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Leisner boosts Braves

Gladstone sweeps Flivvers in first dual meet of the season

April 20, 2012
By John Vrancic - Staff Writer , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - Sophomore Marissa Leisner made quite a first impression Thursday, helping the Gladstone girls open with an 84-53 track victory over the Kingsford Flivvers.

She collected three firsts, taking the 100-meter dash in 13.75 seconds, 300 hurdles (55.52) and anchoring the winning 800 relay on this cloudy and chilly day.

"Marissa had a great day," said Braves' coach Jim Murtha. "This was a very impressive showing for her first meet."

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Marissa Leisner of Gladstone crosses the finish line of the 800M relay during a dual-meet Thursday against Kingsford. Gladstone won the event at 1:35.88.

The season debut was also successful for the Gladstone boys as they prevailed 92-45.

Freshman Josie Gardner added victories for the Gladstone girls in the 1600 (6:51) and 3200 (14:48), and Jessica Young copped shot put (27-1/2) and discus (88-0).

"We had a great day in the field events, and our sprint relays looked real good for the first meet," said Murtha. "The girls needed the competition, so we're just glad to get this meet in. We needed to get some times on kids before the Delta County meet (April 26 at Escanaba). The kids left excited, which is the main thing."

Fact Box


3200 relay - Gladstone (Fournier, Arvan, Trotter, Kleiman), 9:05.4; 110 hurdles - Maycunich, K, 15.9; 100 - Pederson, G, 11.38; 800 relay - Gladstone (Ketchum, Mahoney, Ballard, Pederson), 1:35.88; 1600 - Arvan, G, 4:56; 400 relay - Kingsford (Peterson, Tengesdahl, Curran, Sundquist), 46.17; 400 - Gregory, K, 54.41; 300 hurdles - Houle, G, 45.55; 800 - Kleiman, G, 2:12.9; 200 - Tengesdahl, K, 24.09; 3200 - Arvan, G, 11:00.41; 1600 relay - Kingsford (Gregory, Sussman, Gladowski, Roberts), 3:43.94; High jump - Pederson, G, 5-4; Long jump - Pederson, G, 19-8 1/4; Pole vault - Thompson, G, 12-0; Shot put - Vuksan, G, 47-4; Discus - Vuksan, G, 137-6.


3200 relay - Kingsford (Tresedder, Larson, Allen, Roell), 11:22; 100 hurdles - Starr, G, 18.08; 100 - Leisner, G, 13.75; 800 relay - Gladstone (D. Johnson, Coyne, Wickman, Leisner), 1:57.41; 1600 - Gardner, G, 6:51; 400 relay - Gladstone (D. Johnson, Coyne, Wickman, Alexander), 55.48; 400 - Roell, K, 1:07.66; 300 hurdles - Leisner, G, 55.52; 800 - Brunette, G, 3:07; 200 - C. Benzie, K, 29.36; 3200 - Gardner, G, 14:48; 1600 relay - Kingsford (C. Benzie, Larson, Tresedder, Roell), 4:40.23; High jump - Tresedder, K, 4-4; Long jump - C. Benzie, K, 14-11; Pole vault - Alexander, G, 8-0; Shot put - Young, G, 27-1/2; Discus - Young, G, 88-0.

Junior Carlee Benzie paced the Flivvers by taking long jump (14-11), the 200 (29.36) and helping the winning 1600 relay.

Benzie won long jump for the third time this season, with her best leap (18-2 1/2) taking place indoors at Eagle River, Wis. three weeks ago.

"The cold weather was definitely a factor in high jump and long jump," said Kingsford coach Lisa Harry. "It's hard to warm up and stayed warmed up on a day like this. But we saw some fight in our girls today. They did everything we asked of them. For many of them, this was their first outdoor meet. This was definitely a learning experience."

Justin Pederson led the Gladstone boys with four victories. The junior sprinter came out of the second heat to win the 100 (11.38). He also captured high jump (5-4), long jump (19-8 1/4) and anchored the winning 800 relay.

"Justin ran some 40s (40-meter dashes) in the gym earlier this spring, and he looked strong," said Gladstone coach Gary Whitmer. "We figured he had some leg speed after winning the U.P. (Division 1) long jump last year."

Senior Kyle Arvan dominated the 1600 (4:56) and 3200 (11:00.41) and helped the winning 3200 relay, and junior Jared Vuksan won shot put (47-4) and discus (137-6).

Kingsford's Nick Maycunich won the 110 hurdles (15.9). Gladstone senior Ian Houle led early, but fell after the second hurdle. He recovered in time, however, to win the 300s (45.55).

"Our 3200 relay did well, then they got us in the hurdles," said Whitmer. "What happened to Ian in the high hurdles is unfortunate, but he bounced back and ran a nice time in the 300s for the conditions. Our field events did well, and I was impressed with our young sprinters. Our guys ran an excellent time in the 800 relay (1:35.9) for this early in the year, and they don't have their steps down yet."

Cole Tengesdahl, however, was Kingsford's overall leader. He won the 200 (24.09) and helped the Flivvers take the 400 relay.

"We're young, but we did pretty well in some events," said Kingsford coach Doug Roberts. "I think our relays did real good. This is the first time we've run some of these events this year. We also had to keep a couple kids out of events because they're dinged up. Gladstone is very strong in the field events. That's where they piled up a lot of points."

The Braves are idle until the Delta County Invitational. Kingsford also resumes April 26 when it hosts Menominee in a dual meet.



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