Last race lifts Marquette girls over Esky

Track and field

Mike Mattson | Daily Press Escanaba’s Hunter Royer just misses clearing 11-6 in the pole vault in Tuesday’s triangular meet at Escanaba. Royer cleared 10-6 to capture first place.

ESCANABA — The outcome of a triangular track meet boiled down to the final race Tuesday as the Marquette girls edged Escanaba 67-65. Menominee finished with 40 points.

Marquette and Esky were tied at 62 going into the 1600-meter relay. The Redettes then secured the decision by winning in four minutes, 37.21 seconds. Esky was second at 4:53.39 on this mostly sunny and mild day.

“This is the closest we’ve been to Marquette in a long time,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “All we had to do is beat one more girl. Although, we’re very happy with the effort. Our girls performed real well.”

Marquette’s Izzie Peterson and Jacqueline Cammarata had a hand in four firsts, including victories in the 400 and 800 relays. Peterson took the 100 in 12.7 seconds and 200 (27.89). Cammarata added firsts in the 100 hurdles (16.22) and 300s (50.76).

Esky senior Jen Brandt took the high jump at four feet, eight inches and discus (95-9) and Carlee Forvilly won her first varsity event with a leap of 14-4 in the long jump.

Mike Mattson | Daily Press Marquette’s Kayley Elmblad and Escanaba’s Megan Marenger sprint to the finish line Tuesday in the 800-meter run. Marenger edged Elmblad for first place in a time of 2:46.63 at the triangular meet in Escanaba. Elmblad crossed in 2:46.70.

“This is huge for Carlee,” said DeLong. “She beat two girls who had beaten her at the (Superior) Dome last week. Jen scored 13 points for us and tied her personal best in high jump.”

Esky junior Megan Marenger won the 800 (2:46.63), edging Marquette’s Kayley Elmblad on a lean, and senior Maddy Willis held off Marquette’s Delaney Sall for a victory in the 400 (1:05.46).

Menominee, led by Jaida Lesperance (6:06.58), grabbed the top three places in the 1600 and Abby Bradfield took the 3200 (13:26.82).

The Marquette boys cruised to victory with 113 1/2 points, followed by Esky 46 1/2 and Menominee 15.

Marquette collected 16 firsts, with senior Hunter Royer’s leap of 10-6 in the pole vault providing Esky with its lone first.

The Redmen, led by Drew Thomas, grabbed the top three spots in the 300 hurdles.

Thomas was clocked at 43.83 in the 300s and captured the 110s (15.9) and Drew Gale took the 100 (11.5) and helped the winning sprint relays.

Junior Garrett Rudden added firsts in the 1600 (4:40.27) and 3200 (10:24.52 and helped the winning 3200 relay.

“This is the first time Garrett ran the 3200 and he did a nice job with it,” said Marquette coach Kyle Detmers. “We’re pleased with the way our hurdlers performed and happy to see we have some young kids throwing well. The field events are something we’ve been trying to focus on, We have some guys helping us with those and we’re getting more kids out. We appreciate everybody working hard in our first outdoor meet.”

Esky’s Justin Sanpaka was runner-up in the 1600 (5:12.21) and 3200 (11:07). Scout Wunder took second in the 200 (24.45). Sophomore Jared Nash was runner-up in high jump (6-0) and Gabe Smith was second in discus (90-3).

“Overall, I was very happy with today,” said Esky coach Scott Dykema. “One bad handoff in the 800 relay hurt us a lot. Otherwise, our sprinters are coming along and Justin ran a good time in the 3200. We had a lot of guys in four events and some of them were gassed when they got to the long jump. We’re struggling in the 800 this year and trying find some guys for that race and the 1600 relay.”

The Eskymos resume in Thursday’s Delta County Invitational at Gladstone. Marquette is entered in Friday’s Manistique Invite.

The summary:


3200 relay — Marquette (Axelson, Johnson, Gagnon, Zueger), 9:10.19; 110 hurdles — Thomas, Mqt, 15.9; 100 — Gale, Mqt, 11.5; 800 relay — Marquette (Martysz, Pickard, Gale, Goodwin), 1:37; 1600 — Rudden, Mqt, 4:40.27; 400 relay — Marquette (DuVall, Martysz, Weber, Gale), 46.53; 400 — Malherbe, Mqt, 54.51; 300 hurdles — Thomas, Mqt, 43.83; 800 — Gagnon, Mqt, 2:16.47; 200 — Martysz, Mqt, 24.01; 3200 — Rudden, Mqt, 10:24.52; 1600 relay — Marquette (DuVall, Millado, Byma, Malherbe), 3:43.93; High jump — Weber, Mqt, 6-0; Long jump — McKinney, Mqt, 20-2; Pole vault — Royer, E, 10-6; Shot put — Skendzel, Mqt, 37-7 1/4; Discus — Fortin, Mqt, 98-8.


3200 relay — Escanaba (Bougie, Mattonen, Kievet, Marenger), 11:12.18; 100 hurdles — Cammarata, Mqt, 16.22; 100 — Peterson, Mqt, 12.7; 800 relay — Marquette (Puskala, Sall, Cammarata, Peterson), 1:55.59; 1600 — Lesperance, Men, 6:06.58; 400 relay — Marquette (Jeevar, Cammarata, Peterson), 54.53; 400 — Willis, E, 1:05.46; 300 hurdles — Cammarata, Mqt, 50.76; 800 — Marenger, E, 2:46.63; 200 — Peterson, Mqt, 27.89; 3200 — Bradfield, Men, 13:26.82; 1600 relay — Marquette (Asmus, Camilli, Welch, Detmers), 4:37.21; High jump — Brandt, E, 4-8; Long jump — Forvilly, E, 14-4; Pole vault — Asmus, Mqt, 8-0; Shot put — Burnett, Men, 29-1 3/4; Discus — Brandt, E, 95-9.


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