Newman Catholic’s Carly Maves had confidence coming into Friday’s Division 3 girls long jump competition as she was a coming off a seventh-place finish in the event during last year’s WIAA state track meet.
But after scratching on her first two attempts, the Cardinals junior admitted feeling some nerves as she prepared for her third, and potentially, final attempt. Maves responded to the pressure by over 17-feet, and then on her following attempt, hit 17 feet, 7.25 inches to finish second in the event behind Blair-Taylor’s Jenna Ladsten.
The result was one of the surprises of the day as Maves entered the event as a darkhorse as she came in with a seeded mark of 16-0.75, tied for the fifth lowest in the field of 16 competitors. Marathon’s Brianna Wirkus and Auburndale’s Sylvian Momont finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Maves found herself searching for what was behind her performance.
“I don’t know. I think it just was that I had really good motivation and energy today,” Maves said. “I was just happy that I made it to state (originally) and I just wanted to do the best that I could.”
Mixed results for Deschaine
Wausau West junior Hailey Deschaine stood just off the track, waiting for the results of the Division 1 girls 300 hurdles prelims to be posted and hoping her name would be among the eight moving on to the event finals.
However, in some ways she already knew the answer to that question before the results were posted.
“I kind of got caught up in my nerves,” Deschaine said. “I don’t know why. I’ve run in big meets and been here before. I guess it was the excitement.”
Her premonition was right as Deschaine finished 16th overall among the 24 individuals that ran in one of the three heats. Merrill’s Hannah Marrier was 18th, and West’s Taylor Baine was 20th.
Earlier in the night, Deschaine had to sweat out the results of the 800 relay with teammates Alyssa Faucett, Meghan Peters and Jasmin Samz. The team posted a time of 1 minute, 45.79 seconds in the second heat and sweated out the third before finally finding out it was good enough for the seventh seed and a spot in the final.
“We put this relay together at the end of the (regular) season , and we made it to state” Des”chaine said. “We’re just excited to go out and run.”
* Marathon juniors Devin Gertschen and Andrew Studinski placed third in the Division 3 boys pole vault and 3,200, respectively. Studinski survived a brutal early pace and a relentless wind that battered the runners on the frontstretch. Studinski, like a number of the runners in the field, dropped to his knees after sprinting to the finish line.
“Some laps were easier when I was able to tuck in behind the top two runners. That was what I was shooting for,” Studinski said. “Those other laps, (the wind) just piled on. It was one of the toughest winds I’ve faced yet.”
* Athens senior Danny Trimner is seeded third for today’s finals in the Division 3 boys 110- and 300 hurdles, and Newman Catholic’s Abby Brown is seeded second in the girls 200 finals and third in the 100 after winning both of her preliminary heats.