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One last track tune-up

Houghton boys, Calumet girls take Copper Country Invite

May 29, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - In 33 years coaching track at Houghton, boys' coach Dan Junttila believes he has recently hit upon the right balance of strategy for U.P. Finals preparation.

Due to multiple weather complications and postponements this season, the 11-team Houghton County Invite took place Tuesday, just five days before U.P. Finals, presenting local coaches with a dilemma. How hard do you push your team at this point on the calendar? Should an athlete compete in four events, or maybe drop one or two?

Junttila believes he has an answer, and the Gremlin boys won going away Tuesday with a 169 final score, separating from WestPAC champions Calumet (112) who were missing several key performers.

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Houghton’s Alex Helman runs to the victory in the 400-meter dash during the Copper Country Invitational Tuesday at Hancock Central High School. (DMG photo by Michael Bleach)

"You won't get in shape any more," Junttila said. "You really do have to balance the workouts. You have to keep tuned, but also get a lot of rest for U.P. Finals. So this is perfect for me. We have a Tuesday meet, a decent cool down, work day (today) and then really just take exchanges and long jump steps Thursday, and then nothing Friday. The problem is it took me 30 years to figure that out (laughs)."

On the girls' side, the Copper Kings wrested the CC Invite title away from Lake Linden-Hubbell by a slim 1 1/2-point margin, finishing with a 103 to edge the Lakes (101 1/2) and Houghton (98 1/2).

Superior individual performances from Chelsea Jacques - who set Copper Country Invite records in the 100 (12.70) and 200 (26.66), as well as anchoring the Kings 400 relay win - and Leah Kiilunen's pair of distance wins helped Calumet top the Lakes advantage in the field events.

Fact Box

Girls team scores - Calumet 103, Lake Linden-Hubbell 101.5, Houghton 98.5, West iron County 93.5, Ontonagon 42, Dollar Bay 28, L'Anse 22, Hancock 17, Baraga 16.5, Jeffers 0.

3200 relay - 1, Houghton (Marika Abbott, Blaire Zenner, Michelle Laux, Ashley Laux), 10:56.33; 2, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 11:05.07; 3, Calumet, 11:07.94.

100 Hurdles - 1, Lori Wardynski, ONT, 17.10; 2, Julie Heinonen, HAN, 17.37; 3, Cassilyn Pellizzer, WIC, 17.50.

100 - 1, Chelsea Jacques, CAL, 12.70; 2, Lori Wardysnki, ONT, 14.10; 3, Casey Harrington, WIC, 14.13.

800 Relay - 1, Houghton (Lauren Jackson, Blaire Zenner, Natalie Datto, Elisa Jurmu), 1:59.31; 2, Calumet, 1:59.37; 3, West Iron County, 2:00.13.

1600 - 1, Leah Kiilunen, CAL, 5:54.21; 2, Marika Abbott, HOU, 6:00.35; 3, Rebekah Serbinski, WIC, 6:09.56.

400 Relay - 1, Calumet (Lexie Rowe, Caitlin Klobuchar, Terra Erkkila, Chelsea Jacques), 53.03; 2, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 55.31; 3, West Iron County, 57.40.

400 - 1, Kylee Erickson, WIC, 1:06.88; 2, Heather McCarthy, LAn, 107.81; 3, Molly Domitrovich, ONT, 1:08.62.

300 hurdles - 1, Cassilyn Pellizer, WIX, 49.50; 2, Lori Wardynski, ONT, 51.06; 3, Natalie Datto, HOU, 53.81.

800 - 1, Ashley Laux, HOU, 2:33.63; 2, Clara Knight, LLH, 2:39.31; 3, Carli Ongie, LLH, 2:44.69.

200 - 1, Chelsea Jacques, CAL, 26.66; 2, Paige Blake, ONT, 29.30; 3, Shannon Fish, BAR, 29.59.

3200 - 1, Leah Kiilunen, CAL, 12:45.79; 2, Rebekah Serbinski, WIC, 13:12.53; 3, Carli Daavettila, DB, 13:20.66.

1600 Relay - 1, Houghton (Natalie Datto, Michelle Laux, Ashley Laux, Elisa Jurmu), 4:31.18; 2, West Iron County, 4:33.34; 3, Calumet, 4:35.28.

Discus - 1, Brittni Kisul, LLH, 98-9; 2, Vivica Nelson, DB, 85-3; 3, Mackenzie Hietlia, HOU, 82-10.

High Jump -1, Cassilyn Pellizzer, WIC, 5-0; 2, Carissa Pavolich, CAL, 4-10; 3, Sarah Audette, LLH, 4-8.

Long Jump - 1, Natalie Datto, HOU, 14-3; 2, Lexie Rowe, CAL, 14-2; 3, Sarah Audette, LLH, 13-11.50.

Pole Vault - 1, Sarah Audette, LLH, 8-0; 2, Brooke Corrigan, LLH, 7-6; 3, Stephanie Harry, LLH, 7-6.

Shot Put - 1, Megan Miatech, WIC, 33-10; 2, Jlynn Jorgenson, LAn, 28-5; 3, Mackenzie Hietila, HOU, 28-5.

Boys team scores - Houghton 169.50, Calumet 112, West Iron County 78, Lake Linden-Hubbell 62.50, Hancock 38, Dollar Bay 22, L'Anse 16, Baraga 15, Ontonagon 6, Jeffers 0.

3200 Relay - 1, Houghton (Spencer Donnelly, Jim Woodford, Ri. Chen, Hunter Rajala), 9:27.61; 2, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 9:30.87; 3, Calumet, 9:43.97.

110 Hurdles - 1, Chad Sturos, CAL, 16.78; 2, Paul Torola, CAL, 17.19; 3, Eli Lilleskov, HOU, 17.56.

100 - 1, Tyler Stafford, WIC, 11.71; 2, Noah Budd, HOU, 11.81; 3, Thomas Schmidt, HOU, 11.94.

800 - 1, West Iron County (tyler Stafford, Andrew Peterson, Nik Thoney, Ryan Rogers), 1:38.91; 2, Houghton, 1:39.64; 3, Calumet, 1:39.84.

1600 - 1, Jacob Colling, HOU, 5:00.07; 2, Spencer Donnelly, HOU, 5:09.88; 3, Brett Houle, DB, 5:12.60.

400 Relay - 1, West Iron County (Tyler Staffod, Andrew Peterson, Nik thoney, Ryan Rogers), 47.06; 2, Houghton, 47.37; 3, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 48.44.

400 - 1, Alex Helman, HOU, 55.13; 2, Colton Pangrazzi, WIC, 55.71; 3, Brandon Olson, WIC, 56.50.

300 Hurdles - 1, Chad Sturos, CAL, 42,63; 2, Jacob Jarvis, HAN, 42.65; 3, Paul Torola, CAL, 45.56.

800 - 1, Alexander Knight, LLH, 2:08.23; 2, Hunter Rajala, HOU, 2:14.22; 3, Clinton Brendel, WIC, 2:16.53.

200 - 1, Noah Budd, HOU, 25.0; 2, Taylor Lindemann, BAR, 25.06; 3, Thomas Schmidt, HOU, 25.10.

3200 - 1, Jacob Colling, HOU, 10:51.90; 2, Brett Houle, DB, 11:05.97; 3, Danny Henderson, HOU, 11:42.59.

1600 Relay - 1, West Iron County (Ryan Rogers, Brandon Olson, Clinton Brendel, Colton Pangrazzi), 3:47.53; 2, Houghton, 3:51.85; 3, Lake Linden-Hubbell, 4:00.25.

Discus - 1, Gage Hawthorne, HAN, 122-10; 2, Charles Heckel, LLH, 120-1; 3, Ben Collaer, HOU, 116-3.

High Jump - 1, Tyler Roland, CAL, 5-10; 2, Owen Kariniemi, CAL, 5-4; 3, Cody Goodreau, HOU, 5-4.

Long Jump - 1, Ryan Rogers, WIC, 19-11; 2, Ryan LaBerge, HOU, 19-0; 3, Tyler Roalnd, CAL, 17-11.

Pole Vault - 1, Eric Lasanen, CAL, 11-6; 2, Joe Dobbs, HOU, 11-0; 3, James Marietta, LLH, 10-6.

Shot Put - 1, Gage Hawthorne, HAN, 41-7; 2, Brandon Kemppainen, LAn, 39-0; 3, Nathan Perreault, CAL, 38-6.

Unfortunately, the Chassell teams were absent Tuesday due to the school's graduation, preventing a rematch of defending U.P. sprint champions with Panther Jamie Dompier and Jacques. Dompier won the only meeting between the two at Houghton earlier this season.

"Chelsea can really fly," Calumet girls coach Steve Parks commented after the race. "I think we all would have liked to see Jamie Dompier here one last time for them to go head to head, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be."

Track fans who braved the brisk chill Tuesday were treated to a trio of photo finishes from the boys races, with the 100, 200 and 300 hurdles all requiring a second look to determine the winner.

West Iron County's Tyler Stafford took the 100 with an 11.71-second dash, but needed to wait through some controversy as his upright gait manipulated some eyes with second place Noad Budd of Houghton leaning through the finish line.

Budd earned his redemption in the 200, outpacing Baraga's Taylor Lindemann by six one-hundredths of a second with a 25-flat finish.

Finally, the 300 hurdles required some discussion with Calumet's Chad Sturos and Hancock's Jacob Jarvis crossing the line at virtually the same time. Absent an actual photo to check at the finish, Sturos was declared No. 1 with a 42.63 run, with Jarvis second at 42.65.

Even after the race, neither Sturos nor Jarvis was quite sure who crossed first.

"That was the closest race I have even been a part of," Jarvis said. "Man, that was close. I still don't even know who won."

For the boys' distance races, Houghton sophomore Jacob Colling won the double comfortably, breaking 11 minutes in the two-mile (10:51.90) and finishing a breath on the wrong side of five minutes in the 1600 (5:00.07).

"I thought I had it, I really did," Colling said. "I thought my kick was enough at the end. With 800 to go I was trying to move up to put myself in a good position at the end - just fractions of a second off. It's still my best of this year by far, but I am kind of bummed I didn't break it."

For the girls, Houghton's depth kept them near the top as the Gremlins came away with the 3200, 1600 and 800 relay titles, while Ashley Laux won a spirited race in the 800 over Lake Linden's Clara Knight.

The Lakes' Brittni Kisul continues to knock on the edge of triple digits in the discus, with a 98-9 throw winning Tuesday.

 
 

 

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