Nordic girls successfully defend conference crown

Daily Press Photo Norway’s Mitch LeGrave was clocked in 11.65 in winning the 100-meter dash at Tuesday’s Skyline Central Conference meet.

HARRIS — The weight events helped tilt the scales in Rapid River’s favor here Tuesday as it captured the Skyline Central Conference boys’ track and field championship with 122 points.

Rapid River was followed by defending champ Norway 119 and Stephenson 81 on this partly cloudy and seasonably cool day.

The Rockets, led by senior Gunner Larson, grabbed four places apiece in shot put and discus. Larson won shot put at 40 feet, 9 1/2 inches and discus with a season-best toss of 146-10 3/4. Junior Tyler Sundling added a first in the 400-meter dash in 53.82 seconds.

“Those were big points, although we were steady through the meet,” said Rockets’ coach Steve Ostrenga. “We’re trying to get healthy. We’re not quite at full strength yet, but this is about as healthy as we’ve been, which is an improvement from the (Division 3) regionals.”

The North Dickinson girls retained their title with 100 1/3 points, followed by Bark River-Harris 83 1/3, Mid Peninsula 75, Rapid River 74 and Stephenson 73.

“I can’t say enough about our kids,” said Nordics’ coach Mike Roell. “They really work hard and compete. This is a tough track meet. It’s really an honor to win a meet of this caliber. I think we have some momentum going into the U.P. Finals.”

Nordics’ junior Masyn Alexa won the 400 (1:01.88) and anchored the winning 1600 relay (4:36.32).

Mid Pen won the 400 relay (53.72) and 800 relay in a school-record 1:52.94.

“We weren’t expecting to do that today,” said sophomore Daisy Englund, who helped both relays.

Superior Central junior Danika Walters prevailed in a pair of tight races. She was clocked at 2:32.9, just .6 second ahead of Englund.

In the 1600, Walters ran a personal-best 5:31.78 and Mid Pen freshman Landry Koski was runner-up in a school-record 5:31.99.

BR-H senior Hailee Demers won the 100 (13.28) and 300 hurdles in a personal-best 48.8. Classmate Ashleigh White ran a personal-best 1:03.84 while placing third in the 400 and junior Gracie Peterson copped shot put with a career-best toss of 33-9.

Rapid River senior Emily Thibault was a double-winner, taking the 100 hurdles (18.27) and high jump (4-10), and Stephenson senior Amanda Starzynski copped the 200 (27.43) and long jump (14-3).

Norway senior Mitch LeGrave copped the 100 (11.65), helped the winning 400 relay (47.11) and was runner-up in the 200 (22.98) by .14 second to Stephenson senior Montell Glover and second in long jump (18-1/2). Senior David Loomis captured pole vault (11-6).

“We ran the 400 about a second better than we normally do and one of our better times in the 800 relay (1:38.87),” said Norway coach Al Trudeau. “In pole vault, we took first and Adam Loomis tied for second. We did well there. Rapid River was just a little too strong for us in the weight events.”

Forest Park sophomore Mason Rintala copped the 800 (2:12.86) and 1600 (4:51.2) and placed second in the 3200 (11:18.68).

Norway freshman Adam Cavagnetto took the 3200 (10:55.58) and was runner-up in the 1600 (4:52.3).

Forest Park senior Dawson Bongi took the 110 hurdles (17.15) and 300s (44.64)