MANISTIQUE - After several weeks of practice, mainly indoors, the Manistique boys are eager to get their track season underway.
The Emeralds, who have 30 on their roster, open in today's Marquette Invitational at the Superior Dome.
"The kids are anxious to get onto the track, although they really want to go outside," said coach Mary Lou Lund. "They're ready to go. Our workouts have gone all right."
Leading the list of seniors is Kenner Broullire, who set the Upper Peninsula Division 1 record in the 300-meter hurdles at 39.74 seconds.
"I think Kenner looks fine," said Lund. "His form looks good."
Also back is senior Bryson Lawrence, who helped the Emeralds capture the U.P. 3200 relay title a year ago.
April 16 - at Marquette (Superior Dome); April 23 - at Iron Mountain; April 26 - Manistique Invitational.
May 2 - at Westwood; May 3 - at St. Ignace; May 7 - St. Ignace, Newberry and Gwinn; May 11 - at Munising; May 16 - D-2 regional; May 23 - M-PC meet at Norway.
June 1 - U.P. Finals at Kingsford.
Remaining seniors are Zach Lambert (hurdles, pole vault and high jump) and Jared Edwards, Max Nelson and Mat Gonzalez (weight events).
"We have quite a few throwers," said Lund. "We have two freshmen whom I think are going to do pretty good. We also have some experience."
Senior Tyler Pomeroy, who placed fourth in the U.P. D-2 Cross Country Finals last fall, won't be running this spring due to a knee injury. He's now serving as team manager.
Juniors include Ryan Ramey (sprints/middle distance), Tony Floyd and David Pratt (sprints), D.J. Gonzalez (middle distance), Robert Ayotte (distance) and Tyler Kangas, Cameron Page and Jake Zellar (weight events).
Leading sophomores are Brett Annelin (distance), Travis Bolm (hurdles) and Zack Wheaton.
"We're looking for spots for Zack," said Lund. "We have quite a few sprinters and distance kids. We didn't have any distance kids last year. That's what killed us in the M-PC (Mid-Peninsula Conference) last year. That's where Negaunee beat us (139-136) last year. Our goal is to win it (M-PC). I don't know what anybody else has. I just hope our kids are ready to win it. We're hoping this is our year."
Promising freshmen include Lucas Abram (pole vault and sprints), Jordan Turan (sprints) and Travis DuFour (distance).
This season marks the return to D-2 for the Emeralds, who were entered in D-1 the past two seasons. They placed third in last year's U.P. Finals.
"You need to run with the best in order to be the best," said Lund. "We want to run with Marquette as much as we can. Right now, we need to get a meet under our belts and get some experience for our younger kids. We need to get some times on kids. Plus, some of the kids will actually get to pole vault."