Track and field: Gremlins edge Kingsford boys

Kingsford's Trevor Povolo, right, hands the baton to Michael Creighton in the 800-meter relay Tuesday. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

KINGSFORD — Houghton slipped past Kingsford in the final event and captured a boys triangular track meet Tuesday at Flivver Field.

The Gremlins scored 74 points to beat the Flivvers, 71, and Wykons, 29.

Kingsford held a 71-69 lead entering the 1600-meter relay but Houghton and WIC took the top two spots in the meet’s last event.

The Gremlins had 10 firsts including two from Clayton Sayen in the 1600 run (4:40) and 200 (23.03).

“I thought the meet went really well,” said Flivvers boys coach Doug Roberts. “We improved from last Thursday (against Menominee) in many areas. We definitely competed better.”

Flivvers’ Kameron Benjamin (19-5.5) and Tommy List (18-5) finished one-two in the long jump with personal bests.

“Our throwers did well,” Roberts said.

Liam Gayan took second in both the shot (39-6) and discus (115). Eddie Plumley placed fourth in shot with a personal best 37-feet-4. Joey Rietveld was fourth in discus (101).

Flivvers’ Jacob Couillard cleared 5-8 to win the high jump.

“He has been working hard and it paid off,” Roberts said.

Blane Newman shaved over a minute off of his time to take second in the 3200 run (11:17.78).

Brad VanRemortel was runner-up in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.

“Overall I was very happy with the way we ran tonight,” Roberts said.

Kingsford’s Trevor Roberts won the 100-meter dash (11.50) and took second in the 200.

West Iron County’s Bryant Schram swept the shot (48-4) and discus (116-9.5).

Houghton’s girls overcame four firsts from Kingsford’s Olivia Allen in the other side of the triangular. The Gremlins tallied 91 to beat Kingsford 46 and West Iron County 38.

Houghton’s Cara Monette (100 hurdles, 18.45; high jump, 4-10) and Anabel Needham (1600, 6:02.87; 3200, 13:13) each won two events.

Allen won the 100-meter dash (13.20), 400 (1:00.26) and 200 (26.77) and anchored the 1600 relay (4:25.08).

“Olivia ran really well,” said Flivvers coach Lisa Harry. “She is so impressive to watch. Olivia is knocking on a couple school records in the 400 and 200 dash. I think she can get them this year.”

Jackie Roberts holds the 400 standard (60.06 in 2005) and Julie Drake owns the 200 record (26.3 in 1980).

“It might only take a nice warm day,” Harry said.

Renee Roberts’ personal best time of 55.52 won the 300 hurdles.

“She looked good,” Harry said.

Kendra Nora (14-8) placed second to Wesf Iron’s Emmy Kinner (14-10). West Iron’s other first was Rachael Tefft in discus (92-8.5).

“Kendra had a nice leap that was a personal best,” Harry said.

The Flivvers travel to Iron Moutain on Thursday.

“We are struggling a bit with injuries and lack of depth,” Harry said. “Hopefully we can get healthy and make a good run at regionals next week.”

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