Cardinals' Upplegger dodges runway disaster, breaks school long jump record
GAYLORD – Lance Upplegger was a little nervous beforehand, but he wasn’t expecting to do anything crazy like break a school record Tuesday at the Gaylord Herald Times’ Meet of Champions track and field meet at Gaylord Community Stadium.
So the Johannesburg-Lewiston senior waited around the long jump pit for a few minutes, letting some of the other athletes jump before he tried his first attempt.
When he finally did attempt his first jump, two runners from another team stepped in front of him while he was sprinting down the runway. He had to swerve around them but still decided to finish the attempt.
The long jump’s official scorer wanted Upplegger to try again since his trip down the runway was interrupted. Upplegger quickly decided that was a bad idea as he had just recorded a mark of 20 feet, 6 inches, which was about 4 1/2 inches better than his school record. What’s more, his mark was a Meet of Champions record, too.
“On my first try, I really wasn’t expecting to jump that far,” he said. “When the two kids tried to walk in front of me, they were going to have me redo the jump.”
“It’s kind of been my goal all year to get the record. I wasn’t expecting to get it at the meet, but I was certainly hoping for it.”
Upplegger wasn’t the only jumper who was interrupted by runway walkers. In fact, shortly after Upplegger’s second attempt, Gaylord coach Matt Warren read the riot act to a few athletes who intruded the runway to ensure it wouldn’t happen a third time.
Fortunately for Upplegger, none of that mattered.
He entered the meet coming off a 20-01 mark at the Division 4 regional, finishing just 1 1/2 inches shy of the previous school record. He owed some of his success to watching YouTube videos of Olympian jumpers to help visualize how he should train, practice and correct his own form, he said.
The fact that Upplegger could tackle such a task is incredible alone. He suffered a shoulder injury during a football game last fall that wound up costing him valuable training time throughout the winter. He even started the spring a little sore from the injury.
Now he’ll try putting the record out of reach for the next crop of Cardinals when he competes in the D4 state championship Saturday in Hudsonville.
“Now that I got my record, my goal is to jump 21 feet,” he said. “If I don’t get that but I break my record a little more, I’ll be happy with that, too.”
“Knowing that I’ll be graduating with my name on the board, it means a lot to me. It’s been my goal since I joined track my freshmen year to at least get a record, and I finally did it. So I’m content.”
TRACK: Meet of Champions
Cardinals' pole vaulters steal the show at SVC Championships
The Johannesburg-Lewiston track and field team had four individual Ski Valley champions Wednesday at Bellaire, which included the Cardinals sweeping both the boys and girls pole vault events.
Jason Richter cleared 12-00 to win the championship for the boys, while Taylor Peterson’s 7-06 took first for the girls.
Carlos Gascho won the 800-meter run (2:01.58), and the team of Henry Baker, Elijah Fisher, Logan Finnerty and Gascho won the 800-meter relay (1:36.27).
The boys scored 161 points to take second place overall, which wasn’t a surprise as Division 3 Mancelona had been edging the Cardinals each week during regular-season meets. The Ironmen scored 234.5 to win it all. Inland Lakes (91) finished in third place.
Bellaire totaled 145 to win the SVC Championships on the girls side, followed by Inland Lakes (137), Mancelona (100) and J-L (75).
Other runner-up finishers included Fisher in both the 100-meter hurdles (18.07) and 300 hurdles (42.24); Noah Makowski in the 400 (54.38); Ryne Bennett in the discus (125-06); Gascho in the 1,600 (4:45.41); Richter in the high jump (6-00); Tara Madej in the shot put (27-03.50); and the team of Fisher, Baker, Logan May and Makowski in the 1,600 relay (3:49.92).
SKI VALLEY CONFERENCE RESULTS
Girls team finished 4th overall in the conference. All conference honors:
Cardinals claim D4 regional title; Snowbirds sending 6 ladies to state meet
Carlos Gascho became an individual champion in all four events he competed in, and the Johannesburg-Lewiston boys track and field team walked away as the Division 4 regional champions Friday at Inland Lakes' Shanley Field.
The Cardinals scored 122 points to blow out the competition and claim their title. AuGres-Sims (82 points) took second, followed by Lincoln Alcona (77), Hale (72) and Whittemore-Prescott (70). Gaylord. St. Mary scored seven points for 15th place.
Gascho won the 800-meter run (2:01.49), 1,600-meter run (4:38.31), 3,200-meter run (10:27.83) and helped a team of Henry Baker, Logan Finnerty and Lance Upplegger win the 400-meter relay (46.34).
Elijah Fisher (42.87) and Jason Richter (12-0.01) become regional champions in the 300-meter hurdles and pole vault, respectively.
All first-place finishers qualified for the state championship meet June 1 at Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville. However, Upplegger, who placed third in the long jumper with a personal-best 20-0.50 distance, met the additional qualifying standard to make the state meet, despite not finishing top-two.
No male Snowbirds will make the trip downstate for the state final.
Three female Cardinals will go to the state championship, including Sydney Townsend who was runner-up in both the 400 meters (1:06.30) and 800 (2:40.55), which were both personal records for the sophomore.
Jersey Layman (4-8) and Taylor Peterson (8-0.01) each took second in the high jump and pole vault, respectively, to punch their tickets for the big meet.
J-L scored 77 points for fourth place, while Inland Lakes had 129 to win it all. Rogers City (98) took second, Alcona (87) placed third and St. Mary (56) was fifth.
For the Snowbirds, a team of Olivea Jeffers, Kinzie Jeffers, Emma Cherwinski and Abby Zimmerman became regional champions in the 400 relay (54.41), while Caroline Korte (89-03) and Megan Loffer (88-09) had a one-two finish in the discus, both qualifying for the state final as well.
J-L INVITE 2019 RESULTS
3200 Relay- 4th place (Eaton, Peterson, Courterier, Mullins)
Boy's track took the runner up trophy at the JLHS Invitational with 195 points.
Cardinals compete at Central Lake meet
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times
The Johannesburg-Lewiston track and field team won five individual events during an invitational Monday at Central Lake.
Carlos Gascho won both the 1,600-meter run (4:38.70) and 3,200 (10:18).
Also taking first were Elijah Fisher in the 300-meter hurdles (43.26), Jason Richter in the high jump (6-00) and Taylor Peterson in the pole vault (7-06).
Second-place finishers included Logan Finnerty in the 100-meter dash (12.37), Richter in the pole vault (11-00) and a team of Finnerty, Henry Baker, Lance Upplegger and Carlos Gascho in the 400-meter relay (47.25).
Upplegger was third in both the high jump (5-08) and long jump (18-06.50), Sydney Townsend was third in the 400 (1:08.08), Ryne Bennett took third in the shot put (35-07) and a team of Fisher, Logan May, Baker and Noah Makowski was third in the 1,600 relay (3:50.40).
Boy's Track took 2nd place and the runner-up trophy with 148 points at the Central Lake Invitational.
Boy's track took first place at the Fairview Invitational with 145 points. Second place was AuGres-Sims with 91 points. Twelve teams competed. Congrats to the girls track team who also took first place.
J-L's Gascho champions 2 events at Inland Lakes meet
Johannesburg-Lewiston sophomore Carlos Gascho won two events during a 14-team track meet Thursday at Inland Lakes.
Gascho, a two-time Ski Valley boys cross-country champion, won both the 800-meter run (2:03.76) and 1,600 (4:36.31), helping the Cardinals place second as a team.
Elijah Fisher won the 300-meter hurdles (42.86).
Taking second in events were Lance Upplegger in the high jump (5-10); Jason Richter in the pole vault (10-6); and Logan Finnerty, Henry Baker, Upplegger and Gascho in the 400 relay (47.31).
Third-place finishers included Josiah Hall in the 110 hurdles (18.65); Ryne Bennett in the shot put (37-10.5); Richter in the high jump (5-8); Upplegger in the long jump (18-5); Fisher, Baker, Logan May and Patrick Kennedy in the 800 relay (1:39.86); and Fisher, May, Baker and Hall in the 1,600 relay (3:50.59).
Mancelona scored 163.33 points to win the meet, while J-L scored 133 for second place. Sault Ste. Marie (103.33) took third, Brimley (72.33) finished fourth and the host Bulldogs (60) took fifth. St. Mary (5) placed last.
In the girls race, J-L's Taylor Peterson placed second in the pole vault (7-0), while Jersey Layman tied for second place in the high jump (4-06). St. Mary's Caroline Korte placed third in the discus (85-8).
The Sault won the meet with 217 points, followed by Brimley (83), Bellaire (73.33), Inland Lakes (59) and Mancelona (57). J-L (50.33) finished seventh, and St. Mary was ninth.
Cardinals win 8 events to place 2nd at Mancy meet
The Johannesburg-Lewiston boys track and field team won eight individual events to place second at a nine-team meet Monday at Mancelona.
In the field events, Lance Upplegger won both the long jump (19-06) and high jump (6-00.20), Jason Richter placed first in the pole vault (11-00.10) and Ryne Bennett finished first in the shot put (38-02).
Carlos Gascho won both the 800-meter run (2:02.96) and 1,600 (4:58.51) while also taking third in the long jump (18-06).
A team of Elijah Fisher, Henry Baker, Logan May and Patrick Kennedy won the 800 relay (1:39.96). Logan Finnerty (24.84), Baker (25.19) and Kennedy (25.24) had a 1-2-3 finish in the 200. Finnerty also took third in the 100 (12.11) and helped Baker, Upplegger and Gascho place second in the 400 relay (46.61).
Fisher was second in the 300-meter hurdles (43.63), and Josiah Hall took third in the 110 hurdles (18.60). Fisher, May, Baker and Hall placed third in the 1,600 relay (3:57.84).
Cordell Campbell, Toby Hall, May and Jack Perry took third in the 3,200 relay (10:01.43).
Mancelona scored 191 points, edging J-L by only two points for the win. Inland Lakes (85) placed third, followed by Onaway (50) and Pellston (46). St. Mary (20) took eighth.
In the girls meet, Sydney Townsend won both the 400 meters (1:09.83) and 800 (2:49.63) to lead the Cardinals to a second-place finish.
Taking second in events were Tara Madej in the shot put (28-02) and Jersey Layman in the high jump (4-06). Third-place finishes included Townsend in the long jump (13-04), Morgan McVannel in both the 400 (1:19.93) and 800 (2:51.20) and a team of Lydia Hummel, McVannel, Lexie Raymond and Townsend in the 400 relay (58.98).
A pair of relays helped St. Mary's girls team take fifth as a team. Olivea Jeffers, Kinzie Jeffers, Emma Cherwinski and Abby Zimmerman won both the 400 relay (56.03) and 800 relay (1:59.96).
Caroline Korte (89-08) and Megan Loffer (87-05) had a 1-2 finish in the discus, while Kinzie Jeffers (13.98) and Cherwinski (14.09) had a 2-3 finish in the 100.
Bellaire scored 136 points to win the meet, followed by J-L with 104, Inland Lakes with 89, Forest Area with 85 and St. Mary with 76.
Cardinals win 4 events at 11-team Mancy invite
CADILLAC — Lance Upplegger set a pair of personal records, and the Johannesburg-Lewiston boys track team won three individual events during an 11-team invitational Thursday at Mancelona.
Upplegger recorded PRs in both the long jump (19-4.1) and high jump (5-10.5), placing first and second in each event, respectively.
Carlos Gascho won the 800-meter run (2:10.84) and took second in the 1,600 (4:57.74), while Elijah Fisher won the 300 hurdles (45.45).
The Ironmen won the meet with 187.5 points. J-L scored 102 for second place, followed by Manton (73.5), Harrison (71) and Ellsworth (70). St. Mary (16) finished in 10th place.
J-L’s relay teams took second and third in the 400 and 1,600 relays, however, Mancelona’s timekeepers didn’t list which runners made up the teams.
In the girls competition, St. Mary had seven top-three finishes to ensure a fourth-place finish.
Manton (178) won the meet. Grand Traverse Academy (121) took second, followed by Harrison (81), the Snowbirds (65) and Forest Area (58). J-L scored 23 points for ninth place.
Caroline Korte led St. Mary by taking second in the discus (88-5) and third in the shot put (28-11.5). Megan Loffer was third in the discus (76-1).
Alivia Zaremva finished second in the 3,200 (13:46.38), and Kinzie Jeffers was third in the 100 (14.10).
St. Mary’s 400- and 800-meter relay teams placed second in each event but information about who was on each team wasn’t released.
Cardinals' Finnerty wins 3 events in opening meet
After blazing a path to the end zone during this past football season, Logan Finnerty is doing the same for the Johannesburg-Lewiston boys track and field team already this spring.
The junior won three events during the season opener Wednesday at Mancelona. He took first in both the 100-meter dash (12.41) and 200 (25.46) and joined Henry Baker, Lance Upplegger and Carlos Gascho in winning the 400-meter relay (48.14).
Gascho, a two-time Ski Valley cross-country champion, won both distance races. The sophomore took first in the 1,600 meters (4:49.54) and first in the 3,200 (10.54.03), recording personal bests in both events.
Elijah Fisher was runner-up in both the 110 hurdles (19.03) and 300 hurdles (46.88). The junior helped Josiah Hall, Patrick Kennedy and Ryne Bennett take second in the 1,600 relay (4:14.63).
A team of Baker, Kennedy, Logan May and Noah Makowski placed second in the 800 relay (1:42.94). Cordell Campbell, Toby Hall, Ian Helzer and May finished second in the 3,200 relay (time not made unavailable).
Upplegger was runner-up in the long jump (5-08).
St. Mary's Blake Stevens placed second in the 400 (57.18).
In the girls meet, Morgan McVannel won the 800 for the Cardinals (2:56.79), while Tara Madej took first in the shot put (31-01).
J-L got individual second-place finishes from Lydia Hummel in both the 200 (30.51) and 300 hurdles (59.50), Jersey Layman in both the 3,200 (14:26.91) and high jump (4-04) and Sydney Townsend in the long jump (12-00).
A team of McVannel, Hummel, Lexie Raymond and Townsend placed second in the 400 relay (1:00.79), while Layman, Townsend, Taylor Peterson and Kennedy Johnson finished second in the 3,200 relay (time not made available).
The Snowbirds won a pair of events. Caroline Korte took first in the discus (90-02.5), while Kinzie Jeffers (14.66) and Olviea Jeffers (14.88) had a one-two finish in the 100 meters.
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