Braves’ Milam sets new record
GLADSTONE — It was nearly an ideal day to set track and field records, and Ethan Milam seized the opportunity here Tuesday.
The Gladstone senior won high jump with a school-record leap of six feet, six inches, topping the previous mark (6-5) by Tony Cretens in 1994.
“The nice weather was definitely a factor,” said Milam. “I hit the bar on my first jump, then my dad came over and told me, ‘it’s all mental.’ He told me to tune everything out and concentrate on getting over the bar. I wasn’t sure I got over it at first. Then, all my friends came rushing over, and everybody was jumping and screaming. It feels great to get the school record.”
The Gladstone boys won the triangular meet with 119 points. They were followed by Escanaba 59 and Iron Mountain 15.
Escanaba’s girls were winners at 91 1/2, followed by Gladstone 48 1/2 and Iron Mountain 34.
Milam also won long jump (17-9) for the Braves, who collected 11 firsts.
Senior Blake Servant took the 110 hurdles at 15.77 seconds and 300s (42.48), and classmate Calvin Thibault was runner-up in 15.89 and 43.84, respectively, on this sunny and mild day.
Freshman Nate Young copped the 100 (11.92) and helped the Braves sweep the sprint relays.
Thibault captured the 200 (24.34) and was runner-up in the 100 by .04 second.
Junior Sasha Olsen added a victory in pole vault (11-0), and Braves’ sophomore Gavin Depuydt and Esky senior Nick Carlson shared first in shot put (33-10 1/4).
“Our depth came through today,” said Braves’ coach Gary Whitmer. “Ethan had jumped 6-4, but 6-6, that’s impressive. Blake did well in the hurdles, and Calvin is coming on. Our sprinters also did well, although Iron Mountain was missing some kids. I was glad to see Escanaba and Iron Mountain come over here today. They gave us some competition.”
Esky senior Derek Douglas won the 800 in a season-best 2:02.3, took the 1600 (4:49.07) and helped the winning 1600 and 3200 relays and sophomore Nick Hamlin added a first in the 400 (57.24).
“I think the meet went real well,” said Esky coach Scott Dykema. “Derek is running real strong. Nick Hamlin brought his time down four seconds in the 800, and Nick Carlson had a huge throw-in shot. We’re still struggling in the field events, although we have a lot of young guys. As a team, we’re starting to come together. This is probably the best quality group I’ve had. Gladstone has a strong team. That was an outstanding effort by Ethan in high jump. It was good for our kids to see that, too.”
Junior Luke Ruble provided Iron Mountain with its lone first in the 3200 (11:26.11).
“We were missing a lot of people (due to baseball and golf),” said Mountaineers’ coach Karen Ellis. “Overall, I’m very happy with how the kids pushed themselves. We ran a lot of good times. It’s a lot warmer than it was when came over the first time (April 22). Everything just goes better in warmer weather.”
Esky junior Ciara Ostrenga won the girls’ 200 (28.43) and 400 (1:00.86) and helped the winning 800 and 1600 relays.
Senior Nicole Kamin took the 1600 (6:04.97) and 3200 (13:36.16) in just her second high school track meet.
“It feels good to be back,” said Kamin. “I ran at Menominee (April 20), which was my first track meet since junior high. Softball keeps me pretty busy, and I haven’t gotten that much training in. I like the competition part. By doing track, I’m hoping to get in shape for Grand Valley (basketball).”
Junior Allison Korpi added firsts in the 800 (2:44.95) and discus (92-11) and helped the winning 3200 relay and classmate Morgan Gartland captured shot put (28-2).
“This is the first time Allison won an individual event on the track,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “Allison was a little disappointed with her discus, but I thought she did a nice job. Ciara had a great day. She held off Jamisyn (Bergeron) in the 200, which was great to see. Anna Smith had a good day, too.”
Gladstone senior Ahna Larson captured the 100 hurdles (17.27) and 300s (47.74) and long jump (16-7), and Bergeron took the 100 (13.4).
“For our pit, that was a real good jump by Ahna,” said Braves coach Jim Murtha. “Jamisyn still needs to work on her starts, but she’s fast. She can really move.”
Sophomore Chloe Maycroft won high jump (4-11) and helped the Mountaineers win the 400 relay.
Esky and Gladstone resume in Friday’s Negaunee Invitational. Iron Mountain is entered in Tuesday’s Kingsford Invite.
110 hurdles — Servant, G, 15.77; 100 — Young, G, 11.92; 3200 relay — Escanaba (Douglas, Dykema, Cashen, Hamlin), 9:00.74; 800 relay — Gladstone (Young, Olsen, L. Hughes, Hansen), 1:40.96; 1600 — Douglas, E, 4:49.07; 400 relay — Gladstone (Young, LaMarche, L. Hughes, Hansen), 47.62; 400 — Hamlin, E, 57.24; 300 hurdles — Servant, G, 42.48; 800 — Douglas, E, 2:02.3; 200 — Thibault, G, 24.34; 3200 — Ruble, IM, 11:26.11; 1600 relay — Escanaba (Dykema, Hamlin, Pospisil, Douglas), 3:53.1; High jump — Milam, G, 6-6 (school record); Pole vault — Olsen, G, 11-0; Long jump — Milam, G, 17-9; Shot put — Depuydt, G and Carlson, E, 33-10 1/2 (tie); Discus — Servant, G, 141-1.
100 hurdles — Larson, G, 17.27; 100 — Bergeron, G, 13.4; 3200 relay — Escanaba (Hughes, Korpi, Gardner, Makosky), 11:12.1; 800 relay — Escanaba (Davenport, Anderson, Ostrenga, Smith), 1:56.28; 1600 — Kamin, E, 6:04.97; 400 relay — Iron Mountain (Kleiman, Maycroft, Ellis, Richer), 55.54; 400 — Ostrenga, E, 1:00.86; 300 hurdles — Larson, G, 47.74; 800 — Korpi, E, 2:44.95; 200 — Ostrenga, E, 28.43; 3200 — Kamin, E, 13:36.16; 1600 relay — Escanaba (Hughes, Smith, Barron, Ostrenga), 4:32.35; High jump — Maycroft, IM, 4-11; Pole vault — Siebert, G, 8-6; Long jump — Larson, G, 16-7; Shot put — Gartland, E, 28-2; Discus — Korpi, E, 92-11.