THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Peshtigo Captures M-O Conference Crowns
Brad Neumann Returns To Win Pair Of Gold Medals; Depth Proves To Be Vital
Sparked by the return of senior sprinter Brad Neumann from an early season hamstring injury, the Peshtigo Bulldogs boys completed the sweep of M-O Conference track honors with 164 points. The last time Peshtigo swept the conference crowns was in 2000 and this marks the first M-O sweep since Suring posted a double win in 2007.
Rounding out the team scoring was Suring 150.50, Gillett 111, Crivitz 96, Coleman 63, Niagara 51.50 and Lena-STAA 36.
Leading the Bulldogs to the title was Neumann, who copped top honors in the 100 and 400 meter runs along with an 8th place finish in the 200. Neumann ran 11.20 in the 100 then added a 51.84 clocking in the 400, a race he was competing in for the very first time.
Levi Sanborn provided more gold in the 110 hurdles with a first place time of 16.02, second in the 300 hurdles, third in the long jump and anchored the victorious 800 relay team; freshman Tyler Nault captured the 3200 meter run in 10:50.12 and was second in the 1600 while the 800 relay team of Sanborn, Colin Hass, Nate Larsen and Trevor Igl cruised the track in a winning time of 1:41.03.
More points were added to the Peshtigo total as freshman Jake Romenesko was runner-up in the 200, Zach Neumann second in the shot, Jordan Berth third in the shot put and discus while the 3200 relay team of Eddie Jornlin, Khalid Eljack, Nault and Bhatoya was second at 8:54.84.
Having Brad back was big...knew we would score in his events and were then able to shift some other people around. We moved freshman Jake Romenesko out of some relays and into open competition. Freshman Nault also had a nice day with first and second place medals in the distance events while Aaron Bhatoya was second in the 800 and ran on the second place 3200 and third place 1600 relay teams, Bulldog boss Rick Neumann said. We got points we were counting on and needed them as we had nobody entered in the pole vault or high jump.
Suring got a pair of brilliant efforts from double winners Jay Tienor and Cody Christensen to finish behind the Bulldogs. Competing in four events, Tienor took home the 200 meter dash in 23.74 and high jump 61, while finishing second behind Neumann at 100 and 400 meters. Christensen continued his hurdle battle with Peshtigos Sanborn, winning the 300 in 41.99 and second in the 110 at 16.20. Christensen also won the long jump with a leap of 198 and was second in the triple jump at 392.5.
Suring earned 19 points in the 400 dash as Tienor, Creo VanBellinger and Dan Sweda finished 2-3-4 while the 1600 relay crew of VanBellinger, Blake Strehlow, Caleb Gleff and Sweda was second at 3:43.83.
Gillett captured three distance events as Shane Anderson won the 800 in 2:05.49, David Rosenlund 1600 (4:54.79) and second in the 3200 (11:04.57) while the 3200 relay foursome of Jacob Kasten, Colin Weiss, Anderson and Alex Zeitler was first at 8:52.31.
Two-time defending state pole vault champion Jake Wiedemeier of Crivitz successfully defended his event with a 136 effort while teammate Treven Gezella was second at 11. Ben Fischer had a big day jumping, claiming the triple jump at 400 while finishing second in the high jump and long jump.
Fischer and Wiedemeier joined Tristen Oleck and Tyler Slaby for top honors in the 400 relay in 46.72.