Prep track: Marquette girls cruise to Division 1 victory at Superior Dome

MARQUETTE – Lindsey Rudden and her Marquette Senior High School track and field teammates enjoyed themselves immensely in the cozy confines of the Superior Dome in Marquette on Tuesday.

Rudden claimed two of the Redettes’ eight event victories in capturing the Superior Dome Division 1 Invitational.

MSHS posted 140.5 points to run away with the team title. Menominee (57) and Calumet (40.5) placed 2-3, respectively, in the 10-team meet, with Negaunee (29.5) seventh and Gwinn (seven) 10th.

“I like this (Dome) track,” Rudden said after winning the 1,600 (5 minutes, 13.18 seconds) and 800-meter (2:21.45) runs. “My (running) spikes have a good feel here.”

In the 1,600, Rudden and Menominee’s Kameron Burmeister ran side-by-side for several laps before Rudden shifted into another gear and wound up winning by more than seven seconds.

“It’s always fun racing against her,” Rudden said. “I knew she was going to be there (during the race), but it all comes down to the last 200 or 400 meters.

“I really wanted (to win),” added Rudden, who also participated in Marquette’s winning 1,600 relay (4:24.72). “I worked on my kick at the end.”

Teammates Hunter Viitala and Amber Huebner won individual event wins while also running legs of winning relay units.

Viitala set a personal best in winning the high jump (5-feet, 3-inches) and also helped the MSHS 800 relay squad (1:55.93) and the 1,600 unit win.

“We’re all juniors and had a pretty good time there (in the relay),” she said. “We read each other’s speed well and we work off that.”

Viitala added the school record in the event is 5-foot-4.

“I’m very pleased with my jump,” she said. “I tend to jump well in the Dome. I was hoping for a good day and I got one.”

Huebner claimed the 400 dash (1:02.80) and ran legs of the winning MSHS 1,600 and 3,200 (10:23.18) relay races.

“I was just trying to get a good split, but everyone did a good job,” she said of the 3,200 relay. “We haven’t been able to get on our track to practice, but we’ve been running laps around our school and are getting by.”

Kirsten Iwanski also claimed an individual title for MSHS, taking the shot put with a heave of 34-5.50.

MSHS head coach John Peterson said his girls have been preparing themselves for the season.

“They’ve been training hard in school,” he said. “I’m pleased with today’s effort. There were no slackers and I’m optimistic we’re solid.”

Chelsea Jacques of Calumet was a double winner, taking the 55 dash (7.57) and the 200 dash (27.55).