Richard takes first in 1,600-meter run at Finals
MANISTIQUE – Brittany Richard put the finishing touches on what has turned out to be a dominating high school running career. The Big Bay de Noc senior won the 1,600-meter run at the D-3, Upper Peninsula Track and Field Finals in Kingsford Saturday.
Richard crossed the line at the 5:51.65 mark – almost five seconds ahead of runner-up Casey Ponchard, of Crystal Falls. In addition to her medal run in the 1,600, Richard finished second in the 800 with 2:35.72 and fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
Richard, a three time, threesport athlete, plans to pursue a degree in athletic training at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She will also be participating as a member of the school’s cross country and track teams.
Teammate Rachel Leckson also placed in the finals, taking sixth place in the high jump clearing the bar at 4-10.
Brimley won the D-3 championship with 78 points. Eben Junction Superior Central came in second with 66, Crystal Falls Forest Park had 64, Pickford 34, Bessemer 31.25, Engadine 26, Ontonagon 26, Chassell 26, Bark River-Harris 24.25, Big Bay de Noc 23, Lake Linden-Hubbell 22.25, Baraga 22, Iron Mountain North Dickinson 19, Rapid River 18, Rock Mid- Peninsula 16, Powers North Central 8, Painsedale-Jeffers 8, Detour 7, Wakefield-Marenisco 4, Carney- Nadeau 3, and Cedarville had 1.25.
Cole Potvin placed second, fourth and fifth for the Big Bay de Noc boy’s. Following a fourth place finish in the 1,600-meter run with 4:59.08, Potvin lost his bid for a finals title, coming in second in the 400-meter run with a time of 52.95.
Dylan Kirkley medaled in the race, crossing the line at the 52.73 mark.
Potvin finished the day with a fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 24.40.
Following a record-breaking throw by an opponent, Kyle Reidenga captured fourth place in the discs with his throw of 125-7. Mid-Peninsula’s Brett Branstrom set a new U.P. D-3 record with his throw of 154-8. The old record of 135-8 was set in 2003 by Richard Poma of Rapid River.
Pickford won the boys’ D-3 title with a team score 89 points. Bark River-Harris came in second with 58 points, Crystal Falls Forest Park had 57, Rapid River 52, Ontonagon
31, Eben Junction Superior Central 26, Rock Mid-Peninsula 24, Chassell 24, Munising 21, Lake Linden-Hubble 21, Big Bay de Noc 18, Iron Mountain North Dickinson 12, Ewen-Trout Creek 10, Wakefield-Marenisco 10, Bessemer 9, Republic Michigamme 7, Engadine 6, Powers North Central 6, Detour 4, and Dollar Bay had 1.