MARQUETTE - The field events made quite a difference for the Gladstone boys Tuesday as they opened their track season by winning the Superior Dome Invitational with 101 points.
Runner-up Menominee scored 69, followed by Marquette 49 and Escanaba 41.
Gladstone, which racked up 57 points in the field, grabbed the top three places in shot put.
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Gladstone’s Zach Sturdy clears his best height of 12 feet en route to winning the pole vault during Tuesday’s Superior Dome Classic track and field meet at Marquette.
Senior Jared Vuksan led the way with a meet-record heave of 54 feet, six inches, just an inch short of his school record from a year ago.
"I was a little nervous about throwing coming in here because we hadn't been outside yet," said Vuksan. "Then, once we started, I felt more relaxed than usual. I just concentrated on my form. It's a good start to get the shot out that far right away. Last year, I did't throw this far until very late in the season."
Junior Cody Malinowski was second in shot put (47-11), followed by senior Stephen Strom (46-10).
Superior Dome Invitational
Gladstone 101, Menominee 69, Marquette 49, Escanaba 41, Negaunee 39, Kingsford 35, Manistique 34, Sault Ste. Marie 32, Houghton 18, Newberry 12, Westwood 4, Stephenson and Big Rapids Crossroads Christian Academy 0.
Marquette 124, Sault Ste. Marie 59.33, Negaunee 42.33, Escanaba 42, Kingsford 39.33, Houghton 34, Menominee 30, Newberry 18, Manistique and Gladstone 16, Stephenson 8, Westwood 5, Big Rapids Crossroads Academy 0.
Senior Justin Pederson added a meet record in long jump (21-0) and placed second in high jump (5-10). Senior Zach Sturdy copped pole vault (12-0).
The Braves also had success in the running events, with junior Chris Sedenquist taking the 400-meter dash in 53.66 seconds and helping the winning 1600 relay team.
Esky did the majority of its scoring in the distances, led by senior Andrew Stenberg who was runner-up in the 3200 (10:47.92) and fourth in the 1600 (4:58.4). Sophomore Eric Cousineau placed third in the 3200 (10:54.86) and junior Jared Ogren was third in the 800 (2:18.16).
"We did okay for the first meet," said Esky coach Ryan Wender. "We did some good things. We got some times on kids and a chance to see where we need to improve."
Manistique senior Kenner Broullire copped the 55 dash in 6.71 seconds and helped the Emeralds place third in the 800 relay.
"That's such a fast race," said Broullire. "Just about the time you get into stride, the race is over. I slipped out of the blocks in the preliminaries, which makes you nervous about how the rest of the day is going to go. But it worked out fine."
Manistique junior Ryan Ramey was runner-up in the 400 (54.58).
"I think our kids did very well," said Emeralds' coach Mary Lou Lund. "I was impressed."
The Marquette girls won with 124 points, followed by Sault 59.33, Negaunee 42.33 and Esky 42.
Esky senior Holly Ettenhofer won pole vault (7-6). Junior Aubree Peterson placed third in the 800 (2:36.07) and helped the Eskymos take second in the 3200 relay.
"We had some nice surprises," said Esky coach Dan DeLong. "Holly, for not pole vaulting all year, that's a pretty good start. Aubree and Aimee (Giese) were solid in the distances and Sunny Martineau taking third in the 55 (in eight seconds) was a pleasant surprise."
Manistique senior Monica Giles won shot put with a personal-best toss of 39-9 1/2.
"This is the first time I've thown the shot in a long time," said Giles. "I'm usually in the 36s quite consistently, but I've been working out a bit more this year. I'm excited about this, although I can't count on this happening everytime."
Freshman Holly Blowers came out of the slower heat to place fifth in the 800 and sixth in the 1600 and 3200.
"I'm happy with the way the girls performed," said Emeralds' coach Chris Marana. "This was a new experience for our underclassmen. Monica really threw well, and I'm happy with how Holly ran today. I'm just grateful we got this meet in."
Gladstone sophomore Iris Robare placed third in long jump (14-11) and Jaime Snowaert tied Sault's Savanna Pinkowski for third in pole vault (7-0).
"This was a good learning experience," said Braves' coach Jim Murtha. "For many of our girls, this was their first meet. We had a lot of nervous people today. But you have to start from somewhere."