Lady Trojans lead pack, Wolverine girls second at Rapid River track Invite

RAPID RIVER – The Forest Park girls took care of business Thursday, retaining their track title with 95 points in the 36th Annual Rapid River Invitational.

Mid Peninsula edged Bark River-Harris 67-62 for runner-up honors.

“I was surprised,” said Mid Peninsula coach Julie Beauchamp. “I really didn’t expect that. Our girls did very well. I’m proud of the way they performed today. I think this is a confidence boost for them. These weren’t the best weather conditions, but some of the girls actually felt pretty good today.”

Forest Park junior Mary Grandahl won the 100-meter dash in 13.14 seconds, edging Grand Marais-Munising Baptist’s Michaela Peramaki by .01 second. She also helped the Trojans win the 400 and 1600 relays and placed second in the 200 (27.47).

Maria Stankewicz, who also helped Forest Park’s winning relays, placed third in the 100 (13.28).

“Maria came out of a slower heat to place third,” said Forest Park coach Chandra Zeigler. “I think she surprised herself, and Mary has been a good leader for us. She helps keep the girls motivated. Our hurdlers also did a good job. The whole team came together. Even in this cold weather, the girls came out to the track and cheered on their teammates. Unfortunately, our 800 relay team got disqualifed. But the girls knew they had to step up after that and they did.”

Mid Pen eighth-grader Sarah Hanson won the 1600 (6:33.59) and 3200 (14:25.89).

“I probably could have done better in the mile (1600), but I feel pretty good about the 3200,” said Hanson. “I think it’s easier to breathe on a day like today than in the heat. I just tried to take it easy going into the wind. By doing that, I found I had more left on the home stretch. I was always waiting to get the wind on my back.”

BR-H senior Sydnie Petry copped with weight events with tosses of 30-5 in shot put and 105-2 in discus. Classmate Alex Parrotta added a first in high jump (5-0) and helped the Broncos win the 800 relay.

Mid Pen senior Krysta VanDamme was runner-up in shot put (30-4), followed by Rapid River senior Neena Brockway (30-3).

“Krysta is solid in the weight events and Sarah did a nice job in the distances,” said Beauchamp. “We’re also pleased with Brittany Salmi stepping up and taking fourth in pole vault. Those are the kinds of points that can help you out.”

Engadine freshman Aspen Hood was a triple-winner, taking the 200 in a school-record 27.15, dominating the 100 hurdles (16.4) and 300s (49.65) and helping the Eagles place second in the 800 relay.

Hood is the daughter of the former Cheryl DeMenter, who’s a former Gladstone resident and still holds Engadine’s record in the 100 hurdles (16.2).

Peramaki won pole vault with a school-record leap of 8-9 and long jump at 15-6 1/2.

Superior Central had an individual winner in junior Mikayla Barrows, who copped the 400 at 1:11.13.