Marquette boys and girls win Manistique track invite

MANISTIQUE — Depth was a common denominator for Marquette’s track teams Friday as they swept both ends of the Manistique Invitational.

The Marquette boys scored 217 points, followed by Newberry 152 and Stephenson 69.

“Again our depth showed,” said Marquette boys’ coach Kyle Detmers. “Going 1-2 in the 300 (meter) hurdles really helped us. Our relays did real well and our field events helped us again.”

The Marquette girls finished with 148 1/2 points. Runner-up Munising scored 116 and Stephenson squeezed past Newberry 62-61 for third.

“Our depth came through for us,” said Marquette girls’ coach Natalie Messano. “We got a lot of points in the hurdles even though we didn’t take first in either race. Everybody who was healthy got a chance to run.”

Newberrry senior Taylor Bryant won the 100 hurdles in 17.32 seconds, edging Marquette’s Ahnika Puskala on a lean. She also took the 300s (49.32), anchored the winning 400 relay (55.16) and placed fourth in the 200 (28.87).

“Taylor ran a nice time in the 300s,” said Newberry coach Lori Fair. “It was good to see some different competition. I think the girls rose to the occasion.”

Marquette’s Izzie Peterson took the 100 (13.09) and 200 (27.84).

“Everything went pretty good,” said Bryant. “I thought it’d be a little colder over here. I thought our relay went real smooth and I had a pretty good start in the 300 hurdles. Our boys’ coach (Gene Schroll) has been working with me on my starts.”

Munising senior Michaela Peramaki copped pole vault at nine feet and long jump (15-0) and her sister Madeleine, who’s a senior captured the 800 (2:31.53) and 1600 (5:47.43).

In the 1600, she was followed by junior teammate Alyssa Webber (5:56.54) and senior Marissa Immel (6:18.39).

“I’m very happy we went 1-2-3 in the 1600 and with my time in the 800,” said Madeleine. “At the start I try to see the other runners are doing. If they go out hard, I’ll let them set the pace. I like running from behind. Otherwise, I’ll take the lead if I feel there’s a need to pick it up. I’m thankful God gave me the strength to run as fast as I did.”

Gwinn’s Brenna Bruce took shot put (30-8) and was runner-up in discus (79-5).

Manistique sophomore Ashley McDonald placed third in the 400 (1:07.21) and freshman Megan Espinoza was third in the 3200 (13:36.43) and fourth in the 1600 (6:19.39).

“We’re competing decently,” said Manistique coach Rob Schwartz. “When we put it together, I think we’ll be even more competitive. Our distance runners are probably distinguishing themselves the most. The girls are getting stronger.”

Marquette junior Garrett Rudden won the boys’ 800 (2:04.37) and 1600 in a personal-best 4:37.84. Wyatt Godwin added a first in long jump (20-1/2) and Jedidiah Weber copped high jump (5-8).

In the 300 hurdles, Marquette’s Drew Thomas won in 44.09, followed by teammate Brad Seaborg (4458) and Newberry senior Kyle Johnson (45.64).

Earlier, Johnson won the 110s (16.22), followed by Thomas (16.99) and Seaborg (18.2).

“I think I could have gotten out of the blocks a little quicker, but I wanted to concentrate on my steps (in the 110s),” said Johnson. “We ran a shorter race (55 meters) in the (Superior) Dome.”

Newberry senior John Paramski won shot put (46-5 1/2) and discus (113-2) and classmate Kindred Griffis added a first in the 3200 (10:35.63) and was runner-up in the 1600 (5:07.19).

“John had a real good day,” said Newberry boys’ coach Gene Schroll. “I’m absolutely pleased with the way we performed. “Marquette is tough. They’re very deep.”

Stephenson had a triple-winner in Montel Glover, who took the 100 (11.62), 200 (23.06) and 400 (51.71).

Big Bay de Noc’s Luke LaLonde shared second with Marquette’s Taylor Althouse in high jump (5-6).

Manistique’s highest finish took place in the 3200 relay where it placed third (10:00.13), with Logan Pawley placing fourth in pole vault (9-6).

Big Bay and Manistique resume Tuesday in a quadrangular meet at Munising.

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