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Forest Park girls first at snowy D3 regional PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:38 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—Rain. Snow. A strong breeze. Temperatures in the mid 30s. Wet grass.
Forest Park athletes didn’t only have to battle top contenders from six other schools during the Division 3 regional track meet at North Dickinson May 15. The elements gave everyone a rough time.
Despite March-like weather, the Trojan girls took first place in the team standings, and the boys finished fourth. The meet decides who gets to compete at the U.P. Finals in Kingsford on May 31.
The Lady Trojans, coached by Chandra Ziegler, finished with 80 points, far in front of second place Bark River-Harris (26) and third place North Central (21.5).
The Trojans swept all four relay events. Mary Grandahl won three individual events (the 100, 400 and 200 sprints), and Kendra Campbell (both hurdles races) and Amanda Bustillos (the 1600 and 3200 runs) each won two events.
Forest Park had a 1-2-3 finish in the 1600, with Macey Hammerberg and Casey Ponchaud following Bustillos over the finish line.   
Seven schools took part.
3200 relay: 1. FP (Macey Hammerberg, Casey Ponchaud, Emily Faccin, Amanda Bustillos), 12:08.69. 800 relay: 1. FP (Maria Stankewicz, Libby Shamion, Abby Nylund, Mary Grandahl), 1:58.33. 400 relay: 1. FP (Stankewicz, Shamion, Katie McCole, Kendra Campbell), 55.78. 1600 relay: 1. FP (Stankewicz, Shamion, Nylund, Campbell), 4:49.14.
100 high hurdles: 1. Campbell, 17.70; 2. McCole, 18.54. 100: 1. Grandahl, 13.40; 2. Stankewicz, 13.86. 1600: 1. Bustillos, 6:21.93; 2. Hammerberg, 6:45.52; 3. Ponchaud, 6:52.62. 400: 1. Grandahl, 1:07.27; 2. Shamion, 1:09.51. 300 low hurdles: 1. Campbell, 52.97; 3. McCole, 57.45; 4. Jenna Grabowski, 59.71. 800: 2. Hammerberg, 2:59.42; 3. Mollie Boehmke, 3:01.63; 4. Gina Maki, 3:02.51. 200: 1. Grandahl, 28.73; 4. Hanna Logan, 30.66. 3200: 1. Bustillos, 14:37.56; 4. Maki, 15:53.84.
No field event qualifiers
Bill Ragio was the star of Forest Park’s boys track team, winning three events at the regional tourney: pole vault, long jump and the 200-meter run. He was the Trojans’ only qualifier in individual running events.
FP’s Steve Hallmann also won an event, taking first place in shot put. The top four finishers in individual events and two best teams in each relay qualify for the Division 3 U.P. Finals.
3200 relay: 3. FP (Colton Michelich, Andrew Taylor, Jeff Marchi, Jon Curtis), 9:15.55. 800 relay: 4. FP (Dylan Curtis, Daniel Nocerini, Bill Ragio, Jake DeNell), 1:44.30. 1600 relay: 3. FP (Paul Santi, Hank Steiro, Taylor, Marchi), 3:58.65.
200: 1. Ragio, 24.28.
Pole vault: 1. Ragio, 9-0. High jump: 3. DeNell, 5-4. Long jump: 1. Ragio, 17-9.5. Discus: 3. Steve Hallmann, 102-0.25. Shot put: 1. Hallmann, 41-2.
• The Trojans got in their final warm-up (an ironic term this year) before regionals at the Kingsford Invitational on May 13.
The girls team took fourth place with 50 points. Their best results came from the 800 and 400 relay teams and Grandahl in the 400 dash—all finished in second place. Bustillos was third in the 3200 run, and the 1600 relay was also third.
3200 relay: 5. FP. 800 relay: 2. FP, 1:54.53. 400 relay: 2. FP, 54.39. 1600 relay: 3. FP, 4:38.07.
100 low hurdles: 4. Campbell; 5. McCole. 100: 5. Logan. 1600: 5. Faccin. 400: 2. Grandahl, 1:04.20. 3200: 3. Bustillos, 13:25.00.
Shot put: 5. Logan.
The Trojan boys finished fifth with 48 points at Kingsford.
Forest Park won one event, thanks to Hallmann, who won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 4.25 inches. Ragio was second place in both pole vault and long jump, and Daniel Nocerini was third in high jump.
3200 relay: 4. FP. 800 relay: 6. FP. 1600 relay: 5. FP.
110 high hurdles: 6. Steiro. 200: 4. Ragio.
Shot put: 1. Hallmann, 42-4.25. High jump: 3. Nocerini, 5-4; 5. DeNell. Discus: 5. Hallmann. Pole vault: 2. Ragio, 11-6. Long jump: 2. Ragio, 19-2.5.
• The Trojans take part in a quad at North Dickinson on May 20 and then prepare on the Skyline Conference tournament, also at ND, this Friday, May 23. The annual JV tournament at Norway is on May 27.

 

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