Mid Pen girls take care of business at home

PERKINS – The Mid Peninsula girls made this season’s first home appearance a successful one Tuesday as they retained the title in their own small school invitational track meet with 172 points.

Runner-up Engadine scored 120 and third-place Munising Baptist had 56.

Mid Pen senior Kelsey Shope won the 400-meter dash in 66.14 seconds and helped the Wolverines win the 1600 and 3200 relays and take second in the 800 event.

“I’m having calf problems and my legs are real sore today,” said Shope, who normally does high jump. “I did all running events because this is a smaller meet. I used today’s meet mostly for conditioning purposes. I’m glad the weather treated us good today.”

Freshman Sarah Hanson, who’s battling shin splints, also helped the 3200 relay, won the open 1600 (6:16.42) and was runner-up in the 3200 (14:42.96) and long jump at 13 feet, one inch.

Junior Hunter Branstrom swept the weight events, taking shot put (28-1 3/4) and discus (80-6).

“Hunter had her best throw in disc today,” said Mid Pen coach Julie Beauchamp. “Her brother (Brett) has been helping her with technique. Her distance is also moving up in shot. Kelsey really wanted to do the 800 relay and did real well. Sarah took quite a bit of time off in the mile (1600) and this is the first time this year she did the two-mile. Sarah’s shins were really bothering her last week in the Delta County Invitational.

“I think this was a good confidence builder for the girls. Some of the younger girls were able to place, too.”

Munising Baptist’s Jaylyn LaFlamme was a triple-winner, taking the 100 (13.28), 200 (28.19) and 100 hurdles (18.06) to go with a third in high jump (4-6).

The Engadine boys won with 118 points, followed by Republic 104, Mid Pen 64 and defending champ Big Bay de Noc 54.

Engadine junior Austin Buss won the 100 (11.93) and 400 (59.41). His knee popped out near the end of the 200 in which he placed fourth (25.58).

“I’ve been having knee problems, which is something that runs in our family,” said Buss. “Eventually, I’ll need to have knee surgery. I was hoping to get at least second in the 200. I knew the kid from Big Bay de Noc (senior Cole Potvin) was fast.”

Potvin, who’s battling a hamstring injury, won the 200 (24.39) and high jump (5-6).

Engadine grabbed three places in discus, including a personal-best toss of 115-6 by sophomore Hunter Collins.

“This is the first time all our guys threw over 100 feet,” said Engadine coach Howard Hood. “The weather has gotten a little warmer, which is a big plus for the field events, and our sprinters have done well all year.”

Republic scored 36 points in the field events, with Hunter Schultz taking long jump (17-10).