RAPID RIVER — Josiah Peramaki soared to new heights while helping the Munising boys to the title at the Rapid River Invitational track meet here on Thursday.
Munising edged Norway 95-88 and Rapid River took third place with 68.
The Mustangs junior won the pole vault with a school record 14 feet on a sunny, balmy day, surpassing Matt Revord’s old record (13-6) from four years ago.
Peramaki became just the fourth Upper Peninsula jumper to clear 14.
Wade Hodge of Menominee remains the all-time UP record holder with his 14-0 jump in the Class AB Finals on a windy, cold day at Marquette in 1992.
Gladstone’s Josh Syverson boasts the all-time highest jump among UP jumpers (14-4), which he achieved in 2009, and current Braves pole vault coach Casey Young has climbed of 14-2 as a prep athlete.
“Every Sunday for the past three months, I’ve made the three-hour trip to Green Bay to practice aerobatics,” Peramaki said. “It was like a great relief to cross the 14th. I’ve been going there for a long time. My next goal is to beat 14-4. I’m coming out of a football leg injury. I weight train and work on building up my speed.
Twin brother Micaiah added first at 100 (11.32) and 200 (23.23).
Rapid River senior Logan Lancour was second in the pole vault (12-6) and Stephenson junior Spencer Coldren was third.
The Munising girls won with 97 points, followed by Stephenson 94 1/2 and Bark River-Harris 80.
“It was a tight match” said BR-H coach Jason Lockwood. “We wanted to try a variety of events and see where some of the young athletes could contribute. I think that says a lot about the depth we have. We’re just trying to put this puzzle together. We are going to be in a difficult regional (Division 2). We’re trying to figure out which lineup gives us the best chance. It seems that all of our track programs are on the rise. We see the numbers increasing.
Mid Peninsula senior Landry Koski won the 3,200-metre race in a season-best 13 minutes, 5.69 seconds, and won the 800 (2:37.45) and 1,600 (5:48.95) ).
“Usually I don’t run very well in the heat, but today I didn’t feel it until the 3200,” she says. “I knew Monica (Brisson) and Jenna (Matson) were going to give me competition here today. In fact, I surprised myself.
Carney-Nadeau’s second year, Samantha Kedsch, became a two-time winner, making a long jump with a personal best of 14-9 and the 200 (29.27)
“Our school record in the long jump is 15-5,” she says. ” I am getting closer. I ran personal bests in the 200 and 400, and my 100 was right there with my best. It’s a confidence builder for sure. We have nine girls in our team, and we are entering the mid-range with the bigger teams. Everything is improving overall. »
CN junior Malorie Baumler won the shot put (31-4) and rookie Mariska Laurila won the discus throw (87-10).
Junior BR-H Hazel Conklin cleared the 100 hurdles (18.37), rookie Marissa Ives won the 100 (13.65) and second Lauren Zawada jumped high (4-10).
Rapid River junior Ian Sundling won the long jump with a personal best 19-2 and assisted the winning 3200 relay. Senior Soren Gustafson was second in the discus (113-0) and Damyn Smith was second in the shot put (38-6), both personal bests.
“It shows what you can do when the weather is warmer,” said Rockets coach Steve Ostrenga. “We had a lot of personal bests. I think our guys did a good job. I’m really happy with the effort.
Senior Trent Naser provided North Central with firsts in the 110 hurdles (16.9) and 300 (42.15).
Freshman Joe Carlson became Holy Name’s first individual winner in his new era, winning the 3200 (11:52.92).