Oconto Falls girls, Suring boys first at Oconto County Meet

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Havemeier leads Oconto Falls while Stegeman paces Suring
By: 

Greg Bates, Times Herald Correspondent

Paced by nine individual first-place finishes and victories in all four relays, the Oconto Falls girls track and field team won the Oconto County Track and Field Meet in Oconto Falls on Monday, May 7.

Oconto Falls finished with 170 points, followed by Suring (70), Gillett (61), Lena/St. Thomas Academy (38) and Oconto (22).

“I think the girls did really good tonight, I’m proud of how they did,” Oconto Falls girls track and field coach Marissa DeMoulin said. “I think everybody tried hard. Sometimes it’s hard to do your best when you’re in an event where there may not be a competition for you. But I’m proud of the way they all did.”

The Panthers had a standout performance from Ericka Havemeier. The sophomore won the 100- (12.96) and 200-meter dashes (27.73) and was a member of the first-place 4x200 relay (1:53.88), along with Kennedy Kratz, Elizabeth Ausloos and Autumn Magnin.

“Ericka’s looking very good,” DeMoulin said. “She’s been doing very good this year. Last year she went to state in the 200, she’s still doing very well in the 200.”

Havemeier loved sweeping all three of her events.

“It felt good,” Havemeier said. “It happened at the last meet and the meet before that.”

Havemeier is on a roll and peaking at the right time with the postseason just two weeks away. She is hoping to return to state in the 200, but Havemeier isn’t stopping at that.

“It would be sweet to get in the 100, 200 and 4x200 – that would be the main goal,” Havemeier said. “Otherwise, just the 200 and 4x200.”

Sophomore Autumn Cavanera also had a solid meet, placing first in the 400 (1:04.84), triple jump (32-09), 4x800 relay (12:10.20) with Amelia Rice, Grace Williams and Carly Kratz, and the 4x400 (4:31.72) with Kari Albrecht, Williams and Magnin.

“Almost every time she’s been running lately she’s PRing,” said DeMoulin about Cavanera’s 400 races. “She just keeps beating her old time. It would be great if we can her under 60 seconds, that would be fantastic.”

Albrecht, who is in her first season in track and field, grabbed first in the 100 hurdles (10.0) and 300 hurdles (54.25).

Catt Moeller nabbed first in the pole vault (8-06), besting her previous best height of 8-00.

Gillett also had a strong showing in the meet from its girls.

“We had some good performances,” Gillett girls and boys track and field coach Bill DeJung said. “One and two in the discus and both of them having PRs. Sylvia (Hansen) ran a nice mile with the windy conditions.”

Hansen was first in the 1,600 (5:30.84). Karissa Schaal also had a nice meet, winning the discus (108-04.5). Schaal’s winning mark was achieved in her final throw of competition.

“We had a little lesson learned there that all it takes is one,” DeJung said. “Even if you’re down to your last throw, you can come out and pop one and still have a good performance. For a freshman, that’s pretty clutch.”

Grace Wickman was second in the discus (101-08) for the Tigers. Schaal (28-02.25) and Wickman (26-08) finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put.

Suring nabbed two individual first-place finishes to help the Eagles place second as a team. Wylee Van Bellinger won the long jump (14-07) and Ariana Sepulveda was tops in the shot put (30-00.50).

Suring boys take first

The Suring boys won eight individual events to sneak past Oconto Falls to win the invite.

Suring (138) and Oconto Falls (136) were neck and neck, followed by Oconto (40), Gillett (30) and Lena/St. Thomas Academy (12).

“It would have been nice to win it,” Oconto Falls boys track and field coach Lon Ludemann said. “There were a couple spots where we should have done better.”

Mitchell Stegeman won four events for Suring: 110-meter hurdles (15.78), 300 hurdles (42.28), high jump (5-10) and pole vault (13-00) to pace the Eagles. Michael Lynch won the 200 (25.26) and the 400 (54.99).

Oconto Falls had a nice meet from first-year track and field participant Dakota Carriveau. The junior was runner-up in both the shot put (42-05) and discus (121-01.5), which were both personal-best throws.

Carriveau is learning with every throw as he goes this season.

“It’s hard to start at first, but once you get going you’ve just got to have confidence,” Carriveau said. “I’m having a lot of fun.”

Carriveau was also part of the 4x100-member relay team along with Keeshawn Katers, Travis Hurning and Aaron Gonnering, and the team finished first (47.57).

Carriveau loved winning the relay with his teammates.

“Anything with the team, it’s 10 times better than winning it individually,” Carriveau said. “You can celebrate with your teammates; it’s a blast. I just hope we keep it up and keep running fast, and you never know what’s going to happen.”

Oconto Falls’ top event was the 100 where Katers was first (12.24) followed by Gonnering (12.36).

The Panthers’ 4x200 relay (1:41.77) and 4x400 relay (3:46.53) both took first place. Evan Roberts won the 800-meter race (2:12.49) for the Panthers.

Ludemann really loved how well-rounded his team is this season.

“We don’t have a lot of guys that just shine,” Ludemann said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are just above average and good teammate guys.”

Gillett had its best performance of the day from sophomore Bo Krueger. He won the discus (138-11.5) and was third in the shot put (41-04).

The Tigers’ 4x800 relay team of Adam Anderson, Andy Lemens, Sam Lemens and Ben Burt took first (9:48.53).

With the postseason nearing quickly, coach DeJung wanted his athletes to do well in the invite but still be fresh for bigger meets in the coming weeks.

“We have our conference meet on Friday, so they’re not racing at a full package today, if you will,” DeJung said. “We’re working on some specific things today to get ready for Friday, and, of course, for the regional and sectional as well.”