Hematites stay solid

Ishpeming boys, Munising girls take titles at Division 2 Dome Invite

Ishpeming's Grady Kerst runs in the boys 1600 M Run during the Division II Superior Dome Invitational Track and Field meet Wednesday afternoon, Apr. 19, 2017. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

MARQUETTE — The Ishpeming Dome Invitational wrapped up three days of high school track and field competition at the Superior Dome Wednesday with the host Hematites and Munising taking home Division II top honors.

Ishpeming placed first on the boys side with 129.5 points, while the Munising girls also finished on top with 97 points.

Hematite Grady Kerst tied for the most top finishes with three on the evening, taking first in the 800 (2:11.93), 1600 (4:59.12) and the 3200 meter runs (10:38.89).

Kerst said he was proud of his team’s efforts in such a challenging environment.

“Everyone on our team is looking very good early on,” Kerst said. “Placing so high up is very good for us, and it’s a big accomplishment in a place that’s so dry and hot.

“I don’t really care for the Dome, and there’s no way to prepare but just show up and run. It helps us get faster and stronger for the rest of the season.”

Matthew Revord also finished in first for the Hematites in the pole vault with an 11’3′ mark.

Ishpeming also tacked on a first place finish in the 4×200 relay.

The Hematites girls team finished just behind Munising in the invitational with 93.33 total points.

Marissa Maino was the sole Ishpeming girl to earn a first place finish, topping the shot put with a 37-2 mark.

Her teammate Ava Asgaard took second in the 400 dash, while Khora Swanson earned second in the 800 run and third in the 1600 run and Hannah Smith took second in the high jump.

For the Mustangs, Madeleine Peramaki also earned three first place finishes, scoring first in the 800 meter (2:33.98), the 1600 meter (5:43.58) and the 3200 meter (12:40.63). Peramaki also tied Gwinn’s Emily Curtice for second place in the 55 dash.

Alyssa Webber took second in the 3200 meter for Munising as well.

Webber said the trip to Marquette was a good test early in their season.

“This is our first meet for a lot of teammates, and it’s a pretty good experience,” she said. “It’s good to see and realize where we are at before going to the outdoor season.

“Our relays are really good this year, so it’s good to know we can rely on that for finals and regionals.”

The Mustangs boys team landed seventh place at the end of the night with 16 points, highlighted by Matthew Revord’s first place finish in the pole vault with an 11’3” mark.

Munising’s Evan Cromell said his team has a lot ahead of them the next few months.

“It’s early in the year and everyone’s still a little out of shape from the offseason, but we’re getting into it,” he said. “We started strong with our field events, and we’re planning for a strong season.”

Gwinn’s girls team finished seventh with 34 points and were led by Curtice’s second place finish in the 200 meter and third place finish in the pole vault.

Modeltowner Lynn Urmanski said her team’s only way to improve moving forward can be focusing in on practice.

“We’re going to have to continue pushing hard the rest of the season,” Urmanski said. “We have everything we need to know down, and it’s just about coming prepared everyday.”

Gwinn’s boys finished Wednesday in ninth place with 10 points.

Alex Lehtomaki said he has high expectations for the Modeltowners boys team as they move on from Wednesday.

“We did okay, but I know we can do a lot better,” Lehtomaki said. “We just have to keep running and pushing hard everyday, and we’re going to be better down the next time out.”

The full results from the Ishpeming Dome Invitational can be found at SuperiorTiming.com.

Ray Bressette can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is rbressette@miningjournal.net.