Straits Area Conference Track Finals
Reported May 20, 2002 by the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Newberry wins with depth on track

ST. IGNACE -- Nathan Templeton and Brent Malaski have been doing all they can to help the Rudyard Bulldogs get points at track meets this season.

Templeton has been money in the sprints, while Malaski has owned the long distance runs. That trend continued at the Straits Area Conference finals on Monday as Templeton and Malaski combined for five first place finishes.

Despite those five firsts, Newberry showed its team depth to win the meet with 117 points, while Lincoln Alcona was second with 106. Inland Lakes was third with 81, and Rogers City was next with 78. St. Ignace had 67 points, and Rudyard finished right behind with 65. Onaway was last with 58.

Templeton won the 100 (11.27), the 200 (23.7), and the long jump (19-0), while Malaski won the 1600 (4:46.00), and the 3200 (10:12.84).

For St. Ignace, Nick Adams won the 800 (2:10.78), while Troy Sayles took the pole vault (12-0). The Saints also got a win in the 3200 relay (9:04.40).

Newberry got it's only first in the 1600 relay (3:44.00). Jim Bourdlais was second in the shot put and discus while Steve Whitman was runner-up in both hurdle events.

In the girls meet, Krista Clement suffered a rare defeat in the 800 as Laura Fairbanks of Rogers City barely held her off at the finish line.

Lincoln Alcona won the meet with 128 points, while Newberry was second with 101. Inland Lakes was third with 90, while St. Ignace was next with 78. Rogers City was fifth with 76 points, while Rudyard finished sixth with 32. Onaway brought up the rear with 18.

Clement won the 400 (1:04.00) for one of two Saints' wins, with the other coming in the 1600 relay (4:26.00).

Newberry also got a pair of wins at the meet. Cassie Miller won the 100 hurdles (16.88), and Kelsey Miller took the long jump (14-6).