Wagner wins pole vault, Esky track competes in season opener

MARQUETTE — The Escanaba girls held their own in a season-opening track and field meet here Tuesday, winning three events in the Queen City Relays.

Esky, led by senior Sophie Wagner’s leap of eight feet, six inches, copped pole vault with a total height of 21 feet and took the 400-meter shuttle hurdle relay in 1:23.99 on this partly sunny and breezy day near the shores of Lake Superior.

“The first few jumps didn’t really go the way I wanted, then I kind of warmed up,” Wagner said. “It was pretty chilly up here, but I’m pretty happy with my height for the first meet. This is about what I expected. I’m working with a new pole. It will take a while for me to get used to it.”

Classmate Valerie Royer cleared seven feet in her season debut.

“Today wasn’t my greatest day, but I’m looking forward to Friday’s meet (Manistique Kiwanis Invitational). “I need more practice time. I think I also need to work on my technique. I needed to get a meet in to calm my nerves.”

Stephenson senior Kayela Putnam was individual runner-up in pole vault (8-0) and helped the Eagles place fourth in the 3200 relay.

“I’m happy with that,” she said. “I’ve practiced a lot on getting my steps down. Fundamentally, it was a case of getting back to the basics. I ran in a half-marathon in DePere (Wis.) Saturday and was a little stiff for the running events.”

Grace Hamlin was also part of Esky’s pole vault unit with Mara Liss, Sophie Hill, Ava Stalboerger and Maggie Martin comprising the winning hurdle relay.

“The girls did well for the first meet,” Esky coach Dan DeLong said. “Our field events look strong for this time of year. It was a little chilly, but it wasn’t too bad of a day.”

Adrianna Getzloff provided the Eskymos with an individual first in high jump (4-10) and was part of the winning 400 throwers event which also included Liss, Hill and Irene Neumeier.

The Eskymos took third in long jump and tied for third with Houghton and Menominee in high jump. They were fourth in the 800 sprint medley and disc and fifth in the 800 and shot.

Senior Danica Shamion anchored West Iron County to victory (2:04.16), edging Sault Ste. Marie by .24 second.

“I like competition in front of me,” she said. “I knew I could catch her (Grace Mayer). I ran three 400s. This was quite a workout.”

Marquette’s boys took first in nine of 14 events and Kingsford, led by senior Noah Johnson, won shot put (128-7) and discus (355-4).

The Michigan Tech football recruit uncorked a toss of 48-3 in shot and took disc (155-11).

“I felt I could have thrown better,” he said. “I cooled down too much between throws. I have a lot of room for improvement.”

The boys’ shot put drew 58 throwers and disc had 48.

Sault’s Rayce Rizzo was the individual winner in pole vault at 13 feet.

Esky placed fifth in the 800 sprint relay. “We have a smaller team this year,” Esky coach Scott Dykema said. “Our distance guys ran some good splits. Our sprinters are young. Right now they’re learning and making mistakes here and there, but they’re having fun.

We were also missing some seniors today.”

Superior Central, the smallest school in the meet, took sixth in long jump.

“This is a good practice meet for us,” Cougars’ coach Todd Spranger. “This is definitely a learning experience. We’ve been running, but this is the first time running on a track for us. All these schools have bigger numbers than we do.”

His wife Kim, who shares the coaching duties, had similar thoughts.

“We’re rebuilding our program,” she said. “Our track is very rugged. Some of the younger kids have to learn about doing the relays and exchange zones. I think it’s super cool Queen City (Running Company) sponsored this meet.”


Distance medley — Marquette (Thomsen, MacPhee, Ballard, Camilli), 11:00.11; 400 shuttle hurdle — Marquette (Richardson, Waite, Laurn, Kude), 1:20.09; 400 — Marquette (Welch, DuVall, Richardson, Sager), 45.5; 3200 — Marquette (Teeple, Thomsen, Balko, Ballard), 8:43.11; 800 — Marquette (Welch, DuVall, Simon, MacPhee), 1:36.74; 800 sprint medley — 1, Marquette (Bradley, Sager, Richardson, Hrodey), 1:44.09; 5, Escanaba; 400 throwers — Houghton (Flachs, Jackson, Mensah, Solena), 51.93; 1600 — Marquette (MacPhee, Balko, Ballard, Papin), 3:42.04; High jump — Marquette (Cattoor, Waite, Williams), 16-8; Pole vault — Sault Ste. Marie (Rizzo, Niebuhr, VanDoren), 52-0.5; Long jump — 1, Marquette (Bradley, Cattoor, Matthews), 31-0; 6, Superior Central; Shot put — Kingsford (Johnson, Veale, Palmer), 128-7; Discus — Kingsford (Johnson, Palmer, Roell), 355-4.


Distance medley — Marquette (Fure, Blackburn, Malherbe, Argeropoulos), 14:08.22; 400 shuttle hurdle — Escanaba (Liss, Hill, Stalboerger, Martin), 1:23.99; 400 — Sault Ste. Marie (Pace, Oshelski, Prestien, Smith), 55.33; 3200 — Houghton (Ross, Rautiola, Peterlin, Miller), 10:48.23; 800 — 1, Sault Ste. Marie (Mayer, Oshelski, Prestien, Smith), 1:57.27; 5, Escanaba; 800 sprint medley — West Iron County (Ritchie, Fiszer, Stine, Shamion), 2:04.16; 4, Escanaba; 400 throwers — Escanaba (Liss, Hill, Getzloff, Smith), 55.33; 1600 — 1, Marquette (Blackburn, Malherbe, Maki-Warne, Fure), 4:34.31; 6, Escanaba; High jump — Stephenson (Kuntze, Vista, Van), 13-4; 3, Houghton, Menominee and Escanaba (tie); Pole vault — Escanaba (Wagner, Royer, Hamlin) 21-0; Long jump — 1, Sault Ste. Marie (McLean, Heyrman, Elkins), 39-10.5; 3, Escanaba; Shot put — 1, Sault Ste. Marie (Anderson, Kachur, Landis), 79-7.5; 5, Escanaba; Discus — 1, Sault Ste. Marie (Anderson, McLean, Kachur), 221-5; 4, Escanaba.


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