Grandahl leads CFFP to fifth straight Skyline track title
FELCH – Make it a handful for the Forest Park girls.
That’s how many victory laps the Trojans have taken after the Skyline Conference track meet during the past five years as they won again Friday with 141 points.
Runner-up Bark River-Harris scored 108, followed by Rapid River 83, Mid Peninsula 74, North Dickinson 69 1/2, Carney-Nadeau 34, North Central 15 1/2 and Republic-Michigamme 0.
Junior Mary Grandahl led the Trojans with three victories. She took the 200-meter dash in 28.08 seconds, anchored the winning 800 and 1600 relays and was runner-up to teammate Maria Stankewicz in the 100.
Stankewicz was clocked in 13.64 seconds, with Grandahl at 13.81 in the 100.
“I felt I could have done better in the 200, although I finished very strong,” said Grandahl. “We’ve been struggling with our handoffs (in relays) in practice, but we seem to come together in the meets. Our regional (Division 3 at North Dickinson) went beyond perfect, which is what we needed. I just want all our girls, including myself, to do their best their best at the U.P. Finals and be satisfied.”
Forest Park’s Amanda Bustillos, fueled by a pair of strong finishes, won the 1600 (6:00.72) and 3200 (14:31.75) and Kendra Campbell copped the 100 hurdles (17.63) and 300s (52.71).
“I’m proud of the way our hurdlers performed,” said Forest Park coach Chandra Ziegler. “Our top hurdler (Georgie Dohl) cut her knee in practice and couldn’t run today. We had to overcome that. Our girls have great attitudes and give us a lot of effort, which is a big key for us. We have that tradition going. All-around, we’re real pleased.”
Bustillos was followed by Mid Pen eighth-grader Sarah Hanson in the 1600 (6:07.71) and 3200 (14:59.19).
BR-H senior Sydnie Petrie won discus with a personal-best toss of 108 feet, 5 1/4 inches and placed third in shot put 30-7 1/2. Alex Parrotta added a first in high jump (4-10) and helped the winning 800 relay.
“Sydnie had a beautiful throw in discus,” said BR-H coach Katina Demers. “She was excited. The 800 relay (in which BR-H edged Forest Park by .07 second) was a great race. That was exciting. We’re pleased that all four of our girls placed in the 100. That hadn’t happened all year. Plus, Emily Johnson was coming off a leg injury and placed third in the 3200 (15:23.95). It was nice to see her go out on such a strong note. We were missing nine kids who didn’t make the trip, but a lot of others stepped up. The girls did real well.”
BR-H senior Kim Palo placed second in pole vault, matching the school record (8-9) set by Emily Briggs three years ago.
“I think the warmer weather helped us today,” said Palo, who plans to attend Northern Michigan University this fall. “I went to our all-night graduation party last night and had about three hours of sleep. I didn’t think I’d get eight feet. Tying or getting the school record is one thing I wanted to do before I graduate.”
North Dickinson junior Deborah Starnes cleared a season-best 8-9 and won on a tie-breaker in pole vault and copped long jump with a personal-best leap of 15 feet.
“The season started late due to the weather and we didn’t get a chance to work on our pole vaulting that much,” said Starnes. “I expected to go over eight feet. Then when we got to 8-6, I was struggling a little. I was excited and relieved to get over 8-6. This is a big boost going into Finals. I’m also excited about doing my best jump in long jump. I’ve been working with the weights more and developed some leg strength.”
Demers was also happy for Palo. “We’re really proud of Kim tying the school record,” she said.
Mid Pen senior Krysta VanDamme won shot put (31-6 1/4), with Rapid River senior Neena Brockway second (30-9).
Senior teammate Kelsey Shope captured the 400 (1:05.71) and helped the Wolverines win the 3200 relay.
Junior Erin Anderson provided Rapid River with its lone first in the 800 (2:36.82).