Marinette’a Dakota Vanidestine wins his 100-meter dash heat at the Division 2 Freedom Regional Monday. Vanidestine later won the 100 finals.  EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette’a Dakota Vanidestine wins his 100-meter dash heat at the Division 2 Freedom Regional Monday. Vanidestine later won the 100 finals.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
FREEDOM, Wis. - Disappointments were outweighed by amazing accomplishments for the Marinette and Peshtigo track teams at Monday's Division 2 Freedom Regional.

Marinette qualified 10 individuals and one relay; the Bulldogs qualified six individuals and three relays for Thursday's Little Chute Sectional.

The top four finishers in each event advanced.

Marine senior Dakota Vanidestine beat Peshtigo's defending state champion, Brad Neumann, in the 100-meter dash finals. Vanidestine ran his best-ever time, 11.0 seconds, in the preliminaries, then matched it in the finals.

"Psychologically that's nice for Dakota," Marinette coach Bob Caelwaerts said.

Neumann, who has been bothered by a strained hamstring all spring, did not reach for an extra gear but still qualified for sectionals with second places in the 100 and 200.

Vanidestine's jubilation was soon tempered by Marinette's disqualification in the 800 relay. Ranked No. 2 in the state, a dropped baton eliminated the Marines.

"To be honest with you there's no silver lining in that," Caelwaerts said.

Minutes later, the same foursome - Jaden Boivin, `Zach Campbell, Colton Dessart and Vanidestine - smoked the competition in the 400 relay with a winning time of 43.51.

"They came out and ran a really nice race in the 4 by 1," Caelwaerts said. "You can't dwell on it. Athletics is about challenges and adversity."

Boivin cleared 13 feet with a new larger pole to win the pole vault.

Marinette's Dustin Valind was in second place in the shot put with one throw remaining, then uncorked a throw of 56-11⁄4 to place first, nearly three feet ahead of Clintonville's Kyle Petermann.

Earlier, Valind surpassed 170 feet with his final two throws to win the discus. Valind said it was a matter of overcoming nerves.

The stiff tailwind was not conducive to long discus throws because it tends to knock throws down.

"It was a really bad wind," according to Valind.

Places don't really matter until state, he added.

Peshtigo's Aaron Bhatoya advanced with a third-place time of 1:59.49 in the 800. Levi Sanborn, Trevor Igl, Colin Hass and freshman Jake Romenesko advanced with a fourth-place time of 1:35.48 in the 800 relay. The Bulldog boys had some near-misses - Romenesko missed fourth place in the 100 dash by one-hundredth of a second. Jordan Berth was fifth - just three inches out of fourth - in the discus. Zack Neumann took fifth in the shot.

Bulldog junior Nicole Motkowski broke the school record and M&O Conference record with a winning high jump of 5-foot-5.

She missed her first two attempts at 5-4 and was in danger of placing fourth.

"I was really nervous," Motkowski said. "I had only jumped 5-4 once this year. Once I got 5-4, I was like, 'I have a spot at sectionals. No pressure - just jump.'

"We've had like three outdoor meets," Motkowski said. "It's nice to finally get some nice weather."

Bitterly disappointed at scratching in the shot put, Peshtigo's Amanda Emmes channeled her inner Dustin Valind to win the discus with a toss of 111-4.

Motkowski joined Samantha Rauch, Saige Ruleau and Anna Madsen on Peshtigo's third-place 1,600 relay team (4:23.30). Rauch, Ruleau, Taylor Sodini and Madsen also placed third in the 3,200 relay (10:18.40).

Marines Megan Wagner and Emily Conley placed 2-3, respectively, in the shot put. Wagner threw the shot 35-7, and Conley's best shot traveled 35-13⁄4 .

Wagner was not pleased with her throws.

"No, because at practice I threw 38 feet," she said. "It doesn't count, but I was aiming for that."

The difference between 35 and 38 feet is a flip in the wrist, according to Wagner.

"I just kind of pushed it," she added.

Wagner placed third in the discus (97-2). Conley was fifth and Liz Lang sixth.

Marine freshman Lynsee Bohan has been good all season, but not this good. She blew away her previous best 100 dash time to place second (13.10). Bohan ran a best-ever 26.62 qualifying heat in the 200 dash, and placed third in the finals with a 27.05 clocking.

"I expected Lynsee to qualify in the 100 and 200, but the times she ran were a pleasant surprise," Caelwaerts said.

Marinette's Olivia Alloy qualified in the triple jump (third, 33-11⁄4 feet) and 100 hurdles (fourth, 17.25). In the 100 hurdles, she had never three-stepped more than four hurdles in a race until Monday, when she three-stepped all but the final barrier.

"I think she was more surprised than I was," Caelwaerts said.

Oconto has one sectional qualifier, Tori Hipke. The sophomore placed third in the 400 dash with a time of 1:03.48.