Indoor track meet at Michigan Tech kicks off high school spring sports season

HOUGHTON — Wednesday’s weather conditions may have been less than perfect in the Copper Country, but that did not stop a number of student-athletes from opening their track and field season indoors at the Michigan Tech Keweenaw Classic Invitational on Wednesday.

Team scores were not kept.

Westwood junior Katelyn Anttila won the girls pole vault by clearing a school-record height of 8-feet-7, with Lake Linden-Hubbell junior Megan Corrigan runner-up at 8-1.

“Our coach (Dan Carlson) pushes us pretty hard,” Anttila said. “I’ve already cleared that height in practice, but this is the first time I’ve done it in a meet. I was really pumped today.

“There are a lot of girls who are really good. It depends on who has the best day. It always feels great to win. It’s important to get a good start to the season. This also lets me know what I need to work on.”

Also for the Patriots’ girls, Allyssea Smith won the 60 hurdles.

Senior Madeleine Peramaki represented Munising well by winning the 400-yard dash in 1 minute, 7.13 seconds and the 800 run in 2:37 while taking second in the 200 in 29.6 seconds.

In the boys’ pole vault, Westwood went 1-2-3 with junior Rocco Carlson winning by clearing 12-6. Junior Elliot LeMire was second and senior Mason Mariuzza tied for third.

“I’ve been vaulting forever,” said Rocco Carlson, a state qualifier in wrestling at 160 pounds. “My dad (Dan) has been coaching pole vault since I was a little kid and I’ve been around it forever.

“Wrestling and pole vault go hand-in-hand. It’s all about the strength and agility you get from wrestling.”

Coach Carlson was pleased with the showing by the Patriots’ vaulters.

“They’re very dedicated,” he said. “They’re the first ones to come to practice and the last ones to leave every night. We’re glad to get this in. We’re going to need the indoor meets this year.”

The Patriots took first in four running events and Houghton had firsts in two running events and the shot put.

Westwood’s running victories came in the 800 relay (names not available), by sophomore Jack Boase in the 60 hurdles in 9.34, senior Nathan Beckman in the 60 in 7.23 and junior Chad Pohlman in the 400 in 57.35. Beckman was also second in the 200.