NEGAUNEE - Negaunee High School claimed 22 first-place finishes out of 34 events to record a pair of decisive track and field victories at the WIN meet held Tuesday afternoon at the Miners' track.
The Negaunee girls won a dozen events in racking up 109 points to 42 for Ishpeming and 28 for Westwood.
The NHS boys won 10 events to score 106 points to 50 for the Hematites and 20 for the Patriots.
Five athletes were triple winners, but only one did it in three individual events - Ishpeming's Kara Dale in the girls meet. She won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, with the 400 as her most impressive win by nearly five seconds over the rest of the field.
Even in those events, though, Negaunee showed its depth, finishing 2-3, 2-3 and 2-3-4 to actually pick up the majority of points in those dashes.
"Our girls performed very well," NHS coach Vicki Paupore said. "We did a little bit of experimenting as we try to set our lineup to maximize our point potential for the (Upper Peninsula) regionals coming up next week."
Negaunee claimed the other four triple winners, with Clara Churchill and Jayne Alexander in the girls meet winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Churchill also took the 1,600 run and Alexander the 800.
The exact same events were won by the Miners boys' triple winners. Keenan Gantz and Ben Rebertus were members of the victorious 1,600 and 3,200 relays, while Gantz added the 1,600 and Rebertus the 800.
"This is the time of the year we really look to start improving our times," Negaunee boys coach Kevin Bell said. "We've really shown that improvement with our distance team, and our mile relay took off about two seconds from the time we posted last week."
Negaunee claimed a number of double winners, including two who got both wins in individual events - the boys' Connor Hetrick in the 200 and high jump, and the girls' Ashley Veale in the 100 intermediate and 300 low hurdles.
Ishpeming broke Negaunee's relay stranglehold by winning two in the boys meet, the 400 and 800.
Westwood's wins were claimed by Lizzy VanBuren in the girls' long jump, Vincente Carlson in the boys' 110 high hurdles and Jake Palomaki in the boys' 100.