Marquette runners open with a bang

Redmen, Redettes both earn wins at the Division 1 Superior Dome Classic

Westwood’s Lily Delongchamp, center right, races in the girls 55 M Dash during the District I Superior Dome Invitational Track and Field Meet Tuesday afternoon, Apr. 18, 2017. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

The Division I prep track and field teams of the Upper Peninsula got their first taste of large competition at the Superior Dome Classic Tuesday afternoon.

Both Marquette teams finished first in total points, with the boys earning 153 points and the girls totaling 73 points.

Negaunee’s boys finished fourth with 49 points, while the Miner girls also earned 49 points for fifth place.

Westwood’s girls placed ninth with 16 points, after only competing in two events.

For Marquette’s Izzie Peterson, the senior fit right in competing inside the Dome that will be her team’s home next season as she committed to Northern Michigan University last week.

Peterson finishing first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.62. She said her total focus has been on improving her running times since basketball season ended.

“I’ve spent five days a week at AdvantEdge to work on my strength and making sure I’m loose and staying healthy,” Peterson said. “Competing here gets us prepared and stronger for bigger events like regionals. It’s a warm up to see where we are at and what we have to work on.”

Peterson’s teammate, Jacquie Cammarata finished first in the 55 hurdle with a time of 9.46.

On the boys side, Garrett Rudden earned a pair of first place finishes for the Redmen in the 800 meter relay (2:06.93) and the 1600 meter relay (4:39.60).

Marquette’s Drew Thomas also finished atop the 55 meter hurdle with a time of 8.28, Wyatt Goodwin finished first in the long jump with a mark of 20-4 and Jedidiah Weber took the top spot in the high jump at 5-10.

For Negaunee, it scored first on the girls side of the 1600 meter dash, with Clara Johnson crossing the line with a time of 5:34.36.

Johnson said the day was an encouraging sign for the Miners.

“You never know what’s going to happen when it’s your first meet and you haven’t competed yet,” Johnson said. “I was proud of all of us with this being our first test of the season. Everyone did really strong.”

Emily Paupore also finished first for the Miners in the 3200 meter with a 12:17.8 time.

For the Negaunee boys, Chandler Brown took first in the shot put with a 40-7.50 mark.

Negaunee assistant coach Mike Ellerbruck said both teams will continue to grow throughout the year.

“We’re looking to be at least in the middle of the pack as the season goes along,” Ellerbruck said. “We’re looking for strong contribution from our senior base because we have a young group coming up, especially on the boys side. We’ll see how it works out as we go along.”

Freshman Tessa Leese highlighted Westwood’s performance, finishing third in both the 1600 run and the 800 dash.

Westwood girls head coach Eric Hill said his squad is also competing with a fairly young crew

“There’s always a lot of nervous energy here,” he said. “Everyone is excited, but it’s a little intimidating running against big schools.

“Our goal is to get better every day, have fun and never quit. They’re all important lessons for high schoolers.”

The full results from Tuesday’s Superior Dome Classic can be found at SuperiorTiming.com.

Ray Bressette can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is rbressette@miningjournal.net.