By BURT ANGELI
NIAGARA, Wis. - Judging from the results of Tuesday's third annual Niagara Invitational, pre-season track & field practice just may be over-rated.
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North Dickinson’s Tim Hruska and Ken Pekarek finished 1-2 in the 110 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles Tuesday at the Niagara Invitational.
West Iron County sophomore Victoria Harris-Hoogenboom claimed the 1600 (5:46.14) and 3200-meter (13:07.11) runs Tuesday at the Niagara Invitational. Wykons coach Kristi Berutti (right) checks her time.
West Iron County's girls repeated as champion and North Dickinson's boys also prevailed in the eight-school meet at Ropele Field.
With unpredictable spring weather, some of the schools competed for the first time. However, 11 meet records were erased.
The Nordics left the gym to practice outdoors Monday.
"It was nice getting outside and running," Nordics coach Mike Lindholm said. "Overall, I thought everybody competed pretty well."
West Iron's young Wykon girls, with just two seniors participating, tallied 158 points to 116 for runner-up Niagara. Forest Park was third with 96.5.
"Overall, we did really well," WIC Coach Kristi Berutti said. "Everybody did their best and they wanted to win.
"We had lots of freshmen and sophomores running in events they had never been in before."
Wykon sophomore Victoria Harris-Hoogenboom grabbed the 1600 (5:46.14) and 3200-meter (13:07.11) runs. Junior Cassilyn Pellizzer added the 100 hurdles (18.05), assisted the winning 1600 relay (4:30.86) and placed second in high jump. Junior Megan Miatech broke the meet record in the shot put (32-10.25).
The Badgers produced two firsts from Jenna Carlton in 300 hurdles (52.05) and triple jump (31-5.25).
Theresa Orlando of Crivitz was another double-winner, claiming the 400 (1:02.30) and 800 (2:35.58) runs.
Norway's Alexis Kallenbach tallied two medals in 200 dash (29.40) and high jump (5).
North Dickinson edged Crivitz 140-135 for the boys championship.
North Dickinson's Tim Hruska and Ken Pekarek ran one-two in both hurdles and Cody Berg won the shot put (43-10.5) and took second in high jump. Hruska was timed at 16.30 in the 110 hurdles and 44.39 in the 300 hurdles, both meet records.
"Timmy and Kenny did well," Lindholm said. "They were a big boost for us.
"Cody Berg did real well in the field events. We didn't have high jumpers until yesterday and those were two new guys (Berg, Brady Mashak)."
North Dickinson also claimed seconds in 3200, 800 and 400 relays. Berg ran in the 3200 and Pekarek joined the 800 team.
"We didn't get any hand-off work and we made the relays happen," Lindholm said. "The 3200 relay was a good surprise. I was expecting OK but there's a couple new kids in there and that ran decent."
West Iron County's Tyler Stafford triumphed in the 100-meter dash (11.45) and long jump (18-10.5), both meet records.
Niagara's Joey Swanson rallied past Crivitz's Tyler Murray in the 1600 (4:58.02), tacked on another first in the 800 (2:12.64) and participated in the winning 1600 relay (3:44.77).
Badgers' Jordan Zawada broke the meet 200-meter dash standard (24.46) and ran legs on the winning 1600 and 800 relays (1:42.92).
Results from the third annual Niagara Invitational:
BOYS - North Dickinson 140, Crivitz 135, Niagara 83, West Iron County 72, Florence 42, Norway 39, Forest Park 36, Republic 9.
3200 relay - Crivitz (George Beattie, Tyler Murray, Sabastian Atwood, Adam Slaby), 9:08.92; 800 relay - Niagara (Brett Pultz, Wyatt Aderman, Ian Kawetschanky, Jordan Zawada), 1:42.92 (meet record); 400 relay - West Iron County (Tyler Stafford, Jake Polich, Nik Thoney, Philip King), 48.30; 1600 relay - Niagara (Joey Swanson, Jordan Zawada, Ian Kawetschanky, Nate Moll), 3:44.77 (meet record).
110 hurdles - Tim Hruska, ND, 16.30 (meet record); 100 - Tyler Stafford, WIC, 11.45 (meet record); 1600 - Joey Swanson, Nia, 4:58.02; 400 - Colton Pangrazzi, WIC, 55.36; 300 hurdles - Tim Hruska, ND, 44.39; 800 - Joey Swanson, Nia, 2:12.64; 200 - Jordan Zawada, Nia, 24.46 (meet record); 3200 - Mike Zygiel, Nor, 11:33.43. Pole vault - Jake Wiedemier, C, 12-0; High jump - Ben Fischer, C, 5-10 (tied meet record); Long jump - Tyler Stafford, WIC, 18-10.5 (meet record); Discus - Tanner Thoreson, C, 120-7; Shot - Cody Berg, ND, 43-10.5; Triple jump - Ben Fischer, C, 38-7.
GIRLS - West Iron County 158, Niagara 116, Forest Park 96.5, Norway 49, North Dickinson 47.5, Crivitz 43, Florence 42, Republic 3.
3200 relay - Forest Park (Casey Ponchaud, Adel Isaacson, Amanda Bustillos, Kelsi Hendrickson), 11:43.49; 800 relay - Forest Park (Georgie Dohl, Libby Shamion, Maria Stankewicz, Mary Grandahl), 1:55.99 (meet record); 400 relay - Forest Park (Maria Stankewicz, Caitlin Dorton, Katie McCole, Mary Grandahl), 55.33 (meet record); 1600 relay - West Iron County (Elizabeth Pellizzer, Brianna Lambert, Rebekah Serbinski, Cassilyn Pellizzer), 4:30.86. 100 hurdles - Cassilyn Pellizzer, WIC, 18.05; 100 - Shanna Nordell, Nia, 13.71; 1600 - Victoria Hoogenboom, WIC, 5:46.14; 400 - Theresa Orlando, C, 1:02.30; 300 hurdles - Jenna Carlton, Nia, 52.05; 800 - Theresa Orlando, C, 2:35.58; 200 - Alexis Kallenbach, Nor, 29.40; 3200 - Victoria Hoogenboom, WIC, 13:07.11. Pole vault - Deborah Starnes, ND, 8; High jump - Alexis Kallenbach, Nor, 5; Long jump - Miranda Jacobson, ND, 15-1.5; Discus - Kaitlyn Lundin, Nia, 88; Shot - Megan Miatech, WIC, 32-10.25; Triple jump - Jenna Carlton, Nia, 31-5.25.