Panther girls third at North Invitational meet

¦ Ziegler wins pole vault to lead PHS in boys meet

SHEBOYGAN – The Plymouth Panthers won three events en route to a third-place finish in Friday’s Sheboygan North Invitational Invitational girls track meet.

The indoor meet was the season opener for PHS which scored 62 points. The Panthers had two individual winners – senior Rachael Cecka in the high jump with a school-record 5-5 (old mark was 5-4) and freshman Sophie Bolich in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 24.93 seconds.

Plymouth’s other first-place finisher was the 3,200 relay team of sophomores Julia Novotny and Brooke Koehn, freshman Karly Knaus and senior Megan Holec with an 11:09.86 clocking.

The Panthers scored 62 points in the 15-team field. Manitowoc Lincoln was first with 81, followed by Sheboygan Falls at 66. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters tallied 10 points and were 14th.

PHS competed in the 12-team North Invitational boys indoor meet Saturday and took eighth with 41 points. Freedom won the title with 106½. Falls placed 11th at 19.

The PHS girls’ other placewinners (top eight) included: Morgan Lisowe, fourth in the 55 dash in 8.07 seconds and second in the 200, 29.87; Holec, seventh, 800, 2:46.48; Novotny, fourth, 1,600, 5:45.25; Koehn, eighth, 1,600, 6:14.05; Abby Payne, sixth, 3,200, 13:27.59; Becky Schwartz, seventh, shot put, 30-1½; and Elizabeth Raeder, fourth in the pole vault with 8-0.

The Resorters were led by freshman Emily Holzmann who finished second in the 55 dash in 7.86. Elkhart’s other place-winner was the 640 relay which earned seventh in 1:38.78. The relay consisted of Hannah Melger, Mariah Ausloos, Eliza Meyer and Holzmann.


Junior Andrew Ziegler paced the Panthers with a first-place effort in the pole vault with a careerbest 12-6. PHS senior Eric Roberts placed third at 12-0.

PHS senior Jordan Mueller was a runner-up finisher in the shot put with a 44-1½ heave.

Plymouth’s other place-winners included: Andrew Meyer, sixth in the 400 in 57.92; Andrew Staehling, seventh, 400, 57.99; Mitch Tournour, seventh, 800, 2:15.67; 1,600 relay team of Tournour, Andrew Staehling, Eric Majerus and Andrew Meyer, seventh, 3:57.79; Westley Meinnert, sixth, shot put, 40-2; Sam Staehling, sixth, high jump, 5-8; and Dylan Tripoli, seventh in the triple jump at 38-4.

“Both teams competed well for our early season,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Our girls team looked OK for the early season. Our distance girls had a nice meet. Morgan Lisowe [freshman] also had a nice meet – scoring in two events.

“We had several girls start off with performances that were close to where the kids left off last year, so we hope to build on this as the season progresses,” Grosshuesch said.

“For the boys, surprisingly we did pretty well in our field events, given that the weather has held us back in field event practices.

“We seem to be further behind in our running events. We have a lot of work to do to get in better shape. We have to put in some strong work to get in better shape.

“Our vaulters had a great meet. Jordan had a nice meet in the shot,” Grosshuesch added.

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