Blowers leads Emerald girls

MANISTIQUE – It was a great day to be a Miner Thursday as the Negaunee girls earned their fifth consecutive Mid-Peninsula Conference track title with 152 points.

Ishpeming gained runner-up honors with 112 and Manistique squeezed past Westwood 82-81 for third place.

Negaunee junior Ashley Tresedder won the 200 in a personal-best 27.03 seconds and helped the winning 800 and 1600 relays. She also ran a PR while placing second in the 100 (13.39).

“I always try to go out hard,” she said. “You have to go all out because the races are so short. Now, I want to improve even more at the U.P. Finals. Our handoffs in the 800 relay went pretty good and we ran a season-best (1:53.72). Overall, I thought our team did real well.”

Freshman Aleda Johnson added firsts in the 400 (1:02.39) and pole vault at nine feet. Senior Clara Churchill copped the 800 (2:32.48) and helped the winning 1600 and 3200 relays and junior Hailee Richards captured discus (98-11).

“Clara ran a great 800 and Aleda and Emily (Lokken) had great 400s,” said Negaunee coach Vickie Paupore. “Ashley had a great day. She strained her hamstring in the (Negaunee) Lions Invitational, but has worked hard to recover. I’m very proud of our relays. Their times have come down nicely.”

Lokken was runner-up in the 400 (1:03.75) and Manistique sophomore Holly Blowers took third (1:04.75).

Blowers, who had strep throat a week ago, won the 1600 (5:45.56), was runner-up in the 800 (2:35.77) and anchored the second-place 1600 relay.

“I finally felt good in the 1600 relay,” said Blowers. “Kelsey Dahanke really stepped up in the third leg. I love having her hand off the baton. In the (open) 1600, I just wanted to run smart. I didn’t want to burn myself out for the Finals. As a team, I think we did all right. I just hope we get good weather for the Finals.”

Ishpeming collected four firsts, with junior Nya Surah Thomas taking long jump (15-7 1/2) and the 100 (12.97) and classmate Jessica Spencer winning the 300 hurdles (51.98) and freshman Marissa Maino gaining the shot put title (32-8 1/2).

Manistique coach Rob Schwartz was pleased with the overall results.

“We did as well as we could expect,” he said. “We couldn’t ask for more with the lineup we had today. Holly had a solid day and Saige Hastings threw the shot the best she has all year. Kelsey Dehanke runs hard all the time and had a good day and Korissa Bosanic ran her best time in the 200. This is the first time Korissa placed in an open sprint and our hurdlers did better than we anticipated.”