna Madsen, Nicole Motkowski, Bekah Sokol and Saige Ruleau were on the 1,600 meter relay team for the Bulldogs and Madsen, Ruleau, Samantha Rauch and Mariah McDonough teamed up to win the 3,200 relay.

Motkowski, who is heading to Winona State (Minn.) next season to compete on the track team, won the high jump with a height of five feet, two inches.

Levi Sanborn had a stellar day for the Bulldogs boys' squad. He took first in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and teamed up with Connor Smith, Colin Hass and Aaron Bhatoya for a first place finish in the 1,600-meter relay.

Bhatoya also won the 800-meter run and Connor Smith took first in the 400-meter dash for Peshtigo.

The Marinette's girls' squad took third and also had many personal bests on the day.

The 400-meter relay team of Abby O'Neil, Natalie Whitfield, Courtney Hoffman and Lynsee Bohan took first place.

Olivia Alloy placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 34-5 feet. O'Neil finished second with a distance of 31-10 feet.

"Very pleased with many of our results," Marinette coach Bob Caelwaerts said. "That was a personal best for Olivia and she deserved to win."

The Marinette throwers also finished well. Freshman Morgan Florek took first in the shot put with a distance of 38-5. Megan Wagner was right behind her at 37-11 1/2.

"They're young and they work extremely hard," Marinette throwing coach John Sitek said. "This has been the worst weather I've seen in 35 years of coaching so I'm impressed with what we've accomplished with limited chances to compete."

Tyler and Adam Slaby took first and second, respectively, in the pole vault for the Crivitz boys' team. They both reached 11 feet, but Tyler Slaby did it in fewer tries.

The Pillath brothers from Coleman controlled the throwing events. C.J. Pillath won the shot put with a toss of 50-4.25 feet and Josh Pillath won the discuss throw at 128-8 feet.

Kewaunee won both the boys' and girls' titles.