Rintala shines at D3 regional
CRYSTAL FALLS—The Forest Park track teams had several athletes qualify for the U.P. Championships by virtue of their performances at the Division 2 regional at North Dickinson on May 17 with sophomore Mason Rintala leading the pack.
Rintala continued his exemplary season with victories in the 1,600 (5:07.80), the 800 (2:10.39) and the 3,200 (11:25.63). Forest Park senior Dawson Bongi also grabbed a title, winning the 110 hurdles (17.27). Bongi also finished second in the 300 hurdles and the long jump.
To qualify for the U.P. Championships at Kingsford on June 1, athletes need to place in the top four of the regional meet.
Other Trojan boys joining Rintala and Bongi as qualifiers by taking third at the regional meet were the 800 relay team of Max Nylund, Tim McKissack, Hunter Reed and Bongi and the 1,600 relay team of Reed, Vincent Curtis, Brad Stacy and Nylund.
Fourth-place finishers for the FP boys included Logan Anderson (discus), Luke Wesseln (shot put), McKissack (100), Nylund in the 400 and the 200 and the 3,200 relay squad of Wyatt Imhoff, Curtis, Stacy and Jacob Peterson.
Team-wise, the Trojan boys placed third in the meet with 36 points. North Central and Stephenson tied for the team title with 57.
In the girls event, senior Taylor Clark led the way with a second in the 3,200 (13:53.79), a third in the 1,600 (6:10.53) and a fourth in the 800 (2:50.16). Mercedes Simmons advanced with a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (53.92), as did the 1,600 relay team of Elle Soderberg, Maddie Divine, Clark and Simmons, which took fourth.
The Lady Trojans finished fourth at the regional meet with nine points. The host Nordics won the team championship with 72.5.
In a meet at Rapid River on May 9, the Trojan boys took third of nine while the girls finished eighth. Rintala (1,600, 3,200, 800), Bongi (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Nylund (400) won individual events for the FP boys.
Top finishers for the girls were Clark, who took third in the 1,600 and the 1,600 relay
team of Simmons, Rayven Jacobson, Clark and Divine, which finished fourth.