Deep Braves sink Spartans

Rachel Belt (center) leads the pack in the womens 1600-meter race Thursday afternoon. Bishop Blanchet’s Becca Salzman (right) eventually took first. - ROGERICK ANAS/Staff Writer
Rachel Belt (center) leads the pack in the womens 1600-meter race Thursday afternoon. Bishop Blanchet’s Becca Salzman (right) eventually took first.
— image credit: ROGERICK ANAS/Staff Writer

The depth of the Bishop Blanchet track and field team was most evident before the start of the women’s 3200-meter run Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Ten yellow jerseys lined up against two in Spartan blue – a quantity the Braves used to their advantage all afternoon at Bainbridge High School.

While first-place finishes were nearly equal between the two teams, it was the second- and third-place spots that made the difference in the 164-140 win for the Braves, with Eastside Catholic a distant third.

Junior Matt Wauters returned from a sprained ankle to throw for the Sparts, and despite a few lingering pains, outdistanced the competition again by a huge margin.

“There’s a lot of pressure on (the ankle), and it’s affecting my pivot,” Wauters said. “I’m throwing about 166 (feet) right now (in discus), and I should be around 180.

“Another couple of weeks though, and I’ll be good for State.”

Wauters threw the discus 166-03, good for first place by a staggering 38 feet.

His only stiff competition in the shot put was his brother Mike. The pair threw 56-08 and 43-04, respectively, for first and second place points.

Tim Freeman swept the 400- and 800-meter races, and Michelle Baggett took both the 100 and 200 for the women.

Men’s results:

100 – Zach Ainsley, 1st; Mike Ersser, 4th; Andy Aversano, 8th; Chris North, 9th; Peter Lucier, 11th; Sam Calhoun, 13th; Nathan Draper, 14th. 200 – Ersser, 3rd; Eddie Pasquele, 5th; Lucier, 6th; Will Glass, 8th; Sam Calhoun, 9th. 400 – Freeman, 1st; Angelo Ritualo, 2nd. 800 – Freeman, 1st; Lucier, 4th. 1600 – Jason Rowley, 3rd; Joe Tarbill, 4th. 3200 – Tarbill, 3rd. 110-meter hurdles – Matt Draper, 2nd. 300-meter hurdles – Draper, 2nd. 4x100 relay – Bainbridge, 1st. 4x400 relay – Bainbridge, 1st. High Jump – Andrew Bolt, 2nd. Long Jump – Ritualo, 4th; Chad Weldy, 5th; Will Glass, 6th. Triple Jump – Ritualo, 1st; Weldy, 3rd. Shot Put – Matt Wauters, 1st; Mike Wauters, 2nd; Carl Webster, 6th; Mike North, 7th; Jeff Pritchard, 11th; Arthur Yang, 12th. Discus – Matt Wauters, 1st; Mike Wauters, 3rd; Nick McCallum, 6th; Webster, 7th; Matt Boss, 8th

Women’s results:

100 – Baggett, 1st; Jonelle Pieterson, 5th; Liz Seligmann, 6th. 200 – Baggett, 1st; Ashley Bice, 5th. 400 - Darcy Wallace, 4th. 800 – Kylie Dardis, 1st; Veronica Ivey, 2nd. 1600 – Rachel Belt, 2nd; Lizzie Corbin, 3rd. 3200 – Rachel Belt, 1st; Erika Bergmann, 5th. 100-meter hurdles – Courtney Bell, 2nd; Brittany Belt, 3rd. 300-meter hurdles – Bell, 2nd. 4x100 relay – Bainbridge, 1st. 4x200 relay – Bainbridge, 3rd. 4x400 relay – Bainbridge, 1st. High Jump – Laura Bartunek, 2nd; Joanne Loneseth, 3rd. Long Jump – Ashley Bice, 2nd. Triple Jump – Bice, 2nd. Shot Put – Emily Pierce, 2nd; Callie Tift, 3rd.

Combined team scores – Blanchet, 164; Bainbridge, 140; Eastside Catholic, 30. Women – Blanchet, 82; Bainbridge, 69; E. Catholic, 22. Men – Blanchet, 82; Bainbridge, 71; E. Catholic, 8.

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