Kulas a double champion
KINGSFORD – Iron Mountain distance specialist Dan Kulas did as his dad advised at Saturday’s Division 2 U.P. Finals.
“He said there is nothing left to run for so just leave it all on the track,” Kulas said.
Kulas set the pace in both the mile and two mile races, winning the 1600 in 4:42.03 and setting a personal best with his 3200 winning time of 10:15.40.
“It’s awesome, really nice,” he said.
Kulas said he enjoyed running the 3200 combined with the Division 1 runners, something meet organizers attempted for the first time ever in an effort to save a little time. Kulas was second overall, with Division 1 winner Eric Cousineau coming in at 10:10.10.
“It was kind of fun running against guys I don’t usually run against,” he said. “It actually kind of pushed me a little.”
Kulas, headed to Michigan Tech’s cross country team in the fall, turned in the Mountaineers only victories of the meet. The Mountaineers finished fourth overall with 55 points, one better than Hancock and ahead of Newberry (44), Stephenson (40), Ishpeming (28), Ironwood (27) and Norway (6).
Luke Zambon settled for second in the high jump, clearing 6-0. He knew his chances of first were slim after hearing that Newberry’s James Sutton had cleared 6-8 earlier this spring. Sutton’s winning jump was 6-4, which set a U.P. Division 2 record.
“He’s good,” Zambon said. “He gets like a foot over the bar on whatever jump he attempts. He’s just crazy. I’m happy with second.”
Zambon also went third in the 400. Keith Holmes, Tanner Huotari, Nate Carey and Kulas lifted the Mountaineers to a second in the 3200 relay.
West Iron County finished a strong third, recording 75 points. Manistique was first with 102 and Ishpeming second at 96.
The Wykons’ lone individual win came from junior Chasz Jonet in the shot put. Jonet, admitting he was throwing better last year, won with a toss of 43-10.25.
“This was definitely better than what I’ve been throwing this year,” he said. “I’m very happy with what I got.”
Jonet threw 44 feet last year, but wound up fifth.
“This is very good,” he said. “It’s a lot better than taking fifth every year.”
West Iron also claimed victory in the 800 relay, ran by Tyler Stafford, Andrew Peterson, Nik Thoney and Ryan Rogers in 1:34.50. The same group came up just short to Ishpeming in the 400 relay, finishing in 45.20.
Stafford added a Wykon second in the 100, losing to Manistique’s Kenner Broullire. The West Point bound Broullire ended up a double winner when he later set a U.P. Division 2 record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.35.
Bryson Heimerl provided the Wykons with another second, throwing 123-01.5 in the discus. Rogers and Stafford went second and third in the long jump.
Norway saw Steve Rabion fifth in 800, Pat Guffey fifth in the shot put and Ben Decremer sixth in the 110 hurdles.