St. Ignace Girls Win Third Straight U.P. Division 2 Title
KINGSFORD – The St. Ignace girls track and field program captured its third straight MHSAA Upper Peninsula Division 2 championship on Saturday at Kingsford.
The Saints finished with 130 points, as Ishpeming and Bark River-Harris came home in second and third place, respectively, with 61 and 54 points. Newberry finished in 10th with 19 points.
St. Ignace’s Elizabeth Becker won the 3,200 (12:13.88), 1,600 (5:20.63) and 800 (2:23.10) while teammate Ally Schultz won the 200 (27.05) and the 400 (1:02.24). Brooke Brandstrom also took top honors for the Saints in the high jump (5’1) while teammate Heather Lamb won the long jump (15’10.5).
On the boys side, Newberry secured a second-place finish. St. Ignace finished in fifth with 46 points while Ishpeming won with 128 points.
Newberry won the 1,600 relay (3:45.20) while St. Ignace’s Joe Kelly took top honors in the shot put (46’2.50).
In the Division 1 girls meet, Sault Ste. Marie finished in third with 74 points as Marquette won with 106. Sault Ste. Marie sophomore Emily McLean broke her own meet record in the shot put with a throw of 39’2, capturing a state title in the process.
On the boys side, Sault Ste. Marie tied Escanaba for sixth with 32 points. Gladstone won with 127.
At the Division 3 boys meet, Brimley came home in third with 66 points, finishing behind Bessemer in first with 136 and Lake Linden-Hubbell in second with 67 points.
Cedarville was seventh (24 points), Pickford 11th (10), Engadine 13th (eight), and Rudyard 16th (seven).
On the girls side, Brimley was fourth with 45 points. Lake Linden-Hubbell took top honors with 112 points, ahead of North Dickinson with 62.
Pickford finished in seventh (33), Rudyard eighth (28), Cedarville 10th (23), Ojibwe Charter 14th (eight) and Engadine in 18th (1.5).
Brimley’s Hayley Gamberdella won the 100 hurdles (17.13) while Rudyard’s Sydnie Zeeryp captured the 300 hurdles (50.51).