By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD - West Iron County and Kingsford left little doubt Tuesday as to the area's track & field's powerhouses this spring.
Burt Angeli/The Daily News Photos
West Iron County’s Cassi Pellizzer clears the hurdles in the 100-meter race Tuesday in the Kingsford Invitational at Flivver Field. Pellizzer finished first and Florence’s Emma Baumgart (right) took second.
Kingsford’s Emma Williams edges out Forest Park’s Mary Grandahl to decide the 400-meter relay.
Kingsford’s Jake Allen, left, catches Niagara’s Joey Swanson in the 800-meter run.
The Wykons, who captured the Kingsford Invitational girls title for the first time in the meet's 31-year history, posted 156 points to 99 for the runner-up Flivvers.
In the 38th boys meet, Kingsford won for the fourth straight year in convincing fashion. The Flivvers registered 154 points to 102 for second-place North Dickinson.
"All of the girls tried to improve on everything that they've done
in the last six meets," said WIC Coach Kristi Berutti. "Every time we seem to get better and better."
Victoria Hoogenboom and Cassi Pellizzer paced the Wykons. Hoogenboom, a distance standout, notched with firsts in the 1600 (6:04.64) and 3200 (13.16.38), aided the 3200 relay and placed third in the 800.
Pellizzer swept the hurdles - high, 17.42; low, 50.15 - along with a with a second in high jump.
West Iron tacked on a shot put (34) first from Megan Miatech. Rebeka Serbinski provided seconds in the 1600 and 3200.
Freshman Ally Jo Polich's 14-feet-8 leap was good second place in the long jump.
"Ally Jo did really well," Berutti said. "That was our biggest improvement and everybody else increased from what they did (last week)."
Kingsford's Carlee Benzie brought home three events - 100-meter dash, 13.27; 200, 27.57; long jump, 16-3 - plus participated on the winning 800 relay.
"Carlee had a great meet," Flivvers coach Lisa Harry said. She is running and jumping really well. Emma Williams did a nice job fighting off the Forest Park runner in the final leg of the 400 relay. That was an exciting finish. The sprint relays are looking good and coming together, everyone ran great and our handoffs were on the mark.
"We tried to challenge West Iron throughout the meet but they are such a superb team we couldn't gain on them. I was really impressed with West Iron last night. They don't let up and they are really strong in most all the events."
Forest Park's Mary Grandahl tallied two runners-up in 100 and 200-meter dashes.
Sprinter Cole Tengesdahl sparked the Flivver boys with wins in the 100 (11.72) and 200-meter dashes, and also competed on the winning 800 and 400 relays.
"Tengesdahl is running great and he had a big night," Flivver coach Doug Roberts said. "As a whole, I'm happy with how hard they compete.
"That's been a common theme all year. When there's a race on the line, our kids seem to come ahead. That's nice to see."
Kingsford collected eight firsts, with two from Tengesdahl and the others from Tyler Roberts, 400-meter dash (53.70); Jake Allen, 800 (2:10.57); Hilding Beaudoin, discus (130-9); 3200 relay (8:50.94), and 800 relay (1:35.47).
"Our relays are a work in progress," Roberts said. "We have three new kids from the start of the year.
"Our hurdles are coming up big (with Ed Sexton second in the high hurdles and John Cripe runner-up in the lows."
Allen rallied past Niagara's Joey Swanson to win the 800-meter run by .38.
"Jake Allen pulled ahead and that was a big win," said Roberts, noting the junior was coming back from an injury suffered last year."
Flivver field events also supplied points. In addition to Beaudoin's first, Jonah Carlson took third in discus. Pole vaulters Ryan Camp and Dan Fleming placed second and third, respectively.
North Dickinson won four events, with two from Tim Hruska in the high (16.14) and low hurdles (42.69). Hruska also grabbed second in the 100.
Cody Berg copped the shot put (43-2.25) and added a second in high jump. Logan O'Neil was the pole vault winner at 11-6.
"North Dickinson is a darn good team," Roberts said. "They have some good athletes."
Iron Mountain's Daniel Kulas claimed the 1600 (4:58.08) and 3200-meter runs (10:48.27) by big margins.
The Michigan and Wisconsin schools can now look forward to regional meets. Division 1 Kingsford heads to Houghton on Thursday; Division 2 Iron Mountain and Norway compete at Manistique while West Iron travels to Westwood; Division 3 North Dickinson hosts Forest Park, and North Central goes to Rapid River.
Niagara and Florence are part of the regional at Suring.
"Overall, I'm happy," Roberts said. "We're ready for regionals. We're going to do the best we can and see who we can get in the finals."
The Flivvers will have to adjust to the asphalt track at Houghton.
"We can't run with spikes and it's kind of a different ballgame for us," Roberts said.
Kingsford Invitational track record book remained the same after Tuesday's meet.
Boys - Kingsford 154, North Dickinson 102, West Iron County 57, Iron Mountain 54.33, Forest Park 49.33, Niagara 47.33, Norway 24.
3200 relay - Kingsford (Austin Stanchina, Jacob Allen, Devin Wickman, Lucas Jennings), 8:50.94; 800 relay - Kingsford (Quintin Pratt, Cole Tengesdahl, Jaxson Ferree, Tyler Roberts), 1:35.47; 400 relay - Kingsford (Ed Sexton, Cole Tengesdahl, Jaxson Ferree, Quintin Pratt), 46.60; 1600 relay - Niagara (Joey Swanson, Jordan Zawada, Ian Kawetschanky, Nate Moll), 3:39.34.
110 hurdles - Tim Hruska, ND, 16.14; 100 - Cole Tengesdahl, K, 11.72; 1600 - Daniel Kulas, IM, 4:58.08; 400 - Tyler Roberts, K, 53.70; 300 hurdles - Tim Hruska, ND, 42.69; 800 - Jake Allen, K, 2:10.57; 200 - Cole Tengesdahl, K; 3200 - Daniel Kulas, IM, 10:48.27.
Shot put - Cody Berg, ND, 43-2.25; High jump - Luke Zambon, IM, 6; Discus - Hilding Beaudoin, K, 130-9; Pole vault - Logan O'Neil, ND, 11-6; Long jump - Drew Seibold, F, 18-4.5.
Girls - West Iron County 156, Kingsford 99, Forest Park 71, Niagara 53, Iron Mountain 46, Norway 44, North Dickinson 31, Florence 26.
3200 relay - West Iron County (Rebekka Serbinski, Brianna Lambert, Kylee Erickson, Victoria Hoogenboom), 10:44.56; 800 relay - Kingsford (Carlee Benzie, Andrea Roell, Hannah Tresedder, Emma Williams), 1:52.53; 400 relay - Kingsford (Samantha Lindeman, Amber Larson, Ali VanRemortel, Emma Williams), 54.94; 1600 relay - Niagara (Lena Klages, Maria Miller, Shanna Nordell, Jenna Carlton), 4:29.88.
100 hurdles - Cassi Pellizzer, WIC, 17.42; 100 - Carlee Benzie, K, 13.27; 1600 - Victoria Hoogenboom, WIC, 6:04.94; 400 - Hailey LaFleur, IM, 1:04.32; 300 hurdles - Cassi Pellizzer, WIC, 50.15; 800 - Jenna Carlton, Nia, 2:36.94; 200 - Carlee Benzie, K, 27.57; 3200 - Victoria Hoogenboom, WIC, 13:16.38.
Shot put - Megan Miatech, WIC, 34; High jump - Alexis Kallenbach, Nor, 5-0; Discus - Gina Graff, FP, 98-10; Pole vault - Deborah Starnes, ND, 8; Long jump - Carlee Benzie, K, 16-3.