Lakes boys not frozen
WAKEFIELD – Lake Linden-Hubbell made the most of its change in MHSAA track and field regions Thursday.
In brutal conditions at Cardinal Field, the Lakes boys won the regional championship and the girls finished a strong second.
LL-H scored 53 points to edge Bessemer by 1 1/2 points for the Division 3 trophy. Among other local schools competing, Chassell was fourth with 18 1/2, Ontonagon fifth with 11 and Dollar Bay sixth with 10.
The top four finishers in individual events and the top two in Division 3 relays qualify for the U.P. Finals May 31 in Kingsford.
On the girls’ side, three field event wins (discus, shot put, high jump) by Brenna Bogaczyk and a sprint sweep (100, 200) by Julie Ahnen put the Speedgirls over with 49 points to the Lakes’ 42 1/2. Dollar Bay was third with 33, followed by Ontonagon (30). Chassell finished seventh with three.
The LL-H boys notched six wins, including both a hurdle double from Trevor Ongie, both sprint relays and two field events.
Ongie won the 110 high hurdles by more than a second in 18.11, then claimed a close victory in the 300 intermediates (45.91).
Both winning relay teams for the Lakes were the same: Konrad Klein, Luke Monette, Trent Ambuehl and Tyler Roose. The 400 team finished in 47.81, with the 800 a blowout victory (more than five seconds) in 1:40.53.
Ryan Knoll (115-1) threw the discus four feet farther than Kyle Stromer of Chassell to win the discus, while the Lakes took the top three spots in the pole vault led by Blake Dupuis clearing 11-0.
LL-H qualified 13 entries for the Finals.
Chassell got wins from Zach Cherubini in the high jump (5-6) and 400-meter dash (54.31). Cherubini also placed in the long jump to bolster the Panthers’ slate of eight Finals entries.
Ontonagon’s top finisher was Tony Soumis, who took second in the 100. The Glads qualified five for Kingsford.
Dollar Bay will have four entries. The Bays’ best finish was a second in the 3,200-meter relay.
The LL-H girls ruled the middle distances, with Clara Knight prevailing in the 400 (1:07.60) and Carli Ongie winning the 800 (2:41.08) by a wide margin. Sarah Audette took the pole vault and anchored a winning 400 relay team with Rachel Holzberger, Stephanie Harry and Erin Gast.
LL-H qualified 17 entries for the Finals.
Dollar Bay’s effort was led by the distance-running exploits of the Daavettila sisters (Carli, Cami and Julia), who along with Taylor Busser made up a winning 3,200 relay.
Led by Cami, who won both races, all three qualified in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
The Bays will have 12 entries May 31.
Ontonagon will have nine entries, led by Lori Wardynski, who swept both hurdle events, taking the 100 in 17.50 and the 300 in 51.56.
Chassell’s sole qualifier was Shumete Sam, who finished second to Knight in the 400.