Three Wykon girls win regional track titles
West Iron’s Jordan Shamion powered past her competition in the 100 high hurdles race at the D2 Regional at Nelson Field on May 16. Shamion won the 300 hurdles race as well.
IRON RIVER—The U.P. regional track meets carry an opportunity for all the athletes to earn a chance to compete in front of a bleacher full of fans at the U.P. Championships, to be held this year on June 1 in Kingsford.
To do so, the athletes need to finish in the top four in their events at the various regional meets. West Iron County hosted a Division 2 regional at Nelson Field on May 16 and several Wykons advanced to the UPs.
A trio of Wykon girls led the way with first-place results. Sophomore Jordan Shamion won the 100 hurdles (17.40) and the 300 hurdles (51.51), Zoe Kolenda topped the field in the 3,200 (13:45.02) and Emily Nelson placed first in the shot put (31-11½).
For Shamion, it’s been a quick recovery from a preseason quad injury.
“I feel great,” said the sophomore, whose win in the 100 hurdles was her first in that event this spring. “I’m super excited for UPs.”
As for Kolenda, her day at the D2 regional was rather exhausting, as is the case for most distance runners. In addition to the 3,200, the sophomore anchored the runner-up 3,200 relay team which also included Courtney Reitmeyer, Jenna Gray and Nelson. She also competed in the 1,600 and in the pole vault.
“It’s really hard mentally because my muscles lock up after that first relay (3,200) and so then it’s a mental game from there on out,” Kolenda said. “So you have to fight all the way.”
The journey to regional shot put champion has been a short one for Nelson, who joined the track team this spring for the first time and has quickly taken to the event. Earlier in the season, Nelson began shot putting in the mid-30 foot range but wasn’t able to replicate that in meets. That has changed.
“I think it’s because I’m in better shape,” the junior said. “I run the first relay (the 3,200) and then I have to go right over to the shot put and don’t have much time to rest. Now that I’m in better shape, I have more endurance. And now I know what I’m doing. Before I didn’t even know what I was doing.”
Nelson also qualified in the discus by finishing third. McKenna Kegley took second in that event to move on to the U.P.s as well.