Rockets’ boys emerge victorious in home track meet

RAPID RIVER – The Rapid River boys passed a major test Thursday, winning their own track invitational with 117 points. Runner-up North Dickinson scored 101, with Forest Park third at 63.

Senior Robert Metter was Rapid River’s lone individual winner, soaring 11 feet, six inches in pole vault.

The Rockets, however, had second-place finishes in six events, including two each by junior Jake Pearson and freshman Dan Blair.

Pearson took second in shot put (46-3 1/2) and discus (123-0) and Blair did likewise in the 1600-meter run in five minutes, 19.84 seconds and 3200 (11:33.4) on this cloudy, windy and chilly day.

Senior Zac Dominique added a second in the 800 (2:17.97). He and Blair also helped the second-place 3200 relay on a day which temperatures dropped at least 10 degrees during the meet.

“We had enough depth to come through,” said Rockets’ coach Steve Ostrenga. “The weather conditions weren’t the greatest, although it was the same for everybody. You still have to be able to perform in these conditions. We had to sub in the sprint relays and Shane Norberg and Dave Hough really came through for us. We had a lot of seconds. Depth matters. We need to have some improvement, though.”

North Dickinson junior Tim Hruska won the 110 hurdles (16.36) and 300s (44.3). Senior teammate Ken Pekarek was runner-up in the 110s (16.84) and third in the 300s (46.33).

“North Dickinson looked real good in the hurdles and the sprinter from Munising (Lucas Gauthier) was sure fast coming out of the blocks,” said Ostrenga.

Gauthier captured the 100 (11.15) and 200 (23.13). Hruska was runner-up in both races at 11.28 and 23.21).

Mid Peninsula senior Brett Branstrom swept the weight events, taking shot put (47-6 1/2) and discus (133-5).

Munising freshman Brett Hannah was also a double-winner with victories in the 1600 (5:05.99) and 3200 (11:00.15).

Forest Park won three relays. Chris Hilberg, who helped the 1600 unit, also won high jump at six feet.

BIg Bay de Noc junior Cole Potvin won the 400 (53.85). Superior Central senior Tyler Kienitz copped the 800 (2:17.29) and Carney-Nadeau junior Jason DuPont took long jump (18-11).

Kienitz also helped the Cougars win the 3200 relay.

Most area teams resume in Tuesday’s Bark River-Harris Invitational. Rapid River, however, is entered in tonight’s meet under the lights at Gladstone. North Dickinson is also hosting a meet Tuesday.