Sault Runs to Another First on Track
Reported April 22, 2001 by the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

STANDISH - The Sault High girls track team came home with another win on Friday after capturing the big school division at the Standish-Sterling Falcon Relays with 92 points. Petoskey finished second among the big schools, while Cheboygan topped the small school division.

The Blue Devils got first place finishes from the 100-high hurdles team of Sarah Duesing, Becky Rambo, and Jennifer Corbiere (53.1), while Duesing tied the individual tournament record by running her leg in 15.8 seconds.

The Blue Devils also took a first in the high jump relay as Duesing, Katie Guimond, and Emily Guimond teamed for a jump of 14-6, breaking the old team record of 14-3. Natalie Cahill, Bridget Dougherty, Chelsea Bryan and Mary Miller teamed to win the 3200 relay (10.34), breaking the old team mark of 10.36.

Duesing, Cahill, and Rambo got the Blue Devils another win in the 300 low hurdles (2:33.6), while Duesing set the individual tournament running her leg in 48.7. The Blue Devils' final win came in the 1600 relay (4:20.6) as Miller, Desi Payment, Duesing and Cahill combined for the triumph.

For the boys, the going was a bit rougher. The Blue Devils finished in a second place log-jam with Bay City Central and Petoskey, each school garnering 70 points. Alpena won the Big School Division with 82 points.

The boys earned only one first-place finish in the meet, that coming in the distance medley (11:23.0) as John Anderson, Jason Lahti, Tony Abramson, and Cliff Lindsey combined for the win.

The Blue Devils had three second-place finishes as Josh Anderson, John Anderson, Jim Shannon, and Jim Brown took a second in the mile relay. John Anderson, Dan Brown, Dan Moore, and Lindsey earned a second in the two-mile relay, while Abramson, Moore, Lindsey, and Adam Gurnoe earned a second in the four-mile relay.

The Blue Devils were hampered due to some missing runners due to disciplinary reasons and it left Sault coach Jim Martin and the team scrambling to fill spots in races.

"We have to feel fortunate to finish where we did considering that we had a lot of inexperienced runners out there today," said Martin. Not only were they inexperienced, but they were running in events that they aren't used to running. Everyone did a great job putting the team first today and doing what we had to do to finish second."

The Blue Devils will be at Traverse City West on Tuesday and will travel to Newberry on Saturday.