Panthers advance 17 events to sectional


LAUREN RABE of Plymouth is on her way to finishing second in the 400-meter dash at Monday’s regional track meet. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke LAUREN RABE of Plymouth is on her way to finishing second in the 400-meter dash at Monday’s regional track meet. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ boys and girls track teams had a strong Division 1 regional showing here Monday as they combined to qualify 17 events for sectional competition.

PHS finished second in the boys meet with 125 points and advanced nine events to the sectional. West Bend West was the champion with 130.

The Panthers took fifth in the girls competition with 74.5 points and qualified eight events for the sectional. West Bend West was first with 124, followed by Hartford Union at 112.5.

The top-four finishers in each event advance to the sectional at West Bend West Thursday, May 26, starting at 4 p.m.

Seniors Samuel Staehling and Jake Schneider led the PHS boys. Staehling qualified in a team-high three individual events, followed by Schneider’s two. Staehling and Schneider finished 1-2, respectfully, in the 100-meter dash. In the 200 dash, Schneider earned first and Staehling was second.


MAX SCHERMACHER of Plymouth attempts to clear 13 feet in the regional pole vault Monday. Schermacher was successful which gave him second. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MAX SCHERMACHER of Plymouth attempts to clear 13 feet in the regional pole vault Monday. Schermacher was successful which gave him second. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke Staehling also advanced in the high jump with a fourth place.

The PHS boys’ other winners were Derek Novotny in the long jump and the 800 relay which included Staehling, Schneider, Jack Benedict and Novotny.

The PHS girls had one first-place finisher in freshman Gabi Mella in the long jump with a personal-best 16-6. Senior Kyra Kronberg qualified in a team-high two individual events after placing third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

“We had strong performances out of both teams at the regional meet on Monday. Our boys finished a very solid second and our young girls team put together a good night as well,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.


CODY KUHN of Plymouth competes in the triple jump at Monday’s regional track meet. Kuhn placed seventh. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CODY KUHN of Plymouth competes in the triple jump at Monday’s regional track meet. Kuhn placed seventh. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “For our boys, once again, our sprinters had an outstanding meet. Our mid-distance group also had a good night.

“For the girls, our sprinters and mid-distance group had a great night. Both of our sprint relay teams had some nice passes to get qualify marks, as did Morgan [Lisowe] in the open 100,” said Grosshuesch.

“We had two four-year seniors end their careers at Plymouth – sprinter Nick Freund and Sophie Bolich [distance runner]. Nick has improved each year and ended with a solid senior season, anchoring our 4-by-100 relay.

“Sophie had a fantastic career – qualifying for state three years in multiple events. She had a leg injury that prevented her from finishing her 3,200 race on Monday but she showed a lot of courage and grit. We will remember her as much for that as all her first-place finishes,” said the coach.

Bolich was also entered in the 1,600 run but was unable to compete in it due to the leg injury.


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