Class C Regional Track Meet
Reported May 24, 2001 by SCOTT CHURCH of the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

ST. IGNACE - When Krista Clement took the baton for the St. Ignace Saints for the last leg of the girls 3200 relay Thursday she trailed the Manistique anchor by about 150 yards and it looked to be a foregone conclusion that the Saints would finish second.

A forgone conclusion to everyone but Clement that is.

Clement wasted no time in breezing past the Munising anchor to take second place, just after taking the baton. She picked up the pace even more and began to close the gap on the front-running Manistique anchor. At the end of the first lap as the runners passed the bleachers and coaches, the Manistique anchor looked to her coach and asked "Where is she?"

Clement answered that question as she passed the opposing anchor and took the lead. She really seemed to turn on the jets at that point, and ended up winning the race by the margin she trailed by upon taking the baton.

"When I got the baton I didn't think there was any way I could win," Clement said after the race. "When I started to get close to her about 3/4 of the way through the first lap, I thought I could pass her close to the end of the lap so I decided to just go after it."

The Saints girls team was dominating in the Class C regional, winning all but four events, and sending numerous athletes to the U.P. finals in Kingsford.

St. Ignace scored 79 points in winning the meet, while Stephenson was next with 39.5. Manistique finished third with 37.5, and Newberry was fourth with 17. Munising finished fifth with nine points, and Rudyard was sixth with five.

The Saints got wins from Eryn Mercer in the 100 (13.24), and the 200 (26.89). Karolyn Getzen in the 400 (1:02.61), Clement in the 800 (2:24.13) and the 1600 (5:27.74), Teresa Binger in the 100 hurdles (17.61), and the 300 hurdles (54.45), Micaela Kelso in the shot put (35-9.75), and Kate Ruegg in the pole vault (8-0). The Saints also qualified their relay teams, winning the 400 relay (54.55), the 800 relay (1:49.8), the 1600 relay (4:16.78), and the 3200 relay (10:33.03).

Also qualifying for the finals for the Saints were Marielle Calcaterra, who finished second in the 400, Ruegg with a second in the 200, Adria West with a second in the long jump, Erin Evashevski with a fourth in the 100 hurdles, and Kelso with a fourth in the discus.

For Newberry, Cassie Miller qualified for the finals with a second in the 300 hurdles, and the 1600 relay team qualified as well with a second-place finish.

Rudyard qualified Shayla Postma, who finished second in hte 3200. Postma also qualified in the 1600 with a third place finish.

For the boys, The Newberry Indians put on a strong showing at the regional and finished first at the meet. Eric Rocker won a pair of events, and Matt McNamara won two more. Rocker won the 200 (23.50), and the 400 (52.11), while McNamara won the 800 (2:05.60), and the 1600 (4:36.63).

The Indians finished with 69 points, followed by Munising with 40. St. Ignace was third with 24 points, and Stephenson was fourth with 19. Rudyard was next with 18, and Manistique was sixth with 17.

James Miller also had a pair of wins for the Indians, winning the 100 (11.9), and the long jump (18-1). A.J. Downey also got a win for the Indians in the discus (143-10), and Jake Holcolmb won the shot put (47-5). The Newberry relay team also got a win in the 800 relay (1:36.25).

Other finals qualifiers for the Indians include Brandon Stamper, who finished second in the high jump, Jim Bourdlais, who finished second in the shot put, Chris Stark with a second in the discus, and the 1600 relay team qualified with a second as well. Miller qualified in the 200 with a third place finish, and Tony Bergman qualified in the long jump with a third. Bob Lehto also made it with a third in the discus. Stamper qualified with a fourth in the 100 hurdles, and Miller was fourth in the 400 to make the finals field. Bergman qualified in the 200 with a fourth.

For St. Ignace, Jim Clement won the 100 hurdles (15.86), and the 300 hurdles (41.39) for the only two Saint wins.

Steve MacDonald qualified in the long jump with a second-place finish, and Troy Sayles made it by finishing second in the pole vault. The 3200 relay team also qualified for the Saints with a second place finish.

MacDonald also qualified in the 400 with a third place finish, while Matt LaRoque qualified in the 800 with a fourth place finish. Clement also made it in the high jump with a fourth place finish.

Nathan Templeton won a share of the 100 (11.9), tying with Miller of Newberry for one of Rudyard's two wins at the meet. The Bulldogs also won the 400 relay (46.70).

Rudyard's 800 relay team also qualified with a second place finish.

Tim McKee qualified for the Bulldogs in the 100 with a third place finish, while Brent Malaski made it with a third place finish in the 3200. Matt Aston qualified in the 100, finishing fourth, while Malaski made it in the 1600 with a fourth.

Girls

Stephenson 39.5, Manistique 37.5, Newberry 17, Munising 9, St. Ignace 7.9, Rudyard 5

100 - Mercer, SI, 13.24
200 - Mercer, SI, 26.89
400 - Getzen, SI, 1:02.61
800 - Clement, SI, 2:24.13
1600 - Clement, SI, 5:27.74
3200 - Weber, MAN, 12:42.50
100 H - Binger, SI, 17.61
300 H - Binger, 54.45
400 R - St. Ignace, 54.55
800 R - St. Ignace, 1:49.8
1600 R - St. Ignace, 4:16.79
3200 R - St. Ignace, 10:33.03
High jump - Walsh, MUN, 4-9
Shot put - Kelso, SI, 36-9.75
Discus - Anderson, STEP, 106-8
Pole vault - Ruegg, SI, 8.

Boys

Newberry 69, Munising 40, St. Ignace 24, Stephenson 19, Rudyard 18, Manistique 17

100 - Templeton, R, Miller, N, 11.90
200 - Rocker, N, 23.50
400 - Rocker, N, 52.11
800 - McNamara, N, 2:05.50
1600 - McNamara, N, 4:36.63
3200 - Harvey, MUN, 10:06.25
110 H - Clement, SI, 15.86
300 H - Clement, SI, 41.39
400 R - Rudyard, 46.70
800 R - Newberry, 1:36.25
1600 R - Manistique, 3:39.92
3200 R - Munising, 8:35.98
High jump - St. Armour, MAN, 6-4
Long jump - Miller, N, 18-1
Shot put - Holcomb, N, 17-5
Discus - Downey, N, 143-10
Pole vault - Winkler, STEP, 12-0.