PHS boys seventh at Manitowoc Invite

MANITOWOC – The Plym- outh Panthers, led by the winning 640-meter relay, placed seventh in Thursday’s Manitowoc Invitational indoor boys track meet.

The relay, clocked in 1 minute, 18.67 seconds, included Dominic Bocchini, Evan Sebranek, Samuel Staehling and Jake Schneider. PHS scored 54 points in the 14- team meet.

Luxemburg-Casco won the championship with 103. Sheboygan Falls took eighth at 36.

Plymouth competed in the Manitowoc Invitational girls meet Friday and finished 10th in the 15- team field with 27 points. Appleton North captured first with 143½ and dominated the meet – outscoring runner-up Manitowoc Lincoln by 59½ points. Falls placed seventh with 33.

Placing second for the PHS boys were Staehling in the 55 dash in 6.91 seconds and Bocchini in the 200 dash in 24.60.

The Panthers’ other placewinners (top eight which scored team points) included: Zach Albers, fifth, 55 high hurdles, 8.58; Schneider, sixth, 55 dash, 7.04; 3,200 relay, Noah Joseph, Alex Kelly, Adam Smith and Brent Thiel, seventh, 9:39.72; Corby Gafney, 1,600 run, third, 4:56.51; Brent Thiel, eighth, 400, 58.78; Sebranek, seventh, 200, 25.71; Staehling, fourth, high jump, 5-8; and Cody Kuhn, fourth in the long jump at 19-4¼.

In the girls meet, PHS was led by three fourth-place finishers – Mary Albert, fourth in the 55 high hurdles in 9.71; 640 relay with Mary Albert, Claire Wichert, Gwen Nytes and Emma Grapentine in 1:35.97; and Kyra Kronberg in the shot put at 33-11¾.

The Panthers’ other place-winners included: Jonell Klopf, eighth in the 55 highs, 10.22; Maria Ryan, sixth, 1,600 run, 6:21.99; Sophie Albert, seventh, 400 dash, 1:09.61; Grapentine, fifth, high jump, 4-8; and Allison Pieper, seventh in the shot put at 32-1½.

“We competed well in these meets but as our team scores attest we have a lot of work to accomplish to get to the level we want to reach,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“We have many weeks until the big outdoor meets, so we have time but we must make the most of it by working hard and striving to improve.

“For the boys, we had a very nice meet by our sprint group, especially Samuel, Dominic, Evan and Jake who all scored in multiple events. It was nice to see our other athletes compete well as we had numerous guys finish in the top eight, scoring points,” said Grosshuesch.

“Our girls did a nice job in the meet. Our hurdlers and throwers did nice work as we had two athletes score in these events.

“We also had another strong meet out of Sophie Albert with a nice run in the 400, and Emma Grapentine hit a PR [personal record] in the high jump,” said the coach.


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