St. Ignace girls, Ishpeming boys capture regional crowns

Prep track and field

MANISTIQUE — Shelby Misniakiewicz wanted to place in at least one individual event in Friday’s Division 2 regional track meet.

She got her wish on this sunny, breezy and seasonably cool day, taking fourh in the 1600-meter run in six minutes, 34.56 seconds.

The senior harrier also helped Manistique girls gain their lone first in the 3200 relay (11:15.21).

“Our 3200 relay went real good,” she said. “We have four amazing 800 runners. If we’re in the right mindet, we can go all the way. I was also pleased with my 1600. I’m glad I made it (to the Upper Peninsula Finals) in at least one event.”

St. Ignace, as expected, captured the team title with 98 points, followed by Ishpeming 49 1/2 and Manistique 18.

Junior Ashley McDonald placed third in pole vault at seven feet, six inches and 400 (1:04.83) and helped the Emeralds take third in the 1600 relay (4:36.63).

Saints’ junior Libby Becker won the 1600-meter run in a school-record five minutes, 13.86 seconds, topping the previous mark (5:17) by Krista Clement in 2001.

She also took the 800 (2:22.45), 3200 (12:38), both personal bests, and helped the winning 1600 relay (4:25.71).

“I wanted to get out fast and do the first half in 2:30 (for the 1600),” said Becker, who recorded a 2:31 split. “I felt good. At the half-mile I knew I had room to get a little slower, if needed. I wasn’t expecting to get a PR in the 800, but wound up missing the school record by .3 second. I gained some confidence knowing if I could do this when I’m tired, I’d have a chance to improve my times at the Finals.”

Classmate Emily Coveyou copped the 200 (28.07), 400 (1:03.76), helped the 1600 relay and placed third in the 100 (13.97) and Bay College basketball recruit Keisha Davis added firsts in shot put (34-10 1/2) and discus (97-11 1/2).

“Keisha did a nice job for us in the weight events and Emily ran well in the sprints,” said Saints’ coach Trudy Olsen. “Libby was alao big part of our team last year, but has really come into her own this year. Overall, our girls performed real well.”

The Ishpeming boys were crowned champions with 65 points, followed by Newberry 45 and St. Ignace 21 1/2.

Ishpeming junior Jonas Broberg copped the 800 (2:10.32) and 1600 (4:52.1), helped the winning 3200 relay (8:59.22) and took third in the 3200 (11:03.32).

Senior Hart Holmgren added firsts in high jump (6-2) and long jump (19-2 1/2).

“I’m happy with the performance by Hunter Smith (in the 100 and 200),” said Ishpeming coach P.J. Pruett. “They have some tough sprinters down here. I was afraid we lose some of our power, but I don’t think we lost any.

“We don’t have enough girls, although they did a good job. St. Ignace just keeps coming at you with their depth.”

Newberry junior Ethan Edwards won pole vault (12-6). The Indians also took the 400 (46.1) and 800 relay (1:35.04).

Stephenson junior Montel Glover collected four firsts, taking the 100 (11.5), 200 (23.02), 400 (51.25) and helping the winning 1600 relay (3:43.05).

St. Ignace junior Tucker Shepard copped the 100 hurdles (17.09) and 300s (43.88).

Sophomore Alex Misniakiewicz paced Manistique, taking second in the 1600 (4:53.23) and 3200 (10:57.36), helping the Emeralds place second in the 3200 relay (9:10.19) and taking fourth in the 800 (2:13.13).

Classmate Schyler Anderson was third in shot put (39-10 1/2) and the 400 (54.44).

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the U.P. Finals.