KINGSFORD - After five years, Jamie Dompier put away her Chassell blue-and-gold track uniform, but left behind are a lot of blue ribbons and gold-medal finishes.
One of the best sprinters in Copper Country history put a signature on her impressive career and broke new ground, if not records, Saturday at U.P. Track and Field Finals.
"Awesome. This was awesome. As crazy as this track season was, I have had a great season. I couldn't be any happier about the way it has turned out," she said.
Chassell’s Jamie Dompier crosses the finish line of the Division 3 400-meter dash at Saturday’s U.P. Track and Field Finals in Kingsford. She won the event in 1:00.62, her sixth of seven career firsts at Finals and second of three Saturday. (DMG photo by Michael Bleach)
Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Sarah Audette clears a school-record-equaling 9 feet, 6 inches in the Division 3 girls’ pole vault Saturday at U.P. Finals in?Kingsford. Audette successfully defended her U.P. title and matched Angela Guisfredi’s 2006 mark. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)
Dompier swept the 100, 200 and 400 meters in authoritative fashion to complete a rsum that includes seven individual U.P. sprint titles in five seasons (only three of which were healthy). Calumet's Chelsea Jacques has four in her back pocket at the halfway point of her prep career, but no other local female athlete has accumulated more than four sprint titles since 1998.
"It is just so final now that I am done with everything for high school. It's not bittersweet but it was such a fun time, and such a great school career," Dompier said, wiping away a tear.
The fastest 100 meters ever run by a U.P. girl, a 12.5 by Mid Peninsula's Becky Baron in 2003, appeared under serious threat when Dompier stepped into her blocks for the 100, but a false start in another lane led to a conservative second breakout. The result was the same: Dompier by a quarter of a second, but the time was 12.83.
TEAM SCORING - St. Ignace 121, Brimley 57, Crystal Falls Forest Park 47, Pickford 42, Rudyard and Chassell (CHS) 30; Superior Central 24, Lake Linden-Hubbell 23, Ontonagon 21, Bark River-Harris 20, Munising Baptist 17; Bessemer 15, Mid Peninsula 15, Rapid River 13, Engadine, DeTour and Dollar Bay 12, Baraga (BAR) 8, Munising 5, North Dickinson 2, Wakefield-Marenisco 1.
DISCUS - 1. Sydni Petrie, BRH, 116-1 (New U.P. Division 3 Final Meet record - Old Record: 115-7.75, Karrie Meyers, BRH, 2009); 2. Savannah Dugan, RUD, 115-2.50; 3. Neena Brockway, RR, 107-5; 4. Jaquline Formolo, ENG, 101-7.50; 5. Brenna Bogaczyk, BES, 98-5; 6. Anne Archambeau, BRM, 96-11.50.
SHOT PUT - 1. Savannah Dugan, RUD, 39-2; 2. Kelley Wright, STI, 33-3; 3. Sarah Smith, STI, 33-1.50; 4. Archambeau, BRM, 31-5; 5. Bogaczyk, BES, 31-3.50; 6. Sydni Petrie, BRH, 30-2.50.
LONG JUMP - 1. Teslyn Tyner, SC, 15-3.50; 2. Tabitha Graham, BRM, 14-8.25; 3. Michaela Peramaki, MUB, 14-6.75; 4. Sam Ozanich, DB, 14-0; 5. Deborah Starnes, ND, 13-6.50; 6. Paige Blake, ONT, 13-2.75.
HIGH JUMP - 1. Kelsey Shope, MP, 5-3; 2. Nicole Bouwma, DET, 5-2; 3. Shannon Fish, BAR, 5-0; 4. Graham, BRM, 4-10; 5. Bogaczyk, BES, 4-10; 6. Bethany Engel, WM, 4-10.
POLE VAULT - 1. Sarah Audette, LLH, 9-6; 2. Victoria Cusick, RUD, 8-6; 3. Kim Palo, BRH, 8-6; 4. Valerie Rowe, BES, 8-0; 5. Michaela Peramaki, MUB, 8-0; 6. Sarah Cullip, STI, 7-6.
3,200 METER RELAY - 1. Pickford, 10:29.64 (Krysta Wondergem, Heidi Hagen, Alyssa McCord, Olivia Smith); 2. Brimley, 10:45.99; 3. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 10:56.15; 4. Munising, 11:05.02; 5. Dollar Bay, 11:11.12; 6. Rapid River, 11:24.66.
100-METER HIGH HURDLES - 1. Kim Cruickshank, PIC, 17.15; 2. Lori Wardynski, ONT, 17.19; 3. Jaylyn LaFlamme, MUB, 17.45; 4. Georgie Dohl, FP, 17.65; 5. Kendra Campbell, FP, 17.82; 6. Haillee Brown, STI, 18.12.
100-METER DASH - 1. Jamie Dompier, CHS, 12.83; 2. Teslyn Tyner, SC, 13.09; 3. Maria Stankewicz, FP, 13.27; 4. Mary Grandahl, FP, 13.45; 5. Jaylyn LaFlamme, MUB, 13.52; 6. Michaela Peramaki, MUB, 13.64.
800-METER RELAY - 1. St. Ignace, 1:51.48 (H. Brown, Autumn Orm, Morgan Lavake, Rachel Hetherington); 2. Engadine, 1:52.64; 3. Forest Park, 1:52.79; 4. Brimley, 1:54.42; 5. Bark River-Harris, 1:57.13; 6. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 1:57.54.
1,600-METER RUN - 1. Cullip, STI, 5:36.43; 2. Heidi Hagen, PIC, 5:42.18; 3. Lillian Calcaterra, STI, 5:42.57; 4. Amanda Bustillos, FP, 5:57.99; 5. Carli Daavettila, DB, 6:00.56; 6. Sarah Hanson, MP, 6:02.30.
400-METER RELAY - 1. St. Ignace, 53.28 (Margo Brown, Wright, Orm, Lavake); 2. Crystal Falls Forest Park, 53.82; 3. Superior Central, 54.25; 4. Brimley, 54.76; 5. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 54.87; 6. Bark River-Harris, 55.79.
400-METER DASH - 1. Dompier, CHS, 1:00.62; 2. Graham, BRM, 1:03.19; 3. Rachel Hetherington, STI, 1:04.24; 4. Kelsey Shope, MP, 1:04.62; 5. Sarah Bailey, DET, 1:05.10; 6. Madison Wilkie, DET, 1:05.34.
300-METER LOW HURDLES - 1. H. Brown, St. Ignace, 49.41; 2. Chartrand, BRM, 49.53; 3. Wardynski, ONT, 50.69; 4. Valerie Rowe, BES, 51.57; 5. Fish, BAR, 52.11; 6. M. Brown, STI, 52.47.
800-METER RUN - 1. Cullip, STI, 2:29.38; 2. Calcaterra, STI, 2:33.79; 3. Erin Anderson, RR, 2:35.31; 4. Heidi Hagen, PIC, 2:35.90; 5. Clara Knight, LLH, 2:35.92; 6. Bailey, DET, 2:36.47.
200-METER DASH - 1. Dompier, CHS, 26.38; 2. Hetherington, STI, 27.47; 3. Grandahl, FP, 27.99; 4. Kylie Coffey, RUD, 28.56; 5. Blake, ONT, 28.72; 6. Kaitlyn Marsh, MUN, 28.80.
3,200-METER RUN - 1. Cullip, STI, 12:30.12; 2. Chartrand, BRM, 12:46.24; 3. Calcaterra, STI, 12:55.55; 4. Daavettila, DB, 13:14.30; 5. Chelsea Kronemeyer, PIC, 13:25.32; 6. Bustillos, FP, 13:27.22.
1,600-METER RELAY - 1. St. Ignace, 4:29.34 (Calcaterra, H. Brown, M. Brown, Lavake); 2. Pickford, 4:30.57; 3. Forest Park, 4:32.66; 4. Ontonagon, 4:38.83; 5. Lake Linden-Hubbell, 4:46.58; 6. Bessemer, 5:06.14.
Later came the 400, a race Dompier had yet to win in Kingsford. Running from lane 1, she'd made up the stagger on the field by halfway and came a blink short of the 60-second mark only one Division 3 girl - 2010-12 400 champ Lauren Spranger of Superior Central - has broken, finishing in 1:00.62.
"The 400 is just the craziest event ever. That's just gnarly, and it's a good challenge, and as much as I say I hate it at the end, it's still fun to run," Dompier said.
In the 200, Dompier's 26.36 beat the field by more than a second, was just two-hundredths of a second behind her record time from last year and would have won any division.
Dompier's 30 points for Chassell put the Panthers ahead of all local teams in the overall standings.
St. Ignace, on a one-year field trip to Division 3, dominated proceedings with 121 points. Brimley (57) and Forest Park (47) rounded out the top three. Chassell was tied for fifth, while Lake Linden-Hubbell (23) was eighth, and Ontonagon (21) ninth. Dollar Bay (12) was in a three-way tie for 15th and Baraga (eight) took 18th.
LL-H sophomore Sarah Audette penciled her name into the record book Saturday. Not only did she successfully defend her pole vault title, this time she cleared a career best 9-foot-6 and equaled a school record.
"I was really tired, but then when I went I realized it was a good jump for me and I felt really accomplished I could at least meet it," she said.
Audette will have two more seasons to break the tie with a mark established by Angela Guisfredi in 2006.
"I felt like I could do a lot more. I could clear 8-6 normally, no problem, at our school, but when I went other meets, it felt harder. Normally it didn't last year. I think if I had a couple more meets I would have been a lot better," Audette said.
LL-H got 10 points combined from its four relays, with a best finish of third in the 3,200.
Clara Knight, fifth in the 800, was the only other LL-H individual to place.
Ontonagon nearly got an upset win from Lori Wardynski in the 100 hurdles. In a field missing heavy favorite Aspen Hood of Engadine due to a knee injury, Wardynski led most of the way from lane 2 but got outleaned by Pickford's Kim Cruickshank at the line despite a time of 17.19. Wardynski also took third in the 300 hurdles, which Hood attempted but did not complete. Teammate and classmate Paige Blake added two fifths and a sixth.
Dollar Bay senior Sam Ozanich picked up a fourth in long jump, while freshman Carli Daavettila took fourth in 3,200 and fifth in 1,600.
Baraga's Shannon Fish gave the Vikings their total with a third in the high jump and a fifth in the 300 hurdles.