Pickford boys, St. Ignace girls win track meets
PICKFORD -- The Pickford Panther boys track team fought off the rest of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference and a couple Straits Area Conference schools as well to win a meet on Tuesday afternoon.
The Panthers finished with 146, while second place Cedarville came in with 118. St. Ignace was third with 106, and the Brimley Bays were fourth with 63. Engadine was fifth with 42, while DeTour was sixth with 26, and Rudyard finished seventh with 24.
Josh Schwab helped the Panthers by winning two events. He won the 110 hurdles (16.45), and tied with teammate Chris Thompson for first in the high jump (5-8). Thompson also won the 800 (2:11.50). Carl Morrison finished first in the 1600 (4:57.77), and Jesse Bishop won the discus (121-11.5).
For Cedarville, David Sanderson won the 300 hurdles (44.16), while Jason Sweeney placed first in the 3200 (10:52.77). The Trojans also picked up a win in the 3200 relay (9:18.79).
The St. Ignace Saints got three wins from Aaron Gutchess in the meet. He won the long jump (18-6.5), the pole vault (12-0), and tied for first in the high jump (5-8). Jeremy McGinnis also earned a win for St. Ignace, taking the 400 (54.71). The Saints also picked up three relay wins. They took the 400 (49.35), the 800 (1:41.94), and the 1600 (3:50.96).
Brimley got its only win of the meet from Josh Winkler in the shot put (43-6.5).
Mike Houghton picked up two first place finishes for the Engadine Eagles, taking the 100 (11.48), and the 200 (24.29).
DeTour and Rudyard were shut out of the win column.
In the girls meet, St. Ignace knocked off Pickford 150-111 for the win, while Brimley was third with 74. Cedarville finished just a point behind with 73, and Rudyard was fifth with 45. Engadine took sixth with 44, and DeTour was seventh with 16.
The Saints won the meet despite having only three individual first-place finishes. Carli Levi won the 1600 (5:52.25), as well as the 300 hurdles (52.84). Teammate Katie Spencer won the discus (95-3). The Saints made up for the lack of individual wins with four relay wins. They won the 400 relay (1:05.28), the 800 relay (2:00.32), the 1600 relay (4:41.06), and the 3200 (11:21.38).
The Panthers got three wins from Caitlin Mortinsen. Mortinsen won the 100 (13.28), the 200 (28.83), and the 400 (1:05.28). Jessica Ledy got the only other win for the Panthers in the pole vault (7-6).
The Brimley Bays got wins from Molly McIntyre in the high jump (4-8), and Emily Gillies in the shot put (31-9), while Stephanie Freedman won the 800 (2:55.27).
Caroline Cochran earned the only win for the Cedarville Trojans. She finished first in the 100 hurdles (17.20).
The Engadine Eagles got a win from Amanda Mast in the long jump (13-9), and Rudyard got its only win from Charlotte Folkersma in the 3200 (12:43.04).