Prep track: Bell, O’Keefe lead Negaunee to third place in Division 1 meet at Superior Dome
MARQUETTE – Jason Bell and Kevin O’Keefe shared more Tuesday than being members of the Negaunee High School boys track and field team.
They were the only Superiorland performers to claim individual triumphs at the Superior Dome Division 1 Invitational.
Bell took the 55-meter high hurdles (8.19 seconds) and O’Keefe the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches).
It wasn’t enough for the Miners of head coach Kevin Bell to win the meet, however. Kingsford placed first with 113.5 points, Menominee finished second with 72.5, and Negaunee came in third with 65.
“Jason in the hurdles and Kevin in the high jump were surprises,” Kevin Bell said. “I’m also pleased with our young guys.”
Jason Bell said he and his fellow hurdlers have been training in the NHS basement.
“The race felt good. I lowered my time from the prelims,” he said. “Ed Sexston (of Kingsford, who placed a close second) is a good competitor, but I got a good jump of the blocks.
“It was nice to get a meet in today.”
O’Keefe said he “jumped well.”
“My legs felt good. “I didn’t expect to win, but I just had a good day jumping.”
For perhaps the first time in years, the Marquette Senior High School boys failed to place a winner. The Redmen finished with 48 team points to finish fourth in the nine-team meet.
“It’s a surprise to me (we didn’t have a winner), but we did have two athletes out in Lance Rambo and Andrew Banitt out (due to injury and infection),” MSHS coach Kyle Detmers said.
“I thought Cole Rieboldt might win in the 3,200, but that Houghton kid (Jacob Colling) turned in a personal best time (10:05.95).
“But I still think we did a great job. Other guys stepped up. Our sprinters did well and we have a lot of young guys in the field events who did well.”
Kingsford won five events, with Jake Allen leading the way with an individual triumph in the 800 run (2:07.22) and legs of the winning 3200 (8:39.13) and 1600 (3:40.84) relay units.
The Flivvers’ Cole Tengesdahl and Ryan camp added event wins, as well, Tengesdahl claiming the 55 dash (6.91) and Camp the pole vault 13-feet. The latter effort tied a meet record.