Track kicks off at dome
MARQUETTE – Finally able to stretch their legs, the Manistique Emerald track and field team traveled to Marquette to take part in the Superior Dome Invitational Tuesday. With snow still covering most tracks, 12 schools from across the Upper Peninsula made the trip to the dome. In the end, the Gladstone Braves boys’ walked off with the top spot, earning 101 points, while the Marquette girls’ dominated, capturing 124 points.
Kenner Broullire medaled for the Emeralds, taking first place in the 55-meter dash with his time of 6.71 seconds. Broullire along with Ryan Ramey, Tyler Kangas and Bryson Lawrence captured third place in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:41.43.
Taking third in the 3,200-relay were Ramey, Lawerence, Robert Ayotte and William Pomery, with a time of 9:08.33.
Coming off the 3,200, Ramey placed second in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line at the 54.58 mark, just ticks off the pace set by Chris Sedenquist of Gladstone, who won the event with a time of 53.66.
Senior Zack Lambert placed in two field events. Lambert tied for fifth place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 4-inches and also finished sixth in the pole vault with a height of 10-0.
Cameron page took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 40 5.5.
The Menominee Maroons came in second with 69 points, Marquette 49, Escanaba 41, Negaunee 39, Kingsford 35, Manistique 34, Sault 32, Houghton 18, Newberry 12, and Westwood 4.
Points were hard to come by for the Emeralds’ girls. In a packed field in several events, the Emeralds finished ninth out of 12 schools.
Monica Giles picked up where she left off last year, setting the tone as one of the best throwers in the game. Giles captured first place in the shot put with a distance of 39 9.5 – beating the field by over four feet.
Holly Blowers placed in four events. She finished sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:57.71, fifth in the 800-meter run with 2:37.54 and sixth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:34.87.
“I am pleased with how the girls competed against some really good competition,” said Coach Chris Marana. “Monica started off her senior campaign with a nice victory in the shot, while Holly started her first varsity contest with a really solid performance. To place in three individual events without running in the fast heat says something about her determination.
It was a good start, but we still have a lot to work on to get to where we want to be as a team,” Marana added.
Coming off the 3,200, Blowers along with Darby Demers, Gabbie LaFayette and Olive Holmberg placed fifth in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 10:54.67
In addition to Marquette, Sault finished second with 59 points, Negaunee 42, Escanaba 42, Kingsford 39, Houghton 34, Menominee 30, Newberry 18, Manistique 16, Gladstone 16, Stephenson 8 and Westwood 5.
The Emeralds’ first home meet is scheduled for April 29.