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Bluejays Grab First at Wisner Invite

The sunny skies were shining down on the Pierce track team on Saturday, April 13, as both the girls and boys teams grabbed first place honors at the 2024 Lions Club Invite held at Wisner-Pilger High School. 

Pierce girls finished the day with 114 team points, five more than second place David City Aquinas Catholic, while the Pierce boys held a commanding lead with 130 team points over second place Oakland-Craig, who had 75 team points.

In girls long jump Mya Froehlich claimed third with her jump of 14-10.25, while Natalie Kosch was fifth, marking 14-07.75 with her jump.

On the boys side, Gavin Lubischer ended second with a jump of 19-01.75 and teammate Ryder Theisen was a close third with a jump of 19-01.25. 

Froehlich again medaled in triple jump, grabbing fourth with a jump of 31-01.25 and Emily Endorf was sixth, jumping 29-07.00. 

Boys triple jump saw a first and second place medalist, claimed by Gavin Sullivan and Theisen, who jumped 43-00.00 and 42-05.50, respectively.

Pierce girls saw double medalists in discus, as Kylie Dvorak threw 114-06 for first and Raleigh Pfeiffer threw 104-05 for second. 

On the boys side, Keaton Frazier threw 108-02 for fifth in boys discus.

Pfeiffer was able to claim first in shot put with her throw of 35-06.00.

Boys shot put saw Christian Nordby nab the fifth place medal with his throw of 40-06.75. 

Claudia Riggert claimed her first medal of the day in high jump with a jump of 4-10.00. 

In the running events, the Pierce girls 4x800 relay ran a 10:37.08 for first place honors. Runners included Haley Scholting, Josie Painter, Skylar Scholting and Abigail Cone. 

The boys also had success in the 4x800, claiming third in 9:26.72. Runners in the boys 4x800 were Kyle Abler, Keaton Frazier, Maxwell Weber and Nickolas Efta. 

Pierce had two medalists in the 100-meter hurdles, S. Scholting and Froehlich, who claimed second and third places with times of 17.30 and 17.56, respectively.

Theisen was the lone medalist in the boys 110 hurdles with a time of 16.88, which was good for third place.

In the boys 100-meter dash, Keenan Valverde finished third with his run of 11.30. 

Cone and Riggert both placed in the girls 400-meter dash, finished third and sixth respectively with times of 1:05.72 and 1:08.03.

Benjamin Bolling and Hayden Bauer were medalists in the boys 400, finishing second and fourth respectively with times of 54.24 and 56.76. 

In the girls 3200-meter run, H. Scholting ended third with a time of 13:17.21, while on the boys side Kendall Shada took second with a time of 11:04.37.

Kosch was again a medalist for Pierce, claiming third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.53. 

The boys 200 also had a repeat medalist, with Sullivan placing second in 23.59.

Zoey Ebmeier finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:41.46. 

S. Scholting was again a medalist in the 300-meter hurdles, ending in fourth with a time of 51.81.

Claiming first place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.44, Theisen was again a repeat medalist for the Bluejays.

Painter came in third with a time of 6:00.32 in the 1600-meter run in the girls division. 

Making a strong showing in the boys 1600, Brenden Bolling finished first with a time of 4:38.88 and Shada was second, finishing in 5:03.03. 

The girls 4x100 relay, consisting of Naomi Sullivan, Kosch, Grace Suckstorf and Froehlich, ended fifth, running a time of 55.35. 

The boys 4x100 ended first with a time of 45.44, and the runners for Pierce were Turner Wolfe, Sullivan, Be. Bolling, and Valverde. 

In the girls 4x400 relay, Pierce grabbed second in a time of 4:26.33. Runners include Riggert, S. Scholting, MaKenna Blecher, and Cone. 

Claiming first in their second relay, the boys 4x400, made up of runners Bauer, Be. Bolling, Valverde and Br. Bolling.

Pierce will be hosting the Tom Martin Memorial/Wausa Invite on Thursday, April 18. 

Pierce High Races for the Win at Boone
By Addisyn Ludden

On Tuesday, April 9, the Pierce High track team headed to Boone Central for a track meet and competed against many different schools. 

“I thought the effort of both of our teams was great. All of our kids competed well,” head coach Les Painter states. “We had some really good individual performances also on the track and in the field events. We beat a few teams that had beat us the week before. All we want to see is improvement. I am really proud of all the kids.” 

Starting off on the boys side of the track meet with field events, in long jump, Gavin Sullivan placed first overall with a jump of 20-04.00.

Moving onto triple jump, Ryder Theisen placed second with a jump of 41-07.25 and Sullivan scored sixth with a jump of 40-02.00.

Throwing shot put, Christian Norby finished fifth throwing 41-07.00.

Going onto running events, competing in the 4x800 meter relay were Kyle Abler, Keaton Frazier, Maxwell Webber, and Nickolas Efta, scoring fourth overall as a team with a time of 9:28.98.

In the 4x100 meter relay, the team consisted of Lubischer, Sullivan, Benjamin Bolling, and Keenan Valverde, placed sixth with a time of 45:79.

Running in the 4x400 relay race, the team including Theisen, Be. Bolling, Valverde, and Brenden Bolling, all contributed and placed sixth with a time of 3:43.75.

For the 4x100.25 relay, Pierce placed sixth with a time of 52.23.

Running in the 200-meter dash, Valverde earned a sixth place medal with a time of 23.56.

“I think as a team we competed a lot better than the last meet and worked together as a team more for sure,” Valverde, a senior, says. “I think we had about 50 PR’s which is pretty awesome. We still need to work on running as a team and cheering each other on but overall did a much better job this meet.”

In the 400-meter dash Br. Bolling earned third place with a time of 54.06 and coming in right behind him, Be. Bolling placed fourth with a final time of 54.24.

Competing in the 800-meter dash placing first Br. Bolling with a time of 2:03.41.

Racing in the 1600-meter run and placing first again was Br. Bolling with a time of 4:51.93 and coming in third was Kendall Shada who ran a time of 4:57.38.

And lastly, for the 3200-meter run, grabbing second was Shada who ended with a time of 10:39.77.

The Pierce boys track team placed third place overall with 73 points.

Now moving onto the girls side of the track meet with the field events, in long jump, Natalie Kosch jumped 15-08.00 and ended in fourth place and Mya Froehlich placed fifth with a jump of 15-06.50.

In high jump, Claudia Riggert medaled, receiving second with a jump of 4-10.00.

In discus, placing second Kylie Dvorak threw 129-07 and Raleigh Pfeiffer placed third overall with a throw of 110-11. 

“I think everything went well and with the weather it was a pretty good day to have some PRs (personal records), for all the girls I think we are starting off pretty well and just need to keep pushing ourselves. And as a whole, we are looking at each meet as a new chance to PR,” Dvorak, a sophomore, says.

Throwing shot put, Pfeiffer placed third with a throw of 35-01.00.

Moving onto the running events, in the 4x800 meter relay, Hadleigh Collison, Josie Painter, Haley Scholting, and Abigail Cone, all medaled by finishing second with a final time of 10:40.18.

Competing in the 300-meter hurdles, Skylar Scholting nabbed the fourth place medal with a time of 51:39.

Running in the 400-meter dash Cone placed first overall with a time of 1:03.79.

In the 800-meter run, Cone was fourth with a time of 2:32.96 and coming in sixth was H. Scholting with a time of 2:36.89.

For the 1600-meter run Painter scored fourth with a time of 6:00.35 and H. Scholting got sixth place with a time of 6:03.89.

Racing in the 3200-meter run, Painter placed second with a time of 12:52.23.

In the 4x100 meter relay, consisting of Naomi Sullivan, Kosch, Emily Endorf, and Froehlich, placed sixth running the race in 54.51.

Moving onto the 4x400 meter relay, with the runners, Collison, S. Scholting, Riggert and Cone, all contributed to the time which was 4:22.02 and placed second overall.

And finally, for the 4x100.25 yard relay, Pierce medaled first overall with a time of 57:66.

The Pierce girls track team placed third place overall with 90 points. 

The next track meet will be on Thursday, April 18, when Pierce hosts the Tom Martin Memorial/Wausa track meet starting at 1 p.m. 


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