Prep girls track: Marquette’s Rudden sets 800-meter Lions Invitational mark

NEGAUNEE – Lindsey Rudden wasn’t around when the 800-meter record was last set at the Negaunee Lions Invitational Girls’ Track Meet.

The Marquette High School sophomore was certainly on hand for the 32nd annual meet Saturday, covering the two-lap event in a meet-record two minutes, 19.52 seconds to top the 30-year-old mark of Jessie Green of Westwood.

“I didn’t know what the record was,” Rudden said. “I just wanted to run a good time. I’m so glad I got my 800 time down.

“I’m actually surprised I got that record because I felt tired and the wind made it hard, especially on the corners.”

Marquette retained its title with 200 points, followed by Escanaba (154), Negaunee (105 1/2), Westwood (29) and Gwinn (24 1/2).

“This was a great effort by our kids,” Marquette coach John Peterson said.

“We’re always trying to figure out where we can get the best out of them.

“Lindsey Rudden, Amber Huebner, Hunter Viitala and Kirsten Iwanski had excellent performances and all the other girls pitched in.”

Esky senior Lynsey Collins became the meet’s Most Valuable Athlete, setting a record in the 300 hurdles (47.69) and winning the 100 (13.49)

She also anchored the third-place 1600 relay on a sunny, cool and windy day.

“It’s nice to be able to go out with a bang in this meet, and to set a record on a day like this makes it more meaningful,” Collins said.

“The wind was a factor, for sure. I think going out for cross country last fall helped my mental toughness this year.”

Rudden also won the 1600 (5:17.22) and helped the MSHS 1600 relay set a meet record (4:14.79).

Other members of that relay team were Amber Huebner, Hannah Detmers and Hunter Viitala.

“Lynsey is real good,” Rudden said. “I like watching her in the sprints and hurdles.”

Besides helping the 1600 relay, the versatile Huebner captured the 400 (1:01.09) and 3200 (11:52.25).

The Redettes grabbed the top three spots in high jump, led by Viitala’s leap of four feet, 10 inches. She also helped the winning 800 relay.

Marquette won all four relays.

Iwanski swept the weight events, taking the shot put with a personal-best toss of 34-10 and discus at a season-best 100-5.

“I was second going into the finals,” said Iwanski, who scratched twice in her first three tosses in disc.

“The first three didn’t feel too good, then the fourth one felt good and I let it go.

“The wind was little bit of a factor. You hope you catch the wind just right,” she added.

” Shot put is my stronger event and things felt better over there.”

Iwanski got a late start this spring after playing hockey for the national runner-up Marquette Sentinels.

“I missed the first couple weeks of training, then I got a hamstring injury right after that,” she said.

Besides Collins’ three victories, Esky got a first from Sunny Martineau in the 100 hurdles (17.24).

“For Lynsey to run in the 47s in less than ideal conditions is impressive,” Esky coach Dan DeLong said.

“What’s even more impressive is Lynsey then came back and won the 200 with very little rest.

“I thought Sunny also ran a nice race in the 100 hurdles.”

Negaunee took the top three spots in the pole vault, led by Aleda Johnson’s leap of eight feet.

“Our pole vaulters did an excellent job,” Negaunee coach Vickie Paupore said.

“Our boys’ coach, Kevin Bell, does a great job with our vaulters.

“Anytime you score more than 100 points, you have to be proud of your team.

“We had a lot of PRs (personal records) today. The girls did a great job.”

Gwinn’s lone first came from on Nicole Usher’s leap of 15 feet in long jump.