Winning WIC girls showing improvements

IRON RIVER – Scary thought for those going up against West Iron County’s girls in future track meets: They’re getting better!

“We made gains just about everywhere,” Coach Kristi Berutti said Tuesday after the Wykons smashed six other teams in the 32nd Kingsford Invitational at Flivver Field. “I can’t pick out one because they all work hard and they all perform. They’ve been working hard all year.”

West Iron garnered 196 points to 108 for second-place Kingsford. Norway edged the Northwoods Storm co-op 59-58 for third place.

Cassilyn Pellizzer powered the Wykons with firsts in the 100 hurdles (17.15), 300 hurdles (50.58) and high jump (4-10). She also ran a leg of the winning 1600-meter relay (4:22.75).

Junior teammate Victoria Harris-Hoogenboom grabbed the 1600 (5:51.40) and 800-meter (2:37.82) runs. She also placed second to Norway’s Kyra Johnson in the 3200.

Wykons’ Meg Miatech swept the shot put (35-4.75) and discus (94-1.75). Alexis Golfis was another field event winner, reaching 14-10 in long jump. She was also second in the 300 hurdles.

West Iron freshman Emmy Kinner resumed her dual with Kingsford freshman Raegan Pratt. While Kinner won the 400 (1:03), she came in second to Pratt in the 100 (13.44) and 200 (28.0).

The Flivver frosh also anchored the 400 and 800 relays.

“Raegan really competed well and and finished strong,” said Flivver coach Lisa Harry, who had heard reports last spring of a fast eighth-grader. “I didn’t realize she had that kind of speed. It’s taken her awhile to find her groove but she found it at the right time.”

In addition to the Flivvers winning three relays, Harry also cited Cassidy Henes in the long jump (runner-up with a personal-best 14-5) and sophomore Tori Peterson in the distances.

“Cassidy didn’t go out last year but she’s really contributing

as a senior,” Harry said. “She’s really been focused and putting in a great effort.”

Peterson participated in the 3200 relay and 1600 relay, plus took second in the 800.

“Tori is a fighter,” Harry said. “I love her competitiveness. Any event you put her in, she’s going to compte.”

North Dickinson’s Deborah Starnes won the pole vault. Storm’s Maddy Doll claimed a pair of seconds in the discus and shot.

Iron Mountain “made some nice showings,” according to Coach Rhonda Carey.

“Susie Hagan’s tie for second in the pole vault was a step in the right direction,” Carey said. “Kate Bugni got her best for the season in the discus. Alli Cevigney earned points in two events and is dropping time every race. Emma LaFleur also bested her 800 time today.

“Our young team is learning a lot every time they get out and race.”

As for the Wykons, they appear on track to defend their U.P. title. They host a Division 2 regional Friday.

“We just have to do what we have to do, do our best and, hopefully, stay healthy,” Berutti said.

Kingsford Invitational results follow:

Standings – West Iron County 196, Kingsford 108, Norway 59, Florence-Niagara 58, Forest Park 50, North Dickinson 27, Iron Mountain 25.

3200 relay – Kingsford (Jaelyn Jennings, Tori Peterson, Hannah Allen, Hannah Tresseder), 10:42.46; 800 relay – Kingsford (Hannah Tresedder, Cassidy Henes, Amber Larson, Raegan Pratt), 1:53.63; 400 relay – Kingsford (Sammy Lindeman, Cassidy Henes, Amber Larson, Raegan Pratt), 53.91; 1600 relay – West Iron County (Elizabeth Pellizzer, Brianna Lambert, Emmy Kinner, Cassi Pellizzer), 4:22.75.

Shot put – Meg Miatech, WIC, 35-4.75; High jump – Pellizzer, WIC, 4-10; Discus – Miatech, WIC, 94-1.75; Pole vault – Starnes, ND, 7-6; Long jump – Golfis, WIC, 14-10.

100 hurdles – Cassilyn Pellizzer, WIC, 17.15; 100 – Raegan Pratt, K, 13.44; 1600 – Victoria Hoogenboom-Harris, WIC, 5:51.40; 400 – Emmy Kinner, WIC, 1:03; 300 hurdles – C. Pellizzer, WIC, 50.58; 800 – Hoogenboom-Harris, WIC, 2:37.82; 200 – Pratt, K, 28.0; 3200 – Johnson, Nor, 13:03.