BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Wykons take second straight league title

By JOHN VRANCIC

For the Daily News

STAMBAUGH – It may not have been a perfect day for the West Iron County girls, but they still performed well enough Wednesday to earn their second straight WestPAC Conference track title with 136 points.

The Wykons were followed by Calumet 88, Houghton 71, Hancock 41 and L’Anse 12 on this partly sunny and mild day at Nelson Field.

“Every meet this year we had big gains, but today we didn’t have the big gains,” said West Iron coach Kristi Berutti. “Although, we’re ecstatic to win the West-Pac again. The girls have outstanding attitudes. They want to see gains and they’re always striving to get better. We still have a lot of work to do and we’ll get after it. We’ll be all right.”

West Iron junior Tori Harris was selected the West-Pac’s top distance runner and teammate Cassilyn Pellizzer was named the top female performer in the sprints and hurdles in balloting by the league’s coaches after the meet.

Harris, fueled by a strong finishing kick, won the 1600-meter run in five minutes, 45.51 seconds. Calumet’s Leah Kiilunen, who led most of that race, was runner-up at 5:52.99.

“I thought she had me,” said Harris. “I was tired and really had to dig down deep for that one. Our coach tells us ‘when you’re tired, run with your heart.'”

Harris also took the 800 (2:38.71) and 3200 (12:57.62) and helped the winning 3200 relay.

“The 800 is a good race,” she said. “You’re pretty much sprinting both laps. I think that race pushes me the most because it’s just two laps. The 3200 is my favorite race, though. It really tests you.”

Pellizzer captured the 100 hurdles (16.88) and 300s (49.56), helped the winning 1600 relay and placed third in high jump at four feet, eight inches.

“Tori had a great day and Cassilyn had a solid day as did all our girls,” said Berutti. “Now, it’s a matter of getting ready for the U.P. (Division 2) Finals. St. Ignace (winner of the Iron Mountain regional) is always tough and we have to get ready for them. I have a lot of confidence in our girls. I think they’ll be ready.”

West Iron’s Megan Miatech won shot put (34-9 1/4) and placed third in discus (87-5).

The Houghton boys won with 90 points, followed by two-time defending champ Calumet 77 1/2, L’Anse 75, West Iron 56 1/2 and Hancock 54.

“We had the good fortune of being deeper than the other teams and that was our strength today,” said Houghton coach Dan Junttila. “We knew there was a lot of parity in our conference this year. In more than 20 years of coaching, I don’t remember this much parity in the West-Pac. This made it fun because the kids who placed fourth and fifth knew they were helping the team. This is a nice shot in the arm for us. This is also exciting because we’re a young team.”

Houghton junior Jacob Colling was selected the boys’ top distance runner and the overall Most Valuable Athlete. He cruised to victory in the 800 in a personal-best two minutes, 9.8 seconds, 1600 (4:55.12) and 3200 (10:56.98) and helped the winning 3200 relay.

Hancock senior Jacob Jarvis, selected the boys’ top sprinter and hurdler, became a triple-winner. He dominated the 110 hurdles (16.15) and 300s (41.29), anchored the winning 800 relay and second-place 1600 relay.

Earning top honors in the field events was Hancock sophomore Gage Hawthorn, who won shot put (50-9 1/2) and discus (139-7).

West Iron’s Colton Pangrazzi won the 400 (54.95) and Ryan Rogers took long jump (18-7).

Pangrazzi also helped the Wykons win the 1600 relay and place second in the 3200 relay.

Boys

Houghton 90, Calumet 77 1/2, L’Anse 75, West Iron County 56 1/2, Hancock 54.

3200 relay – 1, Houghton, 9:17; 2, West Iron County; 3, Calumet; 4, L’Anse.

110 hurdles – 1, Jarvis, Han, 15.16; 2, Torola, Cal; 3, Sturos, Cal; 4, Bethancourt, Hou; 5, Sturos, Cal.

100 – 1, Laberge, L, 11.3; 2, Kempainnen, L; 3, Schmitt, Hou; 4, J. Beauprey, L; 5, Dewald, Han.

800 relay – 1, Hancock (Dewald, Fenton, Zamora, Jarvis), 1:38.56; 2, West Iron County; 3, Houghton; 4, Calumet.

1600 – 1, Colling, Hou, 4:55.12; 2, Delong, Cal; 3, Capadagli, WIC; 4, Keski-Kastari, WIC; 5, Jackson, Hou.

400 relay – 1, L’Anse (Kempainnen, R. Beauprey, J. Beauprey, Laberge), 47.53; 2, Calumet; 3, West Iron County; 4, Houghton.

400 – 1, Pangrazzi, WIC, 54.95; 2, Foltz, Hou; 3, Fredrickson, Cal; 4, Wilson, Hou; 5, Hyslop, Hou.

300 hurdles – 1, Jarvis, Han, 41.29; 2, Sturos, Cal; 3, Torola, Cal; 4, Capadagli, WIC; 5, Zamora, Han.

800 – 1, Colling, 2:09.8; 2, Keski-Kastari, WIC: 3, Nooshobadi, Hou; 4, Chen, Hou; 5, Torola, Cal.

200 – 1, Laberge, L, 23.3; 2, Kempainnen, L; 3, Schmitt, Hou; 4, Dewald, Han; 5, Loven, Cal.

3200 – 1, Colling, Hou, 10:56.98; 2, Fedie, L; 3, Golus, Cal; 4, Jackson, Hou; 5, Belmas, Hou.

1600 relay – 1, West Iron County (Capadagli, Keski-Kastari, Olson, Pangrazzi), 3:48.77; 2, Hancock; 3, Houghton; 4, Calumet.

High jump – 1, Keranen, Cal, 5-6; 2, Pelikan, L; 3, Siewart, Cal; 4, Kariniemi, Cal; 5, Delene, L.

Long jump – 1, Rogers, WIC, 18-7; 2, Laberge, L; 3, Fedie, L; 4, Pisoni, WIC and Keranen, Cal (tie).

Pole vault – 1, Dobbs, Hou, 11-0; 2, Lasanen, Cal; 3, Kirk, Hou; 4, Maise, Hou; 5, Kangas, Cal.

Shot put – 1, Hawthorn, Han, 50-9 3/4; 2, Kempainnen, L; 3, Ohtonen, Hou; 4, Saterstad, Han; 5, Jonet, WIC.

Discus – 1, Hawthorn, Han, 139-7; 2, Hoskins, L; 3, Torola, Cal; 4, Saterstad, Han; 5, Collaer, Hou.

Girls

West Iron County 136, Calumet 88, Houghton 71, Hancock 41, L’Anse 12.

3200 relay – 1, West Iron County (Waara, Possanza, Lambert, Harris-Hoogenboom), 10:56,78; 2, Houghton; 3, Calumet; 4, L’Anse.

100 hurdles – 1, C. Pellizzer, WIC, 16.88; 2, Heinonen, Han; 3, Golfis, WIC; 4, Polich, WIC; 5, St. Martin, Hou.

100 – 1, Jacques, Cal, 12.52; 2, Kinner, WIC; 3, Johnson, WIC; 4, Lucier, Han; 5, Harrington, WIC.

800 relay – 1, Calumet (Rowe, Klobuchar, Tervo, Jacques), 1:55.15; 2, Houghton; 3, West Iron County; 4, L’Anse.

1600 – 1, Harris-Hoogenboom, WIC, 5:45.51; 2, Kiilunen, Cal; 3, Bulleit, Hou; 4, Tembreull, Han; 5, Wright, Han.

400 relay – 1, Calumet (Rowe, Klobuchar, Tervo, Polakova), 55.92; 2, L’Anse; 3, Houghton; 4, West Iron County.

400 – 1, Jacques, Cal, 1:01.83; 2, Kinner, WIC; 3, Lambert, WIC; 4, Laux, Hou; 5, Richards, Hou.

300 h – 1, C. Pellizzer, WIC, 49.56; 2, Lucier, Han; 3, Golfis, WIC; 4, Pertile, Han; 5, Monette, Hou.

800 – 1, Harris-Hoogenboom, WIC, 2:38.71; 2, Miller, Cal; 3, Zenner, Hou; 4, Waara, WIC; 5, Colling, Hou.

200 – 1, Jacques, Cal, 26.85; 2, Kinner, WIC; 3, Lucier, Han; 4, Johnson, WIC; 5, Pertile, Han.

3200 – 1, Harris-Hoogenboom, WIC, 12:57.62; 2, Tembruell, Han; 3, Kiilunen, Cal; 4, Bulleit, Hou; 5, Wright, Han.

1600 relay – 1, West Iron County (E. Pellizzer, Lambert, Kinner, C. Pellizzer), 4:24.54; 2, Houghton; 3, Calumet; 4, L’Anse.

High jump – 1, Jurmu, Hou, 4-10; 2, Wickstrom, Cal; 3, C. Pellizzer, WIC; 4, Pavolich, Cal; 5, Monette, Hou.

Long jump – 1, Mazurek, WIC, 14-6; 2, Rowe, Cal; 3, Golfis, WIC; 4, Klobuchar, Cal; 5, Helminen, Cal.

Pole vault – 1, St. Martin, Hou, 7-0; 2, Tervo, Cal; 3, Anderson, WIC.

Shot put – 1, Miatech, WIC, 34-9 1/4; 2, Wheeler, Hou; 3, Rouleau, Han; 4, LaFernier, L; 5, Nolingberg, WIC.

Discus – 1, Jurmu, Hou, 94-9; 2, Rouleau, Han; 3, Miatech, WIC; 4, Wheeler, Hou; 5, Torola, Cal.