Qualifiers for Upper Peninsula Track Finals
Reported May 19, 2002 by Scott Church of the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Winkler sets shot put record; Panthers prevail in D-3 regional

PICKFORD -- Chris Winkler of Brimley didn't waste any time in qualifying for the Upper Peninsula Track Finals.

Winkler, a senior, won the regional shot put event with a throw of 50-6.5 Friday, breaking his own record by a half an inch. He also threw the discus 117-0, winning the event and, again, qualifying for the Finals.

Winkler went after the record on his first throw as he always does.

"That's just the way I do it," Winkler said of his strategy in the shot put. "I really concentrate on my form on the first throw and it usually ends up being my best one. If I get over 50-feet on the first try, I just try and muscle the last two throws out there and see if I can do something special."

Winkler has his sights set on the U.P. title in the shot put and knows that he'll likely have to best is Rapid River shot putter Jake Bricco. Bricco set a new school record for the Rockets earlier this week with a throw of 51-1.

"I'd definitely like a chance to throw against him," said Winkler with a smile.

Despite Winkler's efforts, the Pickford Panthers won the boys meet by 20 points, with each team sending a number of athletes to the Finals. The top four finishers in the individual events qualify, while the top two teams in each relay event are also in. Pickford finished with 66.3, while Brimley had 46.6. They were followed by Cedarville 39, DeTour 20, Engadine 15 and Mackinac Island 0.

For Pickford, Brad Hunter won a pair of events. He took the 800 (2:07.62), and the 1600 (5:08.76). Josh Schwab won the 110 hurdles (16.6), and also qualified in the 300 hurdles and the high jump. Joe Nyberg won the 300 hurdles (44.69) and qualified in the 110 hurdles. Doug and Adam Wallis also won events to qualify. Doug took the high jump (6-0), and qualified in the shot put, while Adam won the long jump (17-10) and qualified in the 400. The Panthers also got wins in the 3200 relay (9:21.89), and the 1600 relay (3:50.62).

Also qualifying for Pickford was Chris Thompson in the 1600 as did fellow Panther Mahlon Collins. Collins also qualified in the 3200 as did Carl Morrison. Andrew Barry made the field in the 800. Barry and Morrison also qualified in the pole vault. Tim Raynard and Jesse Bishop made it in the shot put and the discus, respectively. Pickford also qualified its 800 relay team, and its 1600 relay team

In addition to Winkler's two firsts, the Bays got a win from Josh Rhue in the 100 (11.46). Rhue also qualified in the 200 and the Bays won the 400 relay (49.11), and 800 relay (1:40.28).

Also qualifying for Brimley was Matt Mills in the 100, and the 400. Dusty Behnke also made the field in the 400, as well as the long jump.

Nate Case made it in the 800 and the discus, while Rob Newland qualified in the 3200. Brandon Leapley and Brandon Freedman made it in the high jump. The Bays also put their 3200 relay team in the field as well as their 1600 relay teams.

The Cedarville Trojans collected four individual wins as Anthony Wilson won the 400 (53.69), but in a major surprise, failed to qualify in the 200, an event that he has consistently won this year. He did qualify in the 800 however. Fellow Trojan Drew Paquin won the 200 (24.66), and qualified in the 100 and the long jump. Jason Sweeney took the 3200 (11:28.20), and made the field in the 1600, and David Sanderson won the pole vault (10-0).

Also for the Trojans, Trevor Sigman qualified in the pole vault.

DeTour will send Josh VanAlstine to the Finals in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, while the 400 relay team also qualified. Mike Burton made the field in the high jump, and Levi Bender made it in the 110 hurdles and the 200. Mike Miller will run at the Finals in the 400.

For the Engadine Eagles, Brian Vowel qualified in the 100, and the high jump, while Vince Swider made it in the shot, discus, and the high jump. Brent Bednarski will run in the 300 hurdles.

Pickford girls gear up for U.P. Finals

PICKFORD -- The Pickford Panthers put on a dominating performance in a Division 3 girls regional track meet on Friday afternoon. The Panthers ended up with a 62-point cushion, as they topped Cedarville 94-32.

There were no surprises in the shot or discus. Ashley Bishop participated in the two events, Ashley Bishop won the two events. She threw the shot 41 feet-three inches, and flung the disc 116 feet even.

Rosanna Chapman also won a pair of events for the Panthers. She won the 1600 (no time listed), and the 800 (2:42.20). Rachel Morrison won the 400 (67.44) and also qualified in the 200, while Courtney Brown won the 3200 (13:42.71). Leslie Slater also got a win for the Panthers in the pole vault (7-0), while qualifying in both the high jump and the long jump.

Pickford also got wins in the 3200 relay (11:16.01), the 800 relay (1:56.68), the 400 relay (56.02), and the 1600 relay (no time provided).

Also qualifying for the Panthers was Ashley Fountain in 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, and the shot put. Lindsey Harrison made the field in the 100 hurdles, and the 300 hurdles. Tiffany Campbell qualified in the 1600, and the 3200, along with Stacy Rye, while Gabrielle Morrison made it in the 400. Megan Hunter will run in the finals in the 800, while Peggy Keiper qualified in the shot and the disc. Kristina Peffers also made the field in the pole vault.

Brimley finished third in the meet with 27 points, followed by Engadine with 26, Mackinac Island with 6 and DeTour with 0.

Brimley got its lone win from Dana Case in the high jump (4-9). Case also qualified in the 100 hurdles, and the 300 hurdles.

Also for Brimley, the 800 relay team made the field as well as Stephanie Freedman in the 1600. Jenna Derusha qualified in the 400, while Monique McIntyre made it in the 200. Grace Parish will be in the 3200, while Emily Gillies will throw the shot in the Finals. Laura Ermatinger also made it in the long jump for the Bays.

Cedarville got a pair of wins from Tara Amarose. She won the 100 hurdles (17.02), and the 300 hurdles (52.33).

Cedarville also qualified for the Finals in the 3200 and 1600 relays, while Cathy Millon made the field in the 100. Meredith Cochran qualified in the 1600 and the high jump, while Corielle Crookshank and Jenna Duncan both qualified in the discus. Sarah Torsky made the field in the high jump and pole vault.

Engadine's Tiffany Adams took three firsts. She won the long jump (14-6.5), the 100 (12.73), and the 200 (28.93). Also for Engadine, the Eagles qualified in the 400 relay, while Amanda Mast made it in the 100 and the long jump. Andrea Stachler qualified in the 800 run.