Erin Dunning and Kris Lindow insist that’s the secret ingredient to their success this season.
But perhaps the real key behind the Ashwaubenon throwers’ achievements is how well they mesh and push each other as teammates.
Dunning and Lindow overcame some rough weather conditions to place first and second, respectively, in both the girls shot put and discus on Tuesday at the WIAA Division 1 Bay Port track and field sectional.
Dunning, a sophomore, won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 83/4 inches on her second attempt in the driving rain. Lindow, a junior, released a toss of 41-8 with her second attempt.
Dunning then broke a school record in the discus with a throw of 121-1 into the wind. Lindow threw a personal-best 117-10.
“It definintely was the worst conditions yet this year,” said Dunning, whose father, Eric, makes a batch of Chex Mix for the team before each meet. “But we got a mark and could only do better from there.”
There isn’t another conference in the state that has produced marks in the shot put quite like the Fox River Classic Conference has this season.
Entering Tuesday’s regional competition, four of the top six spots on the girls state honor roll were occupied by competitors from the FRCC.
Green Bay Preble senior Isabella Samuels is second on the state honor roll for the shot put with a throw of 44-4 from May 9, which broke a 33-year-old school record at Preble. Samuels placed third in both throwing events on Tuesday to advance to sectionals and help the Hornets win the girls team title.
“We have some of the top throwers in the state just in our conference,” Lindow said. “It’s amazing. You’re never going to experience the amount of pressure we have just at little triangulars, so that prepares us for right now when it counts on the road to state.”
Lindow (43-6¼) is third on the state honor roll for the shot put and trying to advance to state for a third straight year. Dunning (43-2) is fifth on the state honor roll in the event and aiming for her first state appearance in either throw.
Both Ashwaubenon throwers have broken the previous school shot put record of 42-1½, which was set by Tara Dorski in 1999. Dorski also set the school discus record (119-0) that year.
Dunning won her second straight FRCC title in the shot put last week at Bay Port. It was only fitting she broke the school record in the discus there on Tuesday since her mother, Marguerite (Brunette), holds both Bay Port school records for the throws.
“Erin and Kris have both done a great job of staying consistent,” Ashwaubenon throws coach Kile Lindow, who is Kris’ father. “Last year they were both up and down, but now they’re more consistent.”
After finishing eighth and seventh in her previous state experiences in the shot put, Kris Lindow is hoping to reach the state podium for the first time. She would like nothing more than to have Dunning — and her dad’s Chex Mix — there with her.
“I wanted her to come with me so bad,” Lindow said. “That’s the goal this year to get both of us there.”
Bay Port Regional
Team scores: G.B. Preble 128, G.B. Notre Dame 126, Bay Port 112, Ahswaubenon 761/2, G.B. Southwest 721/2, G.B. East 64, Pulaski 53, Sahwano 38, G.B. West 26.
Area sectional qualifiers: Discus: 1, Erin Dunning, ASH, 121-1; 2, Kris Lindow, ASH, 117-10; 3, Isabella Samuels, GBP, 114-11; 4, Alexis Watts, GBE, 108-1; High jump: 1, Natisha Hiedeman, GBSW, 5-4; 2, Jensen Van Duyse, GBP, 5-0; 3, Sheridan Michaud, GBP, 4-10; 4, Hayley Winzenried, GBP, 4-8; Pole vault: 1, Michaud, GBP, 11-0; 2, Van Duyse, GBP, 10-6; 3, Maddie Brusda, GBND, 9-9; 4, Onalee Siegfried, SHA, 9-3; Triple jump: 1, Hiedeman, GBSW, 36-7; 2, Olivia Campbell, GBND, 34-5; 3, Whistler Somers, GBW, 33-6; 4, Tyra Zinkel, GBSW, 32-10; 3,200 relay: 1, Bay Port (Re, Hohn, Thibert, Plumb), 9:45.79; 2, G.B. Notre Dame (Burkel, Reigh, Gardipee, Ehlinger), 9:45.86; 3, Ashwaubenon (Johnson, Van Sluys, Schroeder, Hauser), 10:10.75; 4, G.B. East (Larson, Malvitz, Olmsted, Malooly), 10:13.02; 100 hurdles: 1, Liz Markland, GBND, 16.37; 2, Winzenried, GBP, 16.55; 3, Megan Zamzow, GBE, 16.68; 4, Taylor Perry, GBP, 16.72; 100: 1, Jenna Long, BP, 13.10; 2, Sara Peterik, GBP, 13.15; 3, Katelyn Leiden, GBW, 13.58; 4, Melaina Rapisarda, GBND, 13.68; 800 relay: 1, G.B. Notre Dame (Burkel, Rapisarda, Ferry, O. Campbell), 1:46.06; 2, Bay Port (Moore, Du Bois, Cisar, Long), 1:47.02; 3, G.B. Southwest (Batten, Zakowski, Winters, Bence), 1:47.18; 4, G.B. Preble (Cooper, Nass, Sinclair, Peterik), 1:50.44; 400: 1, Maria Ehlinger, GBND, 59.51; 2, Kristina Kurtz, SHA, 1:00.93; 3, Katelyn Leiden, GBW, 1:01.02; 4, Jackie Challoner, PUL, 1:01.75; 400 relay: 1, Bay Port (Knutson, Du Bois, Cisar, Moore), 51.82; 2, G.B. Preble (Cooper, Nass, Sinclair, Peterik), 52.16; 3, G.B. Notre Dame (Rapisarda, Brusda, G. Campbell, O. Campbell), 53.58; 4, G.B. Southwest (Jordan, Mason, Folsom, Mitchell), 53.65; 300 hurdles: 1, Markland, GBMD, 47.52; 2, Sydney Armijo, GBP, 47.89; 3, Winzenried, GBP, 48.70; 4, Madison Biebel, BP, 49.28; 800: 1, Kelley Gardipee, GBND, 2:26.57; 2, Hattie Plumb, BP, 2:29.29; 3, Macie Peters, GBP, 2:31.12; 4, Carly Noble, GBND, 2:32.44; 200: 1, Halie Ferry, GBND, 26.16; 2, Long, BP, 26.53; 3, Isabella Bence, GBSW, 26.67; 4, Kurtz, SHA, 27.30; 3,200: 1, Kailyn Jessel, PUL, 12:01.87; 2, Annika Linzmeier, PUL, 12:03.81; 3, Maddy Sweeney, GBE, 12:12.87; 4, Mekendra Manders, ASH, 12:28.35; 1,600 relay: 1, G.B. Notre Dame (Burkel, O. Campbell, Ferry, Ehlinger), 4:02.47; 2, Bay Port (Re, Plumb, Du Bois, Cisar), 4:05.79; 3, Ashwaubenon (Gauthier, Schroeder, Van Sluys, Johnson), 4:14.83; 4, G.B. Southwest (Bence, King, Winters, Zakowski), 4:15.41; Long jump: 1, Hiedeman, GBSW, 17-23/4; 2, Long, BP, 15-91/2; 3, Rapisarda, GBND, 15-01/2; 4, Kaitlin Resch, GBE, 14-103/4; Shot put: 1, Dunning, ASH, 41-81/4; 2, Lindow, 41-8; 3, Samuels, GBP, 40-11; 4, Rylie Wargo, PUL, 35-01/2; 1,600: 1, Sweeney, GBE, 5:30.31; 2, Jessel, PUL, 5:30.39; 3, Madeline Re, BP, 5:31.45; 4, Manders, ASH, 5:33.22.