by Olivia Hermsen
On Saturday, May 12th, the Little Chute Track and Field athletes headed to Wrightstown to compete in the North Eastern Conference track meet. The day began with a strong start from the boy’s field events with Bryce Schumacher clinching first place in pole vault. Not only did Bryce win the event, but he also broke the school record with a vault of 13 feet and 9 inches. Other notable field event performances included Noah Mueller placing first in high jump and Adam Hietpas taking second place in long jump. On the girl’s side, Hannah Roth clinched a second place finish in pole vault with a vault of 8 feet and 6 inches. Olivia Hermsen finished with second place finishes in both long jump and triple jump as well as bringing home the NEC Conference Field Event Athlete of the Year award.
Running events also went well for both the girls and boys team. The girls’ 4x200 team consisting of Olivia Hermsen, Hannah Vanden Berg, Jules Joosten, and Alyssa Hutcherson crossed the finish line clinching a first place title. The boys’ 4x200 and 4x100 relay team also competed well by ending both races with a second place finish. Those relay teams both consisted of Carter Pynenberg, Noah Mueller, Bryce Schumacher, and Adam Hietpas. Continuing with impressive relays, the girls’ 4x100 team of Cassi Janssen, Hannah Vanden Berg, Jules Joosten, and Aleeshea Nowacki took second place. Individually, Alyssa Hutcherson took second place in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Matthew Sanderfoot ran a dominant 800 meter race which landed him a first place finish. The last event of the meet was the 4x400 relay which the Mustangs excelled in. The girls’ team of Elisha Wilson, Hannah Vanden Berg, Jules Joosten, and Lindsey Grams snagged a third place finish. Following them, the boys’ team of Connor Christopherson, Noah Mueller, Matthew Sanderfoot, and Mack Hooyman ended the event with an impressive second place finish.
All together, 16 boys and girls took home either 1st, 2nd, or Honorable Mention conference honors. Seven athletes were crowned as Conference champions. Overall, the boys and girls team both ended the meet by placing third out of nine teams at the conference meet.