Redettes run away with GNC track crown

MENOMINEE – Marquette laid down a deep red stripe of top-two finishes on the Menominee Maroons’ Fran Mellinger Track and Field to run away with the girls’ Great Northern Conference crown. The Redettes amassed 161 points to outpace Escanaba with 129 for the title. Menominee took third with 103.

MSHS sophomore Lindsey Rudden won the 1,600- (5 minutes 13.27 second) and 800-meter runs (2:16) and junior Hunter Viitala earned firsts in the high jump (5 feet) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay team (4:15.56) to lead the Redettes’ charge. Viitala was also second in the 300 hurdles.

Freshman Amber Huebner added a win in the 400 and a third in the 1,600 as MSHS also took the 3,200 relay. Senior teammate Cassidy Thomas was third in the 200 and 400, while sophomore Sydny Waterman tied for second in the high jump and freshman Lyndsey Welch was third in the 800.

On the boys side, the Flivvers won nine events to dominate the boys’ standings with 180 points.

Marquette won a four-team dogfight for second place with 87 1/2 points, followed by Gladstone (83 1/2) and Menominee (77).

The Redmen had two champions, sophomore Lance Rambo in the 1,600 in 4:38 and junior Kyle Dickinson in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.46 seconds.

Rambo was also second in the 3,200 while Dickinson was third in the 110 high hurdles. In addition, junior teammate Andrew Banitt was second in the 800 and senior Cole Rieboldt third in the 1,600 and 3,200.