Track and field: Shawano girls tie for second at Bay Meet

Arce, 4x800 girls relay and Pues win conference titles
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By Morgan Rode sports@newmedia-wi.com


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Parker Pues competes in the long jump at Monday’s Bay Conference Meet at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium in De Pere.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Grace Beyer, second from left, and Lydia Beyer, third from left, run side-by-side in the early stages of the 800-meter run at Monday’s Bay Conference Meet at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium in De Pere.

The Shawano Community High School girls track and field team placed second at the Bay Conference Meet at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium in De Pere on Monday behind several strong finishes.

Odessa Arce picked up the girls top individual finish, winning the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 27.42 seconds behind a last lap surge.

The time not only landed Arce the conference title, but also broke a school record from 1986 — when Christie Burden posted a time of 5:30.84.

Arce was also the anchor on the first-place finishing 4x800 relay team. Grace Beyer, Carrie Young and Lydia Beyer rounded out the relay team, which posted a time of 10:21.43, over 20 seconds faster than the next best finish.

“Being a conference champ as part of a team and individually is more than I could ask for. It was a very rewarding night.” said Arce, a freshman. “Taking every practice seriously and trusting the process has helped me reach the success that I have. It is a great first year of track experience that I will carry with me through the rest of high school.”

The Shawano boys placed seventh as a team, led by a big night from Parker Pues.

Pues was competing for the first time after dealing with an injury a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t look like he missed a beat.

“It helped a lot to stay active with the trainers and rehab my leg muscles during the period of time that I missed,” Pues said. “Also it helped to do a lot of mental imagery to keep my technique intact.”

Pues won the conference title in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 1 inch — over a foot further than any other competitor. Pues also took fourth in the 100 (11.41).

“To be a conference champion as a senior feels fantastic,” Pues said. “Knowing that I haven’t long jumped much all year inspired me to come back hard. I’ve never been the long jump conference champion before and it feels great. It’s been something I’ve been working for over the last four years.”

Helping the girls tie for second was a host of underclassmen.

Freshman Isabel Roloff placed second in the 100 with a time of 12.88 — a new school record.

“Setting the record will definitely give me the confidence and motivation to run faster,” said Roloff of how the finish can help her in the postseason. “At the last two meets, I’ve dropped my time for the 100, so hopefully at regionals and sectionals I can keep the trend going and be even faster.”

Roloff was also third in the 200 (27.76) and fifth in the pole vault (7-6).

Roloff thanked her teammates for calming some of her nerves, but also noted being nervous helps get her adrenaline going.

Sophomore Lydia Beyer also picked up a second-place finish, posting a time of 2:29.02 in the 800. Sophomore Claire Guenther was second in the 3,200 (12:44.08), while senior teammate Alice Hoffmann came in third (13:01.41).

Senior Tori DePerry had a strong night in the high jump, clearing a height of 5-1 to place third. Sophomore Morgan Weinig finished fourth in the shot put (31-0), while sophomore Aubree Zastrow was fifth in the 300 hurdles (53.86).

“I do not know the history of girls track finishing in conference, but tonight has to be one of the best,” said Shawano coach Dave Hanssen. “The girls were on all night.”

On the boys side of things, freshman Elliott Lowney claimed fourth in the 400 (54.17) and tied for sixth in the long jump (5-4). Sophomore Ethan Chelberg trimmed over 12 seconds off his seed time to place sixth in the 1,600 (4:48.62). Senior Crede Timm took sixth in the 200 (24.19).

Girls team scores: 1. West De Pere 199; T2. Shawano 92; T2. Xavier 92; 4. Green Bay East 86; 5. Green Bay West 85; 6. New London 56; 7. Menasha 39; 8. Seymour 38.

Boys team scores: 1. West De Pere 219; 2. New London 142; 3. Seymour 87; 4. Green Bay East 66; 5. Xavier 59; 6. Menasha 44; 7. Shawano 40; 8. Green Bay West 36.

ONLINE

Full results from the meet can be found at pttiming.com