Prep track: Redmen, Redettes sweep Marquette County Meet, topping Negaunee, Ishpeming and Gwinn

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Senior High School girls were just showing off their track and field depth by winning all four relays at the Marquette County Meet on Monday.

The Redmen boys, on the other hand, needed their three-out-of-four relay dominance to pull out a 2 1/2-point victory.

The county’s largest school swept the titles with the same order of finish in each meet.

The Redettes’ 160 points in the girls meet was more than double Negaunee’s 73. Ishpeming had 63, Westwood 45 and Gwinn 12.

The MSHS boys squeaked out a 114.5-112 win over the Miners with the Hematites at 90.5, Patriots at 30 and Modeltowners at 7.

“I was worried after we pushed our boys so hard at the (Division 1) regionals on Friday,” Marquette boys coach Kyle Detmers said. “I wasn’t sure what our guys had left.

“Negaunee is so deep in the field events and has some good sprinters. We were coming from behind the whole meet.”

Momentum swung the Redmen’s way in the distance events as Marquette went 1-2-3-4 in the 800-meter run, 1-2-4-5 in the 1,600 and 1-2-3 in the 3,200.

That was 55 points for the Redmen in those three events to just eight for the rest of the field. Add 30 points picked up in relays and that’s just short of three-quarters of their points in seven races.

However, Detmers credited a little-known freshman for putting his team over the top.

“Our two best high jumpers, the ones who made it to the U.P. Finals, didn’t even place, but freshman Imari McKinney Jr. took second place,” the coach said.

He was set up by distance runners like sophomore Lance Rambo, who swept to victory at the three longest distances while senior teammate Cole Rieboldt was runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,200 and sophomore Brady Aboussleman was second in the 800.

Marquette’s double winners were senior Cameron Grant and junior Andrew Banitt. Each ran with the 1,600 relay winners while Grant was also on the 400 relay and Banitt on the 3,200.

Negaunee picked up seven wins in individual events. Junior Jason Bell took the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles, senior Kevin O’Keefe the 100 and 200 dashes, senior Tyler Thomas the shot put and discus, and senior Zane Radloff the high jump.

Ishpeming prevented MSHS from sweeping the relays by running the 800 relay about three-quarters of a second faster than the Redmen.

Two members of that team also won an individual event – senior Adam Prisk took the long jump and junior Nate Meyer won the 400. Senior teammate Noah Olgren also topped the field in the pole vault.

Westwood’s best finish was by junior Ryan Anttila. He took second in both the 100 and long jump. Gwinn got a third from junior Luke Redlon in the pole vault.

In the girls meet, 16 Marquette athletes had an individual or relay win, led by sophomore Lindsey Rudden and junior Hunter Viitala, each a member of the 1,600 relay.

Rudden also won the 800 and 1,600 while Viitala annexed firsts in the high jump and 300 hurdles.

Junior Calla Martysz won the 3,200 and senior Cassidy Thomas ran with the 1,600 relay as each were also on the 3,200 relay. Junior Liz Slagle was on the 400 and 800 relays.

Ishpeming had the only three-time individual winner with junior Nya Surah Thomas taking the 100, 200 and long jump.

Negaunee added wins by junior Hailee Richards in the discus and freshman Aleda Johnson in the pole vault, while Westwood got a victory from senior Caitlin Hewitt in the 100 hurdles.

Gwinn’s top performances were thirds turned in by senior Elaine Schuhmacher in the discus and sophomore Nicole Usher in the long jump.