MANISTIQUE - Opportunities to run, jump and throw outside have been few and far between for the Manistique track teams this year.
It appears the Emeralds will have a chance to do that Friday, however, when they host the Seventh Annual Manistique Kiwanis Invitational.
Field events begin at 3:30 p.m. Running events start at 4.
Also entered are Marquette, Gwinn, Superior Central, Munising, Munsing Baptist/Grand Marais, Newberry and Stephenson.
"There's going to be some pretty good competition here Friday," said Manistique girls' coach Mary Lou Lund. "Hopefully, we'll have some nice weather and we'll get a good crowd. The kids are ready to perform."
According to the Weather Channel, Friday's forecast called for showers with temperatures in the low 50s as of Wednesday night.
Marquette swept last year's event, with the Manistique boys runners-up by seven points (108-101).
The Marquette boys took third in their Superior Dome Invitational with 49 points. The Emeralds were seventh at 34 in a meet which nine points separated fourth from eighth.
Manistique senior Kenner Broullire won the 55-meter dash in 6.71 seconds and helped the Emeralds place third in the 800 relay at the Dome. Junior Ryan Ramey, who also ran in that relay, added a second in the open 400 (54.58).
The Emeralds then had an apparent victory in the 1600 relay nullified by disqualification.
"I was very happy with how things went at the Dome except for the last race," said Lund. "They (meet officials) said our kids threw the baton. Although, we can't be disappointed in how we ran that race. I'm very pleased with how Kenner ran up there."
Lund anticipates interesting races in the distances Friday, with Marquette freshman Lance Rambo, teammate Cole Rieboldt, Munising freshman Brett Hannah and Stephenson sophomore Connor Cappaert among the frontrunners.
At the Dome, Rambo won the 3200 (10:37.33) and was runner-up in the 1600 (4:46.78). Rieboldt took third in the 1600 (4:46.89).
Bryant came out of the slower heat to win the 1600 (5:06.93) and 3200 (11:00.02) in the Division 3 Dome Invitational on April 18.
"Gwinn also had a pretty good cross country team last fall," said Lund. "I'm sure they'll have some good distance people. There will be good competition in the distances."
Superior Central junior NIck Maki placed second in the 400 (55.89), third in the 200 (24.94) and helped the Cougars win the 3200 relay in the D-3 meet.
Manistique senior Monica Giles won shot put at the Dome with a personal-best toss of 39 feet, nine inches.
"Monica had a real strong day," said Marana. "That was a good throw for the first meet of the year. We expect that from her and that's what Monica expects from herself. Also, Holly (Blowers) had some solid races in the Dome. We're looking for her to have some good races on Friday."
The Emeralds were scheduled to visit Iron Mountain for a triangular meet Tuesday. That meet, however, was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
"We contemplated hosting that meet ourselves, but it didn't work out," said Marana. "The smaller meets are important because you can experiment a little. Those also allow the younger kids to have a chance to shine and see where they're at. Overall, I thought we had a good start against good competition at the Dome. But this will give us a better feel for where we're at."
Marquette freshman Lindsey Rudden was a triple-winner at the Dome, taking the 800 (2:24.53) and 1600 (5:23.27) and helping the Redettes capture the 3200 relay.
Others to watch in the distances are Marquette sophomore Calla Martysz and Newberry freshman Natalie Beaulieu.
Superior Central was led in its opener by junior Teslyn Tyner, who was runner-up in the 100 (13.37) and 200 (28.62) and placed third in long jump (15-1).