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Rintala, Bongi lead FP boys

FELCH—As the track season proceeds, certain athletes step forward and become reliable performers for their teams. In the case of the Forest Park boys, that has meant Mason Rintala and Dawson Bongi.
    At the North Dickinson Invitational on April 30, Rintala scored individual wins in the 1,600 (5:08.61) and the 3,200 (11:11.01), while Bongi topped the field in the 110 hurdles (17.64) and placed third in the 300 hurdles (47.45).
    Also finishing in the top five for Forest Park were the 800 relay team (Max Nylund, Tim McKissack, Hunter Reed, Bongi, third in 1:43.89), Nylund in the 400 (fourth in 59.97) and the 200 (sixth in 25.72), McKissack (fifth in the long jump, 17-3½), the 400 relay team (Daniel Franz, Tommy Showers, Tim Bendick, McKissack, fifth in 52.88) and Showers in the 110 hurdles (sixth in 20.73).
    As a team, the Trojans tallied 52 points to finish fifth in the 10-team event in back of team champion Norway (125), Stephenson (96), Northwood Storm (86) and North Central (72).
    The Lady Trojans finished eighth of 10. Mercedes Simmons was the top finisher for the Lady Trojans with a third-place result in the 300 hurdles (56.44) and a fifth in the 100 hurdles (20.37).
    Amaya Johnson added two
 top-six finishes, taking fourth in the 1,600 (7:02.72) and sixth in the 800 (3:07.77)
    Other point-scorers for the Lady Trojans included the 400-meter relay of Megan Bucek, Aubree Ahola, Lea LaChapelle and Maddie Divine (sixth in 1:11.46) and the 1,600 relay of Elle Soderberg, Ahola, Divine and Simmons (sixth in 5:35.76).
    The host Nordics won the team title, amassing 159 points. Bark River-Harris (91), Carney-Nadeau (73.5), Stephenson (67), Northwood Storm (56.5), North Central (42) and Norway (21) were the other teams that scored points. Hannahville and Republic-Michigamme did not score.
    At the Division 3 Dome Meet at Northern Michigan on April 25, the Trojan boys wound up ninth of 16, scoring 14 points. Bessemer easily won the team crown with 146 points, followed by North Central with 59.
    Bongi finished second in the 55 hurdles (8.89) and third in the long jump (18-4) for Forest Park.
    The Lady Trojans did not score in the girls event, which was won by Lake Linden-Hubbell with 117 points. Stephenson placed second with 60.
     Forest Park was scheduled to compete at Norway on Monday before a trip to Rapid River on Thursday.