Veale, 5 triple winners lead Miners track
NEGAUNEE – Ashley Veale won all four events she was entered in, while five of her girls and boys teammates were each triple winners as the Miners swept their own quadrangular high school track and field meet on Thursday.
Veale led the NHS girls to a sweep of the running events and a 127.4-point total as Gwinn finished runner-up with 85. Ishpeming was third with 33.6 and L’Anse scored 2.
On the boys side, Jason Bell and Keenan Gantz each won three events for Negaunee as the Miners scored 123 points to 89 for second-place Ishpeming. Gwinn was third with 42 and L’Anse scored 2.
Veale, a senior, won the day’s four shortest events – the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 100 and 300 hurdles – with probably her most impressive win in the 300 hurdles, where her 49.89-second time was nearly five seconds ahead of runner-up Jessica Spencer of Ishpeming.
Junior teammate Wyleen Kniola and sophomores Ashley Tresedder and Alyssa Blake were all three-time winners. Kniola took the 1,600, 3,200 and ran a leg in the 3,200 relay; Tresedder took the 400 and ran legs in the winning 800 and 1,600 relays; and Blake took the 800 and was part of the victorious 1,600 and 3,200 relay quartets.
Three more Miners ran legs in two winning relays – Olivia Evans, Taylor Wilber and Ashton Kirchoff.
Gwinn’s three wins in field events included two by senior Lydia Asplund in the high jump and long jump.
Ishpeming counted four second-place finishes, two by Spencer in both hurdles events, while L’Anse got its points from Heather McCarthy taking fourth in the 400.
In the boys meet, Negaunee won 10 events to six for Ishpeming. Bell, a sophomore, won the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles along with a leg of the victorious 1,600 relay, while Gantz, a junior, took the 1,600 and ran with the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Senior teammate Evan Fezatt won the 3,200 and ran in the 3,200 relay.
Ishpeming had a triple winner in senior Hunter Wirtanen, double winner in sophomore Nate Meyer, and double relay winners in juniors Tyrus Millimaki and Derek DeCaire.
Wirtanen won the 100 and ran with the Hematites’ winning 400 and 800 relays; Meyer took the 400 and 800; and Millimaki and DeCaire each ran with the winning 400 and 800 relays.
Gwinn had a win from junior Kylor Skinner in the 200, while L’Anse scored its points from a fourth-place finish by its 400 relay team.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee.