By RON DEUTER
KINGSFORD - The trophy stays right here.
Burt Angeli/The Daily News Photo
Members of the MHSAA?U.P. Division 1 Champion Kingsford Flivvers lift their trophy following Saturday’s meet at Flivver Field.
For the first time since taking over the hosting duties of the U.P. Track & Feld finals nearly a decade ago, Kingsford can call itself champion.
The Flivvers piled up 127 points to distance themselves from Marquette (82), Negaunee (81), Menominee (61) and six other schools en route to their first MHSAA U.P. Division 1 track & field title since 1990.
"It's great for the community," Kingsford head coach Doug Roberts said. "There's so many great people who take a lot of pride in this event each year. To bring it back here, and have them here, it means a lot to the school and community."
Roberts, who has been coaching Flivver track for five seasons, was a member of the 1989 Flivver squad which shared the U.P. title.
"It means a lot to me being a Flivver," he said. "It's kind of fun to get this back where it belongs."
Kingsford capped its banner day with a win and school record in the 1600 relay. Junior Tyler Roberts anchored that run, which came in at 3 minutes, 31.18 seconds. Roberts also anchored the winning 800 relay and won the 400-meter dash in 51.08
"That was huge," coach Roberts said. "It was real nice to see."
Tyler Roberts, who believes the 400 is the toughest race going, said the group competing in the 400 Saturday kept up a rigorous pace all year.
"We all know each other and have been busting our butts to get out there and win," he said. "Today was just a great day to get out there, give it my all, and I had a really great race. I just gave it."
Record-setting pole vaulter Ryan Camp claimed his title for the Flivvers, but he came up short in his bid to set the U.P. Finals record of 13-7, settling for 13-0. Although he didn't get it at the finals, Camp, a senior, had previously set the Kingsford mark at 14-2.
"I'm happy with the season," said Camp, who began vaulting in eighth grade. "I have had a lot of people helping me out. Things really started coming together for me a couple of weeks ago."
Senior Jonah Carlson grabbed another individual win for Kingsford, capturing the discus with a throw of 140 feet, 11 inches.
"I was real proud with our discus," coach Roberts said. "That was his best throw of the season."
The Flivver victory in the 800 relay was run by Quintin Pratt, Cole Tengesdahl, Jaxson Ferree and Roberts in 1:31.94.
Tengesdahl added second-place showings in the 100 and 200. Other seconds filtered in from Ed Sexton in the 100 hurdles, and Dan Fleming in the 300 hurdles. Brandon Kowalkowski was second in high jump. Jake Allen went third in the 400 and 800.
"We've got a great senior group, like I've said all year," coach Roberts said. "That's kind of the way you get to this point, I believe."
Roberts said his seniors have been focussed all season, and he believed the victory in the Dome earlier in the season sent the Flivvers on their way.
"We just kind of rolled from there," he said. The seniors led this team, no doubt about it. Overall today was a great team effort. They've worked hard all year. We didn't take any days off, really worked through the junk all year. And these guys are deserving, they really are."
West Iron County's Ryan Rogers is now a long jump champion. The Wykon senior, second in the U.P. Division 2 long jump last spring, went 19-07 to take the title Saturday.
The Wykons wound up seventh in the team standings with 36 points. Among other area schools in Division 2, Iron Mountain took 10th with 22 points, and Norway was 11th with 14 points.
Ishpeming improved on its runner-up finish from last season to take the team title with 115 points.
Rogers also grabbed a fourth in the 400 dash and went sixth in the 100. Tylor Capadagli took second in the 300 hurdles, and the Wykons had two in the top five of the 800 with Colton Pangrazzi third and Tommy Keski-Kastari fifth.
Iron Mountain's best finish came from its 3,200 relay team of Tanner Huotari, Davin Steva, Colin Henke and Nate Carey which finished second to Ishpeming.
Distance specialist Nate Carey ran to fourth in both the 1600 and 3200.
Norway's Ben DeCremer managed third in the 110 high hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Pat Guffey reached third in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
Defending champion Manistique finished second with 76 points, and Hancock took third with 61 points.
Defending Division 3 champion North Dickinson simply didn't have the horses to compete with Munising. The Mustangs claimed their first-ever D3 title in convincing fashion, totaling 107.5 points. North Dickinson was second with 68. Forest Park grabbed sixth with 28 points, and North Central was ninth with 21 points.
Nordic senior Tim Hruska held his U.P. title in the 100 (11.83). He took second in a tight finish in the 110 hurdles and was second in the 300 hurdles. Hruska also emerged from the first heat of the 200 dash for sixth overall.
"I couldn't be any happier," he said. "I wasn't expecting to do as good as i did."
Hruska, whose football season was derailed by torn ligament in his ankle, missed all of basketball season recovering from surgery. A set-back with the self-dissolving stitches delayed his return to training by nearly a month. His cast wasn't even removed until right before track season started.
"I feel like I am finally 100 percent, but I didn't get to build up to the finals like I normally would have, so I felt a little behind in that respect."
Matthew Schultz placed in both hurdles for the Nordics, taking fourth in the 110 high hurdles and fifth in the 300. Logan O'Neil went fourth in the 300 hurdles. Jordan Neumann added a fourth in the 100, and Brad Gustafson threw for third in the discus.
Sophomore Bill Ragio provided the highlights for Forest Park with wins in the pole vault and long jump, clearing 12 feet in the vault and 18-9 in long jump. Ragio, who has gone as high as 12-9 on the vault this spring, was only introduced to the event last summer. His father Tony, who serves as his pole vault coach, owns the Trojans school record at 13-1.
"He taught me everything I know about pole vault so far," Ragio said.
Ragio had already locked up his victory in the vault when it came time for him to line up for the 200 dash. He managed fourth in that race and then returned to the vault to attempt to go higher.
"I tried 12-6, but I was just too exhausted from the 200."
Also for Forest Park, Steve Hallman finished fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
(U.P. track authority John Vrancic contributed to this story)
NOTES: It was only two weeks ago that many of the teams competed in snowy regional final meets. Saturday's peak temperature hit the upper eighties A Division 1 U.P. record was set by Sault Ste. Marie's Parker Scott in the 1600 with a time of 4:18.09 Defending Division 1 champion Gladstone slipped to sixth in the team standings Negaunee had a pair of double winners in Division 1 with Kevin O'Keefe in the 100 and 200, and Jason Bell with a sweep in the hurdles In Division 2, Hancock had two double winners with Jacob Jarvis in the hurdles and sophomore Greg Hawthorne in discus and shot Ironwood junior Jared Joki chalked three wins in Division 2, taking the 800, 1600 and 3200 races Munising junior Andy Cooper won four events in Division 3, taking the high jump (6 feet), the 100 hurdles in a school record 16.11, the 300 hurdles (40.77) and the 200 dash (23.89) Big Bay de Noc's Cole Potvin set a U.P. Division 3 record in the 400 dash with a time of 51.17. That topped the previous best of 51.40 set by Andrew Mettler of Bessemer in 2005.
MHSAA U.P. TRACK & FIELD FINALS
May 31, 2014
Division 1 Boys
TEAM SCORING - 1. Kingsford 127; 2. Marquette 82; 3. Negaunee 81; 4. Menominee 61; 5. Sault Ste. Marie 47; 6. Gladstone 39; 7. Houghton 31; 8. Escanaba 25; 9. Calumet 20; 10. Gwinn 14.
400-METER RELAY - 1. Menominee 45.09; 800-METER RELAY - 1. Kingsford 1:31.94; 1,600-METER RELAY - 1. Kingsford 3:31.18; 3,200-METER RELAY - 1. Marquette 8:21.07; 2. Kingsford 8:21.91.
110-METER HURDLES - 1. Jason Bell (Negaunee) 15.95; 2. Ed Sexton (Kingsford) 16.81; 100-METER DASH - 1. Kevin O'Keefe (Negaunee) 11.38; 2. Cole Tengesdahl (Kingsford) 11.57; 4. Cole Moreau (Kingsford) 11.77; 1,600-METER RUN - 1. Parker Scott (Sault Ste. Marie) 4:18.09; 5. Lucas Jennings (Kingsford) 4:49.69; 400-METER DASH - 1. Tyler Roberts (Kingsford) 51.08; 3. Jake Allen (Kingsford) 52.59; 4. Jack Glodowski (Kingsford) 52.88; 300-METER HURDLES - 1. Jason Bell (Negaunee) 41.72; 2. Dan Fleming (Kingsford) 42.49; 800-METER RUN - 1. Parker Scott (Sault Ste. Marie) 1:58.59; 3. Jake Allen (Kingsford) 2:04.03; 5. Lucas Jennings (Kingsford); 200-METER DASH - 1. Kevin O'Keefe (Negaunee) 22.60; 2. Cole Tengesdahl (Kingsford) 22.90; 5. Cole Moreau (Kingsford) 23.70; 3,200-METER RUN - 1. Jacob Colling (Houghton) 10:07.67; 6. Jorge Sanchez (Kingsford) 11:42.87.
DISCUS - 1. Jonah Carlson (Kingsford) 140-11; POLE VAULT - 1. Ryan Camp (Kingsford) 13-00.00. SHOT PUT - 1. Cody Malanowski (Gladstone) 49-01.50. HIGH JUMP - 1. Zane Radloff (Negaunee) 6-00.00; 2. Brandon Kowalkowski (Kingsford) 5-11.00; 6. Jack Glodowski (Kingsford) 5-04.00. LONG JUMP - 1. Justin Brilinski (Menominee) 19-09.50; 6. Mike Jamar (Kingsford) 17-11.50.
Division 2 Boys
TEAM SCORING - 1. Ishpeming 115; 2. Manistique 76; 3. Hancock 61; 4. St. Ignace 50; 5. Ishpeming Westwood 48; 6. L'Anse 42; 7. Ironwood 36; 7. West Iron County 36; 9. Newberry 27; 10. Iron Mountain 22; 11. Norway 14.
400-METER RELAY - 1. (tie) Ishpeming Westwood 46.56; St. Ignace 46.56; 5. West Iron County 47.21; 800-METER RELAY - 1. Ishpeming 1:35.39; 6. Iron Mountain 1:39.61; 1,600-METER RELAY - 1. Ishpeming 3:39.01; 6. Iron Mountain 4:00.45; 3,200-METER RELAY - 1. Ishpeming 8:58.02; 2. Iron Mountain 9:01.64; 5. West Iron County 9:07.79.
110-METER HURDLES - 1. Jacob Jarvis (Hancock) 15.65; 3. Ben DeCremer (Norway) 18.63; 6. Brady Erickson (Iron Mountain) 19.33; 100-METER DASH - 1. Tony Floyd (Manistique) 11.64; 6. Ryan Rogers (West Iron County) 12.16; 1,600-METER RUN - 1. Jared Joki (Ironwood) 4:45.18; 4. Nate Carey (Iron Mountain) 4:59.45; 400-METER DASH - 1. Ryan Ramey (Manistique) 51.95; 4. Ryan Rogers (West Iron County) 54.82; 6. Colton Pangrazzi (West Iron County) 56.33; 300-METER HURDLES - 1. Jacob Jarvis (Hancock) 40.36; 2. Tylor Capadagli (West Iron County) 44.36; 6. Ben DeCremer (Norway) 48.07; 800-METER RUN - 1. Jared Joki (Ironwood) 2:06.58; 3. Colton Pangrazzi (West Iron County) 2:09.88; 5. Tommy Keski-Kastari (West Iron County) 2:14.64; 200-METER DASH - 1. Ryan LaBerge (L'Anse) 23.33; 3,200-METER RUN - 1. Jared Joki (Ironwood) 10:19.36; 4. Nate Carey (Iron Mountain) 11:21.40.
DISCUS - 1. Gage Hawthorne (Hancock) 142-03; 3. Pat Guffey (Norway) 119-02; 6. Jack Merill (Iron Mountain) 111-06; POLE VAULT - 1. Noah Olgren (Ishpeming) 12-00.00; SHOT PUT - 1. Gage Hawthorne (Hancock) 51-00.50; 6. Pat Guffey (Norway) 40-06.50. HIGH JUMP - 1. Leroy Ward-Harbaum (Newberry) 5-08.00; 5. Nathan Trepp (Iron Mountain) 5-04.00; LONG JUMP - 1. Ryan Rogers (West Iron County) 19-07.00.
Division 3 Boys
TEAM SCORING - 1. Munising 107.5; 2. Felch North Dickinson 68; 3. Rapid River 60; 4. Lake Linden-Hubbell 52; 5. Bessemer 35; 6. Crystal Falls Forest Park 28; 6. Stephenson 28; 8. Cooks Big Bay deNoc 22; 9. Powers North Central 21; 10. Eben Junction Superior Central 20; 11. Bark River-Harris 19.5; 12. Pickford 17; 13. Chassell 16; 14. Rudyard 14; 15. Wakefield-Marenisco 12; 16. Dollar Bay 5; 17. (tie) Cedarville 1; Engadine 1.
400-METER RELAY - 1. Lake Linden-Hubbell 46.96; 3. Felch North Dickinson 47.71; 800-METER RELAY - 1. Bark River-Harris 1:35.74; 1,600-METER RELAY - 1. Powers North Central 3:41.73; 2. Felch North Dickinson 3:43.36; 3,200-METER RELAY - 1. Bessemer 8:48.65; 2. Powers North Central 8:49.37; 3. Felch North Dickinson 8:52.26.
110-METER HURDLES - 1. Andy Cooper (Munising) 16.11; 2. Tim Hruska (Felch North Dickinson) 16.12; 4. Mathew Schultz (Felch North Dickinson) 17.48; 100-METER DASH - 1. Tim Hruska (Felch North Dickinson) 11.83; 4. Jordan Neumann (Felch North Dickinson) 11.99; 1,600-METER RUN - 1. Brett Hannah (Munising) 4:41.62; 400-METER DASH - 1. Cole Potvin (Cooks Big Bay deNoc) 51.17 (New MHSAA U.P. Div. 3 Final Meet Record - Old Record - 51.40, Andrew
Mettler, Bessemer, 2005); 5. Tristen Harper (North Central) 54.31; 6. Noah Berg (Felch North Dickinson) 54.67. 300-METER HURDLES - 1. Andy Cooper (Munising) 40.77; 2. Tim Hruska (Felch North Dickinson) 42.93; 4. Logan O'Neil (Felch North Dickinson) 44.47; 5. Mathew Schultz (Felch North Dickinson) 44.91;800-METER RUN - 1. Dan Blair (Rapid River) 2:05.71; 6. Josh Granquist (Powers North Central) 2:12.68. 200-METER DASH - 1. Andy Cooper (Munising) 23.89; 4. Bill Ragio (Crystal Falls Forest Park) 24.29; 6. Tim Hruska (Felch North Dickinson) 24.50; 3,200-METER RUN - 1. Brett Hannah (Munising) 10:49.97.
DISCUS - 1. Jacob Pearson (Rapid River) 130-10; 3. Bradley Gustafson (Felch North Dickinson) 119-04; 6. Steve Hallmann (Crystal Falls Forest Park) 118-00. POLE VAULT - 1. Bill Ragio (Crystal Falls Forest Park) 12-00.00; SHOT PUT - 1. Jacob Pearson (Rapid River) 46-10.00; 5. Steve Hallmann (Crystal Falls Forest Park) 42-10.00; HIGH JUMP - 1. Andy Cooper (Munising) 6-00.00; 6. Jake Denell (Crystal Falls Forest Park) 5-06.00; LONG JUMP - 1. Bill Ragio (Crystal Falls Forest Park) 18-09.50.