Nordics, Mountaineers capture ‘Niagara’ track

NIAGARA, Wis. — North Dickinson’s girls and Iron Mountain’s boys won titles Friday in the Niagara Invitational track and field meet at Ropele Field.

The Nordics girls held off runner-up Crivitz 143-127. The Moutaineers boys tallied 174 points to dominate meet host Northwoods Storm, 116, and third-place North Dickinson.

“Our kids realky performed well in the (cold) weather,” said North Dickinson girls coach Mike Roell. “We got a lot of places. Not just firsts and seconds but thirds and fourths. That was the difference in the meet.”

Nordics’ Brianna Smith took firsts in 3200-meter relay and 1600 run, and added a second in 3200. Maia Steinnrecher was first in 3200 and 1600 relays along with the 800. Claire Lindholm claimed the triple jump and 1600 relay plus second in the 800.

“I thought we really improved from Monday (and the Florence Invitational),” Roell said. “This was a great team win.”

Mountaineers’ Taylor Talerico raced to firsts in 100 dash and 300 hurdles. Teammate Olivia Berutti added the 100 hurdles and 200 dash. Storm’s Ki’eircidy Hannah swept the discus and shot.

Iron Mountain’s boys chalked up eight firsts including the 800, 1600 and 400 relays. They also won the 110-meter hurdles and high jump with Aaron Bolo, 100 dash with Adrian Barraza, 1600 with Michael Kulas and 200 with Jaden Vicenzi.

“The staff at Niagara puts on a really nice track meet,” said Mountaineers coach Kevin Sullivan. “The meet had some great battles in deciding several races.”

The coach cited Kulas for a “great race” in the 1600 (5.07.24). He also anchored the 1600 relay, running his personal best in 55.86.

“Both the boys and girls team competed well on a cold damp night improving in their times and showing a lot of heart in placing as they did,” Sullivan said.

North Dickinson’s Garrett O’Neil captured the 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. West Iron County’s Bryant Schram was a double winner in shot and discus.

North Dickinson Booster Club Invitational takes place Tuesday. The Nordics will be challenged by North Central, Bark River-Harris, Carney-Nadeau, Norway, Northwoods Storm, Republic and Forest Park.

GIRLS — North Dickinson 143, Crivitz 127, Iron Mountain 100, West Iron County 70, Forest Park 52, Northwoods Storm 24, Republic-Michigamme 16

3200 relay — North Dickinson (Kalli Balmes, Christina Bruette, Maia Steinbrecher, Brianna Smith), 11:41.36; 800 relay — Crivitz, 2:01.15; 400 relay — Iron Mountain (Talerico, Tiana Brooks, Kiera Bishop, Berutti), 56.42; 1600 relay — North Dickinson (Steinbrecher, Claire Lindholm, Masyn Alexa, Karina Madigan), 4:45.05

100 hurdles — Olivia Berutti, IM, 17.14; 100 dash — Taylor Talerico, IM, 13.39; 1600 — Smith, ND, 6:06.86; 400 — Piper Passamani, WIC, 1:09.11; 300 hurdles — Talerico, IM, 53.52; 800 — Steinbrecher, ND, 2:52.33; 200 — Berutti, IM, 29.05; 3200 — Taylor Clark, FP, 13:45.61

High jump — Chloe Gruszynski, C, 4-8; Long jump — Gruszynski, C, 14-5.5; Pole vault — Taylor Bemis, C, 7; Discus — Ki’eircidy Hannah, NS, 98-5; Shot — Hannah, NS, 31-7.75; Triple jump — Lindholm, ND, 26-9

BOYS — Iron Mountain 174, Northwoods Stor 116, North Dickinson 100, Crivitz 72, West Iron County 50.5; Forest Park 17, Republic-Michigamme 13

3200 relay — Northwoods Storm, 9:28.68; 800 relay — Iron Mountain (Christian Margis, Jaden Vicenzi, Barraza, Jacob Tucker), 1:40.17; 400 relay — Iron Mountain (Bolo. Spike Healy, Barraza, Tucker), 47.58; 1600 relay — Iron Mountain, 3:51.05

110 hurdles — Aaron Bolo, IM, 16.58; 100 dash — Adrian Barraza, IM, 11.86; 1600 — Michael Kulas, IM, 5:07.24; 400 — Brendon Steinbrecher, ND, 56.71; 300 hurdles — Garrett O’Neil, ND, 43.68; 800 — Caleb Jones, NS, 2:14.27; 200 — Vicenzi, IM, 25.02; 3200 — Devin Dumke, NS, 11:38.21

High jump — Bolo, IM, 6; Long jump — O’Neil, ND, 18-4.5; Pole vault — Michael Retza, C, 12-0; Discus — Bryant Schram, WIC, 124-2; Shot — Schram, WIC, 48-2.5; Triple jump — O’Neil, ND, 37-1.