Emeralds earn trifecta with Finals
KINGSFORD – It was a storybook ending for three Emeralds seniors, with chapters still to be written for one junior who anchored the final leg of the final race at the Michigan High School Athletic Association U.P. Track and Field Finals in Kingsford Saturday.
Clinging to a narrow lead, Ryan Ramey came from behind to win the 1,600-meter relay and put his team on top of the Division 2 leader board with 102 points.
“Our goal for this year was to win regionals, Mid- Pen’s and go to the finals as the favorite to win. Once we won regionals, I knew we were going to go all the way,” said Coach Mary Lou Lund. “The three wins will go down in Emerald history as an outstanding accomplishment. I am very proud of the kids on this team. They set a goal, worked hard and achieved it. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Ishpeming (96), who trailed the Emeralds by just four points going into the 1,600-meter relay was runner-up, followed by West Iron County, who finished with 75 points.
Trailing in points following the conclusion of field events, the 3,200-meter relay team started the championship run when they easily crossed the finish line with over 15 seconds to spare. From there, first place finishes by Kenner Broullire and Ryan Ramey, along with solid runs by a cast of Emeralds set the stage for a championship title.
“We were a little nervous after we had some mishaps in the field events, but from there we quickly settled in and got to work on the track,” said Lund.
Manistique went on to finish first in five of the remaining 11 events.
First place finishes: Bryson Lawrence, William Pomery, Robert Ayotte, Ryan Ramey, 3,200-meter relay, 8:37.97; Kenner Broullire, 100-meter dash, 11:37; Broullire, 300-meter intermediate hurdles, 39.35(New Division U.P. Division 2 Final record); Ramey, 400-meter dash, 51:12 (new school record); Ramey, 200-meter run, 23.82; Broullire, Ayotte, Lawrence, Ramey, 1,600-meter relay, 3:42.38.
Second place finishes: None
Third place finishes: Zack Lambert, pole vault, 11-0; Tony Floyd, 100-meter dash, 11.55; Pomery 1,600-meter run, 4:52.10; Tyler Kangas, Floyd, David Pratt, Broullire, 400-meter relay, 45.90.
Fourth place finishes: Lambert, 110-meter hurdles, 17.18; Pratt, Travis Bolm, Kangas, Floyd, 800-meter relay, 1:37.45; Pomery, 3,200-meter run, 10:54.37.
Fifth place finishes: Kangas, discus, 114-1; Coby Ryan, 300-meter intermediate hurdles, 46.14.
Sixth place finishes: Floyd, long jump, 18-3; Lucas Abram, pole vault, 10-0.
Kenner Broullire holds the 300-meter intermediate hurdle
record in Division 1, which he set in 2012 with a time of
Broullire also set the record in 2013 with a time of 30.35.
Terry Martin holds the discus record of 160-5.5, set in
2009 for Division 1.
Martin also holds the Division 2 record set in 2008 with a
toss of 155-8.