Marquette rules quad at Escanaba

Prep track and field

ESCANABA — A week ago many people may have had their doubts about any outdoor track meets taking place in the Upper Peninsula before the end of this month.

Even the Marquette Invitational, scheduled for April 17 inside the Superior Dome, was cancelled due to poor weather and road conditions and delayed the start of the season.

Fortunately, Mother Nature decided to give the student-athletes a break and four Division 1 schools got their season underway on this cloudy and windy Tuesday in Escanaba.

Marquette made the most of the opportunity by sweeping both ends of a quadrangular meet.

The Marquette girls scored 103 points, followed by Negaunee 68, Menominee 53 and Esky 30.

Negaunee sophomore Emily Paupore also cashed in on this opportunity by winning the 3200-meter run in a school-record 11 minutes, 24 seconds, shattering the 33-year-old mark (11:51) by Karen Mileski.

“I really wanted to go for the record,” said Paupore, who plans to run in Saturday’s Grand Rapids Elite Challenge meet for high school students. “Everybody has been so supportive. My family was here and my parents are very supportive of my running. Definitely, a lot of preparation went into it. I just wanted to get better over the winter and want to keep improving with each meet.”

The Marquette boys had 121 1/2 points, followed by Negaunee 73, Esky 45 1/2 and Menominee 16.

Esky junior Gabe Smith won discus at 113 feet, seven inches. The Eskymos also won the 400-meter relay in 46.32 seconds and were runners-up in the 800 (1:39.72).

“Gabe did real well in discus,” said Esky coach Scott Dykema. “Our sprinters also did real well. Logan (Carroll) did good in the 100 (11.35). He started strong and Scout (Wunder) did good. Our 800 relay (1:39.72) did okay and we’re real happy with our time in the 3200 relay (9:35). We did a lot of experimenting today. We held back on a lot of guys because we want to be ready for Thursday (Delta County Invitational).”

Marquette collected 10 firsts with double-winner Raphael Millado taking high jump (6-0) and long jump (19-3). Julien Malherbe captured the 400 (54.71) and helped the Redmen capture the 1600 (3:39.4) and 3200 relay (9:00).

The Redmen, led by Garrett Rudden in 10:30, grabbed the top four spots in the 3200.

“It was great to be outdoors and we had some real good performances,” said Marquette coach Kyle Detmers. “Ethan Martysz did real well in the sprints and our field events really helped us. Rocky Millado had a real good day and Jonas Blum (exchange student from Switzerland) did a nice job for us in the hurdles.”

Negaunee senior Colton Yesney was a double-winner, taking the 800 (2:05) and 1600 (4:32). Drew DuShane won the 100 in a wind-aided 10.72 seconds and helped the Miners take the 800 relay (1:37.41).

Marquette, led by Spenser Waite, took the top three places in the girls’ 200. Waite, who was clocked at 28.66, also copped the 100 (12.61).

“It was very important to get this meet in,” said Marquette coach Natalie Messano. “It was so important for us to see where everybody is. It’s a starting point. Time gets long with just practice, practice, practice. We haven’t seen our track yet, but we made do with running in our gym, hallways and parking lot. This is a nice boost for the girls.”

Marquette’s Delaney Sall took the 400 (1:02) and 800 (2:41.28) and helped the winning 1600 relay (4:38) and Chloe Norman provided Negaunee with firsts in high jump (4-8) and long jump (15-7).

Menominee had a pair of double-winners with Makenzie Wellner taking the 100 hurdles (16.5) and 300s (49.58), and Bri Burnett captured shot put (31-11) and discus (103-5).

Esky took three places in each hurdle race, led by junior Courtney Boyle’s thirds in the 100 (17.2) and 300 (53.59).

The summary:


3200 relay — Marquette (Julien, Zueger, Malherbe, Gagnon), 9:00; 110 hurdles — Thomas, Mqt, 16.32; 100 — DuShane, N, 10.72; 800 relay — Negaunee (McGonigle, Sikora, Williams, DuShane), 1:37.41; 1600 — Yesney, N, 4:32; 400 relay — Escanaba (Wunder, Carroll, Randall, Cook), 46.32; 400 — Malherbe, Mqt, 54.71; 300 hurdles — Blum, Mqt, 44.4; 800 — Yesney, N, 2:05; 200 — Martysz, Mqt, 24.62; 3200 — Rudden, Mqt, 10:30; 1600 relay — Marquette (Zika, Malherbe, Blum, Gagnon), 3:39.4; High jump — Millado, Mqt, 6-0; Long jump — Millado, Mqt, 19-3; Pole vault — Pillifant, Mqt, 10-6; Shot put — Skendzel, Mqt, 39-2; Discus — Smith, E, 113-7.


3200 relay — Negaunee (Downey, Prusi, Basner, Goin), 10:21; 100 hurdles — Wellner, Men, 16.5; 100 — Waite, Mqt, 12.61; 800 relay — Marquette (Kroll, Hunt, Waite, Nystrom), 1:52.3; 1600 — Johnson, N, 5:42; 400 relay — Menominee (Wellner, Nordquist, J. Nolde, A. Nolde), 54.12; 400 — Sall, Mqt, 1:02; 300 hurdles — Wellner, Men, 49.58; 800 — Sall, Mqt, 2:41.28; 200 — Waite, Mqt, 28.66; 3200 — Paupore, N, 11:24 (school record); 1600 relay — Marquette (Wuorinen, Sall, Welch, Kilpela), 4:38; High jump — Norman, N, 4-8; Long jump — Norman, N, 15-7; Pole vault — McDonough, Mqt, 8-0; Shot put — Burnett, Men, 31-1; Discus — Burnett, Men, 103-5.


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