Rockets gear up for SCC meet
RAPID RIVER — Fresh from earning a major track victory, the Rapid River boys hope to carry their momentum into Tuesday’s Skyline Central Conference meet.
The Rockets retained their Division 3 regional crown by scoring 93 points Thursday. Runner-up Engadine had 48.
“The guys have to understand they need to keep working hard,” said Rockets’ coach Steve Ostrenga. “We have to fine-tune for the U.P. Finals. If that happens, we have a chance to do something.”
The meet is scheduled to start with the field events at 2 p.m. Running events start at 2:30.
Also entered are Mid Peninsula, Superior Central, Munising, Big Bay de Noc, Bark River-Harris, North Central, Carney-Nadeau, North Dickinson and Forest Park.
“North Central didn’t have their seniors at our invitational (May 11),” said Ostrenga. “It looks like they had a good meet in their regional. You never know what will happen in any track meet. There’s so many things going on with end of the year activities and graduation. It’s sometimes hard to get all the kids on the same page.”
North Central is fresh from winning Friday’s regional at North Dickinson with 81 points. The host Nordics scored 55.
“It was a good day,” said Jets’ coach Cherie Granquist. “We moved some people around. We put more in open events and the kids really supported and encouraged each other. The boys were feeeling good going into regionals.”
The Jets will be missing five seniors who will be playing baseball at Escanaba Tuesday.
“We’re going to let our other two seniors pick their events,” said Granquist. “This is their last chance to do something for fun. We’ll be doing a little experimenting.”
Rapid River junior Lucas Sundling and senior Conner Bryant had a hand in four firsts in the regional. Junior Luke Gustafson was in on three firsts and senior Mason Berglund won both hurdle races.
“Lucas has been getting treatment for his knee and had undergone physical therapy for his hips, otherwise we came out of the regional pretty healthy,” said Ostrenga.
“We were stiff and cold, but our guys made it through.”
North Central grabbed the top three places in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs.
Junior Connor Robinson won the 800 and 1600 and sophomore Griffin Johnson added a first in the 3200.
Others to watch are Mid Pen’s Terry Brower in high jump and sprints, Rapid River’s Logan Hardwick and Gunner Larson (weight events), North Central’s Dylan Gagne (300 hurdles), North Dickinson’s Garrett O’Neil (hurdles and long jump) and Forest Park’s Connor Bortolini (pole vault).
“North Dickinson has some good hurdlers and it looks like Dylan Gagne is doing well in the low hurdles,” said Ostrenga.
The Mid Pen girls are fresh from a runner-up finish to Engadine (51 1/2-47) in the regional at Rapid River. They were led by eighth-grader Daisy Englund who collected four firsts and freshman Camryn Croasdell, who had a hand in three firsts.
Other sprinters in the hunt were BR-H sophomore Hailee Demers and freshman Jaelin Lockwood and Superior Central’s Sophie Maki.
North Dickinson freshman Briana Smith posted two victories and Carney’s Talisha McCullough took the 300 hurdles in the regional at Felch.
The Munising girls were in St. Ignace for a D-2 regional where they were runners-up to the host Saints Friday.
Munising senior Michaela Peramaki has jumped as high as 11-0 in pole vault this season and is its leading sprinter.
Also leading the favored Mustangs are junior Alyssa Webber and senior Marissa Immel (distance), freshman Madeleine Peramaki (middle distance).
Others to watch are Mid Pen’s Sarah Hanson (long jump) and Haley Derocher (hurdles), Big Bay’s Meagan Yonker (3200), Rapid River’s Erica Rubick (weight events), Emily Thibault (100 hurdles and high jump) and Jenna Rubick (400), BR-H’s Gracie Peterson (shot put), North Dickinson’s Mia Steinbrecher (800) and Forest Park’s Taylor Clark (distance) and Jenna Grabowski (hurdles).