Upper Peninsula Division 1 Track and Field Championships
Reported June 2, 2002 by John Vrancic for the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Sault boys finish 3rd at U.P. Finals

KINGSFORD -- The Sault High boys collected three first-place finishes, but it wasn't enough for them to repeat as Upper Peninsula Division 1 track champions Saturday.

Marquette won for the first time since 1985 by squeezing past Calumet 82-79. Sault High finished third with 63 points.

Sault High's Jereld Sawyer repeated as discus champ with a toss of 156 feet, two inches and Marc McDonald took long jump at 20-4. The Blue Devils also won the 3200 relay.

Marquette trailed Calumet by six points heading into the day's final race, the 1600 relay. But Marquette placed first and Calumet took sixth in that race, enabling the Redmen to escape with the title.

Calumet's Matt Wise set a U.P. record in the 300 hurdles in 40.41. Wise's previous record of 40.5 from a year ago, tied the mark set by John Schneider of Sault High in 1988.

Norway and Stephenson shared the Division 2 crown with 76 points apiece.

Munising placed third with 57 and defending champ Newberry dropped to sixth this time with 47.

The tie enabled Norway to head home with its first U.P. championship plaque, while Stephenson won for the first time since 1966.

Norway got the tie by winning the 1600 relay. Stephenson placed third.

Newberry's Jim Bourdlais, who will play football at Ferris State University this fall, won shot put with a school-record toss of 51 feet, 8 inches and discus at 138-7. Bourdlais' effort in shot put topped Jake Holcombe's mark of 50-11 from last season. Rudyard junior Brent Malaski took the 1600-meter run in four minutes, 35.53 seconds and 3200 at 10:19.53. Ishpeming's Ryan Krueger led much of the way in each race. Malaski, however, overtook the senior harrier in the final lap of the 1600 and 5 and a half laps into the 3200.

"He's good," said Malaski. "I did the same thing in cross country with him (last fall). I just let him (Krueger) set the pace. I stayed on right shoulder, and I think it worked on him."

Besides his victories, Malaski added a fourth in the 800. "I usually don't run the 800, but I did it in the regional to help my team," he said. "Today, I think it hurt me for the 3200."

St. Ignace's Aaron Gutchess accounted for the area's remaining first in Division 2 with a leap of 11-6 in pole vault.

Stephenson's Steve Schmidt set a record in the 100 with a 10.78 clocking, better the previous mark of 11.06 set by Brad Ruleau of Stephenson in 1997.

In Division 3, Rapid River won for the third straight year with 117 points.

Bark River-Harris and Mid Peninsula tied for second at 64 and Pickford was fourth with 58.

The victory enabled Rapid River to remain unbeaten in five trips to Flivver Field. The Rockets also won in 1996 and 1997, the first times the U.P. Finals were held in Dickinson County.

Pickford's Joe Nyberg captured the 300 hurdles in 42.25 seconds and helped the Panthers win the 1600 and 3200 relays. Cedarville's Anthony Wilson added a first in the 400 at 53.12.