IRON MOUNTAIN - Kingsford swept a head-to-head track and field match-up with Iron Mountain, with the boys winning 93-39 and the girls taking an 84-39 decision Thursday at chilly and wet Mountaineer Stadium.
John Cripe was a double winner for the Flivver boys, placing first in the 300 hurdles (44.62) as well as the long jump (16-9). Cole Tengesdahl, despite the conditions, set a season-best with an 11.46 for the win in the 100. Ed Sexton also had his fastest time with his 16.62 in a 100 hurdles victory.
"It was a pretty cold, rainy night but the times were still pretty good," Flivvers coach Doug Roberts said.
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Kingsford’s Carlee Benzie (third from left) hits the finish line first during the 100 dash at Thursday’s track and field meet at Mountaineer Stadium. Also running, from left, Ali VanRemortel, Emma Williams, Hailey LaFleur, Abby Gerhard and Samantha Lindeman.
A relay sweep also gave Jake Allen, Tyler Roberts, Jaxson Ferree and Tengesdahl three first-place finishes each.
Iron Mountain's Dan Kulas took the 1600 (4:57.18) and 3200 (10:33.06) races.
"I thought our kids competed hard," IM coach Dale Powell said. "We are a little outgunned when it comes to facing Kingsford because they have a real nice team. I was happy with most of our times because they were personal bests.
"Dan Kulas continues to do extremely well in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs."
Luke Zambon added wins in the 200 (25.01) and high jump (6-4). His jump broke Dan Talerico's mark of 6-3 set in 1990.
"I was pretty fired up to see Luke break our school record," Powell said. "What made it most impressive is the fact that the weather was bad. Not ideal conditions, but that shows what type of an athlete Luke is."
For the girls, Kingsford's Carlee Benzie pulled a triple victory, running to first in the 100 (14.15) and 200 (28.41) while adding another long jump victory with a leap of 15.5
"The weather was pretty hideous but I kept telling the girls it's the same for everyone so just be tough and run hard," Flivvers coach Lisa Harry said. "I think they ran hard, and I was happy with their effort. Times weren't the greatest but with the rain and cold it's nearly impossible to pull off personal bests. I was just happy to walk out of Mountaineer Stadium without any major muscle pulls as regionals are fast approaching.
Kingsford won all four relays, and all but one of the field events.
"The sprint relays ran well, as they have been doing great," Harry said. "I was also happy to see the field event girls have some success, they work hard and want to improve to help the team in anyway possible.
"Everyone helped out in some way or another. I really enjoy coaching this team they are a great bunch of girls."
Molly Malone chalked two wins for the Mountaineers, capturing distance victories with a 6:37.57 in the 1600 and 14:56.08 in the 3200.
"I'm very proud of my girls and their efforts today," IM coach Tara Hartman said. "The weather was far from stellar, but they came out and ran hard against a talented Kingsford squad. Molly Malone was tough in the distance runs; it was nice to see her push herself.
"Hailey LaFleur and Abby Gerhard continue to lead our team by example. They push themselves every day in practice and it's starting to pay off. I was also happy to see some of our younger girls score some points. Today was a big step in the right direction for us."
400 relay - Kingsford (Sexton, Tengesdahl, Ferree, Pratt), 47.28; 800 relay - Kingsford (Pratt, Tengesdahl, Ferree, Roberts), 1:36.77; 1600 relay - Kingsford (Allen, Ferree, Glodowski, Roberts), 4:03.53; 3200 relay - Kingsford (Allen, Wickman, Stanchina, Jennings), 8:59.63.
100 hurdles - Ed Sexton (K), 16.62; 100 - Cole Tengesdahl (K), 11.46; 1600 - Dan Kulas (IM), 4:57.18; 400 - Tyler Roberts (K), 54.81; 300 hurdles - John Cripe (K), 44.62; 800 - Jacob Allen (K), 2:10.93; 200 - Luke Zambon (IM), 25.01; 3200 - Dan Kulas (IM), 10:33.06.
Shot put - Hilding Beaudoin (K), 40-7; Discus - Zach Haber (IM), 108-2; High jump - Luke Zambon (IM), 6-4; Long jump - John Cripe (K), 16-9; Pole vault - Ryan Camp (K), 10-6.
400 relay - Kingsford (Lindeman, Williams, Larson, VanRemortel); 800 relay - Kingsford (Benzie, Roell, Williams, Tresedder), 1:58.00; 1600 relay - Kingsford (Larson, Jennings, Tresedder, Allen), 4:51.72; 3200 relay - Kingsford (Tresedder, Allen, Roell, Bubloni), 12:09.
100 hurdles - Jaelyn Jennings (K), 12.71; 100 - Carlee Benzie (K), 14.15; 1600 - Molly Malone (IM), 6:37.57; 400 - Haily Lafleur (IM), 1:07.72; 300 hurdles - Hannah Allen (K) 55.43; 800 - Abby Gerhard (IM), 2:44.12; 200 - Carlee Benzie (K), 28.41; 3200 - Molly Malone (IM), 14:56.08.
Shot put - Lauren Champion (K), 24-10; Discus - Courtney Rietveld (K), 79-1; High jump - Randi Krasowski (IM), 4-6; Long jump - Carlee Benzie (K), 15-0.5; Pole Vault - Abby Merrill (K).