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Neumann Heads To Minnesota

When it comes to running, Bulldogs aren’t supposed to be fast.

But this one certainly is!

And he has all the accolades and records to show for it.

On Wednesday, March 6, Peshtigo sprint ace, Brad Neumann, the reigning WIAA state champion in the 100 meter dash for Division 2, signed a partial track scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota.

The owner of the M-O Conference’s 100 and 200 meter records as well as countless regional and sectional titles, Neumann blazed his way to the Big 10 school with his impressive speed and hard work.

“I am very excited about going to Minnesota and have known for a while that was the school for me,” Neumann said. “I had offers from Ivy League schools and a number of state schools, but my dream was always to run D-1. And that has come true. Minnesota wants me to run the 100 and 200 with an opportunity to try the 400 relay.”

Neumann chose Minnesota over Wisconsin, partially because of his relationship with the coach and they “seemed to welcome me more, plus it is not too far from home.” He will study either physical therapy or athletic training.

With speed to burn, Neumann has been first across the finish line in the 100 and 200 dashes since his freshman year.

The quick stepping Bulldog claimed a 5th place state medal as a freshman in the 100, 5th in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore and the gold medal in the 100 meters this past season.

Battling a nagging hamstring injury for most of last spring, Neumann nearly didn't make it to the starting line.

After going through countless hours of stretching, Neumann decided it was “now or never” as the tourney series rolled around. Neumann finished second in the 100 and 200 at the regional, then was runner-up in the 100 at the sectional. A false start in the 200 disqualified the “Bulldog blur” in the sectional.

Making his way to state, Neumann put on quite a show. In the 100 preliminaries, Neumann clocked in with the fastest time in the state at 10.76 then won the title running 10.88.

The state gold brought back memories of his grandfather, the late Robert “Red” Neumann, who also paced the pack up and down the track cinders in the 1950’s. “Red” copped state titles in 1953 and 1954 (10.4) and owned the school and M-O Conference’s record before heading to Marquette University to play football.

This winter Neumann traveled to a Green Bay sports clinic three times a week for stretching and strength training to become more limber and avoid future hamstring issues.

So far, things seem better. The biggest thing Neumann has learned is how to warm up properly.

“Getting more flexible, I have been able to go all out and not felt anything tighten up,” Neumann said.

He is toying with the idea of adding the 400 meter dash to his sprint arsenal. To date, Neumann’s best times in the 100 are 10.76 (state prelims last year) and 21.87 for the 200.

“I am going to try the 400 this spring and hope to break 48 seconds, which is the school and conference record,” Neumann added.

Neumann is the second Peshtigo athlete to earn a Division 1 track scholarship, the first being Gabe Wagoner to UW-Milwaukee (2002) and the current holder of the 400 record.


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