Panthers sweep Vanderpan Invite titles


SARAH BIRENBAUM (left), Izzy Kastelic (center) and Allie Gruttner of Plymouth compete in the 800-meter run at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke SARAH BIRENBAUM (left), Izzy Kastelic (center) and Allie Gruttner of Plymouth compete in the 800-meter run at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Outstanding team efforts sparked the Plymouth Panthers to first place finishes in the boys and girls meets at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational.

PHS has won an amazing 12 straight boys titles in the Vanderpan. The Panther girls have won this meet five straight years.

In the boys competition, PHS edged out host Sheboygan Falls and Kohler/Sheboygan Christian for first. The Panthers scored 138.5 points, followed by Falls with 136 and K/SC, 134.5. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters finished eighth with 33.

PHS ran away with the girls crown – outscoring runner-up Fall, 174.5-136.5. Elkhart was eighth with three.

The Panther girls won six events, led by junior Gabi Mella who was a double-winner. Mella, named the meet’s Top Female Athlete for the second straight year, earned first in the 200-meter dash in 27.33 seconds and the long jump ay 15-11. She also took second in the 100 dash.


MASON GUELL of Plymouth vaults skyward in the long jump at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. Guell placed first. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MASON GUELL of Plymouth vaults skyward in the long jump at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. Guell placed first. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PHS boys won four events, paced by senior double-winner Mason Guell. He won the 400 dash in 50.40 and the long jump with 20-5½.

Finn Shields led the EL-G boys with a third in the discus with a career-best 151-2 and a fifth in the shot put. Also taking third for the Resorters was the 400 relay team.

Mia Rentmeester paced the Elkhart girls with a seventh-place effort in the 100 in 14.37.

“It was a great night for both of our track teams. The coaching staff had challenged our athletes to win both the girls and boys titles and the teams came through in flying colors,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.


NOAH RUH of Elkhart Lake competes in the 100-meter dash prelims at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. Ruh finished eighth in the finals. – Review photo by Steve Ottman NOAH RUH of Elkhart Lake competes in the 100-meter dash prelims at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. Ruh finished eighth in the finals. – Review photo by Steve Ottman “Our girls scored a large number of points as we got great contributions from all the girls. Like the girls we [boys] had just about every athlete we entered in the meet score some points.”

The PHS boys team overcame injuries and some race disqualifications.

“For the boys, all the relays did better than expected and improved their overall times,” said Resorter head coach Joe Greuel.

“Mia performed well in the 100 and 200. Finn and Bryce [Sitko] both threw well in the discus.”

Sitko finished sixth with a throw of 133-11.



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