Senior girls lead Hancock to regional title

IRON RIVER – Senior leadership sent Hancock’s girls and Iron Mountain’s boys to the top of the MHSAA Division 2 track and field regional Thursday at Nelson Field.

The Bulldogs, with seniors Madyson Wright and Mary Jarvis each accounting for two firsts, tallied 73 points to 53 for runner-up West Iron County.

The Mountaineers, paced by Nate Carey and Tanner Huotari, registered 56 points in winning the title. Runner-up West Iron County had 48.

“I really attribute it to our senior leadership,” said Hancock girls coach Jack Johnson. “We have a real small team but we have some strong athletes.”

Mary Jarvis took both hurdles, winning the 100 (16.52) and 300 (48.45). She also ran a leg of the 800-meter relay (1:57.61) and wound up third in the 100 dash.

Wright dominated the distance laps, with a 6:03.17 in the 1600 and 13:39.33 in the 3200. She was also on the 3200 relay (11:27.42).

The Bulldogs added firsts from sophomore Allyson Fenton in pole vault (7) and Katherine Jarvis, Mary’s sophomore sister, in shot put (33-10). Katherine Jarvis also placed second in discus.

“Our distance team is solid,” said Johnson. “They train all year and a lot of them are in cross country.”

Hancock swept the 3200 with Wright, Ashley Aho and Greta Berg. The Bulldogs also placed second in both hurdles with Julie Heinonen (100) and Ellie Lucier (300).

“Our sprinters are mostly seniors and they’re fast,” Johnson said. “Our hurdling crew has been with it for five years and our field events placed well.

Emmy Kinner won the 100-meter dash (13.27), 200 (27.22), 400 (1:02.30) and long jump (15-6.5) to lead West Iron County. Teammate Kat Serbentas ran to 800-meter honors (2:44.98).

Iron Mountain’s Kate Bugni broke the school discus record with a toss of 111-9.

Iron Mountain’s boys have been looking far up the standings in most of their meets this season.

“The kids have really been learning what it is to go that extra mile,” said Mountaineers coach Kevin Sullivan. “They kept thinking ‘what do we have to do.’ I’m just so happy for them.”

Carey furnished the Mountaineers with firsts in the 1600 (4:52.88) and 3200-meter (10:47.20) runs. The senior also anchored the 3200 relay (9:19.39).

Huotari was also on the 3200 relay and added a first in the 800 (2:11.70).

“Hoots and Carey are such leaders,” said Sullivan, who had the “old guys” talk to the team prior to the meet.

Mountaineers’ Aaron Bolo cleared 5-feet-11 to win high jump.

The runner-up Wykons, coached by the Mountaineer coach’s son, Joby, had firsts from freshman Dawson Sundelius in 300 hurdles (46.80) and long jump (18-3).

West Iron sprinters Austin Perrson and Phil King captured the 100 (12.02) and 400 (55.21), respectively. Hancock’s Alex Dewald won the 200 (23.92) over King and Perrson.

Bryant Schram, another WIC freshman, won the shot in 49-8.25. Hancock’s Gage Hawthorne, who threw the shot 54 feet this week, scratched on his regional attempts and did not place. The senior did win the discus at 152-6.75.

L’Anse sophomore Foster Miller claimed the 110 hurdles (18.09).

Top four competitors in each event qualify for the U.P. Finals in Kingsford on Saturday, June 4.