MARINETTE — For the second consecutive spring sports season, Mother Nature can’t figure out what time of the year it is. Regardless of a mid-April snowstorm, the Marinette Marine track and field team posted promising early season indoor results and will be ready to pick up where it left off when the track clears.

Entering his seventh year as a coach in the program and third as the head coach, Bryan Lenzner has a whole lot to be happy about from both his boys’ and girls squads.

A total of 49 boys and 30 girls are out for this year’s team, with a healthy mix of upper and lower classmen and several state qualifiers returning from the past few seasons.

“The numbers are great, especially for our boys, who we were able to get a large freshmen class to come out and participate,” Lenzner said. “We spend a lot of time recruiting during the off-season. We started off strong and have some tough, gritty kids. Our motto has been to train, practice and compete like champions and they’ve really bought into that.”

A first-place finish just over a week ago in Denmark got the girls going on the right track to start the season. Leading the way that day were seniors Kim Carviou and Ciara Grawey, junior Katelyn Kitzinger and sophomores Emma Wendt and Sherri Wu.

Carviou, a state qualifier as a sophomore, battled injuries throughout last season, but has come back strong and looks to help lead the team as one of the top long distance runners in a very competitive North Eastern Conference.

“Kim is one of the toughest girls I know. To go through the injuries she’s battled and to still compete at a high level, that proves how much hard work she’s put into it,” said Lenzner. “Our goal is to move ourselves up in the conference standings. Our conference is known around the state as one of the toughest.”

Grawey is back in hurdles and the pole vault, an event she’s flourished in over her career. Kitzinger, a two-time state qualifier in the 400 meter dash and one time in the 800, looks even stronger and won the 400 race in Denmark.

“Katelyn will do anything we ask of her and she works so hard,” said Lenzner. “She’s a phenomenal athlete that keeps getting better every year.”

Wu, along with senior Aliya Brown, are the Marines top sprinters and are quality relay runners. Brown also competes in the long jump.

Emma Wendt, along with twin sister Cora, are key pieces to multiple relay teams. Emma is also developing into a competitive hurdler and Cora is coming along strongly in the 400.

A pair of seniors in Emily Paulsen and Abby Wingender highlight a consistently dominant throwing group for the Marines. The addition of freshman Lindsay Wingender, who boasts a promising future, makes the group even more intimidating.

“Our throwers have been very good over the years and I expect nothing less from this group again,” Lenzner said. “We’ve got great senior leadership along with some talent from our younger girls.”

Fellow freshman Charli Nowak competes in the triple jump and is an athlete Lenzner is very high on for early in her career.

“I can’t ask for a better group of girls,” Lenzner said. “These kids are understanding of what it takes to compete with top teams like Freedom and Luxemburg-Casco as well as many other talented schools we’ll face.”

For the boys, a talented upper class will look to guide younger group loaded in numbers along with potential.

Senior Jeremy Wendt is back competing in the hurdles and high jump. Wendt won the 110 meter hurdles in Denmark and looks to pick up where he left off from last season.

A bevy of other seniors in Carson Polomis, Matt Kramer, Anthony Jardeen, Cory Siebers and Jacob Michaels will also lead the way both in leadership and results.

Polomis won the 3,200 meter run in Denmark and took second in the 800. A dynamic cross country runner, Polomis has really improved over the years on the track.

“Carson has come a long way in track,” Lenzner said. “He’s a standout in cross country and has really stepped up to the challenge in the spring.”

Jardeen is a top sprinter and relay runner; Kramer is a jump specialist, primarily succeeding in the triple jump; Michaels continues to improve in distance races and Siebers is a thrower that went out for the first time last season.

Junior Alex Shaw is another bright spot for the Marines. Shaw won the 100 and 200 meter dashes in Denmark. His 200 time of 23 seconds flat proved to be one of the better times in the state.

Another junior Sam Drees, is out for the first time and will compete in both sprints and the pole vault. Drees, a standout running back in football, shows a ton of potential, especially in the pole vault by already clearing nine feet with limited experience.

The loss of four senior throwers would devastate most programs, but for the Marines rich tradition in both the shot and discus throw, it’s the next man up.

A total of 13 freshmen will compete for top throwing positions and early leaders Darik McMahon and John Boyce look to be some of the Marines best at the position.

Another freshman in Finn Seaborg will also compete in relays and has developed nicely, according to Lenzner.

“We have a lot of kids that play other sports, especially football and wrestling that are out for the team, which is great to see because it makes them better,” said Lenzner. “In all my years with this program, I’m finally comfortable putting my stamp on where we want to be. I feel it’s the most fun we’ve had at the start of a season since I’ve been here.”

Lenzner is assisted by long time throwing coach John Sitek, along with Jon Keepers, Jesse Scheer and Quinten Fischer.