Prep Track: Escanaba girls capture second, boys take third

ESCANABA – The Escanaba boys showed improvement, but couldn’t quite catch their opponents in Tuesday’s triangular track meet.

Marquette won with 70 1/2 points, followed by Menominee 53 1/2 and Esky 51.

“These were not ideal conditions, but we had some good performances,” said Esky coach Ryan Wender. “Overall, this was a better performance than we had last week in the (Superior) Dome. We’re making progress.”

Esky grabbed the top three places in pole vault, led by Bryan Kwarciany’s leap of 10 feet. Jake Walker added a first in the 400-meter dash in 55.94 seconds and Brandon Schuenke shared first with Marquette’s Shane Duquette in high jump (5-4) on this cloudy, chilly and windy day.

“Jake ran a nice 400 and Joey Wolfe ran well in the distances,” said Wender. “We’re also doing better in the field events than in the past. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Cole Rieboldt paced the Redman, taking the 1600 (4:52) and 3200 (10:32) and helping the winning 3200 relay.

“Cole had a big day,” said Marquette coach Kyle Detmers. “He ran a good 3200 time on a tough day, and it was nice having Andrew Banitt back. He ran a 55 (second) split in the 1600 relay and helped us in the 3200 relay. Kyle Dickinson got a nice win for us in the 300 hurdles and our field events scored some points. It was a tough day, but a good day.”

The Marquette girls also won with 95 points, followed by Esky 44 and Menominee 33.

Amber Huebner collected four firsts for the Redettes, taking the 400 (1:03.75) and 3200 (11:34) and helping the winning 1600 and 3200 relays.

Menominee’s Kameron Burmeister led the first half of the 3200 and stayed in contact for the next three laps before Huebner pulled away. Burmeister was clocked at 11:41, less than two seconds shy of the school record.

“We used this as kind of a training day and the girls ran well,” said Marquette coach John Peterson. “Kameron is doing real well, only we keep finding girls to run against her. All of our kids train well and today they competed well.”

Marquette’s Lindsey Rudden added firsts in the 800 (2:40.07) and 1600 (5:19) and anchored the 1600 relay.

Teammate Liz Slagle was also a triple-winner, taking the 100 in a wind-aided 13.07, the 200 (29.65) and helping the 800 relay.

Marquette’s Kirsten Iwanski won shot put (34-1), with Esky’s Jade Heliin runner-up (30-10)

Heliin, however, won discus (100-7) and Iwanski was second (98-6).

“Jade probably had the best day for us,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “Hundred feet is a nice throw in discus. Our field events are coming around. Lynsey had a good day and Sunny (Martineau) did well in the hurdles. Our kids ran well in the 800 relay. We were right there.”

Marquette was clocked at 1:57.75 in the 800 relay, followed by Esky (1:58.34) and Menominee (1:59.61).

Esky ran without senior middle distance runner Aubree Peterson, who was nursing a quadricep injury.

The Eskymos are entered in Thursday’s Delta County Invitational at Rapid River and Marquette resumes in Friday’s Manistique Kiwanis Invite.