Athletes compete with rain, wind, and snow
After competing in two indoor meets, at Houghon and Marquette, both the Emerald boys’ and girls’ teams were anxious to get outside. With spring sports comes a certain unpredictability with weather, however, no one was quite expecting the snow and rain flurries, coupled with a strong wind, that made an appearance in Tuesday’s competition.
Weather conditions definitely had an effect on the outcome of individual times and team scores.
Rob Schwartz took over the reins from former head coach Chris Marana. In his first season as head coach for the girls, he said he is pleased with the squads’ continued improvement. Schwartz has many new comers to the track and field program in his lineup this season.
“We ran short handed today,” Schwartz stated after Tuesday’s meet. “Several of our key sprinters were out due to injuries. Fortunately we had other girls step up. We hope to have Elisa MacGregor, Shelby Carlson and Kamryn Hoezee back in the lineup for Friday’s Kiwanis meet.”
Continuing where she left off after the 2013 season, Holly Blowers won her signature races, the 800-meter and 1,600-meter. Blowers was also a member of the 3,200-meter relay team, which took first.
At the conclusion of the 3,200-meter run, Manistique took second place for the girls with a team score of 84. Negaunee secured first with 91. Munising fell into third with 53 and Iron Mountain took last with 22.
Negaunee boys also led in their events, taking the meet with a team score of 110. Munising took second with 65, Manistique fourth with 49 and Iron Mountain had 36.
The Emeralds will be at home on Friday when they hold their annual Kiwanis Meet. Events are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
First place finishes: 3,200-meter relay; Anthony Floyd, 100-meter; 400-meter relay; Robert Ayotte, 800-meter.
Second place finishes: 800-meter relay.
Third place finishes: R. Ayotte,
1,600-meter; Coby Ryan, 300-meter low hurdles; 1,600-meter relay; R. Ayotte, pole vault.
Fourth place finishes: Travis Bolm, 300-meter low hurdles; Bolm , 110-meter high hurdles C. Ryan, long jump.
First place finishes: 3,200-meter relay; Holly Blowers, 1,600-meter; H. Blowers, 800-meter.
Second place finishes: 1,600-meter relay; Brittney Zellar, pole vault.
Third place finishes: Kelsey Dehanke, 100-meter high hurdles; Haleigh Chagnon, 1,600-meter; 400-meter relay; K. Dehanke, 300-meter low hurdles; Leah Cook, long jump; K. Dehanke, high jump; Price, pole vault.
Fourth place finishes: Lexi Carlson, 100-meter high hurdles; Morgan Kangas, 400-meter; Korissa Bosanic, 200-meter; L. Carlson, long jump.
Fifth place finishes: Carlie Chase, 100-meter; Genna Rice, 200-meter.