Prep track: Gwinn sweeps home quadrangular meet

GWINN – Host Gwinn used its superior numbers to good use in capturing a pair of high school track and field meet wins on Monday.

Superior Central had far more individual wins in each meet, but the Modeltowners did well in relays.

“We’ve got 48 kids out for boys and girls track this year, and we picked up a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths today,” GHS coach Jim Morris said. “We have a lot of underclassmen, and they’re starting to understand you want to get a good place even if you can’t win.”

That was especially true in the girls meet, where Gwinn won just two individual events, but swept all four relays to score 81 points to 69 for runner-up Bark River-Harris, 54 for SC and 26 for Munising Baptist.

The Broncos won four individual events – two each by Katie Schultz and Morgan Vanlanen – while Superior Central did even better, capturing five firsts.

The story was much the same in the boys meet, with SC capturing seven individual firsts, but finishing a distant third. Gwinn won two relays and four individual events to score 91 points, BR-H got the other two relays and two individuals for 70 and SC had 51. Munising Baptist picked up nine points, most on Grady Kerst’s win in the 3,200-meter run.

For the girls, Gwinn sophomore Cassidy Anderson was a four-time winner, taking the high jump and adding victories with the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay quartets. Senior teammate Elaine Schuhmacher won the discus and ran with the 400 and 800 relays.

Eight other Modeltowners had a hand in at least one relay win, too.

For the Cougars, Selma Walters won the 1,600 and 3,200, Evie Waters the 400 and 800, and Melissa DuVall the 300 low hurdles.

Munising Baptist’s Jaylyn LaFlamme added victories in the 100 hurdles and 100 dash.

On the boys side, SC’s Greg Seppanen was the only three-time winner, taking the 100, 200 and long jump, while teammate Nick Maki annexed the 400 and 800, Luke Leppanen the 1,600 and Justyn Hill the discus.

Gwinn’s got individual wins from junior Luke Redlon in the pole vault and high jump, senior Owen DeVooght in the shot put and junior Cody Wendt in the 110 high hurdles. The Modeltowners won the 400 and 1,600 relays with senior Jesse McGovern and junior Olai Ronnestad running on both.