FREEDOM, Wis. — Personal bests were littered throughout the track in Freedom for Marinette and Peshtigo as both teams had banner days at the Division 2 sectionals in Freedom on Thursday.

Both the Marines and Bulldogs were well-represented and will continue to be next week as many athletes qualified for state with stellar performances.

Peshtigo’s Mitchell VanVooren continued to break school records, this time breaking his own in the 300 meter hurdles. VanVooren took second in the 300 with a time of 38.24. According to Peshtigo coach Joe Nault, the field in the 300 hurdles is as stacked as he’s ever seen it.

“Mitchell just destroyed his own school record in the 300 hurdles and didn’t even take first,” Nault said. “There will be three or four guys, Mitchell included, that have a chance to break the state record in that race.”

VanVooren also won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.61 seconds and teamed up with Cole Trimberger, Jerod Jandt and Reid Marquardt on a third place finish in the 1,600 relay.

Marquardt, who’s quietly succeeded all season, also won the 800 with a time of 1:58.31 and Trimberger earned a fourth-place finish in the 400.

“Reid and Cole, you can just count on them in everything they do,” Nault said. “They’re senior leaders that have really performed well. Our 1,600 relay team was moving really fast and they’re right where they need to be heading into state.”

Fellow Bulldog Max Rauch earned a first place finish in the pole vault for the second straight year by clearing 14 feet.

“Max is polishing up some things in the pole vault, but he’s really coming along,” said Nault. “What will be nice for him next week is there will be steady competition to push him. Most of our meets, he’s the only one left in the end, but that won’t be the case next week.”

Marinette was also well-represented, especially by its relay teams.

Both the 400 and 800 meter relay teams earned second place finishes for the Marines. Running the 400 was Sam Drees, Anthony Jardeen, Darrell Dufeck and Alex Shaw. 

The 800 meter relay team of Dufeck, Jardeen, Jeremy Wendt and Shaw broke the school record with a time of 1:31.42.

“I’m very pleased with our relay teams,” Marinette coach Bryan Lenzner said. “They had very good hand-offs and ran excellent times.”

Shaw also kept his strong season in the 100 meter dash going by placing fourth to qualify for state.

“Alex ran like he was on fire,” said Lenzner. “Our sectional is tough and he ran a great race.”

Also going to state will be Carson Polomis in the 1,600 with a fourth-place finish, Emma Wendt, who took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles, and Katelyn Kitzinger, who returns for a second straight season after placing fourth in the 400.

“Carson battled through a group of five down the stretch and fought his way to get to state,” Lenzner said. “Emma just keeps improving, I’m so happy for her and I’m pleased with Katelyn. She found a way to get back to state.”

Senior Kim Carviou ran one of her best times of the year in the 800, but came up just short, by placing sixth. 

“Our sectional is  really tough,” Lenzner said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how our kids performed. We have a great group heading down to state.”

Freedom took first for both the boys and girls. Peshtigo finished second with 50 points for its boys teams. Marinette’s boys took ninth and its girls finished 16th.