Houghton carries competition indoors at Dome

MARQUETTE – What do you do when it’s mid-April and your school’s track is still buried under about 3 feet of snow?

If you’re the Houghton Gremlins, you compete indoors.

That’s what Houghton did Tuesday as its girls’ team placed sixth in the Superior Dome Invitational with 34 points.

Marquette won at 124, followed by Sault Ste. Marie (59 1/3) and Negaunee (42 1/3.)

“We’re pleased with the effort,” said Gremlin coach Ross Coltman. “We got some good performances. There’s a lot of competition down here. We saw Marquette at (Michigan) Tech last week, and they’re strong.”

Marquette freshman Lindsey Rudden was a triple winner, taking the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 24.53 seconds and 1600 (5:23.27) and helping the Redettes win the 3200 relay.

Houghton’s Elisa Jurmu placed second in high jump at 4 feet, 8 inches. She also combined with Kelsie Richards, Blaire Zenner and Ashley Laux in the 3200 relay, where the Gremlins placed third.

Kira Fowler took fourth in the 55 hurdles in 10.13 for the Gremlins, who resume April 30 at Eagle River, Wis.

“We’re just glad to get a meet in,” said Coltman. “We haven’t been outside much, although it’s the same for everybody.”

The Gladstone boys won with 101 points, followed by Menominee (69) and Marquette (49). Houghton finished ninth with 18 .

“We had some kids missing today for various reasons,” said Gremlins’ coach Dan Junttila. “We didn’t get as many points as we liked, but we had good participation. There were a lot of good teams here.”

Houghton’s Ryan LaBerge placed second in long jump (19-1) and teammate Joe Dobbs and Gladstone’s Austin Cossette shared third place in pole vault (10-6).