Trevor Pomeroy rushed into the record books as the Winona Senior High School football team pounded Faribault 38-6 on Friday night in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Paul Giel Field.
Pomeroy rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. In doing so, he passed Paul Klinger’s career total of 2,184 rushing yards, which has stood since 1988.
Jackson Nibbelink added two more TD passes -- a 37-yard strike to Austin Mlynczak and a 30-yard score to Sam Kanne, who ran over a Faribault defender en route to the end zone. Nibbelink now has five TD passes on the season.
The Winhawks (2-0) are back in action next week at Mankato East.
Faribault Invitational: Friday night wasn’t just for football this week and the Winona boys and girls harriers traveled to Faribault for the 54th annual Faribault Invitational.
On the boys side the Winhawks were paced by Carter Briggs, currently the sixth-ranked runner in Class AA. Briggs was the individual runner-up, finishing in 16:09.6. Cody Peterson placed fifth in 16:38.2.
Rounding out the scoring positions were Zach Reuter (30th, 17:53.3), Jonas Trombetta (39th, 18:01.6 in his first official varsity race and returning to the team after a year in Denmark) and Jack Bucknam (56th, 18:35.9).
The boys were third as a team out of 15 and are still unbeaten among conference opponents after two meets.
The girls had a solid 1-2 punch of Anni Skillicorn and Emily Carrie in 14th and 16th place, respectively. Skillicorn finished in 20:22.4, while Carrie finished in 20:30.9. Also scoring were Olivia Becker (35th, 21:51.4), Carol Miller (60th, 22:36.3), and Kaia Hamilton (60th, 22:46.8). The girls ended up seventh out of 16 teams and finished right in the heart of six Big 9 schools ranging from fourth to ninth place.
Richfield Spartan Invite: The Winhawks battled their way to a strong second-place finish at the six-team invitational.
“Our girls swam and dove wonderfully and scored many top 16 finishes,” Winona coach Chris Mayer said. “I am very happy with their performances considering we had that close home meet vs JM on Thursday and had a tough practice yesterday afternoon. Three days of tough meets and practice wore the girls down, but they did not give up and performed very well.”
The highlights for the Winhawks included:
- Issara Schmidt setting a school record for diving with 412.85 points in 11 dives. Morgan Walker wasn’t too far behind her teammate in third with 322.30, while Ashlyn Full was fourth in 2:03.44
- Anna-Lee Landers won the 200 freestyle in 2:16.85, and was joined in the top 8 by Tara Ziegeweid (fourth, 2:20.13) and Anna McCormick (eighth, 2:24.66).
- Mary Hoffman led the 100 freestyle from the start to win in 58.87. Landers added an eighth-place finish in 1:03.65.
- Tara Ziegeweid finished second in the 500 freestyle in 6:14.07, while Grace Nelson was fifth in 6:33.09.
- Winona went 2-3 in a tight finish in the 100 backstroke. Anna MacLennan took second in 1:09.81, while Harper Wolner was third in 1:09.83. Richfield’s Clara Lybeck won in 1:09.79. Ava Pike was fourth in 1:13.37.
- The Winhawks took second and sixth in the 400 freestyle relay. The A team of Harper Wolner, Ava Pike, Mary Hoffman and Emily Robison was second in 4:09.55, while the B relay of Ryka Parsi, Anna McCormick, Anna-Lee Landers and Meixi Yu was sixth in 4:24.43.
“From top to bottom, we had some very good performances and it was nice to see some new names earning varsity letter points,” Mayer said. “Hopefully that taste will give them some inspiration to keep working hard and hopefully they’ll earn those spots more often.”
Winona 4, Kasson-Mantorville 1: Four players scored a goal for the Winhawks, who evened their season record at 3-3 with a win over the KoMets on Saturday.
Kai Kovala, Hunter Cisewski, AJ Appicelli and Zack Motz all scored. Hans Larsen played 70 shutout minutes in goal before giving way to Max Uribe.
The JV team won 5-0. Adam Kimmerle scored twice, while Mason Mueller, Teis Larsen and Zane Al-Said added one each. Danillo Ezzadine earned the shutout.
The freshman team won 2-0 behind Viggo Smith and a left-footed strike from Jack Moe.
Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1, Winona 0: PIZM got a first-half goal from Brynne Kelley for the win. The Winhawks peppered PIZM goalie Jordan Weber with 16 shots but couldn’t get one to sneak past her. Winona fell to 2-4.