Inland Lakes Invite: Another Blue Devils Sweep

The Sault High Blue Devils Boys and Girls Track and Field teams were both victorious in their second meet of the week. The boys earned 140.5 points in a field of 12 teams, and the girls earned 170 points in a field of 14 teams. The top six placers in each event earned a medal. 

In the 100m dash, Ryver Ryckeghem (11.27) won the event, Donnivan Dykraaf (11.89) came in third, and Johnny Osborn (28.26) won the adaptive race. For the girls, Bella Smith (13.70) was runner up. In the 200m dash, Dean Roe (24.93) placed fourth, and Osborn (55.54) won the adaptive race. Smith (28.23) won the girls’ event, and Ahnaka Oshelski (29.24) came in fourth. Osborn (2:02.10) won the adaptive 400m race, and Dayna Szabo (1:04.68) was runner up for the girls. Adam Brandt (2:24.40) was sixth in the 800m run, and Abby Walther (2:39.71) won her event, with Stephanie Jones (2:45.28) in third and Isabella DeWildt (2:48.23) coming in fourth place. Shea Armstrong (4:53.75) was third in the 1600m run, and Walther (5:46) was first to cross the finish line for the girls, followed by Regan Sporte (6:01) in fourth and Elise Proulx (6:05) in sixth. Armstrong (10:38.44) won the 3200m run and Daniel Bowerman (11:16.28) came in fifth. Sporte (13:31.42) finished fourth and Calla Armstrong (13:52.04) was sixth. 

The Blue Devils medaled in all of the hurdle events with Isaac Niebuhr (18.47) taking fifth and Owen Rice (18.80) in sixth in the 110m high hurdles. Oshelski (17.19) was runner up and Annabelle Fazzari (17.85) came in fifth for the 100m high hurdles event. Rice (44.25) was third and Niebuhr (46.78) finished fifth for the 300m low hurdles. Oshelski (51.66) was runner up for her event. 

The Sault took the top two spots in all four relays, and the girls won every relay event, contributing to their overall score. In the 4×100, Roe, Dykraaf, Jaden Rishmawi and Ryckeghem (45.81) crossed first, and Natalie Prestien, Grace Mayer, DeWildt and Smith (54.53) made up the winning team for the girls. In the 4×200, Roe, Caleb Klier, Rayce Rizzo and Ryckeghem (1:38.40) were runners up, while Prestien, Oshelski, Mayer and Smith (1:53.28) won their event. Dykraaf, Max VanDoren, Klier, and Rice (3:47.34) were runners up in the 4×400 and Natalie Heyrman, Mayer, Taryn Pratt and Szabo (4:33.94) won their event. Klier, Chase Aldridge, Armstrong and Eli Hills (9:30.99) came in second in the 4×800 relay and DeWildt, Szabo, Pratt and Walther (10:41.26) were the champions for the girls. 

The Blue Devils fared well in the field events.  Evan Arbic (40’08) was runner up in shot put and Brady Ditmyer (37’04) was sixth. Osborn (15’11) won the adaptive event. Fazzari (32’11) threw third and Katie Anderson (29’09) was fifth. In discus, Arbic (110’08) placed sixth while Anderson (97’0) won the girls event and Fazzari (91’0.5) threw third. Talon Thomas-Holm (5’8) was runner up for high jump and Nate Koepp (5’6) jumped fifth. Rizzo (12’0) tied for first in the pole vault, and Wyatt Peabody (8’0) vaulted sixth. Rizzo (18’0.5) was runner up in the long jump. 

The Girls’ Team Head Coach Scott Menard was pleased on how they performed. “The girls team continues to improve.  We had great results from our relays winning all four relay events and a nice balance of track and field events that contributed to our victory.”

The Throwers’ Coach Brad Boven was equally pleased with his athletes’ performances. “Inland lakes is always a great meet and we had some great weather this year which makes it that much better. Great team effort overall coming home with two team first places. Throwers definitely had a meet to compete at. Katie Anderson had to fight for her first place result as she had scratched her first throw, threw a safety throw for her second attempt, scratched and did some maintenance work on the disc protective fence, then had regrouped and hey it only takes one mentality threw her last attempt and jumped into first place.”

The teams will head to Boyne City early next week for another invitational meet. 

Photo credit: Ursula Walther
Photo credit: Ursula Walther

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