KINGSFORD - Mission accomplished.
The Gladstone boys did what they set out to do Saturday, earning their first Upper Peninsula Division 1 track title in four years with 112 points.
They were followed by Menominee 80, Kingsford 73, three-time defending champ Marquette 61 and Escanaba 55.
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Justin Pederson of Gladstone leaps over the bar at 6-foot-1 Saturday at the U.P. Track Division 1 finals at Kingsford. He won the event at 6-3.
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Jared Vuksan of Gladstone holds the shot put and discus he used to capture U.P. track championships in Division One Saturday at Kingsford. His 55-foot-11.25 throw in shot put is a Division One record and second only to the 58-7 heave by Escanaba’s Wayne Schwalbach in 1974.
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Brian Kwarciarny of Escanaba prepares to take the baton from teammate Jake Walker Saturday for the final leg of the Division 1 400-relay at the U.P. track finals in Kingsford.
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Zach Sturdy of Gladstone bends the pole during an attempt in pole vault Saturday during the U.P. Division 1 track finals at Kingsford.
"I couldn't be more proud of these kids," said Gladstone athletic director/assistant coach Matt Houle. "They were prepared, confident and ready to go."
The Braves, led by seniors Jared Vuksan and Justin Pederson, scored 69 points in the field events.
"We had to dominate those to win the meet," said Houle, who was filling in for head coach Gary Whitmer. "All the kids stepped up in the field events. We took control in the field, and the guys in the running events took care of business."
MHSAA Upper Peninsula Track & Field Finals
Division 1 Girls
Kingsford High School
TEAM SCORING - Gladstone 112; Menominee 80; Kingsford 73; Marquette 61; Escanaba 55; Negaunee 42; Sault Ste. Marie 37; Calumet 34; Houghton 23; Gwinn 10.
DISCUS - 1. Jared Vuksan, Gladstone, 153-2.75; 2. Hilding Beaudion, Kingsford, 151-2; 3. Cody Malanowski, Gladstone, 132-1; 4. Tyler Fountain, Sault Ste. Marie, 121-4.50; 5. Ben Collaer, Houghton, 113-7.75; 6. Christian Macdonald, Negaunee, 113-1.50.
SHOT PUT - 1. Jared Vuksan, Gladstone, 55-11.25 (New U.P. Division 1 Final Meet record Old Record: 52-0.5, Kent King, Gladstone, 2010); 2. Cody Malanowski, Gladstone, 45-9.25; 3. Alex Dempsey, Negaunee, 43-8.50; 4. Adam Francis, Negaunee, 42-0.50; 5. Mitchell Paris, Gwinn, 41-11.25; 6. Tyler Fountain, Sault Ste. Marie, 40-5.25.
LONG JUMP - 1. Justin Pederson, Gladstone, 21-0.50; 2. Ryan Laberge, Houghton, 18-11; 3. Justin Brilinski, Menominee, 18-9; 4. Jared Vuksan, Gladstone, 18-4; 5. Brendan Jacques, Calumet, 18-3; 6. Kevin O'Keefe, Negaunee, 17-11.
HIGH JUMP - 1. Justin Pederson, Gladstone, 6-3; 2. Tyler Roland, Calumet, 6-0; 3. Tyler Harmon, Menominee, 6-0; 4. Andrew Olesak, Gladstone, 5-10; 5. Kevin O'Keefe, Negaunee, 5-8; 6. David Bashaw, Marquette, 5-8.
POLE VAULT - 1. Ausin Caya, Negaunee, 12-0; 2. Ryan Camp, Kingsford, 11-6; 3. Zach Study, Gladstone, 11-6; 4. Joe Dobbs, Houghton, 11-6; 5. Eric Lasanen, Calumet, 11-0; 6. Austin. Cossette, Gladstone, 11-0.
3,200-METER RELAY - 1. Escanaba, 8:24.69 (Jordan Ogren, Eric Cousineau, Andrew Stenberg, Jake Walker); 2. Marquette, 8:24.70 (Leighton Locke, Cole Rieboldt, Nathan Schlorke, Andrew Banitt); 3. Sault Ste. Marie, 8:29.82 (John Seeley, Josh Scott, Sam Burtt, Parker Scott); 4. Kingsford, 8:36.97 (Austin Stanchina, Devin Wickman, Devin Wickman, Jacob Allen); 5. Menominee, 8:52.11; 6. Negaunee, 9:04.25 (Jesse Godfrey, Keenan Gantz, Juntti Storm, Evan Fezatt).
110-METER HIGH HURDLES - 1. Bryan Hines, Menominee, 15.96; 2. Tyler Harmon, Menominee, 16.04; 3. Brendan Jacques, Calumet, 16.34; 4. Jason Bell, Negaunee, 16.37; 5. Paul Torola, Calumet, 16.77; 6. Ed Sexton, Kingsford, 17.06.
100-METER DASH - 1. Cole Tengesdahl, Kingsford, 11.26; 2. Justin. Pederson, Gladstone, 11.31; 3. Shaun Sullivan, Menominee, 11.35; 4. Alexander Gagnon, Marquette, 11.48; 5. Leonard Briggs, Menominee, 11.65; 6. Noah Budd, Houghton, 11.69.
800-METER RELAY - 1. Menominee, 1:32.09 (Chase LaCombe, Aeron Forsberg, Shaun Sullivan, Leonard Briggs); 2. Kingsford, 1:32.83 (Quintin Pratt, Cole Tengesdahl, Jaxson Ferree, Tyler Roberts); 3. Gladstone, 1:33.45 (Riley Ballard, Max Mahoney, Chris Sedenquist, Justin. Pederson); 4. Sault Ste. Marie, 1:35.76; 5. Marquette, 1:35.77; 6. Negaunee, 1:38.20.
1,600-METER RUN - 1. Parker Scott, Sault Ste. Marie, 4:31.98; 2. Lance Rambo, Marquette, 4:35.22; 3. Cole Rieboldt, Marquette, 4:35.96; 4. Andrew Stenberg, Escanaba, 4:41.23; 5. Keenan Gantz, Negaunee, 4:52.21; 6. Lucas Jennings, Kingsford, 4:55.40.
400-METER RELAY - 1. Menominee, 44.70 (Bryan Hines, Aeron Forsberg, Shaun Sullivan, leonard Briggs); 2. Kingsford, 44.93 (Ed Sexton, Cole Tengesdahl, Jaxson Ferree, Quintin Pratt); 3. Gladstone, 45.09 (Riley Ballard, Max Mahoney, Blake Knauff, Jared. Vuksan); 4. Marquette, 46.56; 5. Negaunee, 46.62; 6. Houghton, 46.96.
400-METER DASH - 1. Chris Sedenquist, Gladstone, 51.39; 2. Tyler Roberts, Kingsford, 51.97; 3. Colin Barnhart, Escanaba, 52.48; 4. Kylor Skinner, Gwinn, 52.51; 5. Kyle Kleiman, Gladstone, 53.95; 6. Alex Helman, Houghton, 54.22.
300-METER INTERMEDIATE HURDLES - 1. Bryan Hines, Menominee, 41.59; 2. Brendan Jacques, Calumet, 42.38; 3. Chad Sturos, Calumet, 42.72; 4. John Cripe, Kingsford, 43.58; 5. Jason Bell, Negaunee, 43.75; 6. Quinlan Hillesheim, Escanaba, 46.05.
800-METER RUN - 1. Parker Scott, Sault Ste. Marie, 2:00.90; 2. Andrew Banitt, Marquette, 2:01.70; 3. Jake Walker, Escanaba, 2:04.10; 4. Jordan Ogren, Escanaba, 2:04.80; 5. Jacob Allen, Kingsford, 2:06.30; 6. Lucas Jennings, Kingsford, 2:12.40.
200-METER DASH - 1. Shaun Sullivan, Menominee, 23.17; 2. Alexander Gagnon, Marquette, 23.32; 3. Kevin O'Keefe, Negaunee, 23.49; 4. Riley. Ballard, Gladstone, 23.76; 5. Noah Budd, Houghton, 24.05; 6. Chris. Sedenquist, Gladstone, 24.06.
3,200-METER RUN - 1. Eric Cousineau, Escanaba, 10:10.10; 2. Cole Rieboldt, Marquette, 10:19.47; 3. Andrew Stenberg, Escanaba, 10:22.81; 4. Lance Rambo, Marquette, 10:38.23; 5. Jacob Colling, Houghton, 10:55.16; 6. Danny Henderson, Houghton, 11:23.22.
1,600-METER RELAY - 1. Kingsford, 3:37.04 (Jaxson Ferree, Jacob Allen, Jack Glodowski, Tyler Roberts); 2. Escanaba, 3:39.35 (Colin Barnhart, Quinlan Hillesheim, Jordan Ogren, Jake Walker); 3. Gladstone, 3:39.36 (Kyle. Kleiman, Blake Knauff, Chris Sedenquist, Derek Mayo); 4. Gwinn, 3:41.07; 5. Sault Ste. Marie, 3:43.81; 6. Houghton, 3:56.11.
Whitmer was unable to make the trip to Kingsford after suffering a broken sternum in an automobile accident Friday.
Senior Jared Vuksan set the U.P. discus record at 55 feet, 11 1/4 inches, topping the previous best (52-1/2) set three years ago by Braves' now-volunteer assistant Kent King. That toss was also enough to surpass Vuksan's former school record (54-7), which he set last year.
Vuksan, who will play football at Northern Michigan University this fall, also set a school record in discus with a winning toss of 153-2 3/4 and placed fourth in long jump (18-4).
"My release was a lot better today in disc," he said. "I evened out my throw and the disc came out flatter. I got the U.P. record in shot on my last throw. I stayed low and my footwork was good. My first throw was 50-5 and I think that set the tone. I really got pumped for the last throw. That was a great way to finish."
Pederson added firsts in high jump (6-3) and long jump (21-1/2) and took second in the 100 (11.31).
Kingsford junior Cole Tengesdahl won the 100 at 11.26,
"I'm a little disappointed in my 100, although I have to take my hat off to Cole," said Pederson, who plans to run track at Michigan State as a walk-on next season. "In high jump, everyone went out after six feet and I kept going. There was a lot of pressure, but I seem to do better in that situation. After I cleared 6-3, I went up to 6-5 and knicked the bar on the way down (on the first try).
"My goal in long jump was just to break 21. I just tried to stay consistent."
Junior Chris Sedenquist added a first for the Braves in the 400 (51.39).
Esky more than doubled its point total from a year ago (27), scoring 36 of its 55 points in the distances.
"All the kids performed well," said Esky coach Ryan Wender. "Our distances were solid again. Our squad is growing every year and we're losing only two seniors. We're getting better. Only, we need to find guys in the field events. We have some field events coming. We just need to develop them."
Sophomore Eric Cousineau won the 3200 in a personal-best 10:10.10 and helped Esky win the 3200 relay.
"I wanted to hit 1:15 laps," Cousineau said, noting he wanted to do the first mile under five minutes. "I did the 5-Ks (in Escanaba and Rapid River) last weekend, and I think those helped me get in the mood for running the 3200 competitively. Our team did well here today. I think things are looking up for Esky boys' track."
Senior Andrew Stenberg, last year's 1600-meter champ, took fourth in that race this time (4:41.23), third in the 3200 (10:22.81) and helped Esky's 3200 relay.