Delta County track Invite: Collins takes four events as Esky girls overwhelm field

RAPID RIVER – It was simply a dominating performance by the Escanaba girls Wednesday as they captured their fourth straight Delta County track title with 270 points.

Runner-up Gladstone scored 115 and Mid Peninsula took third at 51 1/2.

Senior Lynsey Collins collected four firsts for Esky, which swept the relays.

She captured the 100-meter dash in 13.77 seconds, 200 (28.53), 300 hurdles (49.85) and helped the 1600 relay.

“I need to work on my starts a little,” said Collins. “Despite the (unseasonably chilly) weather we’ve had, we’re all doing pretty good. I thought it was going to be cold and rainy today, but it actually got a bit warm. We’re glad to get back on the track. I’m happy our team did so well today.”

Senior Jade Heliin won discus with a personal-best toss of 102 feet, seven inches. Sophomore Sunny Martineau added a first in 100 hurdles (18.6) and Maddy Willis took the 400 (1:06.29) and helped the 800 and 1600 relays.

The Eskymos grabbed the top four spots in the 300 hurdles and the top three places in the 100.

“Lynsey (Collins) had a great day,” said Esky coach Dan DeLong. “It was nice to see her get under 50 in the 300 hurdles. All the girls ran nice times. Jade is having a great year and Jayna (LaVigne) had a good day in the sprints. It was also nice to see Aubree (Peterson) back. I thought she ran well in the 800.”

Gladstone freshman Leigha Woelffer won the 800 (2:39.43), with Peterson runner-up (2:41.42) in her first meet following a quadricep injury.

“Leigha ran great all day and Anna Shier had a nice day,” said Gladstone coach Jim Murtha. “All the girls did a great job. It’s nice to get this meet in. I had my doubts this morning. It rained all morning, but turned out to be real nice. It was very important to get this in because this was the first meet with a full schedule.”

Woelffer added firsts in the 1600 (5:53) and 3200 (13:02.53).

“I wasn’t going for PRs (personal records),” said Woelffer. “I was just going for places. I really didn’t mind the weather. We had a little rain in the beginning, but it turned out to be real nice. I was really hoping this meet wouldn’t get cancelled.

“I really enjoy training, which helps to make me a better runner. I was ready for a meet because we hadn’t had one since we’ve been at the (Superior) Dome (on April 15).”

The Braves were runners-up in three relays and third in the 1600.

“I thought all four of our relays did well,” said Murtha. “Our sprint relays ran nice times and we had some good performances in the field events, too. I think this gives us a lot of confidence. The younger kids got a chance to see what it’s like to compete in a big meet.”

A majority of Mid Pen’s success took place in the field events. Senior Kelsey Shope dominated high jump by soaring 5-2, eight inches higher than her nearest competitor.

Freshman Sarah Hanson won long jump (14-0) and sophomore Brittany Salmi took pole vault (6-6).