West Iron’s Cassilyn Pellizzer and Forest Park’s Georgie Dohl battle for the lead in the 100-meter high hurdles event during the Badger Invitational in Niagara on April 30. Pellizzer won the event, Dohl was third, and the Wykons’ Alexis Golfis (next to Pellizzer) was fourth.
IRON RIVER—In conditions that couldn’t have been more different, West Iron’s girls track team won its first two outdoor meets of the season last week.
On April 30, in mostly sunny and mild conditions, the Wykons led a field of eight teams at the Badger Invitational in Niagara. It was chilly and damp May 3 at the Stephenson Invitational, but the Wykons led the field there as well.
The Wykons boys team finished fourth at both meets. The cranky spring weather is finally expected to warm up this week, in time for the run-up to the Division 2 regional tournaments next Thursday, May 16, at Westwood.
At Niagara: The Wykon girls were powered by firsts in five events. Tori Harris-Hoogenboom won both distance runs (the 1600 in 5:48.14 and the 3200 in 13:07.11), Cassilyn Pellizzer won the 100 high hurdles (18.05), Megan Miatech was first in shot put (32-10.25) and the 1600 relay also won (4:30.86).
Runners-up were Casey Harrington in both the 100 and 200; Ashley Capadagli in pole vault; Pellizzer in high jump; and the 800 and 400 relay teams. Thirds were earned by Emilie Christensen in both the high jump and triple jump; Sarah Penkivech in the 100, Rebekah Serbinski in the 1600, Alexis Golfis in long jump; and the 3200 relay team.
The Wykons finished with 158 points, which was 42 more than second place Niagara. Forest Park took third with 96.5. Eight teams took part.
Track: 100 high hurdles: 1. Cassilyn Pellizzer, 18.05; 4. Alexis Golfis, 18.77; 100: 2. Casey Harrington, 13.89; 3. Sarah Penkivech, 13.99; 1600: 1. Tori Harris-Hoogenboom, 5:46.14; 3. Rebekah Serbinski, 6:10.68; 400: 4. C.Pellizzer, 1:07.49; 6. Elizabeth Pellizzer; 300 low hurdles: 4. Ally Jo Polich, 54.80; 5. Golfis; 800: 5. R.Serbinski; 200: 2. Harrington, 29.41; 4. E.Pellizzer, 29.83; 3200: 1. Harris-Hoogenboom, 13:07.11;
Relays: 3200 relay: 3. WIC (Mariah Marcell, Melissa Koski, Kristyna Foster, Sierra Schindler); 800 relay: 2. WIC (Harrington, Penkivech, Brianna Lambert, Ally Jo Polich), 2:01.37; 400 relay: 2. WIC (Penkivech, Koski, Marcell, Harris-Hoogenboom), 57.68; 1600 relay: 1. WIC (E.Pellizzer, Lambert, R.Serbinski, C.Pellizzer), 4:30.86.
Field: pole vault: 2. Ashey Capadagli, 7-0; high jump: 2. C.Pellizzer, 4-6; 3. Emilie Christensen, 4-6; long jump: 3. Golfis; discus: 5. Megan Miatech; shot put: 1. Miatech, 32-10.25; 6. Christensen; triple jump: 3. Christensen, 25-6.75.
For the boys team, Tyler Stafford was a double winner at Niagara, taking first place in the 100 (11.45) and long jump (18-10.5). Colton Pangrazzi led the field in the 400 (55.36).
Second place went to Chasz Jonet in shot put and the 1600 relay team. Finishing third were Nik Thoney in the 100 and 1600 relay team.
West Iron finished fourth at the meet with 72 points. North Dickinson (140) took first, edging out Crivitz (135). Niagara (83) took third in the eight-team field.
Track: 100: 1. Tyler Stafford, 11.45; 3. Nik Thoney, 11.90; 1600: 5. Clifford; 400: 1. Colton Pangrazzi, 55.36; 6. Brandon Olson;
Relays: 3200 relay: 6. WIC (Nolan Raab, Mykel Zartiz, Clinton Brendel, Brandon Clifford); 800 relay: 3. WIC (Stafford, Jake Polich, Thoney, Philip King), 1:43.83; 400 relay: 1. WIC (Stafford, Polich, Thoney, King), 48.30; 1600 relay: 2. WIC (Olson, Zartiz, Clifford, Pangrazzi), 3:50.77.
Field: long jump: 1. Stafford, 18-10.5; shot put: 2. Chasz Jonet, 41-7.25;
At Stephenson: The Wykon girls had a pair of double winners: Harris-Hoogenboom and Carli Johnson. Harris-Hoogenboom won the 1600 (5:32.70) and 3200 (13:03) runs, while sprinter Johnson took first in the 100 (13.70) and 200 (29.10).
Both also helped Wykon relay teams to victories. WIC won the 3200 relay (Hoogenboom, Brianna Lambert, Mariah Marcell, Rebekah Serbinski, 11:10.10) and the 400 sprint relay (Casey Harrington, Sarah Penkivech, Serbinski and Johnson, 55.90).
West Iron got another first place from Miatech in shot put (31-8). The team backed that up with second places from Pellizzer in both 100 high hurdles and high jump, Ally Jo Polich in 300 low hurdles, Serbinski in the 3200 and the 800 relay team.
The WIC girls finished with 156 points, far ahead of second place Niagara (81) and third place Coleman (66).
West Iron’s boys relay teams powered the team at Stephenson. The Wykons won one relay and was second in two others.
The team of Stafford, Jake Polich, Thoney and Phil King won the 800 run in 1:41. The same four took second in the 400 relay, and the 1600 relay (Brandon Olson, Mykel Zartiz, Clinton Brendel and Pangrazzi) was also second place.
Pangrazzi also took second in the 400 run. Rapid River won the team title with 136 points, followed by Stephenson (109) and Coleman (81). West Iron finished with 58.
Coming up: Weather or not, the calendar is speeding the short spring sports season along quickly. The Division 2 regional tournament is at Westwood on May 16—top finishers qualify for the U.P. Finals on June 1.
This week, the Wykons have the Kraemer Invitational at Ironwood May 6 (despite their big snowstorm late last week), followed by a Kingsford meet May 7 and the JV West Pac meet at Calumet May 10.