Local teams compete at Division 1 regional track meet (boys)
MARQUETTE – It came down to the final event Friday at William R. Hart Stadium in Marquette to determine the winner of the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 1 boys regional track and field meet.
Marquette wound up taking both the event, the 1,600-meter relay, and the meet, beating defending champ Gladstone 50-47. Sault Ste. Marie finished third with 35, while Menominee scored 30.5 and Escanaba 24.5.
“We were seeded No. 1 (in the 1,600), but I had two guys sick and had to substitute for one of them,” Marquette head coach Kyle Detmers said. “Matt Millado subbed in for a sick Jimmy St. Cyr. And Mike Millado was sick, but ran anyway.”
Cameron Grant and anchor Andrew Banitt completed the unit that won in 3:40.34 to Gladstone’s 3:44.14.
“Winning the (regional) title is nice, but our goal was to get a lot of kids into the U.P. Finals (May 31 in Kingsford),” Detmers said. “It was a good day for our kids.
“I’m a little surprised (we won) though. When I did the math beforehand, I knew it would be close because Gladstone is so good.”
The Redmen won four events – two by Kyle Dickinson. He claimed the 110 hurdles (17.48) and the 300 hurdles (44.09).
“He hasn’t raced for two weeks, as he was ineligible for (poor) grades,” Detmers said. “His two wins were a surprise.”
Dickinson said it’s the first time he has won two events in a meet.
“It’s amazing. I’m extremely happy,” the junior said. “In the 300 lows, I wanted to be as fast as I could from the start. I stutter-stepped a lot.”
“In the 100 highs, I went into it thinking I’d place second or third,” he added. “But I had the best start I’ve had all year … and just ended up four-stepping the entire race.”
Banitt posted the other Marquette triumph, that coming in the 800 run (2:04.77).
“There were a lot of tough runners in the race,” the junior said. “I tried going out fast to get a decent lead, then held on for the last half, which was good.
“After the race, I didn’t feel well at all because I was pushed so much. In regionals, there is a lot of good competition.”
Detmers noted Lance Rambo placed second in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, Paul Smith finished runner-up in the discus, Brady Aboussleman captured second in the 800 and Taylor Althouse – a freshman – finished runner-up in the high jump for crucial Marquette points.
“We got some points in field events, which helped a lot,” the coach said.
Sault Ste. Marie had a pair of individual double winners in Nick Mikolowski and Parker Scott. Mikolowski claimed the 100 (11.42) and 200 (23.55), while Scott took the 1,600 (4:34.96) and 3,200 (10:10.36).
Cody Malanowski of Gladstone also copped two events, the shot put (45 feet, 3 inches) and discus (121-11).
Gladstone’s Chris Sedenquist added a first in the 400 (53.14) a third in the 200 (23.79). Andrew Olesak won high jump (5-6) and Jacob Rosa took pole vault (11-0).
Escanaba’s lone first took place in the 3200 relay, where it was clocked at 8:34.58, and Jordan Ogren was runner-up in the 400 (54.84).