PHS performs strong at invitational

PEWAUKEE – The Plymouth Panthers’ boys and girls track teams had strong showings in the Altheimer Invitational here Friday.

PHS finished third in the boys meet with 106 points, only 5.5 behind champion Elkhorn Area (111.5). New Berlin Eisenhower took second with 109. The top-four teams were within 11.5 points of each other.

In the girls competition, the Panthers placed fourth with 99.5 points, just 11 from first-place New Berlin Eisenhower (110.5). The first-four teams were within 11 points of each other.

The Panthers won three events in the boys meet. Capturing first were the 800-meter relay in 1:33.83; Jaxsen Schermacher in the pole vault with 13-0 and Derek Novotny in the long jump at 20-10. The relay included Josh Koll, Jack Benedict, Schermacher and Novotny.

The PHS girls had one winner in Lauren Rabe in the 400 dash with a time of 1:02.16. Gabi Mella had a team-high two second-place finishes – in the 200 dash at 27.36 and the long jump with 15-6½.

“We competed well in this meet. Both teams finished with- in a few points of the champion, so we were pleased with the way we matched up with the competition,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“Jack [Benedict] and Derek [Novotny] led our boy sprinters – placing in their individual events and leading our sprint relays. Jaxsen [Schermacher] and Derek had great nights in the jumps and Jack Nytes and Korey

Friederichs had consistent, quality throws as well.

“Our girls sprinters had a nice meet as the 400 and 800 relays did well and Gabi placed in both sprints and did a nice job in the long jump. Cece Huhn also had a quality meet in the field with nice efforts in the discus and high jump. Lauren Rabe ran a great open 400 to win that race,” said Grosshuesch.

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