Hematites stay solid in Superior Dome

Ishpeming boys win Division 2 meet for fifth straight season

Ishpeming’s Spencer Giroux competes during the 3200 meter relay at the Superior Dome Division 2 track meet in Marquette Wednesday April 25, 2019. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

MARQUETTE — Three full days of high school track meets taking place at the Superior Dome continued Wednesday afternoon with 11 teams competing in the Division 2 meet.

Ishpeming won the boys team title for the fifth consecutive season with 139 points, backed by three event wins from Jonah Broberg. It was also Ishpeming’s third win in three meets this season. St. Ignace won the girls title with 78 points.

Newberry followed the Hematites boys with 106 points while Norway was third with 47, Hancock 26, West Iron County 23, Munising 21, Gwinn 21, Manistique 18, St. Ignace 17, L’Anse 14 and Bark-River Harris 1.

Hancock came close to the SI girls with 71 points, followed by Manistique in third with 47, Ishpeming 46, Gwinn 36, Bark River-Harris 35, West Iron County 32, Newberry 31, Munising 25, L’Anse 16 and Norway 14.

Broberg paved the way for the Hematites with victories in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, while Ishpeming won six out of 14 events.

IHS head coach P.J. Pruett said his team was forced to adjust after losing sprinter Hunter Smith to an injury, who won the 55-meter dash early in the day with a time of 6.87 seconds.

“The boys did really good, but we had to change things because it looks like I lost Hunter Smith for the year,” he said. “He’s one of the fastest kids in the U.P. We changed things around and it worked pretty good.”

Pruett, who also heads the Ishpeming cross country teams, talked about the success that carried over from the course to the track after the boys claimed the Upper Peninsula Division 2 cross country title back in the fall.

“My cross country kids work hard, but I’ve got special sprinters for track who I’ve had for three or four years,” he said. “Guys like Matt Trawick, who did an exceptional job as well as Gavin Sundberg. Those guys are just as tight as the cross country kids and the football players are also really tight. That’s what makes us a good team.”

Ishpeming also received wins in the 3,200 relay and the 400 dash, which was won by Sundberg with a time of 55.93.

On the girls side, Ishpeming received three victories. One came in the 800 relay with a time of 2:01.13, another from Madisyn Mead in the 55-meter hurdles, who clocked in at 10 seconds on the dot. Kayla Koski also won the long jump event with a leap of 15-1.

St. Ignace and Hancock each set the tone for the girls field though with the Saints claiming four events. The 1,600 relay was won by St. Ignace with a time of 4:43.65, while also earning individual victories in the 1,600 run, 200 dash and the high jump.

Libby Becker won the 1,600 with a time of 5:37.17, Ally Shultz won the 200 with a time of 27.66 and Lyla Horn made a leap of 4-9 in the high jump event.

Hancock received just one victory which came in the 3200 relay, but also had seven athletes on the podium across 14 events.

Another Marquette County team that also showed signs of strength was Gwinn. The Modeltowners were particularly impressive on the girls side, with Emily Curtice and Marissa Delmont both earning wins. Curtice won the 55 dash with a time of 7.75, while Delmont earned the shot put victory with a mark of 33-7. Curtice also finished third in the 200 dash.

David Duvall also won the boys 55 hurdles for the Modeltowners with a time of 8.90.

Gwinn head coach Justin Ellman said he was pleased with his teams in their first meet of the season.

“We’re happy,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of girls returning from the last couple of years and we’ve got a lot more boys this year as well. We’ve got a lot of incoming freshman and some sophomores.

“We should be doing pretty well this year. We couldn’t get outside too much, but I’m pleased with how we’ve been so far.”

The Dome meets wrap up today with the Division 3 meet beginning at 1 p.m.

Email Ryan Spitza at sports@miningjournal.net.