Broncos girls will try to move on, compete in home track meet

HARRIS – The Bark River-Harris girls will try to put Thursday’s events behind them as they try to defend their title in their second annual invitational track meet today.

BR-H, missing three distance runners, placed third in the Rapid River Invitational.

Senior Karleigh Sundquist continued to nurse a lower body injury. Sophomore Emily Johnson was out with a lower leg problem, with freshman Linnea Johnson battling knee problems.

Also, junior sprinter Kortney Jenshak came down with the flu, forcing her to leave early.

“We lost quite a bit right there,” said BR-H coach Katina Demers. “Kortney did a great job while she was there. It was kind of a painful day, but we still held our own.”

Today’s meet begins with field events at 2 p.m. Running events start at 2:30.

Also entered are Hannahville, Carney-Nadeau, Mid Peninsula, Superior Central, Rapid River and Big Bay de Noc.

Senior Sydnie Petri swept the weight events and Alex Parrotta won high jump for BR-H, which scored 62 points at Rapid River. Forest Park won with 95 and Mid Pen had 67.

“Sydnie taking first in shot put and discus was a great thing for us,” said Demers. “Alex also had a great day. We had to revamp some relays. But the girls who were there did very well.”

Others to watch are Superior Central’s Teslyn Tyner (sprints) and Mikayla Barrows (400-meter dash), Mid Pen’s Kelsey Shope (high jump and 400), Krysta VanDamme (weight events) and Sarah Hanson (distance), Rapid River’s Neena Brockway (weight events), Big Bay’s Rachel Leckson (high jump), BR-H’s Kim Palo (pole vault) and Carney’s Autam Wery (long jump).

The BR-H boys are also defending champs, but will be hard pressed to repeat.

Rapid River is fresh from winning its own invitational, topping North Dickinson 117-101. BR-H shared sixth place with Mid Pen with 36 points.

“Rapid River is so deep,” said Demers. “Their sprinters, distance people and throwers are good. Our throwers are very young. It’s just a matter of getting them comfortable with the techniques.”

BR-H sophomore Jorden Sodergren suffered an ankle injury in pole vault at Rapid River and is questionable for today’s meet.

Senior sprinter Mike Tebear, however, is expected to return after missing Thursday’s meet to attend another school activity.

“Having Mike back will be huge, especially for his leadership and handoffs in the sprint relays,” said Demers.

Mid Pen senior Brett Branstrom comes in as the favorite in the weight events, with Rapid River juniors Jake Pearson and Hayden Hardwick as his main challengers.

Others to watch are Rapid River’s Dan Blair (distance), Riley Pajnich (hurdles) and Robert Metter (pole vault), Big Bay’s Cole Potvin (sprints), Superior Central’s Tyler Kienitz (middle distance) and Nick Maki (sprints), Mid Pen’s Chad and Trey Branstrom (high jump) and Carney’s Jason DuPont (long jump).