Gaylord Invitational
Reported May 5, 2002 by the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Sault boys rally to win at Gaylord Invitational

GAYLORD -- The Sault High boys track team saved its best for the finish Saturday at the Herald Times Invitational in Gaylord.

The Blue Devils were down 14 points with four events remaining, but rallied to pull out a first-place showing in the seven-team meet.

The Sault tallied 71 points while Petoskey finished second with 65 points followed by Gaylord with 61, and Cheboygan with 50. Harrison finished with 41 points, while Roscommon was next with 24. Kalkaska was seventh with 18. The Blue Devils may gain additional points if a protest is upheld in which discus results were not recorded in the final standings.

In the 800 relay, the Sault team of Eric Mason, Matt Labron, Marc McDonough, and Neal McLeod set a school record in the win (1:35.3), while the 2400 relay team of Nate Young, Tony Abramson, Dan Brown, and Steve Ojala also took a win (6:01.65). The Blue Devils also got a win in the 110 hurdles from Ojala (15.6).

"I have been very impressed with the work ethic of our athletes this year," said Sault coach Jim Martin. "But I was really impressed by the desire these kids showed today, especially the seniors. They know this is it for them in high school athletics, and they want to go out on top. If we keep working in practice like we have been and competing like we did tonight, I'm confident they will."

In the girls meet, the Sault finished second to Cheboygan 105 to 63. Natalie Cahill took the only individual first for the Sault with a win in the 1600 (5:33.1). The Blue Devils also got a win as Janel Lumsden, Desi Payment, Cahill and Chelsea Bryan teamed to win the 2400 relay (7:14.4).

The Blue Devils took a second-place finish in the 1600 relay as well.

Kalkaska was third in the meet with 62, while Petoskey was fourth with 37. Harrison was next with 36, and Gaylord finished sixth with 19. Roscommon brought up the rear with eight.