La Crosse, here they come
Vanidestine wins 100 at sectional; Neumann's reign ends with injury
Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:00 PM
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. - Dakota Vanidestine felt pure elation; Brad Neumann felt an ache in his heart and his hamstring.
Marinette’s Colton Dessart takes the baton from Zach Campbell for the 400-meter relay, which placed first with a school record time of 43.08 at Thursday’s Little Chute Sectional. EagleHeralde/Jody Korch
Marinette's Vanidestine won the 100-meter dash at Thursday's Division 2 Little Chute Track & Field Sectional. Neumann - the reigning Division 2 100 dash state champion - pulled up lame in midrace.
Vanidestine will be joined by 400 relay teammates Jaden Boivin, Zach Campbell and Colton Dessart, and by discus and shot put extraordinaire Dustin Valind at state next weekend.
Peshtigo's lone state qualifier, Nicole Motkowski, cleared 5-foot-4 to win the high jump.
Vanidestine won his 100 heat, then won the 100 dash finals with a time of 10.75. He beat Cedar Grove/Belgium's Aaron Chier by eight-hundredths of a second.
"I just ran smoothly, stayed low like I was supposed to," Vanidestine said.
His best-ever 100 time was aided by a tailwind.
Neumann advanced to the 100 finals with a fifth-place time of 11.16, but he felt a twinge in a hamstring that has bothered him all season.
"You could see it out of the blocks," Peshtigo coach Jim Stillman said. "He was flat."
Neumann scratched in the 200 preliminaries in order to save his hamstring for just one race, the 100. A state medalist as a freshman, sophomore and junior, one-time state champ and University of Minnesota track recruit, Neumann won't be back to La Crosse to defend his title.
"I was rooting for him big time," Vanidestine said. "I feel so bad for him. It really humbled me when I beat him (at Monday's regional). I hope it (hamstring) heals up before college."
Boivin, Campbell and Dessart gave Vanidestine the lead for his anchor leg of the 400 relay, and there was no catching him. Their winning time, 43.08, broke their own school record.
"There's always room for improvement, but that was the best race they've run this year," Marine coach Bob Caelwaerts said. "We'll polish it up more."
The top four finishers in each sectional event qualified for state, to be held May 31 and June 1.
Boivin also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish (13 feet) in the pole vault.
Valind won the discus by nearly 20 feet. His throw of 179 feet was just six inches off his school record.
"I'm happy with it," Marinette throwers' coach John Sitek said. "It gets him back up to where it was when he set the school record. It guarantees he's throwing (at state) Friday morning."
Valind was unhappy with his shot put throw of 52-91⁄2 , but still took second.
Motkowski was the only girl to clear 5-4 on a windy day less than ideal for high jumping.
"Her legs were tight so she quit at 5-4," Stillman said.
Motkowski adjusted to the wind by beginning her ascent closer to the bar.
"She's very pumped right now," Stillman said.
Marine sophomore Emily Conley placed sixth in the shot with a throw of 36-2.
"She's come a long way," Sitek said. "She's got a great attitude, a hard worker."
Marine sophomore Megan Wagner was 14th in the shot and 15th in the discus. She was sidelined during her freshman year by an ankle injury.
"She's in a catchup year," Sitek said.
Marine freshman Lynsee Bohan placed eighth in the 100 dash (13.39) and in the 200 dash (27.63). Marine junior Olivia Alloy took eighth in the 100 hurdles with her best time of the year, 17.06. She didn't make the triple jump finals.
Peshtigo's Aaron Bhatoya took sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:03.53.
Bulldog junior Amanda Emmes placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 104-8.
The Bulldogs' 800 relay team of Levi Sanborn, Trevor Igl, Colin Hass and Jake Romenesko took 10th with a time of 1:34.94.
The Marinette boys tied for fourth out of 29 teams with 43 points.