MANISTIQUE - The weather forecast for Friday forced the cancellation of the Manistique Invite Friday due to snow on the ground in Manistique. Possible rescheduling options are being explored and will be decided next week
Joining the Emeralds at the event will be Marquette, Gwinn, Superior Central, Munising, Munising Baptist, Engadine, Big Bay de Noc, Bark River-Harris and Stephenson.
The Marquette girls are shooting for their fourth straight title and the Manistique boys are defending champs.
"No doubt, the Marquette girls are the favorites," said Manistique coach Rob Schwartz. "They're loaded, especially in the distances. They have a lot of weapons."
Sophomore Lindsey Rudden and freshman Amber Huebner are Marquette's pacesetters in the distances and middle distances.
Rudden won the 800-meter run in two minutes, 40.7 seconds and 1600 (5:19) in Tuesday's triangular meet at Escanaba. Hueber copped the 400 (1:03.75) and 3200 (11:34).
Junior Liz Slagle added firsts in the 100 (13.07) and 200 (29.65) and junior Kirsten Iwanski took shot put at 34 feet, one inch.
Manistique was runner-up to Negaunee in a home quadragular meet Tuesday by seven points (101-94).
Sophomore Holly Blowers won the 800 and 1600 and sophomore Sage Hastings won shot put (26-0) for the Emeralds on that chilly and blustery day.
"We even had blowing snow," said Schwartz. "This was only our second full day on the track and the times were slow. The other teams were just glad to be running and our kids had a good attitude. We had a lot of kids step up. Our top three sprinters were out with injuries, but the other girls filled in well."
Others to watch are Marquette's Hunter Viitala, who soared 5-3 in high jump in the Superior Dome, and Superior Central's Teslyn Tyner (sprints and high jump), Munising's Michaela Peramaki (pole vault, long jump and sprints) and Engadine's Autumn Arseneau (sprints and high jump).
The boys' 400 features Manistique senior Ryan Ramey and Big Bay senior Cole Potvin, the defending U.P. D-2 and D-3 champions, respectively.
Ramey won three events in the Marquette Division 2 Invitational last week.
This could be the season debut for Potvin, if the Delta County Invitational isn't held today.
The distances also appear interesting with Marquette senior Cole Rieboldt and sophomore Lance Rambo, Stephenson junior Conner Cappaert and Munising sophomore Brett Hannah set to do battle.
Munising juniors Andy Cooper and Alex Hill shared first in high jump at 6-4 and BR-H sophomore Alex Mathias took pole vault (11-0) in the Superior Central Division 3 Invite last week in the Superior Dome.
Others to watch are Manistique's Tony Floyd (sprints), Munising's Blaine Bradley (pole vault) and Austin Kelto (spints), BR-H's Jake Greenfield (sprints) and Hunter Messersmith and Engadine's Trevor Brawley (sprints).