Braves boys, Esky girls roll at triangular track meet

ESCANABA – As sure as the sun shined brightly above the Escanaba High School track, the Esky girls and Gladstone boys were winners of a triangular meet Tuesday.

Esky’s girls scored 114 points, followed by Gladstone 49 and Iron Mountain 11 on this seasonably mild day.

The Gladstone boys collected 97, with Esky at 50 and the Mountaineers 28.

Esky sophomore Aimee Giese did high jump for the first time and won with a leap of four feet, eight inches. She also took the 1600-meter run in five minutes, 51.12 seconds, the 3200 (12:45.89) and helped the winning 3200 relay.

Junior Lynsey Collins added firsts in the 100 (12.96), 200 (27.3) and 300 hurdles (49.15) and helped the winning 1600 relay.

“Our depth came through again,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “Lynsey ran personal-bests in all of her races and once Aimee knew she won high jump, she decided not to go any higher. Our field events specialists did well.”

Esky senior Holly Ettenhofer won pole vault at eight feet, six inches and took second in shot put (29-7 1/2) and discus (87-11).

In a tight 400-meter race, Esky junior Aubree Peterson won in 1:03.88, followed by Gladstone sophomore Iris Robare (1:04.78). Peterson also helped the winning 800 and 1600 relays.

“That was a good race between Aubree and Iris,” said DeLong. “Iris had a pretty good day for them. I thought Jayna LaVigne also had a good day for us. She took third in the 100 and 200 and was right on everybody’s heels.”

Junior Brittinie Larson added a first in the 800 (2:38.77) and was runner-up in the 1600 (5:55) for the Eskymos, who won all four relays.

Gladstone senior Jessica Young won shot put (30-6) and discus (95-0). Robare took long jump (14-6 1/2) and senior Andrea Starr captured the 100 hurdles (17.78).

“We had a good day,” said Gladstone coach Jim Murtha. “Iris ran a nice 400 and had a good jump (in long jump). We’re improving and figuring out what we need to do. We have a few things to work on.”

In the boys’ meet, Gladstone senior Justin Pederson won high jump (6-2), long jump (21-2) and the 100 (11.03) and helped the Braves win the 3200 relay.

Jared Vuksan added firsts in shot put (51-6) and discus (143-11) and a second in long jump (18-8) and helped the winning 400 relay.

“Justin and Jared keep getting better in their events,” said Braves’ coach Gary Whitmer. “We had a few kids do a few different things, which made for a good workout. Right now, we’re just trying to stay healthy. You can practice and practice, but it’s always nice to get into meets like this.”

Junior Riley Ballard captured the 200 (23.4). Classmate Chris Sedenquist copped the 400 (52.03) and senior Zach Sturdy won pole vault (12-0).

The Braves took all four relays and swept the four places in the 100 and shot put.

Esky senior Quinlan Hillesheim won the 110 hurdles (18.36) and 300s (45.15) and junior Jordan Ogren copped the 800 (2:08.75).

Iron Mountain’s leader was senior Dan Kulas, who captured the 1600 (4:43.46) and 3200 (10:25).