Eagles Edge Mid Pen for title
RAPID RIVER — Some of the girls’ races were very tight in Thursday’s Division 3 regional track meet.
The race for the team title was nearly as close as Engadine edged Mid Peninsula 51 1/2-47 for top honors. Third-place Rapd River scored 36 points.
Mid Pen freshman Camryn Croasdell won the 200 in which .08 second separated first place from fourth. Croasdell, who won on a lean, was clocked at 27.98 seconds. She was followed by Engadine senior Olivia Vaughn (27.99), Bark River-Harris sophomore Hailee Demers (28.01) and Superior Central junior Sophie Maki (28.06).
Vaughn copped the 100 (13.3), followed by Croasdell (13.32), Demers (13.37) and BR-H junior Jaelin Lockwood (13.42).
“The 100 and 200 were real tight,” said Mid Pen coach Bob Reichel. “I can picture that being the same in the (Upper Peninsula) Finals. We did real well in the relays.
“Camryn’s ankle had been bothering her, but she’s feeling much better today, There’s a lot of high expectations from her success a year ago and she ran real good today. This was her best meet.”
The 400 relay was also tight, with Mid Pen winning at 56.12, followed by Rapid River (56.32), Engadine (56.78) and BR-H (56.83).
Vaughn, who took a spill and injured her hip in Tuesday’s Engadine Invitational, also took long jump Thursday at 15 feet, two inches, nudging Lockwood by a half-inch.
“My hip is still a little tight,” she said.
“I think everything still went all right. Our 400 relay took third and we’re a little disappointed with that. My 100 time is pretty close to my average. I had a good start which you need in order to have a chance to win it.”
Engadine junior Ashtyn Buss swept the weight events, taking shot put (34-3) and discus (94-1).
“My muscles were tight (from the cold),” she said. “My speed was good in the circle, but everything else didn’t go quite as well as I hoped. I missed the last three meets and was definitely rusty coming in here, although it’s still a confidence builder to come out of here with a couple wins. It’s comforting to know we have one more meet before the Finals.”
Mid Pen eighth-grader Daisy Englund again recorded four firsts, taking the 400 (1:06.11), 800 (2:45.18) and anchoring the winning 1600 and 3200 relays.
“Daisy is running as well as anybody right now,” said Reichel. “She’s a special runner. I think she’ll do well in the U.P. Finals. Camryn Croasdell, Kennedy Englund, Chevy Koski and Haley Trudell are special runners as well. They could place in any number of other races. Haley Derocher has really stepped up. This is the first year she ran the hurdles. We emphasized those in the past couple practices and today it showed.”
Rapid River sophomore Emily Thibault became a double-winner, taking the 100 hurdles (18.96) and high jump (4-6) and junior Elizabeth Goodacre added a first in the 1600 (6:29.99).
Demers provided BR-H with its lone first in the 300 hurdles (57.62) and Big Bay de Moc freshman Meagan Yonker captured the 3200 (13:32.9).