Calumet girls third at Dome
MARQUETTE – The Calumet girls claimed the highest finish of the two local schools in the Marquette D-1 Dome Invitational at Northern Michigan University, taking third well behind winners Marquette but not far off runners-up Menominee.
Marquette finished with 140 1/2 points, including enough (57) in distance events alone to match the Maroons.
Calumet, boosted by wins from Chelsea Jacques in her first two individual runs of the season, ended third on 40 1/2.
Houghton with significant help from field events, ended up seventh in the 10-team field with a total of 23 1/2.
Jacques was the only local to win an event, which she did in both the 55-meter dash and the 200.
After running a 7.66 for the fastest time in the heats, Jacques was even a step quicker in the final, running a 7.57. Only Menominee freshman Izzy Peterson (7.71) was within a quarter-second.
Over the 200, which was run without finals, Jacques sprinted to a 27.55, two-tenths ahead of Sault Ste. Marie’s Bree Swan. Peterson was the only other within shouting distance, running a 28-flat.
The Copper Kings came close to a third win, but Lexie Rowe’s long jump of 15 feet, 1/2 inch was bested by a single inch by Menominee’s Kristina Tetzlaff.
Houghton had a pair of runner-up finishes in the field events.
Elisa Jurmu took second in the high jump, topping out at 4-10 behind winner Hunter Viitala of Marquette.
Annika Wheeler of Houghton threw the shot 32-7 but was outdistanced by the Redettes’ Kirsten Iwanski (34-5 1/2). Calumet’s Janie Torola (29-3 1/2) was third.
On the boys’ side, Houghton landed seventh of nine (Calumet did not send its boys team).
Kingsford won by a large margin with 113 1/2. Menominee was second at 72 1/2 and Negaunee (65) third.
The only local win came from Gremlin distance runner Jacob Colling, who showed how well-recovered he is from an injury that cost him a chunk of cross country season by claiming the 3,200 in 10:05.95, good for a nearly 17-second win over Marquette’s Cole Rieboldt. Rieboldt was runner-up at the D-1 U.P. Cross Country Finals. Winner Andrew Rambo was out with an injury.
Colling tacked on a third in the 1,600, won by Sault’s Parker Scott.
Houghton’s other big point success came in pole vault. Joe Dobbs reached 12 feet to finish second behind Kingsford’s Ryan Camp, while Col Plumer grabbed a fifth.
Division 2 teams, including Hancock and L’Anse, take to the Dome today.