Wykons’ Kinner takes four in dome

Track & Field

MARQUETTE — Manistique senior Kelsey Dehanke enjoyed the comforts of competing indoors Wednesday, winning girls’ high jump in the Ishpeming Dome Invitational track meet.

Dehanke cleared four feet, 10 inches, with Ishpeming’s Hannah Smith taking second at 4-9 at Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome.

“It’s a relief to be indoors,” said Dehanke. “I definitely prefer this over being outside (where temperatures hovered in the upper 30s) on a day like this. It’s just easier on the leg muscles. I don’t like to sit around in the cold.”

Munising edged Ishpeming 97-93 1/3 for the title. Third-place Newberry scored 48 1/3 points, seven ahead of the sixth-place Emeralds.

Dehanke continued to finetune her footwork which she believes was a factor in Wednesday’s success.

“In other years, I never had my steps down,” said Dehanke, who plans to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical School in Green Bay to major in dental hygiene this fall. “This year, I have my steps down. It has become second nature. I always do better when I don’t think about it too much. I thought it went good for the first meet. I think it was real important to get a meet in.”

Teammate Emilee McDaniel placed third in the 800 in two minutes, 57.9 seconds.

Manistique’s Ashley McDonald took fourth in the 400 (1:08.9) and Megan Espinoza was fourth in the 3200 (14:25.32).

West Iron County senior Emmy Kinner won four events, taking the 55 (7.67), 200 (27.91), 400 (1:03.9) and long jump (16-1/2).

“I really like our coach (Kristi Berutti),” said Kinner. “She taught me how to believe in myself. Running cross country last fall helped me a lot and she’s the one got me to do that. When she became the coach, it drew my interest.”

The Ishpeming boys won with 129 1/2 points, followed by Newberry 107 and Norway 46 1/2. Manistique took eighth at 14.

Logan Pawley provided the Emeralds with a third in pole vault at 10 feet. Manistique’s 3200 relay also took third (10:01.99).

Stephenson’s Montell Glover and Ishpeming senior Grady Kerst collected three firsts apiece.

Glover took the 55 (6.75), 200 (24.22) and 400 (53.82) and Kerst captured the 800 (2:11.93), 1600 (4:59.12) and 3200 (10:38.69).

The Emeralds travel to Iron Mountain Tuesday for a quadrangular meet.