West Iron’s girls track team and Coach Kristi Berutti celebrate the Wykons’ first U.P. track championship trophy, which they earned June 1 at Kingsford’s Flivver Field.
KINGSFORD—West Iron’s girls track team had a day to remember June 1 at the Division 2 U.P. Finals, held at Flivver Field here.
The Wykon girls have had big days at past U.P. Finals, finishing runner-up in both 2010 and ’11, but this time they took home the school’s first championship trophy.
It wasn’t a surprise: The team had built up an impressive list of victories at meets all season. At Kingsford, they overwhelmed the rest of the Division 2 field. It wasn’t close.
“We knew we were strong this year,” Coach Kristi Berutti said after the meet.
West Iron’s boys had a solid day, too, carrying the blue and white to third place in team standings, their best result in years. More about them later.
The Wykon girls finished with 144 team points, far ahead of their nearest rivals: Manistique (97), Newberry (84), Norway (43) and Iron Mountain (38).
The Wykons brought just 13 girls to the finals but earned seven first places. “It’s awesome,” the coach said. “These girls are so driven.”
When they looked at seedings before the tournament and calculating team scores based on those seedings, the Wykons saw they would have to make up 12 points to win the title. “They knew exactly where they needed to make up points,” said their coach, “and they went far and above what I ever expected.
“I knew we could make up the points, but I did not think we would be up at 144.”
Cassilyn Pellizzer who set a new school record in winning the 300-meter low hurdles and placed in two other events, said she knew her team would win when the 3200-meter relay team—the first running event of the day—won.
“We kept on progressing,” she said. “It gave us all the confidence that we needed.”
West Iron earned seven first places: Pellizzer in the 300 lows, Megan Miatech in shot put, Alexis Golfis in long jump, Carli Johnson in the 200 and the 3200, 800 and 1600 relay teams.
Pellizzer’s time in the 300 lows broke Melissa Christensen’s school record, Berutti said.
Seconds were earned by Victoria Hoogenboom in both the 1600 and 3200, Pellizzer in the 100 highs and the 400 relay team. Thirds went to Miatech in discus, Pellizzer in high jump, Ashley Capadagli in pole vault and Johnson in the 100.
Also earning points were Kylee Erickson (400 and 800), Ally Jo Polich (long jump), Casey Harrington (100), Rebekah Serbinski (1600) and Elizabeth Pellizzer (400).
Cassilyn Pellizzer won points in three events and was part of the 1600 relay. Serbinski, Elizabeth Pellizzer and Erickson all ran on two of the winning relays.
The team will only lose three seniors, and with a strong corps of JV athletes coming up, West Iron should be a strong contender again in 2014.
Track: 100 high hurdles: 2. Cassilyn Pellizzer, 17.41. 100: 3. Carli Johnson, 13.85; 4. Casey Harrington, 13.89. 1600: 2. Victoria Hoogenboom, 5:40.65; 6. Rebekah Serbinski, 5:55.93. 400: 4. Elizabeth Pellizzer, 1:04.77; 6. Kylee Erickson, 1:05.24. 300 low hurdles: 1. C.Pellizzer, 48.70. 800: 4. Erickson, 2:35.64. 200: 1. Johnson, 28.30. 3200: 2. Hoogenboom, 12:41.89.
Relays: 3200 relay: 1. WIC (Serbinski, Mariah Marcell, Erickson, Hoogenboom), 10:36.01. 800 relay: 1. WIC (Harrington, Sarah Penkivech, E.Pellizzer, Johnson), 1:52.19. 400 relay: 2. WIC (Harrington, Penkivech, E.Pellizzer, Johnson), 53.03. 1600 relay: 1. WIC (Serbinski, E.Pellizzer, Erickson, C.Pellizzer), 4:28.92.
Field: Discus: 3. Megan Miatech, 94-1. Shot put: 1. Miatech, 34-10. Long jump: 1. Alexis Golfis, 14-3.75; 4. Ally Jo Polich, 13-4.5. High jump: 3. C.Pellizzer, 4-10. Pole vault: 3. Ashley Capadagli, 7-6.
West Iron’s boys team finished in third place with 75 points. Manistique won the Division 2 team title with 102, followed by Ishpeming (96), the Wykons, Iron Mountain (55) and Hancock (54).
West Iron had two first places, won by Chasz Jonet in shot put and the 800 relay team of Tyler Stafford, Andrew Peterson, Nik Thoney and Ryan Rogers.
The Wykons nearly had two more firsts: Stafford was 0.06 seconds behind Manistique’s Kennar Broulire in the 100-meter dash, and the 400 relay was 0.04 seconds behind Ishpeming. Both finished in second place, as did Bryson Heimerl in discus and Rogers in long jump.
Third places were earned by Stafford in long jump, Colton Pangrazzi in the 800 and the 1600 relay team.
Also earning team points were Clinton Brendel (1600 and 800), Tylor Capadagli (300 intermediates) and Nik Thoney (200).
Track: 100: 2. Tyler Stafford, 11.43. 1600: 6. Clinton Brendel, 5:13.73. 400: 6. Colton Pangrazzi, 55.31. 300 int. hurdles: 6. Tylor Capadagli, 47.49. 800: 3. Pangrazzi, 2:10.79; 6. Brendel, 2:17.95. 200: 6. Nik Thoney, 24.61.
Relays: 800 relay: 1. WIC (Stafford, Andrew Peterson, Thoney, Ryan Rogers), 1:34.50. 400 relay: 2. WIC (Stafford, Peterson, Thoney, Rogers), 45.20. 1600 relay: 3. WIC (Pangrazzi, Brandon Olson, Brendel, Rogers), 3:45.99.
Field: Discus: 2. Bryson Heimerl, 123-1.5. Shot put: 1. Chasz Jonet, 43-10.25. Long jump: 2. Rogers, 20-0; 3. Stafford, 19-4.