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U.P. Track Finals Division 2 Boys: Emeralds' title drought finally ends

June 3, 2013
By John Vrancic - Sports Reporter (johnvrancic@gmail.com) , Daily Press

KINGSFORD - The Manistique High School track program has waited a long time for a moment like this.

And as it turned out, all a thunderstorm could do was delay the process by little more than an hour at Flivver Field.

The Manistique boys, holding a four-point lead (92-88) over Ishpeming heading into the 1600-meter relay, then placed an exclamation point at the end of their season by winning the day's final race to secure the school's first U.P. title since 1960.

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Dennis Grall photo
Kenner Broullire of Manistique clears a hurdle entering the final straightaway en route to winning the 300 hurdles in the Division 2 race at Saturday’s U.P. Track Finals in Kingsford. The future West Point Academy student also won the 100-meter dash.
 

Manistique finished on top of the Division 2 standings with 102 points, followed by Ishpeming 96 and West Iron County 75.

"I was a little worried about having to come back and run after that long of a delay," said Emeralds' coach Mary Lou Lund. "But the guys found a way to get it done."

Ishpeming was approximately 20 yards ahead of Manistique when junior Ryan Ramey grabbed the baton for the anchor leg of the 1600 relay. He responded by covering the final lap in 48.2 seconds, enabling the Emeralds to nip the Hematites at the wire.

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MHSAA Upper Peninsula Track & Field Finals

Division 2 Boys

Kingsford High School

TEAM SCORING - Manistique 102; Ishpeming 96; West Iron County 75; Iron Mountain 55; Hancock 54; Newberry 44; Stephenson 40; Ishpeming Westwood 28; Ironwood 27; Norway 6.

DISCUS - 1. Gage Hawthorne, Hancock, 125-4.25; 2. Bryson Heimerl, West Iron County, 123-1.50; 3. James Young, Newberry, 122-4; 4. David Bayerl, Stephenson, 119-3.25; 5. Tyler Kangas, Manistique, 114-1; 6. Sean Manderfield, Hancock, 112-2.50.

SHOT PUT - 1. Chasz Jonet, West Iron County, 43-10.25; 2. Gage Hawthorne, Hancock, 43-1.25; 3. Austin Grinsteiner, Stephenson, 41-0.25; 4. James Young, Newberry, 39-11.25; 5. Pat Guffey, Norway, 39-11; 6. Sean Patchion, Hancock, 38-7.50.

LONG JUMP - 1. Josh Whittington, Ishpeming, 20-3; 2. Ryan Rogers, West Iron County, 20-0; 3. Tyler Stafford, West Iron County, 19-4; 4. Adam Prisk, Ishpeming, 19-2; 5. James Sutton, Newberry, 18-9.50; 6. Tony Floyd, Manistique, 18-3.

HIGH JUMP - 1. James Sutton, Newberry, 6-4 (New U.P. Division 2 Final Meet record Old record: 6-3.5, James Sutton, Norway, 2012); 2.

Luke Zambon, Iron Mountain, 6-0; 3. John Nolan, Newberry, 5-11; 4. Bobby Zhulkie, Ishpeming, 5-7; 5. Austin Corp, Ishpeming, 5-5; 6. Wade Hanke, Hancock, 5-5.

POLE VAULT - 1. Cole Stevens, Ironwood, 12-0; 2. Noah Olgren, Ishpeming, 11-6; 3. Zachary Lambert, Manistique, 11-0; 4. (tie) Issac Aukee, Ironwood, 11-0; Jack Fenton, Hancock, 11-0; 6. Lucus Abram, Manistique, 10-0.

3,200 METER RELAY - 1. Manistique, 8:37.97 (Bryson Lawrence, William Pomery, Robert Ayotte, Ryan Ramey); 2. Iron Mountain, 8:52.46 (Keith Holmes, Tanner Huotari, Nate Carey, Dan Kulas); 3. Stephenson, 8:57.13 (Brandon Kau, Connor Cappaert, Kyle Raboin, Kyle Raboin); 4. Hancock, 8:58.60; 5. Ishpeming Westwood, 9:22.02; 6. Norway, 9:23.47.

110-METER HIGH HURDLES - 1. Vincente Carlson, Ishpeming Westwood, 15.70; 2. James Sutton, Newberry, 16.23; 3. Jacob Jarvis, Hancock, 16.52; 4. Zachary Lambert, Manistique, 17.18; 5. Brandon Nichols, Iron Mountain, 17.48; 6. Ben Decremer, Norway, 18.48.

100-METER DASH - 1. Kennar Broulire, Manistique, 11.37; 2. Tyler Stafford, West Iron County, 11.43; 3. Tony Floyd, Manistique, 11.55; 4. Hunter Wirtanen, Ishpeming, 11.74; 5. Casey Wilson, Stephenson, 11.95; 6. Derek DeCaire, Ishpeming, 11.95.

800-METER RELAY - 1. West Iron County, 1:34.50 (Tyler Stafford, Andrew Peterson, Nik Thoney, Ryan Rogers); 2. Ishpeming, 1:35.44 (Tyrus Millimaki, Hunter Wirtanen, Derek DeCaire, Nate Meyer); 3. Ishpeming Westwood, 1:35.93 (Zach Rankinen, Ryan Anttila, Luke Gray, Luke Gray); 4. Manistique, 1:37.45; 5. Stephenson, 1:37.51; 6. Iron Mountain, 1:38.63.

1,600-METER RUN - 1. Dan Kulas, Iron Mountain, 4:42.03; 2. Jared Joki, Ironwood, 4:43.33; 3. William Pomery, Manistique, 4:52.10; 4. Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 4:55.27; 5. Nate Carey, Iron Mountain, 4:56.15; 6. Clinton Brendel, West Iron County, 5:13.73.

400-METER RELAY - 1. Ishpeming, 45.16 (Eric Kostreva, Tyrus Millimaki, Derek DeCaire, Hunter Wirtanen) (New U.P. Division 2 Final meet record Old record: 45.35, St. Ignace, 2008); 2. West Iron County, 45.20 (Tyler Stafford, Andrew Peterson, Nik Thoney, Ryan Rogers); 3. Manistique, 45.90 (Tyler Kangas, Tony Floyd, David Prat, Kennar Broulire); 4. Stephenson, 47.31; 5. Ishpeming Westwood, 47.48; 6. Iron Mountain, 48.12.

400-METER DASH - 1. Ryan Ramey, Manistique, 51.12; 2. Nate Meyer, Ishpeming, 51.68; 3. Luke Zambon, Iron Mountain, 53.49; 4. Adam Prisk, Ishpeming, 54.01; 5. Josh Whittington, Ishpeming, 54.32; 6. Colton Pangrazzi, West Iron County, 55.31.

300-METER INTERMEDIATE HURDLES - 1. Kennar Broulire, Manistique, 39.35 (New U.P. Division 2 Final Meet Record Old Record: 41.0, Lee Denman, Munising, 2004); 2. Vincente Carlson, Ishpeming Westwood, 42.56; 3. Jacob Jarvis, Hancock, 43.43; 4. James Sutton, Newberry, 43.68; 5. Coby Ryan, Manistique, 46.14; 6. Tylor Capadagli, West Iron County, 47.49.

800-METER RUN - 1. Grant Holmstrom, Hancock, 2:07.45; 2. Nate Meyer, Ishpeming, 2:08.06; 3. Colton Pangrazzi, West Iron County, 2:10.79; 4. Keith Holmes, Iron Mountain, 2:12.52; 5. Steve Raboin, Norway, 2:13.43; 6. Clinton Brendel, West Iron County, 2:17.95.

200-METER DASH - 1. Ryan Ramey, Manistique, 23.82; 2. Hunter Wirtanen, Ishpeming, 24.12; 3. Adam Prisk, Ishpeming, 24.30; 4. John Nolan, Newberry, 24.39; 5. Casey Wilson, Stephenson, 24.41; 6. Nik Thoney, West Iron County, 24.61.

3,200-METER RUN - 1. Dan Kulas, Iron Mountain, 10:15.40; 2. Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 10:44.31; 3. Jared Joki, Ironwood, 10:52.14; 4. William Pomery, Manistique, 10:54.37; 5. Keith Holmes, Iron Mountain, 11:25.98; 6. Peter Leppanen, Ishpeming, 11:39.09.

1,600-METER RELAY - 1. Manistique, 3:42.38 (Kennar Broulire, Robert Ayotte, Ryan Ramey, Bryson Lawrence); 2. Ishpeming, 3:43.21 (Austin Corp, Josh Whittington, Adam Prisk, Nate Meyer); 3. West Iron County, 3:45.99 (Colton Pangrazzi, Brandon Olson, Clinton Brendel, Ryan Rogers); 4. Hancock, 3:49.67; 5. Stephenson, 3:54.81; 6. Iron Mountain, 4:01.50.

"It feels great to finally win this (U.P. Finals)," said senior Kenner Broullire, who led off that relay. "Ishpeming definitely wanted to run and we wanted to run. We wanted to win this meet fair and square. Ryan had a lot of ground to make up. But nobody will ever doubt Ryan. He just finds a different gear."

Ramey also won the 200 in 23.82 seconds and 400 in a school-record 51.12.

Ishpeming sophomore Nate Meyer, who beat Ramey for the Mid-Peninsula Conference 400 title on May 23, was runner-up this time (51.68).

"I knew I had to take Meyer early," said Ramey. "I was more relaxed and got out of the blocks faster than in the M-PCs.

"I slipped out of the blocks in the 200. I knew then I had to find another gear in the first 100 and use the home stretch for my kick."

Broullire set the U.P. record in the 300 hurdles (39.35), topping the previous mark (40.98) by Munising's Lee Denman in 2004. He also won the 100 (11.37), edging West Iron's Tyler Stafford by .06 second.

"I didn't get a great start in the 100, then I decided to go for it in about the final 15 meters," said Broullire, who also owns the D-1 record in the 300 hurdles at 39.74. "I was hoping to run in the 38s in the 300 hurdles, although you can't complain about a title. I'm also excited about our team winning. Deep down I knew we had the potential to win it. This is a great way to end a high school career."

Lund also knew the Emeralds had to potential to take the U.P. title at the beginning of this season.

"This is one of the goals we decided to go after during our March 11 sit-down (meeting), and many of the guys were doing two practices a day," she said. "We just wanted the guys to do what they could. Our goal all along was to win the big three (regional, M-PC and U.P. Finals). We're also happy about Kenner setting the U.P. record in the hurdles. He has really worked hard for that."

Ishpeming set a U.P. record in the 400 relay (45.16), topping the previous best (45.35) by St. Ignace in 2008.

Newberry senior James Sutton set the high jump record (6-4) for the second straight year, a half-inch higher than last season.

 
 

 

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