Rapid River boys, North Dickinson girls win Skyline Central track
HARRIS — The weight events helped tilt the scales in Rapid River’s favor here Tuesday as it captured the Skyline Central Conference boys’ track and field championship with 122 points.
Rapid River was followed by defending champ Norway 119 and Stephenson 81 on this partly cloudy and seasonably cool day. Munising was sixth with 54 while Superior Central didn’t score.
The Rockets, led by senior Gunner Larson, grabbed four places apiece in shot put and discus. Larson won shot put at 40 feet, 9 1/2 inches and discus with a season-best toss of 146-10 3/4. Junior Tyler Sundling added a first in the 400-meter dash in 53.82 seconds.
“Those were big points, although we were steady through the meet,” Rockets coach Steve Ostrenga said. “We’re trying to get healthy. We’re not quite at full strength yet, but this is about as healthy as we’ve been, which is an improvement from the (Division 3) regionals.”
The North Dickinson girls retained their title with 100 1/3 points, followed by Bark River-Harris 83 1/3, Mid Peninsula 75, Rapid River 74 and Stephenson 73. Superior Central was sixth with 28 and Munising ninth with 18.
“I can’t say enough about our kids,” said Nordics’ coach Mike Roell. “They really work hard and compete. This is a tough track meet. It’s really an honor to win a meet of this caliber. I think we have some momentum going into the U.P. Finals.”
Nordics’ junior Masyn Alexa won the 400 (1:01.88) and anchored the winning 1600 relay (4:36.32).
Superior Central junior Danika Walters prevailed in a pair of tight races. She was clocked at 2:32.9 in the 800, just six-tenths of a second ahead of Mid-Peninsula’s Daisy Englund.
In the 1600, Walters ran a personal-best 5:31.78 and MP freshman Landry Koski was runner-up in a school-record 5:31.99.
“Daisy and Landry did a great job today for sure,” Walters said. “Landry was right there in the 1600. Both were good races.”
Munising senior Madeliene Peramaki was runner-up in the 400, while junior teammate Taylin Behning was third in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the long jump.
BR-H senior Hailee Demers won the 100 (13.28) and 300 hurdles in a personal-best 48.8.
Rapid River senior Emily Thibault was a double-winner, taking the 100 hurdles (18.27) and high jump (4-10), and Stephenson senior Amanda Starzynski copped the 200 (27.43) and long jump (14-3).
In the boys meet, Norway senior Mitch Legrave copped the 100 (11.65), helped the winning 400 relay (47.11) and was runner-up in the 200 (22.98) by .14 second to Stephenson senior Montell Glover and second in long jump (18-1/2).
Munising junior Jason Cornish won the high jump after clearing 6-2, while fellow Mustangs junior Josh Huotari was second in the 400 and senior Dayne Murk was third in the shot put. Munising also picked up third places in the 400, 1600 and 3200 relays.
Forest Park sophomore Mason Rintala copped the 800 (2:12.86) and 1600 (4:51.2) and placed second in the 3200 (11:18.68).
Forest Park senior Dawson Bongi took the 110 hurdles (17.15) and 300s (44.64).