Winner, winner! Negaunee Miners’ victories add up to high school track and field Marquette County Meet sweep

Negaunee's Sadie Rogers, second from right, wins the girls 100-meter hurdles with teammate Madison Pekrul, center, finishing as runner-up during the Marquette County Meet in high school track and field held at Westwood High School in Ishpeming on Monday. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

ISHPEMING — The Negaunee High School track and field teams are used to doing well in spite of not winning a lot of events at many of their meets.

On Monday, they went ahead and dominated first-place finishes on the way to a sweep at the annual Marquette County Meet held at Westwood High School on Monday.

Both the Miners girls and boys won 10 out of the 17 events in their respective meets to cart off victories.

The Negaunee girls dominated their standings with 141 points as runner-up Ishpeming had just 50. Marquette was third with 24, the host Patriots fourth with 22, Gwinn fifth with 16 and Republic-Michigamme had 2.

The boys meet was much closer as the Miners scored 93 points to runner-up Marquette’s 79. Gwinn was third in this meet with 30, while Ishpeming had 26, Westwood 24 and R-M 15.

Republic-Michigamme’s Ethan Lawrence approaches the finish line while winning the boys’ 800-meter run during the Marquette County Meet in high school track and field held at Westwood High School in Ishpeming on Monday. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

Some events were close while others definitely were not.

In the blowout category, Ishpeming four-time winner Lola Korpi dominated in the event she’s become known for, the 3,200-meter run, but she could’ve run an extra lap or two and still won with her 2-minute, 26-second win in 12:06.94 as Violet Pepin led a Marquette 2-3-4 finish in 14:33.27.

And Korpi was a 21 1/2-second winner in the 800 in 2:25.95 as Aleana Park led a 2-3-4-5 finish by the Miners in 2:47.63. Park was the only other racer under three minutes.

Brady Mager, a three-time victor for Negaunee in the boys meet, won the 110 hurdles by almost a second and a half in 16.55 seconds ahead of runner-up Seamus White of Marquette’s 17.95. Mager’s 300 hurdles victory was almost as impressive, by just over three seconds in 42.47 ahead of runner-up and teammate Kyle Waterman’s 45.55.

Korpi’s sister Laynie Korpi posted a more than 11-second victory in the 1,600 in 6:24.76 as Marquette’s Tessa Bruns was second in 6:36.05. Laynie Korpi had a hand in three victories herself.

Several relays weren’t close, either, though some only had two finishers. One that was more contested, though, was the girls 400 relay as Negaunee won a four-team race by over 4 1/2 seconds in 54.35 as Gwinn was runner-up in 58.89.

The field events had most of the really close finishes. The boys high jump was also won by Mager as he cleared 5 feet, 10 inches, the same height cleared by Marquette’s David Williams as Mager won on the tiebreaker of just one miss on attempts up to that height.

Just three inches separated the top five finishers in the girls long jump, with three-time winner Sadie Rogers winning with a leap of 14-3. Teammates Nori Korsman and Keira Waterman each made it to 14-2, while R-M’s Olivia Mattila and Westwood’s Faith Spiroff got to 14-0.

The boys long jump was almost as close with four inches separating the top four. Quadruple winner Kai Lacar of Negaunee took the title by leaping 17-6 as runner-up Kenneth Ambuehl of R-M was runner-up with 17-5, Williams of Marquette third with 17-4 and R-M’s John Wheeler fourth in 17-2.

Probably the closest relay of the day was the boys’ 400 as the Miners won by 0.25 of a second in 48.28 as Marquette was runner-up in 48.53.

The Korpi sisters were part of Ishpeming’s double-relay victory as each ran in the 1,600 and 3,200 quartets in the girls meet. Teammate Tiana Bosworth also ran on both.

In addition to the girls long jump, Negaunee’s Rogers also won the 100 hurdles and ran with her school’s 400 relay winners. Teammate Macyn Dellangelo ran with that relay plus the Miners’ victorious 800 relay.

Keira Waterman captured the girls’ 100 and 200, with Negaunee’s other individual winners being Kayleigh Manninen in the 400, Josie Mechling in the 300 hurdles, Ashley Bell in the discus and Ellie Sundberg in the high jump.

In addition to the Korpis in distance events and Ishpeming’s relays, the Hematites’ Jadyn Negilski won the shot put.

The other victory in the girls meet was posted by Westwood’s Lexi Olson in the pole vault.

For the boys, in addition to the Hawks’ close calls in the boys’ and girls’ long jump, R-M’s Ethan Lawrence won the boys’ 800.

Lacar added victories in the 100 dash, 200 dash and the 400 relay for the Miners, while teammate Derek McEachern won the 400 and ran a leg in the 800 relay.

Negaunee’s wins in the 400, 800 and 3,200 relays included double representation by

Michael Juchemich and Baron Heslip.

Marquette won the 1,600 relay and added individual wins by Nathan Cattoor in the discus and pole vault, Brody Clements in the 1,600 and Peter Argeropolous in the 3,200.

And Ishpeming’s Carlos Perez captured the shot put.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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