Flivvers reign continues

KINGSFORD – The host record-smashing Flivvers romped to a fifth straight Kingsford Invitational boys track & field title Tuesday.

Kingsford registered a whopping 209 points – just 118 better than runner-up North Dickinson. Northwoods Storm, or the Florence-Niagara co-op, placed third in the seven-team meet with 78 points.

“Coming into the meet, I was thinking it was going to be real close with North Dickinson,” said Kingsford Coach Doug Roberts. “They have a lot of nice athletes.

“I think our kids just came out and competed, and won some races convincingly.”

Kingsford pole vaulter Ryan Camp topped 13-feet-9.75 to break meet (13-3) and school (13-7) records. The Flivvers also clipped the meet’s 3200-relay standard (8:38.25, 2002) by nearly 10 seconds as Austin Stanchina, Lucas Jennings, Taylor Wickman and Jake Allen ran an 8:28.71.

The Flivvers collected 13 firsts on the day. Cole Tengesdahl added a second in the 100 to his win in the 200-meter dash (23.47).

Tarzis Maurer, Northwoods Storm’s sprinter via Switzerland, nipped Tengesdahl in the 100 (11.09 to 11.33). He also copped the long jump (20-feet-4.5).

“Tengesdahl did what Tengesdahl does,” Roberts said. “Maurer can crank, he’s fast.”

The Flivvers swept all four relays.

“Our sprint relays are where we want to be,” Roberts said. “We have a nice sprinting crew. We have some young kids that are not even running (in most meets) that I’m really happy with.

“They are working hard and I’m proud of them. I think they’re going to be able to fill in when we lose a couple (to graduation).”

Jennings stepped to a personal best in winning the 1600 (4:50.26) and tacked on a runner-up in the 800 behind Allen (2:05.45).

In the field events, Jonah Carlson went 137-feet-3.25 to win the discus.

“He really had a nice night,” said Roberts, noting one toss went 140 feet but out of bounds.

The Flivvers also had firsts from Brandon Kowalkowski in high jump, Jorge Sanchez in 3200, Ed Sexton in high hurdles and Tyler Roberts in 400. Jack Glodowski had seconds in the 400 and high jump.

“Just a good overall performance,” Roberts said. “The kids are doing what they need to do.”

In the two other events not won by the Flivvers, Tim Hruska of North Dickinson soared in the 300 hurdles and Steve Hallmann of Forest Park captured the shot put. Hruska tacked on a second in the 110 hurdles. Billy Ragio of Forest Park was runner-up in pole vault (11-6) and long jump (19-2.5).

Michigan schools compete in regionals this week, with Kingsford off to the Division 1 meet at Negaunee on Thursday; Norway participates Thursday in Division 2 at Iron Mountain; West Iron County hosts a Division 2 field Friday, and Forest Park travels Thursday to North Dickinson for a Division 3 test.

Kingsford Invitational results follow:


Standings – Kingsford 209, North Dickinson 91, Florence-Niagara 78, West Iron County 52, Forest Park 48, Iron Mountain 33, Norway 12.

3200 relay – Kingsford (Austin Stanchina, Lucas Jennings, Taylor Wickman, Jacob Allen), 8:28.71 (meet record); 800 relay – Kingsford (Quintin Pratt, Cole Tengesdahl, Jaxson Ferree, Tyler Roberts), 1:35.08; 400 relay – Kingsford (Pratt, Tengesdahl, Ferree, Cole Moreau), 45.15; 1600 relay – Kingsford (Ferree, Allen, Jack Glodowski, Roberts), 3:34.71.

110 hurdles – Ed Sexton, K, 16.69; 100 – Tarzis Maurer, FN, 11.09; 1600 – Lucas Jennings, K, 4:50.26; 400 – Tyler Roberts, K, 53.22; 300 hurdles – Tim Hruska, ND, 44.15; 800 – Jacob Allen, K, 2:05.45; 200 – Cole Tengesdahl, K, 23.47; 3200 – Jorge Sanchez, K, 11:24.

Shot put – Steve Hallmann, FP, 42-4.25; High jump – Brian Kowalkowski, K, 5-6; Discus – Jonah Carlson, K, 137-3.25; Pole vault – Ryan Camp, K, 13-9.75; Long jump – Tarzis Maurer, FN, 20-4.5.