Division I Upper Peninsula Regional Track Meet
Reported May 17, 2002 by the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Sault boys, girls finish second at track regional

ESCANABA -- Sault High girls and boys' track and field teams both finished second at a Division I Upper Peninsula Regional meet Thursday at Escanaba High School.

Gladstone scored 53 points to edge out the top spot in the girls meet, three points ahead of the Sault. Marquette was third with 30, followed by Escanaba 29, Menominee 19 and Gwinn 4. The top four individual finishers and top two relays qualify for the U.P. Finals.

Natalie Cahill won every event she participated in to lead the Blue Devils. Cahill took first in the 1600 (5:42.66), 800 (2:32.47) and 3200 (12:05.12). Cahill, Tara Dougherty, Jen Corbiere and Desi Payment won the 3200 relay (10:32.65).

Kristen Press won the 300 hurdles (50.72), Emily Browning claimed the pole vault (9-0) and Tara Dougherty won the discus (99-6) for the Sault.

"It was about as close as it could get," Sault girls coach Scott Menard said. "Gladstone hasn't lost a meet all year, but we pushed them as hard as they've been pushed by anybody. We just needed a few more tenths of a second here, or a little better throw there, but came up short.

"Overall we were still pretty pleased with the way things went," Menard said. "We won eight events and qualified in most of the events we had hoped to."

The team of Press, Chelsea Bryan, Janel Lumsden and Desi Payment won the 1600 relay (4:23.78). Press, Chelsea Zeller, Dani Payment and Michelle Lynn took second in the 800 relay.

Lumsden finished second in the 400 dash. Ashley Corbiere took third in the high jump, Lynn was fourth in the 100 and Dani Payment took fourth in the 800.

Marquette scored 60 points to win the boys meet and the Blue Devils were runners-up for a second straight year with 52.66. They were followed by Gladstone 26, Escanaba 23, Menominee 19.5 and Gwinn 5.

Steve Ojala captured both hurdle events for the Blue Devils, taking the 110 highs in 15.40 and the 300 lows in 43.69.

Jereld Sawyer shattered his own school record in the discus with a winning toss of 164 feet, five inches. Sawyer eclipsed the mark of 158-9 which he set last season.

Other event winners for the Sault included Tony Abramson in the 800 (2:04.34) and Marc McDonough in the long jump (20-6). The Blue Devils also won the 400 relay (46.44).

Sawyer was second in the shot put, while Abramson placed third in the 1600. Nathan Young gave the Sault a 1-2 finish in the 300 hurdles with a second-place effort. Craig Cooper was third in the 3200.

Eric Worley took fourth in the 1600 and high jump. Other fourth-place finishers included Steve Hank in the 300 hurdles, Dan Brown in the 800 and Matt Labron in the 200.

The U.P. Finals are scheduled for June 1 in Kingsford. Sault High is the defending boys and girls champion in Division I.