Mustangs sweep Bark River-Harris Invitational

HARRIS – Junior Andy Cooper scaled new heights Tuesday while helping the Munising boys capture the Bark River-Harris Invitational track championship.

Cooper won four events, including the high jump on a school-record leap 6 feet, 5 inches on a sunny and seasonably-warm day. He also took the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in personal-best 15.55 and 41.58 seconds, respectively, and the 200 (23.4).

“The weather was the main factor,” said Cooper, who shared the school high jump record with classmate Alex Hill for nearly six weeks. “I haven’t jumped in warm weather all year. I still have a sore ankle (from an early-season injury) and when we had a warmer day, I couldn’t jump. I think this meet helped me get back in the swing of jumping. I believe this and PRs in both hurdle events gives me a lot of confidence going into the U.P. (Division 3) Finals.”

Munising edged Rapid River 147-138 for the title. Stephenson placed third with 85 points.

Hill won the boys’ 100 (11.35), placed second in high jump (6-0) and fourth in the 400 (56.24).

Sophomore Blaine Bradley added a first in pole vault at 11-6 and placed third in the 300 hurdles (47.08).

“Andy had a nice day and he’s pretty much healthy,” said Munising coach Matt Mattson. “Blaine got a personal-best in pole vault, which is a very nice effort on his part.”

Munising sophomore Brett Hannah was runner-up in the 1,600 (4:55.03), then began to have problems with his hip. Classmate Brett Brock suffered a hip injury in the 800 relay, forcing the Mustangs to drop out of that race.

“Brett’s hip began to act and didn’t feel right in the 1600,” said Mattson. “We scratched him from his other events and Brett Brock’s injury in the 800 relay was unfortunate.”

In the girls meet, it was simply a dominating performance by the Mustangs as they won the Bark River-Harris invitational with 155 points.

Mid Peninsula was runner-up at 85 1/2, edging the host Broncos by 4 1/2 points.

Munising was led by freshmen Marissa Immel, Frankie Mattson and Michaela Peramaki.

Peramaki captured pole vault (9-6) and long jump (14-9 1/2), placed second in the 100 (13.19) and third in the 200 (28.22).

Immel won the 800 (2:44.16) and 1,600 (6:13.56) and Mattson took shot put (29-8 1/2) and the 3,200 (15:14.1).

Mattson was runner-up in the 800 (2:44.17) and Immel took second in the 3,200 (15:14.12).

“I thought we did pretty well,” said Munising coach Matt Mattson. “Marissa and Frankie had nice days. Michaela is a little stronger and her technique has improved this year. Matt Peramaki (Munising pole vault coach) is such a technician. He’s doing a great job with our vaulters.”