MARQUETTE - His team placed a distant third to winner Gladstone in the Superior Dome Invitational meet Tuesday in Marquette.
But Marquette Senior High School head track and field coach Kyle Detmers wasn't disappointed.
"At this point (of the season), I don't put much stock in where we're at in a meet," he said. "We're a mixture of young and old athletes, so I'm happy with how we did."
Marquette’s Andrew Banitt finishes the last leg of the boys 3,200 meter relay at Superior Dome Invite on Tuesday in Marquette. The Redmen won the event in 8:56.35. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Connor Hetrick of Negaunee finishes the last leg of the boy’s 800-meter relay during the Superior Dome Invite on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Newberry's James Sutton finish up the 55 meters hurdles during the Superior Dome Invite on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
The Braves took top honors with 101 points, easily turning back Menominee (69) and Marquette (49) in the 11-team field. Escanaba (41) and Negaunee (39) finished 4-5, respectively.
The Redmen took three events - the 3,200-meter relay (8 minutes, 56.35 seconds), the 800 run (Andrew Banitt, 2:13.08) and the 3,200 run (Lance Rambo, 10:37.33).
Banitt also ran a leg of the 3,200 relay in which teammate Cole Rieboldt erased an early Escanaba lead with an impressive second leg.
"Cole is a great runner and great in that second spot," Banitt said. "I was the anchor and was in front the entire time. I just kicked it in in the end.
"I try to stay with my opponent until I know I can kick it in and finish strong."
Rambo and Escanaba's Andrew Stenberg ran together most of the 3,200 until the MSHS runner picked up the pace and wound up winning to more than 10 seconds.
"I stayed with Stenberg for 1.5 miles," Rambo, a freshman, said. "I hate being in front and would rather let another runner pace me. But I just decided to take off.
"The last 800 was tiring, but I wanted to finish around 10:36. It's my first 3,200 run."
Detmers said Rambo's effort was one second behind the meet record set by former Marquette runner Mickey Saunders.
Manistique's Kennar Broullire claimed the 55 dash in 6.71.
"I felt good at the start and got a good start," he said. "On my first step, I felt strong and then I was just running to get into a stride the rest of the race."
A pair of other Superiorland athletes, Negaunee's Kevin O'Keefe and Newberry's James Sutton, claimed individual triumphs.
O'Keefe took the 200 dash (24.83), while Sutton won the high jump (6-feet).
Gladstone, meanwhile, claimed five events - three in the field - to win going away.
"Our strength is in the field events," Braves head coach Matt Houle said. "We were 1-2-3 in the shot put, took the long jump, went 1 and 3 in the pole vault, and second in the high jump.
"With the spring (weather) we're having, it's just nice to get the competitive juices going.
"Finishing second (in Division 1) in the U.P. meet last year left a bad taste in our mouths," he added. "We hope to keep it going and have a great year."
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