Several other Hawks enjoy memorable night at sectionalsBy:
By Morgan Rode [email protected]
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode
Shawano’s Tori DePerry competes in the high jump at Thursday’s Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional in Weston. DePerry took second after clearing 5-1 to qualify for state.
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode
Shawano’s Michael Klement competes in the pole vault at Thursday’s Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional in Weston. Klement finished third after clearing 13-0 to earn a spot at state.
From senior Tori DePerry and junior Michael Klement each qualifying for the state meet to several other individuals and relay teams posting record-breaking times, the Shawano Community High School track and field team had a memorable night competing in the Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional at D.C. Everest Junior High School on Thursday.
To solidify a spot at state, individuals and relay teams needed to place in the top three. Klement cleared 13 feet in the pole vault to take third, while DePerry cleared 5-1 in the high jump to come in second.
It felt like déjà vu for DePerry, who also qualified for state in the high jump as a sophomore after clearing 5-1 at the D.C. Everest Sectional. She narrowly missed out on qualifying last year, but that fueled her this season.
“Especially it being senior year, it feels really good,” DePerry said of qualifying for state. “It feels really cool because it’s my last year and I want to go all out.”
Klement took fourth at regionals on Monday, but was able to take his talent to the next level with his season on the line. Now, he will compete at state for the first time.
“Everything just kind of fell into place today. I’ve kind of struggled all year, I haven’t PR’d (personal record),” Klement said. “Then tonight, everything fell just right and it all worked out.
“I feel like I accomplished something this year. I truly wanted to reach this goal (of making state) at the beginning of the year. And now to have it finally come true, it’s overwhelming.”
Several other Hawks narrowly missed out on qualifying for state with fourth-place finishes. The WIAA will announce a full list of state competitors on Friday.
Even though the near state finishes stung for a few minutes, many of the athletes faces flashed smiles when they realized the times they had posted.
Senior Parker Pues came in fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.10 seconds, a new school record.
“It feels great actually,” Pues said. “Knowing that I tied it last year at this exact meet, the sectional meet, then with my not up to par long jump performance last meet (regionals), I was kind of feeling a little bit down because I missed that school record by a half-inch. But now setting this one and owning it by myself, it’s really important to me and it feels like a really, really good way to go out on my individual season.”
Pues was also the first runner in the boys 4x100 relay that came in eighth but set a season-best time of 45.46 seconds.
Senior Crede Timm, junior Brayden Dickelman and Klement filled out the relay team.
The girls 4x800 relay team of senior Carrie Young, sophomore Lydia Beyer and freshmen Odessa Arce and Grace Beyer came in fourth, but set a new school record for the second straight meet with a time of (9:52.17).
“This year has been the best year of my life,” Young said. “These girls are my best friends and I wouldn’t be able to do it without them. I love them more than anything. They made my senior season the most amazing one yet.”
Arce also competed in the 1,600, taking fourth with a time of 5:32.33. Arce thinks the finishes can help her going forward.
“In my mile, the pack was tight up until the third lap and a lot of decisions needed to be made,” Arce said. “I found myself constantly maneuvering around people trying to put myself in the best position for what I wanted to do. I saw the top girls go and I was just tired from my relay. However, it showed me what it takes to advance on. Coming into next season, I will take what I have learned and be prepared to have what it takes to advance. Although I’m only a freshman, I wanted more.”
Fellow freshmen Isabel Roloff and Elliott Lowney also competed for the Hawks.
Roloff finished fourth in the 100, breaking the school record with a time of 12.70. She also came in fifth in the 200 with a mark of (26.99).
“It’s definitely going to push me to work even harder than I did, because I’ve never done track before so doing this well in it in just one year — in the years to come I can get so much better. Hopefully in the years to come, I just keep going up the ladder,” Roloff said.
Lowney ran the 400, coming in seventh with a time of 53.83
Heading into the meet, coach Dave Hanssen hoped the team would be prepared, but also told the athletes to do their best.
“That’s what we had tonight, we had so many kids do their best,” Hanssen said. “They went at it, they were heck of competitors and they were great sportsmen. Some of them came up short, but after the races were over, we could look at one thing — there’s a PR, there’s a PR — so how can you be dissatisfied with the performance of the team and its individuals when they do something like that?”
The girls team earned 27 points and placed 10th out of 16 teams. The Shawano boys scored 14 points and took 14th.