Esky girls dominate at Delta County track meet

ESCANABA – The Escanaba girls showed plenty of balance across the board Thursday, breezing to their third straight Delta County track title with 249 1/2 points.

Esky, which scored in all 17 events, was followed by Gladstone 97 and Bark River-Harris 59.

Junior Lynsey Collins had a hand in four firsts, winning the 100-meter dash in 13.31 seconds, 200 (27.57) and 300 hurdles (50.31) prior to anchoring the winning 1600 relay on this sunny, but cool and breezy day.

“My start in the hurdle race wasn’t too good,” said Collins. “I need to work on that, although my start in the 200 felt real good. As a team, we did real well. I really get pumped with this group. I’m real proud of our whole team.”

Junior Brittinie Larson added a first in the 1600-meter run at five minutes, 57.55 seconds, squeezing ahead of sophomore teammate Aimee Giese. She also won the 800 (2:41.58) and helped the Eskymos win the 3200 relay.

Giese took the 3200 (13:28) and junior Aubree Peterson captured the 400 (1:05.12).

“I hoped to be faster in the 400, although I’m pleased with my time for the first time running it outdoors this year,” said Peterson, who also helped the winning 1600 and 3200 relays. “I like the (Superior) Dome meet, but I prefer to run outdoors. The 200-meter track messes with your head. It’s just easier to pace yourself on a 400-meter track. Also, this wasn’t a bad day for a meet. There was a little wind but it wasn’t too bad. We really can’t complain.”

The Eskymos grabbed the top three spots the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 and 300 hurdles.

Esky senior Holly Ettenhofer won pole vault at seven feet, six inches, edging BR-H senior Kim Palo on a tie-breaker.

“Holly is nursing a quad injury, but did well in pole vault today,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “We’ll probably rest her on Tuesday (when the Eskymos head to Kingsford for a quadrangular meet). Lynsey did a great job for us today and Aimee, Brittinie and Aubree had real good days.”

Also, freshman Sunny Martineau provided a first for the Eskymos in the 100 hurdles (18.09).

“Sunny did real good for the first time going over 10 hurdles,” said DeLong, noting junior high races have five hurdles. “We had three freshmen go under 60 seconds in the 300 hurdles, which was a nice surprise. We held our own in the field events, but need to work on our handoffs in the relays. We made a few adjustments in our relays to try to take a few seconds off in those.”

Gladstone’s lone first came on senior Jessica Taylor’s toss of 102 feet in discus.

“I thought we had a very nice day,” said Gladstone coach Jim Murtha. “We placed in all the field events. We’re very happy about that. Jess had a nice effort for her first throws of the year (in discus). We’ve been trying to find places for our younger kids and they’re showing great progress. Our relays also did very well for ths first time on a full-sized track. It was nice to get outside. We had been outside for only one practice this season.”

BR-H senior Alex Parrotta won high jump (5-2) and helped the Broncos sweep the sprint relays.

Senior Neena Brockway provided Rapid River with its lone first with a toss of 30-3 in shot put and Mid Peninsula’s Sarah Hanson won long jump (13-10).