Pickford girls win Morrison meet
PICKFORD -- Pickford Panther Caitlin Mortensen won three individual events to help lift the Panthers girls track team to a first place finish at the Web Morrison Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The field featured 10 teams, including most Eastern Upper Peninsula schools and North Central.
The Panthers scored 103 points to finish first, while Cedarville was second with 86. Brimley took third with 76, just ahead of Rudyard, which finished fourth with 73. North Central placed fifth with 62, while Newberry took sixth with 53. Engadine was seventh with 52, while DeTour placed eighth with 19. St. Ignace and Mackinac Island were both shut out at the meet.
Mortinsen won the 100 (13.18), the 200 (28.87), and the 400 (1:05.32). The Panthers also got an individual win from Jessica Ledy, who won the pole vault (7-6). Pickford also got wins in the 800 relay (1:59.74), and the 1600 (4:46.57).
Caroline Cochran picked up a pair of wins for the Cedarville Trojans. She took the 100 hurdles (17.20), and the 300 low hurdles (52.82). The Trojans picked up a win from Liz Reno in the discus (94-8), and also got relay wins in the 3200 (11:29.54), and in the 400 (57.35).
The Brimley Bays got their only win of the meet in the high jump as Molly McIntyre beat the field (5-0).
Charlotte Folkersma helped the Rudyard Bulldogs with a pair of first-place finishes. She won the 1600 (5:54.10), and the 3200 (12:44.52). The Bulldogs also got a win from Brenda Burby in the shot put (31-3).
The only other team to garner a first-place finish was Engadine as Amanda Mast won the long jump (13-10).
In the boys' meet, the North Central Jets finished first with 102 points, while the Pickford Panthers were a close second with 99. St. Ignace was third with 85, and Cedarville took fourth with 81. The Newberry Indians placed fifth with 71, while Engadine was sixth with 40. Brimley was seventh with 34, and DeTour was eighth with 10. The Rudyard Bulldogs took five points, and Mackinac Island did not score.
The Panthers took second despite winning just one event. Carl Morrison won the 1600 (4:50.27).
The St. Ignace Saints got a pair of wins form Aaron Gutchess. He won the high jump (5-10), and the long jump (18-1). Aaron Litzner took first in the discus (123-1), while Jeremy McGinnis won the 400 (53.49). The Saints also earned a win in the 800 relay (1:39.78).
David Sanderson was Cedarville's big gun as he won three events. Sanderson won the 110 hurdles (16.32), the 300 hurdles (43.33), and the pole vault (12-0). Jason Sweeney also got a win for the Trojans in the 3200 (10:45.27).
Newberry did not get any individual wins, but did finish first in the 400 relay (48.74).
Josh Winkler got a win for Brimley in the shot put (43-4), while Mike Houghton picked up a pair of wins for the Engadine Eagles. He won the 100 (11.64), and the 200 (24.69).
On Thursday, the Panthers hosted the Twilight Invitational meet and the Panthers earned wins in both the boys and girls action.
Pickford won the boys meet with 153 points, while St. Mary's finished second with 121. Josh Schwab won three events for the Panthers, taking the 110 hurdles, the high jump, and the 300 hurdles.
The Pickford girls won by a single point, 143-142 over Inland Lakes.
Veronica Gough helped the Panthers to the victory by winning both the long jump, and the 300 hurdles.