Prep track: Potter’s wins in half, one and two miles lead Ishpeming boys to victory

MARQUETTE – Ishpeming junior Tommy Potter ended the night with three first-place finishes in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races to lead the Hematites over Manistique, 120-117, in the Marquette Dome Invitational Division 2 boys high school track and field meet on Wednesday at the Superior Dome in Marquette.

Potter alone scored 30 points for IHS.

“I like the mile because it’s a good middle point between the 800 and the two-mile,” Potter said. “It’s more of a mental game.

“You’re supposed to start off strong, but you can’t blow all of your energy in the beginning.”

Ishpeming head coach Scott Syrjala said the Hematites are a veteran team. They lost to Manistique by four points at the U.P. finals last year and, with the help of some younger athletes, Ishpeming hopes to redeem itself.

Toni Floyd, a senior from Manistique, took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.78 seconds, while Derek Decaire of Ishpeming finished second at 6.90 seconds. After a strong prelims race, Floyd said he had a lot of confidence going into the event finals.

“At the start of the race, Ishpeming had taken a huge lead on me,” Floyd said. “I just decided if I don’t put in the work now, it’s not going to work out for me in the end, and I was able to pull off the win.”

Manistique senior Ryan Ramey finished first in the 400 dash at 54.25, while Hematites Nate Meyer and Adam Prisk finished second and third, respectively.

Ramey also won the 200-meter dash for Manistique, finishing in 24.75 seconds, followed by teammate Floyd at 24.79. Decaire took third place with a time of 24.97.

In the hurdles, Westwood junior Vincente Carlson took first place in 8.13 seconds, 1.6 faster than the second-place finisher, Travis Bolm of Manistique.

Westwood coach Eric Hill said, while they expect Carlson to perform well in the hurdles, most of his athletes were just trying out events at this meet.

“Going into our first meet, we didn’t really know what to expect,” Hill said. “I was pleasantly surprised.”

Hill said, like many other schools, they have not had the opportunity to train on a track yet this year.

“We’ve been out in the hallways, we’ve been in the parking lot, we’ve been everywhere,” he said. “These kids have been so resilient and they’ve been adaptable.”

In the field events, Manistique senior Tyler Kangas finished first in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Ishpeming sophomore Ozzy Corp took second with the same mark.

Ishpeming senior Noah Olgren took first place in the pole vault at 11 feet, 6 inches. Manistique sophomores Lucas Abram and Dalton Kaiser finished in a three-way for second with St. Ignace’s Mitchell Peterson at 9 feet.