Emeralds break and set track records at Finals
MANISTIQUE – It was a record setting day for the Manistique Emerald’s Kenner Broullire in Kingsford. The Emerald junior won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles – breaking the U.P. Division 1 record at the Upper Peninsula Track and Field Finals Saturday.
Broullire set the new mark at 39.74, topping the previous record of 40.01 set by Jason Hofer, of Menominee, in 2004. In addition to the hurdles, Broullire came in second in the long jump, with a distance of 20-1. He also helped the 1,600-meter relay team of Bryson Lawrence, Ryan Ramey, and John Rahn to a second place finish with a combined time of 3:38.85.
While Broullire was breaking records, the Emeralds 3,200-meter relay team of Rahn, Lawrence, Ramey and Robert Ayotte, also shined, dominating the event with a time of 8:25.57.
The first place finishing time raised the bar at Manistique by breaking the previous record of 8:29:00 set in 2001. The 2012 team will replace the names of Ken Koepke, Brian Barton, Darren Smith and Brent Bridges,
Short on numbers, the Emeralds competed in just eight of 17 events, but solid finishes led to a third place finish for the boys.
Coming off a first place effort as part of the 3,200-meter relay team, Ramey came just short of first in the 400-meter run, taking second. Sault Ste. Marie’s Kyle Lester won the event with his time of 51.27; Ramey crossed the line at 51.61.
Adam Nagy also captured second place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12 feet. Zach Sturdy, of Gladstone, came in first with his height of 12-6.
In one of his best jumps of the season, Tanner Yurk tied for second place in the high jump. He and Andrew Olesak of Gladstone, had jumps of 5-10.
Lawrence secured a sixth place finish in the 800-meter run with his time of 2:10.14.
Marquette earned team honors, with a score of 97, followed by Gladstone with 82, Manistique 60, Menominee 58, Calumet 58, Houghton 50, Kingsford 44, Escanaba 27, Sault Ste. Marie 23, Iron Mountain 19 and Negaunee 9.
The Marquette girls also won with a team score of 106. Negaunee came in second with 99 points, Calumet with 81, Menominee 53, Houghton 49, Gladstone 43, Escanaba 41, Manistique 19, Sault Ste. Marie 17, Iron Mountain 12 and Kingsford 7.
Taylor Lockwood captured second place in the pole vault, with a jump of 8 feet.
Monica Giles came in fourth in the discus with a throw of 30-11.
Competing in just one track event, the 400-meter relay team of Hannah Bryant, Kyra Lauzon, Shelby Carlson and Elisa Mac- Gregor also came in second with their time of 52.64.