North Central boys tie for 2nd at Stephenson Invite

Prep track

STEPHENSON – West Iron County had the star of Friday’s Lions Club Invitational, but Stephenson had the best girls’ team.

The Eagles proved it by winning their home track and field invitational at the Herbert Corey Complex. Stephenson had 186 points while West Iron County – led by quadruple winner Emmy Kinner – had 117 points. Carney-Nadeau took third and North Central was fourth in the six-team field.

Kinner took the 100-meter dash in 13.27 seconds, 200 (27.5), 400 (1:04.28) and long jump with a season-best leap of 16 feet, two inches.

Norway won the boys’ title with 116.75, while Stephenson and North Central tied for second at 105.75.

Ally Schultz was among the many Stephenson standouts. Schultz won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:55.30. She took second in the 1,600 and 3,200, and ran with Morgan Van, Sadie Granskog and Katherine Marks on Stephenson’s winning 3,200 relay team (11:57.99).

Schultz is a member of Stephenson’s Business Professionals of America team that is heading to the National Conference in Orlando, Fla., next week, so Eagles’ coach Kate Kuntze had her run a grueling foursome of events.

“Today I worked her hard,” Kuntze said. “I wanted to see what she could do in the 800.”

Karlee Kuntze had a big day for the Eagles.

She ran with Emily Johnson, Jasmine Gibellina and Maegan Kordish on the winning 800 relay team (2:07.24), and on the first-place 1,600 relay team, which also included Amanda Starzynski, Gibellina and Kordish. Kuntze reached the 5-foot milestone to win the high jump.

“First time ever,” Kuntze said of the 5-foot mark. “Well, it’s nice weather out today. Feeling good in the legs. Today was my day.”

Marks won the 1,600 with a time of 6:30.38, and she led Stephenson to a top-three sweep in the 3,200 (14:35.81). Schultz was second and Granskog took third.

“Overall my distance runners are doing well,” coach Kuntze said. “Overall I’m relieved just because we’ve had a lot of illnesses.”

Kyleigh Cross won the discus with a throw of 93 feet, 11 inches for Stephenson.

Montell Glover won the 100 and 400 dashes, and he anchored Stephenson’s winning 800 relay team. The 200 dash is Glover’s favorite event but he scratched due to an injury.

“I was doing good until I pulled my hip flexor halfway through my 100,” Glover said.

He won the 100 with a time of 11.34 to edge Norway’s Mitchell LeGrave. He recovered well enough to run with Trae Larson, Nick Maki and Trey Johnson on the winning 800 relay team (1:38.82). Glover dusted the 400 dash field with a winning time of 52.49, but that he was shooting for the school record, 51.4.

“I just gave it everything I had,” Glover said of his 400 race. “I could feel it was a little tight.”

The Eagles had plenty of other standouts. Maki tried the shot put for the first time, and he won it with a throw of 33-8 1/2 . Mark Cappaert won the 1,600 (5:12.98).

“I thought we had a great day,” Eagles coach’ Logan Carlson said. “We’re on track to what we want for regionals right now. This is a great gauge for regionals because it shows us exactly where we want to be at this point.”

Stephenson’s Bryce Borski cleared 5 1/2 feet to match his personal best and win the high jump, but he said he felt like he could’ve cleared 5-8.

“Keep working hard in practice, get stronger, work on my form,” Borski said of his plans. “Just keep doing what I’m doing.”

Griffin Johnson led North Central’s top-three sweep in the 3,200 with a time of 11:17.98. The Jets’ Dylan Gagne won the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.25). Gagne, Marcus Krachinski, Jason Whitens and Tyler Bentley ran on North Central’s winning 1,600 relay team, which finished in 3:54.66.

Carney-Nadeau’s Talisha McCullough won the girls’ 300 hurdles in 56.29.

For North Central, Kaitlyn Casperson, Tayler Poupore, Delaney Smith and Sierra Debelak won the 400 relay (59.75).