Rapid River boys, Stephenson girls claim titles
Prep track and field
HARRIS — A balanced effort across the board paid off for the Rapid River boys Tuesday, helping them win the Bark River-Harris Invitational track meet with 178 points.
Runner-up North Central scored 84 and third-place Mid Peninsula had 66.
The Stephenson girls were crowned champions with 127 points, followed by Rapid River 102 and Mid Pen 91.
Rapid River scored 72 points in the boys’ field events, including 1-2 finishes in the weight events.
Senior Logan Hardwick won shot put at 43 feet, 11 1/2 inches and junior Gunnar Larson was runner-up (39-9 1/4). Larson took discus (138-10) with Hardwick runner-up (136-7).
The Rockets also took first in six running events, led by senior David Johnson’s firsts in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.96 seconds and 300s (45.15) on this sunny and mild day.
Mid Pen senior Terry Brower won high jump with a school-record leap of 6-6, topping his previous best (6-5) from a year ago. He also took long jump (18-4) and placed second in the 100 (12.52) and 200 (24.15).
“It definitely felt great to get 6-6 and the school record,” said Brower. “I moved in a little closer this time and my speed and curve (during the jump) were better. I’m finally getting my steps down. Although, I tried not to think about that too much and just kind of winged it.”
Rapid River senior Lucas Sundling won the 100 (11.46) and Stephenson junior Montel took the 200 (22.5) and 400 (50.62).
“Montel is very good and Sundling is always there,” said Brower. “It’s good to have him (Sundling) alongside to push me.”
North Central junior Griffin Johnson copped the 3200 (11:31.5), helped the winning 3200 relay (9:16.09) and placed fourth in the 1600 (5:20.52).
Senior teammate Connor Robinson won the 1600 (5:02.5), with Carney-Nadeau sophomore Brett LaFord second in the 800 (2:09.5) and 1600 (5:04.84).
Rapid River senior Cameron Willemsen captured the 800 (2:08.62) and was runner-up in high jump (5-10).
Stephenson’s Amanda Starzynski was a double-winner, taking the girls’ 100 (12.94) and 200 (27.34). She also placed second in long jump (14-9).
Junior Emily Thibault provided Rapid River with firsts in the 100 hurdles (18.0) and high jump (5-2).
Mid Pen freshman Daisy Englund dominated the 800 (2:33.24) and helped the winning 800 (1:54.39) and 1600 relays (4:32.96).
“I think everything went well today,” said Englund. “I think this gives us momentum for the regionals. The weather was nice and the breeze helped cool us off a little.”
Mid Pen eighth-grader Landry Koski copped the 3200 (13:42) and was runner-up to Superior Central sophomore Danika Walters in the 1600.
Walters was clocked in 5:42.7, with Koski at 5:51.76 in the 1600.
BR-H junior Haliee Demers won the 300 hurdles in a season-best 51.9, helped the winning 400 relay (54.58) and placed third in 100 hurdles (18.6).
“We’ve been practicing on handoffs and today it paid off,” she said. “I also had a pretty good start in the (300) hurdles. I think this is little bit of a confidence builder going into the regionals.”
Senior teammate Jaelin Lockwood took long jump (15-6) and was runner-up in the 100 (13.09).
“I think we did pretty good,” said BR-H coach Katina Demers. “We were missing a couple girls and had to change our relays a little, but everybody pitched in and helped out. We’re glad to get this in. It was a beautiful day.”
Some area teams resume in Thursday’s D-3 regional at Munising, with others entered in Friday’s regional at North Dickinson.
The Stephenson boys, who are the lone exception, head to Manistique for Friday’s D-2 regional.