WIC ladies second

By BURT ANGELI

Sports Writer

KINGSFORD – Those dreaded St. Ignace Saints did it again Saturday.

St. Ignace, winner of five straight U.P. Track & Field girls titles, edged favored West Iron County 116-107 in Division 2.

The Saints, who won the U.P. Division 3 title last year, also subdued West Iron County in 2012 and 2011.

“We were hoping to get first,” said Wykons coach Kristi Berutti, who lost key points when dehydration sidelined distance standout Victoria Harris-Hoogenboom early in the meet. Temperatures in the mid-80s affected several athletes at sun-scorched Flivver Field.

St. Ignace outscored the defending champion Wykons 47.5-20 in the field events and 36-4 in the weights.

“On paper, it didn’t look like we were supposed to win,” said Saints coach Trudy Olsen. “We told the girls not to worry about places, but go for time, height and distance. We didn’t have a lot of girls this year. But the girls we had worked hard.”

West Iron did break a pair of school records with senior Cassilyn Pellizzer in 300-meter hurdles (48.19) and freshman Emmy Kinner in the 400 dash (1:00.98).

Pellizzer broke her own school record in last year’s U.P. 300 hurdles event (48.70). The senior also assisted on the winning 1600 relay (4:18.96) with Elizabeth Pellizzer, Brianna Lambert and Kinner.

Pellizzer was second in the long jump and 100 hurdles. She was top-seeded in the high hurdles, finishing behind Caitlin Hewitt of Westwood (16.89 to 17.03).

“Hey, it happens,” Pellizzer said. “I don’t think I was fully prepared for it (high hurdles). It was just one of those days but I got second and I’m happy with it.”

Kinner, with U.P. track the furthest thing from her mind a year ago, also placed second in the 200 (27.42) and third in the 100 (13.72).

“The 400 takes all of the energy you have,” Kinner said. “It really drains you but I do like it.”

Kinner competed in track for the first time as an eighth-grader. She did “OK.”

“I didn’t really want to do track at the beginning of the year,” said Kinner, who received some encouragement from coach Berutti to join the team.”

West Iron also won the 400 relay with Casey Harrington, Ally Jo Polich, Elizabeth Pellizzer and Carli Johnson; garnered seconds in 3200 relay and 800 relay; notched a third from Alexis Golfis in long jump, and had fourths from Megan Miatech in shot put and Carli Johnson in 200.

Saints’ Rachel Hetherington captured the 100-meter dash in 13.08 and 200 (26.86), anchored the winning 1600 relay and placed second in the 400 (1:02.15).

“West Iron County is definitely strong competition,” Hetherington said. “The (800) relay victory was really exciting. It was huge for us to beat them because that meant a few more points for our team.”

Pellizzer’s WIC track career shows a team title with a two runners-up and a third.

“She’s a really good coach and I like her a lot,” Pellizzer said of Berutti. “She does push us in practice and, at times we complain, but every girl does.

“I think it’s been a good year and I’m glad to end it with the girls we have now.”

Norway’s Alexis Kallenbach claimed high jump honors (4-11) after taking second the past two years. The Knights senior and Pellizzer both missed at 5-feet with the bar then lowered to 4-11.

“I had a lot of butterflies, that’s for sure,” Kallenbach said of her jump-off with Pellizzer.

Kallenbach reached a career-best 5-2 at Iron Mountain this spring.

“I would slow down while I was running,” said Kallenbach in explaining the missed jumps at 5-feet. “My jump wasn’t as good and my arch wasn’t as good. So I think it was the slowing down that got me.”

Kallenbach credits Norway and St. Norbert College high jumping ace Nicole Vanderlin, a two-time U.P. champion.

“She was a huge influence,” Kallenbach said. “I learned a lot of my stuff from her.”

Brimley, which was runner-up in D-3 last year, captured this year’s title with 84 points. The Bays, who won for the fifth time in seven years, were followed by Bessemer 67 and Forest Park 55.

“When I looked at the qualifying times, I was aware there was snow in some of the regionals,” said Brimley coach Joyel Hyvarinen. “Overall, our girls did a phenomenal job. The girls felt they had something to prove to everybody and themselves.”

Mary Grandahl led Coach Chandra Ziegler’s Lady Trojans with firsts in the 100-meter dash (13.34) and 400 (1:04.72), and second in the 200 (27.63). She also anchored the winning 800 relay (1:53.21) with Maria Stankewicz, Libby Shamion and Abby Nylund.

“I would say better than expected,” Grandahl said of her results. “I came in here and knew my chances. I know the girls I’m running against. I know my competition well.

“I didn’t know far I could go today. I went a lot further than I thought possible.”

Engadine freshman Aspen Hood, a member of the 800 relay, thanked Forest Park.

“I think it helped having Forest Park here,” Hood said. “They’re definitely a push for everybody.”

Forest Park tacked on a second in 400 relay (Maria Stankewicz, Libby Shamion, Katie McCole and Kendra Campbell, 54.32).

In D-1, Marquette won for the fourth consecutive year with 145 points, followed by Escanaba 86 and Negaunee 71.

Marquette sophomore Lindsey Rudden became the first girl to break the five-minute barrier in the 1600 at the U.P. Finals at 4:55.28 and took the 800 (2:23.54), retaining her title in both races, and helped the winning 1600 relay.

Kingsford freshman Raegan Pratt raced to thirds in the 100-meter dash (13.38) and 200 (27.54), and also boosted the 800 (1:49.87) and 400 (52.46) relays to thirds.

“The girls had a solid day,” Flivvers coach Lisa Harry said. “They put in a great effort, I am proud of their performances and how they focused in on each of their events. Our 400-meter relay team took down a school record that dated back to 2008. It was a nice accomplishment and exciting way to end the year.”

Sammy Lindeman, Cassidy Henes and Amber Larson joined Pratt on the 400-relay. Katie Roell, Kendall Tadych, Jaime Roberts and Kelsey Roberts held the old record.

The Flivvers, sixth in the team standings, also registered two other relay thirds in 3200 and 1600 relays. Senior Hannah Tresedder was on all but the 400 relay.

(U.P. track authority John Vrancic contributed to this story)

MHSAA U.P. TRACK & FIELD FINALS

May 31, 2014

Flivver Field

Division 1 Girls

TEAM SCORING 1. Marquette 145; 2. Escanaba 86; 3. Negaunee 71; 4. Calumet 46; 4. Menominee 46; 6. Kingsford 41; 7. Houghton 32.5; 8. Sault Ste. Marie 28; 9. Gladstone 25.5; 10. Gwinn 6.

DISCUS – 1. Hailee Richards (Negaunee) 111-01; POLE VAULT – 1. Jamie Snowaert (Gladstone) 9-06.00; SHOT PUT – 1. Annika Wheeler (Houghton) 34-04.00; HIGH JUMP – 1. Hailey Wickstrom (Calumet) 5-00.00; LONG JUMP – 1. Allia Stewart (Menominee) 15-01.75; 6. Cassidy Henes (Kingsford) 13-09.00.

3,200-METER RELAY – 1. Negaunee 10:08.12; 3. Kingsford 10:32.50; 800-METER RELAY – 1. Escanaba 1:48.42; 3. Kingsford 1:49.87; 400-METER RELAY – 1. Escanaba 51.86; 3. Kingsford 52.46; 1,600-METER RELAY – 1. Marquette 4:12.84; 3. Kingsford 4:22.05.

100-METER HURDLES – 1. Paiton Plutchak (Menominee) 16.71; 100-METER DASH – 1. Chelsea Jacques (Calumet) 12.73; 3. Raegan Pratt (Kingsford) 13.38; 1,600-METER RUN – 1. Lindsey Rudden (Marquette) 4:55.28 (MHSAA U.P. Div. 1 Final Meet Record, old record, 5:05.5, Lindsey Rudden, Marquette, 2013); 400-METER DASH – 1. Amber Huebner (Marquette) 1:00.44; 6. Hannah Tresedder (Kingsford) 1:04.52; 300-METER HURDLES – 1. Hunter Viitala (Marquette) 46.27; 5. Jaelyn Jennings (Kingsford) 52.45; 6. Hannah Allen (Kingsford) 52.67; 800-METER RUN – 1. Lindsey Rudden (Marquette) 2:23.54; 200-METER DASH – 1. Chelsea Jacques (Calumet) 26.50; 3. Raegan Pratt (Kingsford) 27.54; 3,200-METER RUN – 1. Amber Huebner (Marquette) 11:48.80.

Division 2 Girls

TEAM SCORING – 1. St. Ignace 116; 2. West Iron County 107; 3.

Newberry 75; 4. Manistique 63.5; 5. Ishpeming 59.5; 6. Ishpeming

Westwood 49; 7. Hancock 25; 8. Norway 20; 9. L’Anse 6; 9. Ironwood 6.

DISCUS – 1. Kelley Wright (St. Ignace) 107-02; POLE VAULT – 1. Libbie Doney (Ishpeming) 8-06.00; SHOT PUT – 1. Sarah Smith (St. Ignace) 35-00.25; 4. Megan Miatech (West Iron County) 33-06.25; HIGH JUMP – 1. Alexis Kallenbach (Norway) 4-11.00; 2. Cassilyn Pellizzer (West Iron County) 4-10.00; 5. Sydnie Mazurek (West Iron County) 4-06.00; LONG JUMP – 1. Autumn Orm (St. Ignace) 15-03.25; 3. Alexis Golfis (West Iron County) 14-07.50; 4. Jordan Kraemer (Norway) 14-05.50.

3,200-METER RELAY – 1. Newberry 10:37.07; 2. West Iron County

10:50.84; 800-METER RELAY – 1. St. Ignace 1:53.10; 2. West Iron County 1:53.55; 400-METER RELAY – 1. West Iron County (Casey Harrington, Ally Jo Polich, Elizabeth Pellizzer, Carli Johnson) 53.38; 1,600-METER RELAY – 1. West Iron County (Elizabeth Pellizzer, Brianna Lambert, Emmy Kinner, Cassilyn Pellizzer) 4:18.96.

100-METER HURDLES – 1. Caitlin Hewitt (Ishpeming Westwood) 16.89; 2. Cassilyn Pellizzer (West Iron County) 17.03; 6. Ally Jo Polich (West Iron County) 18.38; 100-METER DASH – 1. Rachel Hetherington (St. Ignace) 13.08; 3. Emmy Kinner (West Iron County) 13.72; 5. Carli Johnson (West Iron County) 14.07; 1,600-METER RUN – 1. Holly Blowers (Manistique) 5:26.30; 5. Kyra Johnson (Norway) 5:50.85; 400-METER DASH – 1. Emmy Kinner (West Iron County) 1:00.98; 6. Elizabeth Pellizzer (West Iron County) 1:04.77; 300-METER HURDLES – 1. Cassilyn Pellizzer (West Iron County) 48.19; 6. Alexis Golfis (West Iron County) 52.14; 800-METER RUN – 1. Holly Blowers (Manistique) 2:31.29; 200-METER DASH – 1. Rachel Hetherington (St. Ignace) 26.86; 2. Emmy Kinner (West Iron County) 27.42; 4. Carli Johnson (West Iron County) 28.27; 3,200 – 1. Natalie Beaulieu (Newberry) 12:21.37.

Division 3 Girls

TEAM SCORING – 1. Brimley 84; 2. Bessemer 67; 3. Forest

Park 55; 4. Pickford 38; 5. Munising 37; 6. Lake Linden-Hubbell 34; 7. Ontonagon 32; 8. Engadine 31.5; 9. Rudyard Senior 28; 10. Superior Central 26; 11. Cedarville 25; 12. Rock Mid Peninsula 23; 13. Carney-Nadeau 18; 14. Stephenson 13; 15. Dollar Bay 7; 16. (tie) Powers North Central 2; DeTour 2; 18. (tie) Baraga 1; North Dickinson 1; Rapid River 1; Wakefield-Marinesco 1; 22. Mackinac Island 0.5.

DISCUS – 1. Anne Archambeau (Brimley) 108-04; POLE VAULT – 1. Michaela Peramaki (Munising) 9-00.00; SHOT PUT – 1. Savannah Dugan (Rudyard) 38-11.00; 6. Deborah Starnes (North Dickinson) 31-06.25; HIGH JUMP – 1. Kelsey Shope (Rock Mid Peninsula) 5-01.00; 5. Baylee Wells (North Central) 4-06.00; LONG JUMP – 1. Sara Sivula (Carney-Nadeau) 14-08.25.

3,200-METER RELAY – 1. Pickford 10:42.37; 800-METER RELAY – 1. Forest Park (Maria Stankewicz, Libby Shamion, Abby Nylund, Mary Grandahl)1:53.21; 400-METER RELAY – 1. Eben Junciton Superior Central 54.08; 2. Forest Park 54.32; 1,600-METER RELAY – 1. Ontonagon 4:26.98; 5. Forest Park 4:42.77.

100-METER HURDLES – 1. Kerri Chartrand (Brimley) 16.89; 5. Kendra Campbell (Forest Park) 17.68; 100-METER DASH – 1. Mary Grandahl (Forest Park) 13.34; 1,600-METER RUN – 1. Emma Bohn (Cedarville) 5:52.16 6. Amanda Bustillos (Forest Park) 6:06.48; 400-METER DASH – 1. Mary Grandahl (Forest Park) 1:04.72; 4. Libby Shamion (Forest Park) 1:06.80; 300-METER HURDLES – 1. Lori Wardynski (Ontonagon) 48.75; 800-METER RUN – 1. Carli Ongie (Lake Linden-Hubbell) 2:35.25; 200-METER DASH – 1. Autumn Arseneau (Engadine) 27.43; 2. Mary Grandahl (Forest Park) 27.63; 3,200-METER RUN – 1. Lily Wieringa (Bessemer) 13:14.61.