Underclass boys’ track team finishes first at Evansville

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The freshman and sophomore members of the McFarland High School boys’ and girls’ track teams were given the chance to show their stuff during the May 22 Blue Devil 9/10 Invite at Evansville, and both teams definitely had the right stuff.



The boys’ team won six events to take first in the 13 team meet over East Troy, Milton and Evansville. The girls also finished first in six events and took home second place behind East Troy.



Ben Rounds was the victor in the 100-meter dash with 11.25, Dietrich Schwoerer crossed the line first in the 400-meter run with 52.33, and Peter Aehl also triumphed in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:51.10.


In the 3200-meter run, Chris Pahnke was the top finisher with 10:26.48 while his teammate Brandon Hass was second with 10:51.21.


Tyler Knieriem grabbed first place in the 300-meter hurdles with 42.66 and took third in the 110-meter hurdles. Knieriem also participated with Rounds, Paul Berhagen and Jack Heller in the 4 x 400 meter relay team, which finished in the top spot with a time of 3:37.57.


The 4 x 800 relay team of Hass, Pahnke, Zach Gennrich and Dylan Bartuska wound up third and Kyle Bacon was also third in the discus.


For the girls’ team, Brittany Broome was the winner in the 400-meter run with 1:01.60, Brooke Lonigro was first in the 800 meters with 2:23.51 and Jenny Seeliger ended up on top in the 1600 meters with 5:46.00. In the 3200-meter run, Elisabeth Klumpyan had fast time with 12:45.39 and Maddie Loss finished right behind her in second with 12:52.61.


Madison Whiting championed the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.90 and took third in the 300-meter hurdles.


The girls’ quartet of Hannah Rogers, Anna Larson, Danica Dwyer and Molly Caviezel pulled out the 4 x 200 meter relay by less than a second over East Troy with a time of 1:56.67.


The Spartans girls’ other top finishes included a third place finish by the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Arianna Radloff, Lexi Richardson, Whiting and Seeliger and a second place finish by Radloff, Richardson, Klumpyan and Ashley Hellenbrand in the 4 x 800 relay. Maddie Dimeo ended up second in the discus.


In a May 20 triple dual at Jefferson, the boys’ and girls’ teams both lost on points to East Troy and Jefferson, but came away with some good performances.


For the girls, Broome bested both teams in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.52 and the 200-meter dash with 25.88. Ally Smith’s time of 2:22.35 was tops in the 800-meter run, while Lonigro took the number one spot in the 3200-meter run with 11:39.5. Hanna Barton was champion of the discus with a toss of 125 feet, one inch.


The boys team took first in three field events, as Sam Shackett won the high jump with a height of five foot 10, Sam Blankenship ruled the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet, six inches, and Enoch Fleming was best in the triple jump with 37 feet and a half inch.

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