Shamion wins U.P. title; Kegley, Bongi second
West Iron sophomore Jordan Shamion led from start to finish in the 100 hurdles to win her first U.P. Division 2 title. Shamion also finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles.
KINGSFORD—The U.P. track finals are a unique event with athletes from most Upper Peninsula schools plus their families and friends converging on one spot for a day-long extravaganza of pure athletic competition.
And for the athletes themselves, it is an opportunity to see exactly where they stand against the best of their peers with U.P. championships in the balance.
One Iron County athlete left Kingsford High School on June 1 knowing she was the best at her event in her division, while a few others offered impressive performances to score points for their respective teams.
West Iron sophomore Jordan Shamion proved to be the best 100-meter hurdler in Division 2 this spring by leading wire-to-wire to win her first U.P. championship.
Shamion posted a 17.25 to defeat Madisyn Mead of Ishpeming by .4 seconds to win the event, set a personal best standard and score 10 points for her team.
“I could barely take the smile off my face all the way back to the finish line,” Shamion said. “This is my first one and I was hungry.”
Later in the day, Shamion added a runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles (49.26), trailing only Hailee Demers of Bark River-Harris (47.66).
Fellow sophomore McKenna Kegley also gave an impressive performance, finishing second in the discus with an 89-6. In her first season in track, junior Emily Nelson finished her campaign with a third in the shot put (31-1¾) and a fourth in the discus (83-2) for 10 points.
Other individual point-scorers for the West Iron girls included Zoe Kolenda (third in the 3,200 in 13:37.21) and Avery Bociek (fourth in the 1,600 in 6:01.74 and sixth in the 800 in 2:41.2)
West Iron’s 3,200 relay team of Kolenda, Jenna Gray, Nelson and Courtney Reitmeyer also scored points by placing sixth in 11:51.25.
The Wykon girls finished fifth in the team standings with 50 points. St. Ignace won the Division 2 team trophy with 130.