Dompier signs off prep career with three more runaways at U.P. Finals

KINGSFORD – After five years, Jamie Dompier put away her Chassell blue-and-gold track uniform, but left behind are a lot of blue ribbons and gold-medal finishes.

One of the best sprinters in Copper Country history put a signature on her impressive career and broke new ground, if not records, Saturday at U.P. Track and Field Finals.

“Awesome. This was awesome. As crazy as this track season was, I have had a great season. I couldn’t be any happier about the way it has turned out,” she said.

Dompier swept the 100, 200 and 400 meters in authoritative fashion to complete a rsum that includes seven individual U.P. sprint titles in five seasons (only three of which were healthy). Calumet’s Chelsea Jacques has four in her back pocket at the halfway point of her prep career, but no other local female athlete has accumulated more than four sprint titles since 1998.

“It is just so final now that I am done with everything for high school. It’s not bittersweet but it was such a fun time, and such a great school career,” Dompier said, wiping away a tear.

The fastest 100 meters ever run by a U.P. girl, a 12.5 by Mid Peninsula’s Becky Baron in 2003, appeared under serious threat when Dompier stepped into her blocks for the 100, but a false start in another lane led to a conservative second breakout. The result was the same: Dompier by a quarter of a second, but the time was 12.83.

Later came the 400, a race Dompier had yet to win in Kingsford. Running from lane 1, she’d made up the stagger on the field by halfway and came a blink short of the 60-second mark only one Division 3 girl – 2010-12 400 champ Lauren Spranger of Superior Central – has broken, finishing in 1:00.62.

“The 400 is just the craziest event ever. That’s just gnarly, and it’s a good challenge, and as much as I say I hate it at the end, it’s still fun to run,” Dompier said.

In the 200, Dompier’s 26.36 beat the field by more than a second, was just two-hundredths of a second behind her record time from last year and would have won any division.

Dompier’s 30 points for Chassell put the Panthers ahead of all local teams in the overall standings.

St. Ignace, on a one-year field trip to Division 3, dominated proceedings with 121 points. Brimley (57) and Forest Park (47) rounded out the top three. Chassell was tied for fifth, while Lake Linden-Hubbell (23) was eighth, and Ontonagon (21) ninth. Dollar Bay (12) was in a three-way tie for 15th and Baraga (eight) took 18th.

LL-H sophomore Sarah Audette penciled her name into the record book Saturday. Not only did she successfully defend her pole vault title, this time she cleared a career best 9-foot-6 and equaled a school record.

“I was really tired, but then when I went I realized it was a good jump for me and I felt really accomplished I could at least meet it,” she said.

Audette will have two more seasons to break the tie with a mark established by Angela Guisfredi in 2006.

“I felt like I could do a lot more. I could clear 8-6 normally, no problem, at our school, but when I went other meets, it felt harder. Normally it didn’t last year. I think if I had a couple more meets I would have been a lot better,” Audette said.

LL-H got 10 points combined from its four relays, with a best finish of third in the 3,200.

Clara Knight, fifth in the 800, was the only other LL-H individual to place.

Ontonagon nearly got an upset win from Lori Wardynski in the 100 hurdles. In a field missing heavy favorite Aspen Hood of Engadine due to a knee injury, Wardynski led most of the way from lane 2 but got outleaned by Pickford’s Kim Cruickshank at the line despite a time of 17.19. Wardynski also took third in the 300 hurdles, which Hood attempted but did not complete. Teammate and classmate Paige Blake added two fifths and a sixth.

Dollar Bay senior Sam Ozanich picked up a fourth in long jump, while freshman Carli Daavettila took fourth in 3,200 and fifth in 1,600.

Baraga’s Shannon Fish gave the Vikings their total with a third in the high jump and a fifth in the 300 hurdles.