NIAGARA—No snow. No sleet. No rain, freezing or otherwise. Few clouds. No standing water, Sun. Temperatures actually reaching the 60s and 70s.
For the first time this year, everything was right for high school sports here April 30 when the Niagara Invitational took place here.
March-like weather and much below normal temperatures returned a few days later, but on April 30 everything was right, and Forest Park’s girls team had a good day.
Powered by three wins in relay events, the Lady Trojans finished third in the team standings. Forest Park’s teams in the 3200, 800 and 400 relays all finished in first place, and the 1600 relay took third. Maria Stankewicz and Mary Grandahl ran in two of the winning relays.
In individual results, Georgie Dohl, Gina Graff and Amanda Bustillos all were runners-up. Dohl was second in the 300 low hurdles, Graff in discus and Bustillos in the 3200 run.
Thirds were earned by Dohl in the 100 high hurdles, Kendra Campbell in the 300 lows and the 200 run and Graff in shot put. Melina Doering was fourth in long jump.
Forest Park’s girls took third in the eight-team event. West Iron won with 158 points, Niagara was second at 116, and the Trojans had 96.5.
Track: 100 high hurdles: 3. Georgie Dohl, 18.14; 5. Kendra Campbell; 100, 5. Cairlin Dorton; 1600, 6. Isaacson; 300 low hurdles: 2. Dohl, 54.20; 3. Campbell, 54.49; 200, 3. Campbell, 29.64; 3200: 2. Amanda Bustillos, 13:36.02.
Relays: 3200 relay: 1. FP (Casey Ponchaud, Adel Isaacson, Bustillos, Kelsi Hendrickson), 11:43.49; 800 relay: 1. FP (Dohl, Libby Shamion, Maria Stankewicz, Mary Grandahl), 1:55.99; 400 relay: 1. FP (Stankewicz, Dorton, Katie McCole, Grandahl), 55.33; 1600 relay: 3. (Stankewicz, Shamion. McCole, Grandahl), 4:38.74.
Field: high jump, 5. (tie) Melina Doering; long jump: 4. Doering, 13-8.5; discus: 2. Gina Graff, 84-11; shot put: 3. Graff, 31-2.5; triple jump, 5. Cemone Peterson.
The boys team got its best places from Max Peterson and Chris Hilberg. Peterson was third in the 200 run, and Hilberg was third in high jump.
Fourth places went to Hilberg in the 400, Hank Steiro in the 300 low hurdles, Billy Ragio in the high jump and the 1600 relay team.
Forest Park ended up with 36 points. North Dickinson (140) edged Crivitz (135) for first place, with Niagara (83) in third.
Track: 110 high hurdles: 6. Joe McGregor; 400: 4. Chris Hilberg, 56.14; 300 low hurdles: 4. Hank Steiro, 50.02; 800: 6. Jon Curtis; 200: 3. Max Peterson, 25.55; 3200: 6. Jeff Marchi.
Relays: 5. FP (Jon Curtis, Alex Bortolini, Hank Steiro, Jeff Marchi); 400 relay: 5. FP (Brett Hietala, Lee Graff, Max Peterson, Michael Wagoner; 1600 relay: 4. FP (Hietala, McGregor, Billy Ragio, Hilberg), 3:55.08.
Field: high jump: 3. Hilberg, 5-8; 4. Ragio, 5-4; discus: 6. Steven Hallmann;
• Coming up: This week, the Trojans are scheduled to take part at the Norway Invitational May 6 and the Rapid River Invite on May 9.
The Kingsford Invitational is set for May 14, two days before the Division 3 regional tournament at North Dickinson on May 16.
The regional event decides qualifiers for the U.P. Finals, just two weeks later on June 1.