Ragio, Grabowski, Faccin lead FP
Forest Park’s Gina Maki finishes another lap in the 1600-meter run during the recent Norway Invitational. Last week, Maki qualified for the U.P. finals in both the 800 and 1600.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Three Trojans were the 1-2 punch of Forest Park’s track team during the Division 3 regional tournament, held May 15 at Stephenson High School.
Billy Ragio on the boys team and Jenna Grabowski and Emily Faccin on the girls team all won one individual event and finished second in another.
The regional tournament determines who qualifies to compete at the Division 3 U.P. Finals, which takes place May 30 at Kingsford High School.
The top four finishers in individual events and the top two teams in relays qualify in Division 3.
In the boys tourney, Ragio, a junior, just missed being a double winner. He won the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 2 inches, breaking the school record set by his father. However, he was edged at the wire in the 200. Stephenson’s Tristan Johnson took first place in 24.20 seconds, just ahead of Ragio, who finished in 24.27.
The Trojans’ Darius Sanders will run the 110 high hurdles at the U.P. Finals after taking third at regionals. Colton Mihelich qualified in the 1600 run by finishing fourth. In all, three Trojans qualified in four events in the boys tourney.
Stephenson won the regional title with 59 points, followed by North Central (45) and North Dickinson (37). The Trojans were fifth in the seven-team field with 11 team points.
Track events: 110 high hurdles: 3. Darius Sanders, 19.28. 1600: 4. Colton Mihelich, 5:16.06. 200: 2. Billy Ragio, 24.27.
Field events: Pole vault: 1. Ragio, 13-2.
In the girls tourney, sophomores Grabowski and Faccin led the way for the Lady Trojans.
Grabowski finished first in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 19.24. She took second in the 300 low hurdles.
Faccin won the 3200 meter run in 14:14.24. She was also second in the 800 run and third in the 100 high hurdles—quite a diversity of events.
Overall, five Trojan girls qualified in nine events. Faccin qualified in three events, and Grabowski and Gina Maki both qualified in two.
Along with Grabowski