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Bearcats shave chicken fat

in Groton and Watertown



by Emre K. Erku
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

Edging closer to midseason and Webster’s Bearcat varsity tracksters continue to subtract seconds and add feet.

Webster’s male relay teams have especially taken the spotlight thus far, churning six top honors over the last two weeks. Half of those honors were claimed at the Groton Kiwanis Relays April 26. However, Mother Nature seemed to take the meet by storm, possibly stalling further Bearcat success.

“After having about a perfect weather day last Friday in Watertown, we got to see the flip side of that coin today,” said Webster head coach Bill Sawinsky. “Misty, cool, windy… It was one of those days that our athletes need to learn how to be prepared to compete. We might have a weather day like that on the day of the conference or region meets and we need to have the mental capacity to handle those kinds of weather conditions, or even worse.”

Despite the inclement weather, the boys 3,200 meter relay team qualified for state with a time of 8:43.66 minutes, which, according to Sawinsky, snuck them in by three tenths of a second. Meanwhile, the Volesky twins showed some decent speed in distance running, with McKenzie taking first in the 1,600 meter run with 5:53.46.

“We had a pretty solid day all around,” said Sawinsky. “McKenzie and Mariah got their first taste of the two longer races and accounted for themselves quite well.”

Here are the results:

Girls

Abby Nilson took seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.35 seconds. Olivia Breske gained eighth in the 400 meter dash with 1:11.31. McKenzie Volesky placed first in the 1,600 meter run with 5:53.46 and Mariah Volesky fourth with 6:15.24. McKenzie Volesky took third in the 3,200 meter run with 13:36.58 and Mariah Volesky fourth with 13:59.16.

Breske took sixth in long jump with a distance of 14–3.75 feet and second in high jump with 4–10. Lindsey Schoenbeck placed seventh in shot put with 30–3 and sixth in discus throw with 91–11.

Webster girls took seventh overall with 47 points.

Boys

Riley Reetz placed third in the 400 meter dash with 54.26 and Kyle Ewalt eighth with 58.93. Jordan Bauer took second in the 800 meter run with 2:09.98. Jacob Hernandez placed seventh in the 1,600 meter run with 5:16.72 and fourth in the 3,200 meter run with 11:15.35.
The 800 meter relay team – Reetz, Thurston, Bauer and Ty Dunse – took first with 1:36.85.

The sprint medley team – Chandler Day, Caleb Whitmyre, Kyle Ewalt and Dunse – took second with 3:59.03. The 1,600 meter relay team – Whitmyre, Dunse, Thurston and Bauer – took first with 3:38.83. The 3,200 meter relay team – Reetz, Whitmyre, Dunse and Bauer – placed first 8:43.66.

Thurston took third in long jump with 19–11.5 and first in triple jump with 41–6.5. Day took second in shot put with 43 and sixth in discus throw with 123–7.
Webster took second overall with 87 points.

Watoma Relays

Among their eight first placers at Watertown’s annual Watoma Relays April 22, Thurston propelled past the Class A meet record in triple jump, stomping down 43–00.5 feet to shatter the 42–1.5 held by Great Plains Lutheran since 2012. Meanwhile, the boys were a breath away from setting milestones in two other categories.

“We won our share of events and had a lot of season-best type performances,” said Sawinsky.

“Noah set a meet record in the triple jump. Jordan and our boys 4x4 both missed meet records by less than a second.”

On the girls side, junior speedsters Mariah and McKenzie Volesky and Emily Wiley tagged up with sophomore Brianna Mount to take top honors in the 3,200 meter relay, shaving a solid chunk off their season best of 10:59.87, established earlier this season in Hamlin.

“The girls 4x8 lowered their time by about 10 seconds,” said Sawinsky.

Constantly increasing good throwing habits, Schoenbeck has gradually spanned her distance in discus throw. At season start, Schoenbeck threw for 86–04 feet at the Early Bird. In Clear Lake it was 87–11. Last week in Hamlin: 88–06.5. This go around she set a season best of 93–03 to take third place. Sawinsky noted that she continues to climb.

The day was also loaded with separate feats via boys. In the 400 meter dash, three runners broke the 53 second barrier, which Sawinsky noted as a nice accomplishment. Hernandez managed to shave eight seconds off his best time in the 3,200 meter run while junior Morgan Hanson leapt past a season first 30-foot mark. Despite the increases, however, it’s business as usual.

“For all of our athletes, being it is still April, we hope to see continued improvement in all events as the conference (three weeks) and region (four weeks) will be here before we know it,” said Sawinsky. “We will need that improvement to be competitive, because in the conference and region that we inhabit, if we’re not improving we’re losing ground to the rest of the field.”

Here are the results:

Boys

Ewalt took ninth in the 100 meter dash with 12.40 seconds and Gabe Jimenez 14th with 13.56. Reetz placed second in the 200 meter dash with 23.55, Ewalt seventh with 25.12 and Tim Nedergard 16th with 29.31. Bauer took second in the 400 meter dash with 52.18, Reetz third with 52.19 and Dunse fifth with 52.79. Bauer placed first in the 800 meter run with 2:06.28, Mason Gruby seventh with 2:24.74 and Alex Leschisin eighth with 2:28.75. Hernandez placed second in the 1,600 meter run with 5:16.09 and first in the 3,200 meter run with 11:17.67.

The 400 meter relay team – Whitmyre, Day, Ewalt and Dunse – took third with 47.30. The 800 meter relay team – Reetz, Whitmyre, Thurston and Bauer – took first with 1:34.51. The 1,600 meter relay team – Reetz, Thurston, Bauer and Dunse – took first with 3:34.03. The 3,200 meter relay team – Hernandez, Nedergard, Gruby and Leschisin – took third with 9:47.27. The 1,600 sprint medley team – Day, Whitmyre, Ewalt and Dunse – took first with 4:00.2.

Bryson Premus placed fifth in high jump with 5–03. Thurston placed first in long jump with 20–02 and Jimenez 12th with 14–10. Thurston took first in triple jump with 43–00.5 and Premus fifth with 35–00.5. Day placed second in shot put with 45–04.5, Evan McCreary 12th with 34–10.5 and Nedergard 15th with 31–11. Day took fourth in discus throw with 111–06, Damian Coon seventh with 105–06 and McCreary eighth with 104–11.

Girls

Nilson placed 14th in the 100 meter dash with 14.49, Madison Coester 18th with 14.96 and Devin Spindler 19th with 15.27. Coester took 11th in the 200 meter dash with 33.13, MacKenzie Kwasniewski 15th with 34.33 and Gabby Snell 16th with 35.43. Kwasniewski gained ninth in the 400 meter dash with 1:17.38. McKenzie Volesky took second in the 800 meter run with 2:32.37, Mariah Volesky 2:37.82 and Mount sixth with 2:43.55. Kayla Schimmel placed ninth in the 1,600 meter run with 7:02.82 and Kendra Johnson 10th with 7:17.44. Johnson took fourth in the 3,200 meter run with 15:45.06 and Schimmel fifth with 16:01.01.

The 400 meter relay team – Faith Shoemaker, Alecia Vogl, Spindler and Nilson – took fifth with 58.37. The 800 meter relay team – McKenzie Volesky, Nilson, Shoemaker and Vogl – took sixth with 2:00.73. The 1,600 meter relay team – Mariah and McKenzie Volesky, Breske and Shoemaker – took third with 4:32.55. The 3,200 meter relay team – Mariah and McKenzie Volesky, Wiley and Mount – took first with 10:47.27. The 1,600 sprint medley team – Nilson, Spindler, Shoemaker and Wiley – took third with 5:20.78.

Schoenbeck placed third in shot put with 31–08.5, Sam Wagner 10th with 27–10 and Snell 15th with 23–10. Schoenbeck took third in discus throw with 93–03, Heidi Schneider ninth with 74–10 and Sam Stern 13th with 60–00. Breske tied for first in triple jump with 4–08. She also tied for second in long jump with 14–10.5 while Hanson took fourth with 13–08.5 and Vogl seventh with 13–02.75. Hanson placed fifth in triple jump with 30–05 and Vogl sixth with 28–03.25.



















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