M-PC: Emeralds look to finish strong

MANISTIQUE – After taking a Division 2 regional title last week, the Manistique boys will try to carry their momentum into Thursday’s Mid-Peninsula Conference meet on their home track.

Joining the Emeralds are Norway, Iron Mountain, Westwood, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Gwinn.

The meet begins with the field events at 3:30 p.m. Running events start at 4.

Manistique scored 74 points in the regional at Iron Mountain last Thursday. St. Ignace was runner-up with 47 1/2.

Senior Ryan Ramey led the Emeralds, winning the 400-meter dash in 54.4 seconds and 800 (2:15.81), anchoring the winning 1600 relay and placing fourth in the 200 (24.21).

Senior teammate Tony Floyd added a first in the 100 (11.72) and second in the 200 (23.39), with classmate Tyler Kangas taking discus at 113 feet, six inches and placing second in high jump (5-8) and Coby Ryan winning the 300 hurdles (47.58).

Ishpeming copped the regional at West Iron County last Friday with 57 points, with runner-up Hancock scoring 33.

Nate Meyer took a first in the 400 (55.03) and second in the 200 (23.84) for the Hematites. Bobby Zhulkie won high jump (5-8) and Noah Olgren captured pole vault (12-0).

Others to watch include Manistique’s Robert Ayotte and Will Pomeroy (distance) and Cameron Page (shot put), Norway’s Ben Decremer (110 hurdles), Iron Mountain’s Nate Carey (distance) and Brandon Nichols (110 hurdles), Westwood’s Vincente Carlson (hurdles), Ishpeming’s Tom Potter (distance), Negaunee’s Jason Bell (hurdles), Kevin O’Keefe (sprints) and Austin Caya (pole vault).

The Negaunee girls are shooting for their fifth consecutive league crown and winning their regional with 79 points. Calumet took second at 43.

Negaunee’s Aleda Johnson won pole vault (8-6) and 400 (1:05.29) and was runner-up in the 800 (2:32.56). Katelyn Johnson took the 100 hurdles (18.64). Clara Churchill captured the 800 (2:30.81), with Haliee Richards taking discus (101-0) and Wyleen Kniola winning long jump (14-11).

The Manistique girls placed third in the regional with 36 points. St. Ignace won with 80 and runner-up Newberry had 46.

Manistique swept all four places in pole vault, led by junior Brittney Zellar’s leap of 7-6. Shelby Carlson was runner-up in the 200 (29.32) and sophomore Holly Blowers placed in three races despite feeling under the weather.

“We placed a lot of kids and we’re happy about that,” said Emeralds’ coach Rob Schwartz. “We’re ready to go on Thursday. We’re optimistic. Based on seeding, it looks like we’d be in the middle of the pack. Although, we’re definitely going to be fighting for the top three. Who knows what can happen?”

Carlson had been battling a quadricep injury and senior pole vaulter Elisa MacGregor was nursing a hip flexor, but Schwartz says both girls are making progress.

“They’re not 100 percent, but they’re getting there,” he said. “Right now, they’re looking as good as they have all season.

“This is absolutely an important meet. This may be the first decent weather we’ve had. We’ll get a chance to see where everybody stands.”

Others to watch are Manistique’s Olivia Holmberg (distance), Norway’s Alexis Kallenbach (high jump), Jordan Kraemer (long jump), Teidra Fuson (hurdles) and Kyra Johnsen (distance), Westwood’s Katie Etelamaki (distance), Ishpeming’s Marissa Maino (shot put) and Libbie Doney (pole vault) and Gwinn’s Nicole Usher (long jump).