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Make this count, Bearcats

Webster competes in 17 state track

meet events

by Emre K. Erku

Even a botched baton handoff couldn’t keep Webster’s Bearcats from advancing seven more state track qualifiers during regions May 20 in Groton.

“Pretty good day, overall,” said Webster head coach Bill Sawinsky. “We added seven more events to our agenda, to make a grand total of 17 events that we will be entered in at the state track meet.”

In Groton, prospering in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run were McKenzie and Mariah Volesky. The duo nearly deadlocked in the 800, with McKenzie edging her sister by less than one fifth of a second for gold. Meanwhile, after possibly adding a couple seconds on a fumbled baton handoff, the boys’ 1,600 meter medley team redeemed themselves on a clutch, final stretch burst of speed by Jordan Bauer to take top tier. In long distance, both Jacob Hernandez and Emily Wiley delivered qualifying times in the two mile run while the pit areas staged qualifying discus distances executed by Lindsey Schoenbeck and Chandler Day.

Here are the results:


Tim Nedergard took 14th in the 100 meter dash with 13.88. Kyle Ewalt took eighth in the 200 meter dash with 24.45 and Nedergard 12th with 28.75. Ewalt took sixth in the 400 meter dash with 58.4. Mason Gruby took third in the 800 meter run with 2:23.86. Hernandez placed third in the 1,600 meter run with 5:06.33 and Alex Leschisin 12th with 6:06.92. Hernandez took second in the 3,200 meter run with 11:22.71.

The 400 meter relay team – Nedergard, Evan McCreary, Damian Coon and Ewalt – took sixth with 52.23. The 800 meter relay team – Ewalt, Ty Dunse, Caleb Whitmyre and Bauer – took fourth with 1:37.52. The 1,600 meter relay team – Dunse, Whitmyre, ­Riley Reetz and Bauer – took first with 3:33.84. The 3,200 meter relay team – Whitmyre, Gruby, Leschisin and Reetz – took third with 9:25. The 1,600 sprint medley team – Noah Thurston, Whitmyre, Dunse and Bauer – took first with 3:46.7.

Bryson Premus took sixth in high jump with 5–01. Thurston took first in long jump with 21–03.5 and Gabe Jimenez 12th with 14–11.25. Thurston took first in triple jump with 42–01.25, Premus seventh with 37–01.75 and Jimenez ninth with 33–05.5. Day took third in shot put with 43–07, McCreary 10th with 33–09.5 and Ethan Ninke 12th with 33–05. Day took first in discus throw with 130–04 and McCreary 10th with 96–11.

Webster took fourth overall with 100 points while Milbank topped the charts with 173.


Abby Nilson took ninth in the 100 meter dash with 13.86 and Madison Coester 15th with 15.13. Shyanne McCarlson took 18th in the 200 meter dash with 35.29. McKenzie Volesky took second in the 400 meter dash with 1:03.06. McKenzie Volesky gained first in the 800 meter run with 2:32.49, Mariah Volesky second with 2:33.07 and Kayla Schimmel 11th with 3:22.76. Schimmel took 10th in the 1,600 meter run with 7:14.09 and Kendra Johnson 11th with 7:22.62. Wiley took second in the 3,200 meter run with 15:17.63 and Johnson third with 17:17.83. Haley Rithmiller took second in the 300 meter hurdles with 47.4. The 400 meter relay team – Nilson, Devin Spindler, Morgan Hanson and Faith Shoemaker – took sixth with 58.84. The 800 meter relay team – Nilson, Spindler, Coester and Shoemaker – took fifth with 2:05.58. The 1,600 meter relay team – McKenzie Volesky, Olivia Breske, Mariah Volesky and Rithmiller – took second with 4:19.33. The 3,200 meter relay team – Mariah, Mount, Wiley and McKenzie Volesky – took third with 10:53.3. The 1,600 meter sprint relay team – Nilson, Alecia Vogl, Shoemaker and Mount – took fourth with 5:09.93.

Vogl placed eighth in long jump with 13–11.75, Hanson ninth with 13–1.75 and Breske 10th with 13–1.5. Breske took third in triple jump with 32–02, Hanson fifth with 30–07.5 and Vogl ninth with 28–06. Schoenbeck took fifth in shot put with 31–06, Sam Wagner eighth with 27–09.25 and Heidi Schneider 10th with 25–11.75. Schoenbeck took second in discus throw with 92–02 and Wagner ninth with 69–04.

Webster’s girls placed fifth overall with 98 points while Aberdeen Roncalli took first with 157.

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