U.P. Track Finals Division 1 Girls: Strong Eskymos place third

KINGSFORD – The Escanaba girls held their own, but were unable to keep pace with Marquette in Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Division 1 Track Finals.

Marquette, as expected, rolled to its third straight title with 145 points. Negaunee edged Esky 62 1/2-54 for the runner-up trophy.

The Redettes were led by freshman Lindsey Rudden, who set U.P. records in the 800-meter run at two minutes, 16.46 seconds, 1600 (5:05.5) and 3200 (11:26.13) and helped the winning 3200 relay. Her effort in the 800 was also a school record.

“That was a very impressive performance,” said Esky boys’ coach Ryan Wender. “I really enjoyed watching her run.”

Menominee’s Mandy Long was the former recordholder in the 800 at 2:21.25 and Sault Ste. Marie’s Natalie Cahill previously held the 3200 record (11:38.2), both from 2001.

Also falling by the wayside was the former 1600 record (5:19.73), set by Iron Mountain’s Kelly McClure in 2005.

Negaunee senior Ashley Veale was the difference in race for second in the team standings, winning the 100 hurdles (16.57) and 300s (47.31) and taking third in the 100 (13.29) and 200 (27.35).

Esky opened with its lone runner-up finish in the 3200 relay.

Taking third for the Eskymos were senior Holly Ettenhofer in pole vault (8-0) and discus (100-0), junior Lynsey Collins in 300 hurdles (48.79) and sophomore Aimee Giese in the 3200 (12:15.8) and its 800 relay.

Esky’s Sunny Martineau also placed in the 300 hurdles, taking fourth (50.64).

“Holly and Aimee did real well and our 3200 relay started the day well,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “Our 800 relay was a nice surprise and we did what we wanted to do in the hurdles. Negaunee has the superstar in Veale, then they’re basically like us. And Marquette scored in nearly everything.”

Gladstone scored all 26 of its points in the field events, with senior Jessica Young retaining her discus title at 111-6.

Sophomore Jaime Snowaert was runner-up in pole vault (8-6), with Sault Ste. Marie sophomore Corina Armstrong winning on a tie-breaker.

Junior Hailey Bedard and Young were fourth and fifth in shot put at 29-10 and 29-6, respectively, and sophomore Iris Robare took fifth in long jump (13-8).