GLADSTONE - Marquette Senior High School's Lindsey Rudden set a personal goal of owning the school record in the 800 meter run
She just didn't figure it would happen this early in the season.
Rudden turned in a blazing time of 2 minutes, 20 seconds on Tuesday, surprising even herself.
Marquette’s Lance Rambo, center, leads the pack by a step early in the 3,200-meter run with teammate Cole Rieboldt, right, and Iron Mountain’s Dan Kulas a step behind Tuesday at Gladstone. The trio finished first through third, respectively. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Keith Shelton)
"Right when I crossed the finish line, I heard my time and knew that I broke the record," Rudden said. "I was really happy.
"I didn't think it would happen today. I wanted it to happen toward the end of the season so I could build up to it. But I guess what happens, happens."
Rudden helped lead her team to victory in a track quadrangular meet at Gladstone, with the Redettes scoring 110 points. Negaunee came in second with 76.5, followed by Gladstone (50) and Iron Mountain (6.5).
Redettes coach John Peterson held a philosophy of his team play to its strengths and taking first and second place in multiple events. The Redettes certainly did that, accomplishing the feat in five events.
"I'm very proud of how the girls ran. We had lots of really good efforts today," Peterson said. "Times are coming down, kids are getting in shape and we're starting to develop 1-2 punches in a lot of our events.
"Lindsey broke the school record in the 800 and that's a 1-2 we're developing with Lindsey and Shayla Huebner," he added.
"In the 400, we're looking at Shayla, and a couple of kids are trying to step up there - Cassidy Thomas and Kathleen Noblet.
"In the mile, we're looking at Lindsey and Calla Martinez. "
The Redettes also swept the relay events and took additional firsts in shot put (Kirsten Iwanski), long jump (Korte Bente) and high jump (Hunter Viitala).
"The relay teams did really well," Peterson said. "Handoffs were reasonably sharp today. We almost got first and second in the 1,600 relay, except one girl on our B team got stepped on.
"Their role was to come in second, and they would have, but we didn't quite finish the race with that accident. It was a really good effort on everyone's part and I'm really proud of them."
The Negaunee girls were led by Ashley Veale, who turned in four firsts in the sprint events, taking the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 100 dash and 200 dash.
Gladstone won the boys end of the meet with 103 points. Marquette was second with 75, followed by Negaunee 64 and Iron Mountain 14.
Justin Pederson and Jared Vuksan accounted for most of the Braves points, turning in five individual firsts between them and also helping their team won the 800 and 400 meter relays, respectively.
Marquette captured big points in the distance events, led by freshman Lance Rambo, who took first in the mile and two mile runs, and Cole Rieboldt, who took second in both races.