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Kingsford’s boys stand a pretty good chance of ending a 24-year dryspell today in the U.P. Track & Field Finals.

The Flivvers last won the U.P. boys track title in 1990. They shared the 1989 Class A-B crown with Gwinn.

Dave Murvich was the head track coach back then, with Chris Hofer his assistant. Present Flivver head coach Doug Roberts, a member of the 1989 team, recalls Murvich drilling those teams.

“Murv was tough and his kids were awesome,” Roberts said. “The reason they were great was because he pushed them.”

In 1990, Kingsford edged Ironwood 45-41 for the title …

The day-long U.P. Track & Field Finals means a different approach than the usual regular season meet. Athletes have to be concerned with preparation and diet.

“We’ll get off the legs and out of the heat,” Flivver coach Doug Roberts said of the final practice session. “Saturday, just come and do your thing, and do the best you can do.”

Roberts recommends a good breakfast with plenty of liquids (no pop).

“Eat smart from now until then,” Roberts told his Flivvers …

Iron Mountain High School boys coach Dale Powell participated on a Kingsford record-breaking relay team along with two U.P. champions.

Powell along with Paul Giuliani, Matt Flaminio and Sean O’Neil broke the 400-meter relay record (45.1) in 1990. He also ran on two other U.P. relay championship quartets.

“I am pretty sure I was the slow poke in that crew,” Dale recalled.

In 1989, Powell joined present Flivver coach Doug Roberts, Giuliani and Flaminio to run a 45.7 in the 400-meter relay.

Powell also sparkled in field events, clearing 12 feet for second in the 1989 U.P. pole vault …

Daily News sports editor Ron Deuter heard a good one in his track & field travels. After a shooting a long jump picture, a girl piped up: “If I look fat, don’t use that one.” …

To prep for the U.P. Track & Field Finals, or the longest day in sports, I read David Maraniss’ “Rome 1960, The Olympics That Changed the World.”

One line that stood out was the motto of track coach Ducky Drake: “Weeks to train, a day to compete and a lifetime to remember.”

That seems to be the case for the youngsters out there today …

Covering track meets since 1976, I don’t ever recall the snow and cold temps that bombarded the North Dickinson regional. Wakefield’s meet experienced similar conditions.

“Track is an individual and a team sport, and we had to overcome the brutal weather,” said Mark Mazzon, coach of the champion Bessemer Speedgirls. “We had to convince the kids of that.” …

Today’s U.P. Track & Field Finals will begin at 9 a.m. with the 3200-meter relay along with some field events. There was talk last year of the 3200-meter distance run opening the meet but that event will remain near the end of the day.

A survey of U.P. coaches on moving the 3200 run brought split results.

“We gave consideration for their concerns,” said Kingsford AD and meet director Al Unger.

The lengthy 3200 run sends many spectators to the exit. It was thought moving the event would keep the fans around.

However, coaches opposed to the change feared runners would not have enough rest …

Tip of the hat to the 200 volunteers who will assist with the U.P. meet and concession stand operation. This wouldn’t get done without you …

I’m looking for some Mel Patton-type runners in the U.P. Track & Field Finals.

“Pell Mell” Patton overcame a badly broken leg as a child to break Jesse Owens’ world records.

Wrote Mal Florence of the LA Times, the USC star “glided rather than sprinted. He didn’t pound a track. He caressed it.” …