Kinner sets three records at finals
Emmy Kinner already had a huge lead as she pulled away from the field during the 400-meter dash during the U.P. Finals June 3. Kinner’s time of 59.18 seconds set both new Division 2 U.P. and West Iron school records. Later, she broke the WIC record in the 800.
KINGSFORD—As far as West Iron’s track team was concerned, June 3 was Emmy Kinner Day at the Division 2 U.P. track finals.
Kinner won two events, was second in two others and set three records as she ended her high school career with a bang.
The Wykons’ only event champ at the U.P. Finals, Kinner powered the WIC girls team to fifth place in the team standings, earning 36 of the team’s 49 points.
The WIC boys finished seventh in Division 2. Freshman Bryant Schram finished second in shot put and Dawson Bongi took second in the 300 low hurdles. Bongi earned team points in three events and was the boys’ top point-scorer.
But the day belonged to Kinner. She started her day at mid-morning by finishing second in the 100-meter dash in 12.87 seconds. Munising’s Michaela Peramaki won in 12.79.
Then came a long wait before her second event: the 400-meter dash. One lap around Flivver Field, and Kinner hit the finish line in 59.18, over 2 ½ seconds in front of second place.
That was the first sub-1-minute girls 400 in U.P. Division 2 history. The old record was set by Ishpeming’s Kara Dale in 2010, a time of 1 minute, 0.30 seconds. The time also broke Kinner’s own school record in the 400.