Track and field: Flivvers girls win 4th straight Kingsford Invitational

Kingsford celebrates a fourth straight title in the Kingsford Invitational girls track meet Tuesday. The Flivvers, front, from left: Olivia Allen, Valerie Caylor and Jessie Yu. Back row: Ali Doolittle, Melanie Wenzel, Emma Allen, Jessica Tomasoski, Maddy Holmes, Josie Scott, Grace Cole and Meryle Luoma-Mannisto.

KINGSFORD — Olivia Allen and Melanie Wenzel each figured in four firsts as Kingsford won a fourth straight Kingsford Invitational girls track title Tuesday at Flivver Field.

“The girls competed hard tonight,” said Kingsford coach Lisa Harry. “I’m super excited for them. I knew we had to run, jump and throw well today to compete with the Nordics.”

The Flivvers produced 155 points in besting the runner-up Nordics with 125. West Iron County was third with 92, followed by Northwoods Storm 56, Iron Mountain 52, Norway 25 and Forest Park 10.5.

“We swept all four relays which was huge,” Harry said. “I told the team we need everyone to fight for all six places if we want to have a chance to win. It all adds up.”

Wenzel was a big factor in the relay success, anchoring the 3200 and participating in the 1600. She also won the 1600 and 800-meter runs.

Kingsford's Jessi Tomasoski and Josie Scott make the baton exchange in the Kingsford Invitational 800-meter relay Tuesday. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

Allen reached 15-feet-6 in the long jump and also raced to firsts in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Flivvers’ Rylee Palmer had seconds in the discus and pole vault. Valerie Caylor led off the 3200 relay and was runner-up in 3200. Emma Allen was on three relays and took a third in 400.

“Olivia Allen and Melanie Wenzel were both outstanding,” Harry said. “Emma Allen, Valerie Caylor and Rylee Palmer looked very strong as well. It was a great team effort.”

The Flivvers captured 10 out of 17 events.

“A lot of the girls contributed to this win,” Harry said.

North Dickinson’s Skye Ledzian swept the shot and discus. Hannah Clark was the pole vault champion. Masyn Alexa ran second to Allen in the 100, 400 and 200.

West Iron’s Jordan Shamion raced to first in 300 hurdles and second in 100 hurdles. Northwoods Storm’s Audrey Selden won the 100 hurdles and took second in 300.

Wykons’ Zoe Kolenda edged Caylor at the 3200 run finish line.

Storm’s Alyssa Cretton cleared 5-feet in high jump.


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