Negaunee boys, girls sweep Mid-Peninsula Conference track titles

MANISTIQUE – It was a great day to be a Miner on Thursday as Negaunee swept the boys and girls Mid_Peninsula Conference track and field titles.

The Negaunee girls earned their fifth consecutive M-PC track title with 152 points. Ishpeming gained runner-up honors with 112 and Manistique squeezed past Westwood 82-81 for third place.

Negaunee junior Ashley Tresedder won the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 27.03 seconds and helped the winning 800 and 1,600 relays. She also ran a PR while placing second in the 100 (13.39).

“I always try to go out hard,” she said. “You have to go all out because the races are so short. Now, I want to improve even more at the U.P. Finals. Our handoffs in the 800 relay went pretty good and we ran a season-best (1:53.72). Overall, I thought our team did real well.”

Freshman Aleda Johnson added firsts in the 400 (1:02.39) and pole vault at nine feet. Senior Clara Churchill won the 800 (2:32.48) and helped the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays and junior Hailee Richards captured discus (98-11).

“Clara ran a great 800 and Aleda and Emily (Lokken) had great 400s,” said Negaunee coach Vickie Paupore. “Ashley had a great day. She strained her hamstring in the (Negaunee) Lions Invitational, but has worked hard to recover. I’m very proud of our relays. Their times have come down nicely.”

Lokken was runner-up in the 400 (1:03.75) and Manistique sophomore Holly Blowers took third (1:04.75).

Ishpeming collected four firsts, with junior Nya Surah Thomas taking long jump (15-7 1/2) and the 100 (12.97) and classmate Jessica Spencer winning the 300 hurdles (51.98) and freshman Marissa Maino gaining the shot put title (32-8 1/2).

Westwood sophomore Katie Etelamaki won the 3,200 (12:40.93), placed second in the 1,600 (5:53.75) and third in the 800 (2:36.2).

In the boys meet, Negaunee senior Kevin O’Keefe enjoyed a record-setting day to help the Miners capture the M-PC track title with 157 points.

The Miners were followed by Ishpeming 125 1/2 and defending champ Manistique 106.

O’Keefe set school records while winning the 100 and 200 in 10.88 and 22.57 seconds, respectively. His effort in the 200 topped the previous best of 22.59 (in the 220-yard dash) by Wilho Kangas in 1938.

“We did the conversion and discovered that Kevin indeed set the 200 record,” said Negaunee coach Kevin Bell. “We’re so proud of his effort. Kevin didn’t have any idea today would be the day he would do this. We worked a lot on fundamentals in practice on Wednesday and Kevin had a good practice.”

O’Keefe added a first in high jump at a season-best six feet and helped the winning 800 relay.

Ramey also set a school record while winning the 400 in 50.46 and anchored the winning 1600 relay.

Negaunee collected nine firsts, including a sweep of the hurdle races by junior Jason Bell.

“Going into this meet, Manistique was projected to win, which I think gave our kids some motivation,” said coach Bell. “Jason nearly had the school record in the 110 hurdles and had a great day, too. We had some personal bests in discus and Tyler Thomas and Austin Caya had good days.”

Jason Bell won the 110 hurdles in 15.31 seconds and 300 hurdles (42.25) and helped the 800 relay.

Caya won pole vault at 12 feet and Thomas won shot put (41-11). Junior Jeremy Bell took discus (118-8) and placed third in shot (40-0).

Ishpeming’s firsts came in the 400 and 3,200 relays and junior Tommy Potter was runner-up in the 800 (2:13.3), 1,600 (4:49.08) and 3,200 (11:14.51).

Ayotte added a first for Manistique in the 800 (2:11.78).

Westwood made its best showing in long jump with junior Ryan Anttila winning at 19-5 1/2 and classmate Marquise Baggiore runner-up (19-1).