Prep track: Munising boys, girls sweep MHSAA U.P. Division 3 regional meet

MUNISING – Snowshoes anyone?

How about a good old-fashioned snowball fight in the middle of May?

Fortunately, Thursday’s snowfall in Munising wasn’t nearly enough to require the use of snowshoes in an MHSAA U.P. Division 3 regional track meet, but there was enough snow on the ground at the end of the meet to make snowballs.

None of that really mattered to the host Mustangs as they captured both ends of the regional title. The Munising boys scored 74 points, followed by defending champ Rapid River 63 and Superior Central 14. Munising’s girls finished with 51.3 points and Mid Peninsula squeezed past Engadine 40-39.3 for runner-up honors.

“We figured it’d be between us and Rapid River in the boys’ meet,” said Munising coach Matt Mattson. “We’re awfully young with the girls. I wasn’t sure how they’d respond with the weather being the way it is, but they did well. We knew the Mid Pen girls were pretty strong and Engadine has some nice runners.”

Munising freshman Marissa Immel won the girls’ 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 47.2 seconds, the 1,600 (6:17.3) and 3,200 (13:34.45), edging teammate Frankie Mattson by .07 second.

“I thought our team did pretty well,” said Immel. “We’re just happy to get this out of the way. The wind on the backstretch made it hard. It was blowing the snow into my eyes, which made it hard to see.”

Freshman teammate Michaela Peramaki took pole vault at 6 feet, 6 inches after soaring a school-record 10 feet in last Friday’s Munising Lions Invitational.

“Just keeping the athletes warm was the biggest challenge,” said coach Mattson. “The pole vault was a little dangerous. The pole kept slipping out of everybody’s hands. We just wanted the kids to clear the heights they needed and call it a day. It was just smart to do it that way on a day like this. There was no point in trying to do anything extra in these conditions.”

Superior Central senior Teslyn Tyner won long jump (15-4 1/2), anchored the winning 400 relay and was runner-up in the 100 (13.35) to Engadine junior Autumn Arseneau by .13 second.

The Munising boys were led by junior Andy Cooper, who won the 110 hurdles (16.09) and 300 hurdles (42.28) and was runner-up to classmate Alex Hill in high jump (6-0) on a tie-breaker.

Rapid River sophomore Dan Blair won the 800 (2:12.49) and 1,600 (4:51.41), edging Munising sophomore Brett Hannah on a lean.

Hannah then won the 3,200 (11:15.21) and Blair took second (11:31.1).