Emerald girls show off skills at invitational
ST IGNACE – The Lady Emerald track and field team put together another solid performance last Friday in St. Igance, leaving coach Chris Marana feeling good about where his team is early in the season. In a 13- team event, the Emeralds captured second place at the St. Ignace Kiwanis Invitational.
Host St. Ignace won the meet accumulating 159 points followed by the Emeralds with 75 and Brimley with 73 to round off the top spots. “It was a really good team performance,” Marana said. “We continue to show improvements in all areas which is what you want at this point in the season.”
Two freshman school records were set in the meet. Lexi Carlson broke the freshman record with her time of 18.3 in the 100-meter hurdles; Holly Blowers broke the freshman record with her time of 2:31.9 in the 800-meter run.
In addition to Blowers, the 400-meter relay team of Vanessa McNamara, Kyra Lauzon, Shelby Carlson and Hannah Bryant captured first place with their time of 54.9.
Second place finishes: Elizabeth MacGregor, pole vault, 7 feet; Kyra Lauzon, long jump, 13’11.
Third place finishes: Darby Demers, Gabby LaFayette, Morgan Kangas, Blowers, 3,200-meter relay, 11:17; Blowers, 1,600-meter run, 5:50; McNamara, Bryant, Carlson, Lauzon, 800-meter relay, 2:00.32; Monica Giles, shot put, 31-4.
Fourth place finishes: Tie- Brittany Zellar, pole vault, 6-6 with Josie Price, 6-6; Giles, discus, 86-4.
Fifth place finishes: Carlson, 100-meter hurdles, 18.3.
Sixth place finishes: Bryant, 100-meter dash, 13.98; Shelby Carlson, 200-meter dash, 29.5; Bryant, McNamara, Morgan Kangas, Carlson, 1,600-meter relay, 4:45.
In what proved to be a battle to the end, the St. Igance Saints edged out the Emeralds Tuesday in Manistique. The Saints racked up 70.5 points to win the meet. Manistique finished second with 60 points and Newberry sliding in third with 44.5.
Trailing early, the 800-meter relay team of McNamara, Bryant, Carlson and Lauzon held on to medal in the event with their time of 1:56.15.
Picking up where the 800 left off, MacGregor, Lauzon, Carlson and Bryant won the 400-meter event with a time of 54.19.
Blowers shaved time off her run record run in St. Ignace and won the 800-meter run finishing the race at the 2:27.48 mark to set a new record. Giles won the discus with a toss of 87-3.
Second place finishes: Demers, LaFayette, Holmberg, Blowers, 3,200-meter relay, 10:55.55; MacGregor, 100-meter dash, 13.76; Kangas, 400-meter dash, 1:10.18; Carlson, 200-meter dash; Bryant, McNamara, Kangas, Carlson, 1,600-meter relay; Carlson, long jump, 13-10; Zellar, pole vault, 7-6.
Third place finishes: Carlson, 110-meter hurdles, 18.11; Blowers, 1,600-meter run, 5:47.31; Demers, 300-meter hurdles, 55.68; Holmberg, 3,200-meter run, 13:50.06; Lauzon, long jump, 13-9; MacGregor, pole vault, 7.
Fourth place finishes: Bryant, 100-meter dash, 14.16; Halpin, 400-meter dash, 1:14.76; McNamara, long jump, 13-4; Hastings, shot put, 26-7.