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ESCANABA – It looks like the Escanaba girls have a lot of top executives on their track team this year.
The Eskymos, who open in Menominee on Tuesday, have 12 on their roster of 44.
“We have a good turnout and a good mix” said coach Dan DeLong, entering his 23rd season. “It’s probably the biggest senior participation I’ve had.”
Esky returns three from last year’s Upper Peninsula Division 1 championship 3,200-metre relay.
They include seniors Ciara Ostrenga and Ava Gardner and junior Morgan Makosky.
Ostrenga was a 400m UP finalist a year ago, and senior Gabi LaCosse is ready to help over the distances.
“Ciara placed 10th in the UP Cross Country Finals last fall,” DeLong said. “She will be leading our distance runners, and we have a lot of top executives in the sprints. Gabi is a good inspiring leader. She can encourage young women to keep moving forward.
The top sprinters are seniors Caitlyn Davenport, Daelyn Anderson and Violet Hawn and junior Mari Bink.
“Mari gives depth in sprints and does long jump,” DeLong said. “We can set up strong sprint relays. We have the team. The girls work very hard. The weather wasn’t the best, but the kids fought. We strive for our team to be competitive at all levels. It’s one of the most complete teams I’ve had in the last 10 to 15 years.
Senior Bailey Barron is the hurdles leader, followed by second Mara Liss.
The weight trials are also led by seniors. They include Allison Korpi, Morgan Gartland, Abby Rexford and Caitlin Druding.
Bailey Barron (long jump) and classmate Alivia Royer (pole vault), junior Katelyn Stalboerger (high jump and shot put), sophomores Adrianna Getzloff (high jump) and Sophia Wagner (vault pole vault) and rookie Sophia Tisserand (pole vault).
Assistant coaches include Joe Royer (pole vault), Dan Flynn (weight trials), Stephanie Ostrenga and Kathy CIbula (sprints) and Courtney Boyle (hurdles).
“They make my job a lot easier, which also gives me more time to work with people remotely,” DeLong said.
Although the Eskymos expect to be very competitive this year, DeLong knows they will have plenty of competition throughout UP and the Great Northern Conference.
“Marquette may be a little behind in the distances, but we know they have a lot of speed,” he said. “Sault will be tough in the weight events, and you can never count Negaunee. Vickie (coach Paupore) always gets the best out of her athletes. Houghton generally dominates the distances and Calumet always has pitchers and high jumpers. Menominee has good athletes and Gladstone has Jamisyn Bergeron, who can run anywhere. At the moment we don’t know where Westwood stand and Kingsford have a new manager.
The Eskymos will make their first home appearance against Marquette and Menominee on April 26, followed by the Delta County Invitational at Rapid River and the Manistique Kiwanis Invite (April 28-29).
“We can’t wait to go to Manistique”, DeLong said. “It will give us a chance to see some of the best teams in UP”
April 19 — at Menominee; April 26 — Menominee and Marquette; April 28 – Delta County Invitational to Rapid River; April 29 — Manistique Kiwanis Invitational.
May 3 — at Kingsford; May 6 — Escanaba Invitational or Relay; May 10 — Gladstone and Iron Mountain; May 13 – Negaunee Invitational; May 19 — Regional D-1 in Marquette; May 24 — at Menominee; May 26 — GNC meeting at Marquette.
June 4 – UP Finals at Kingsford.