Bremen track teams split with Marian
BREMEN — In the numbers game of track and field, the Lions’ depth, experience and young talent added up to a win in the boys meet, while the Lady Lions’ relative inexperience and lower numbers equalled a loss as Bremen hosted Marian in its home opener Tuesday night.
Bremen’s boys team won by a lopsided 97-35 margin in their second meet of the season, while the girls lost 70-57 in their season opener at home.
“I think the biggest thing for us right now is just depth, really. The girls have a smaller team; we’ve got a lot of talent, but we do have a smaller team so it’s harder for us to take a lot of places in some events, which hurts,” said Bremen head track coach Mark Yoder.
“Guys-wise, we have a huge amount of depth. Huge team, great commitment from the guys — and from the girls, most of it is the girls just have smaller numbers. The guys have a ton of depth and a lot of young runners who are really coming along well. A lot of young athletes in the field events are coming along well, and just having a really big team helps a lot with the guys.”
The Lions were led by Josh Brenneman’s four wins as the senior claimed top honors in both hurdles events, the long jump and ran anchor for Bremen’s winning 1600 relay squad. Jack Jordan earned a trio of wins with an individual victory in the 800 and legs on his team’s winning 3200 relay and 1600 relay teams, sophomore Ryan Zellmer won the high jump, the 400 and competed on the Lions’ winning 4X400 team, and freshman Sam Lacher won the 100 and 200 and ran the opening leg for his team’s winning 400 relay squad.
The girls were led by senior Jenna Pfeiffer’s winning turns in both hurdles events and high jump, while Shannon Miller won the 100, Paige Weldy topped the 200 field, and the duo combined with teammates Jasmine Schaefer and Vianca Montez-DeOca to win the 400 relay race. Sara Slabaugh topped the field in the 3200 and finished second in the 1600, just two seconds back of Marian’s Molly Ogren, meanwhile.
One of the biggest differences in the girls meet came in the field, where Marian won all but one event — Pfeiffer’s high jump — and went one-two in both the discus and long jump.
“We’ve got a lot of young athletes on the girls’ side, and especially in field events we’re young,” said Yoder. “We have a lot of room for improvement, so I think we’ll see that over the season. We’ve just got to continue to build our young athletes up and give them the confidence to keep improving so by the time we get to conference, sectionals, we’ll be doing really well.”
Bremen’s boys move to 1-1 on the young season after a competitive seven-point loss to Northern Lakes Conference powerhouse Concord last Wednesday, while the Lady Lions open the season at 0-1. Bremen is back at home Thursday as the team hosts Fairfield in another dual meet scheduled for 5 p.m.
“I’m really proud of how many athletes we have. I think that speaks great things for our athletes, for our coaches; my coaching staff is awesome,” Yoder said. “We have 70-some athletes out here. At a school our size that’s just awesome for our program. We’re only going up from here, girls and guys, and I think you’ll see some really good stuff out of us this season.”
• BREMEN 97, MARIAN 35
3200 relay 1. Bremen (Thomas Dean, Jared Fitch, C.J. Thornton, Jack Jordan) 9:12.54; 110 hurdles: 1. Josh Brenneman (B0 :15.9, 2. Evan Wilson (B) :17.9; 100: 1. Sam Lacher (B) :11.5, 2. Ryan Meyer (B) :11.9; 1600: 1. Tony Spalding (M) 4:53, 2. Thomas Dean (B) 4:54; 400 relay: 1. Bremen (Sam Lacher, Collin Snyder, Zach Renner, John Stoller) :46.2; 400: 1. Ryan Zellmer (M) :54.34, 2. Erick Plude (M) :56.2; 300 hurdles: 1. Josh Brenneman (B) :40.66, 2. Evan Wilson (B) :46.84; 800: 1. Jack Jordan (B) 2:07, 2. C.J. Thornton (B) 2:18.3; 200: 1. Sam Lacher (B) :23.6, 2. Ryan Meyer (B) :26.4; 3200: 1. Thomas Dean (B) 10:40, 2. Jared Fitch (B) 10:44; 1600 relay: 1. Bremen (Josh Brenneman, Ryan Zellmer, Jack Jordan, Evan Wilson) 3:37.2; Long jump: 1. Josh Brenneman (B) 19-8, 2. Brian Florin (B) 19-2; High jump: 1. Ryan Zellmer (B) 5-6, 2. Matt Henry (M) 5-4; Shot put: 1. Tim Morris (M) 37-5½, 2. Matt Ringer (B) 36-6¼; Discus: 1. Luke Street (M) 103-7, 2. Aaron McKenzie (B) 101-8; Pole vault: 1. Jordan Hollenbaugh (B) 10-6, 2. Aaron McKenzie (B) 10-6.
• MARIAN 70, BREMEN 57
3200 relay 1. Marian (Shannon Hendriks, Maggie Hartnagel, Megan Duvall, Molly Ogren) 10:31.5; 100 hurdles: 1. Jenna Pfeiffer (B) :16.1, 2. Taylor Pooley (M) :17.3; 100: 1. Shannon Miller (B) :13.5, 2. Gabrielle Ravotto (M) :13.6; 1600: 1. Molly Ogren (M) 5:42, 2. Sara Slabaugh (B) 5:44; 400 relay: 1. Bremen (Jasmine Schaefer, Vianca Montez-DeOca, Paige Weldy, Shannon Miller) :52.9; 400: 1. Maggie Hartnagle (M) 1:05.4, 2. Tracy Scott (M) 1:06.7; 300 hurdles: 1. Jenna Pfeiffer (B) :49.33, 2. Brittany Payne (M) :52.48; 800: 1. Shannon Hendricks (M) 2:31, 2. Megan Burcham (B) 2:38; 200: 1. Paige Weldy (B) :28.4, 2. Gabrielle Ravotto (M) :28.57; 3200: 1. Sara Slabaugh (B) 12:48.9, 2. Brittney Sahlhoff (B) 13:16.2; 1600 relay: 1. Marian (Gabrielle Ravotto, Molly Ogren, Maggie Hartnagel, Shannon Hendricks) 4:18.3; Long jump: 1. Gabrielle Ravotto (M) 14-9¾, 2. Brittany Duszynski (M) 14-8¼; High jump: 1. Jenna Pfeiffer (B) 5-5, 2. Nicole Hueni (B) 4-10; Shot put: 1. Jordan Bueter (M) 29-6¼, 2. Abby Brown (B) 28-2½; Discus: 1. Jordan Bueter (M) 93-7, 2. Savannah VanSkyhawk (M); Pole vault: 1. Elizabeth Eversole (M) 9-0.