Alpena sweeps Petoskey in dual meet

The Alpena High boys and girls track teams know that as the weather warms up, their numbers and times are going to get better.

While some of those numbers weren’t quite there on Wednesday, it didn’t stop the Wildcats from dominating a dual meet with Petoskey at Thunder Bay Junior High School. Alpena won 27 of the 34 events run during the meet and many athletes came away with PRs.

Alpena’s boys team won 88-49 and Alpena’s girls team won 91-42.

“We’re getting better. We got a lot of PRs today, so we are getting better,” Alpena boys coach Bob Bennett said. “We haven’t been able to practice a whole lot because of the weather, but it’s going to turn (warmer) and we’ll get better.”

A dominating team performance meant that several Alpena athletes came away with wins in multiple events. Mitchell Day led Alpena with wins in the 800 run (2:05), 1,600 run (4:29.49) and 3,200 run (9:57). Day had little trouble winning any of his events and breezed through the 3,200 run only minutes after winning the 800.

“He and Kolin Ghidoni doubled up today like that,” Bennett said. “They got good workouts in.”

Trevor Roznowski won both the discus (134-1) and shot put (45-1) and Ghidoni won the 400 dash (54.50).

Emma Jore, Katie Mack and Maddy Boyd were the big winners for the Alpena girls team. Jore swept the sprints, winning both the 100 dash (15.42) and 200 dash (29.40) in her first time running both at the same meet.

Mack won the 400 dash (1:04.36) and high jump (4-10) and Boyd took both the long distance events, winning the 1,600 run (5:46.05) and 3,200 run (13:33).

“As the weather warms up it’s going to get better. Today they kind of ran their true events and they did fabulously,” Alpena girls coach Joy Bullis said. “Emma Jore hadn’t run the 100 and 200 at a (meet), but she really (shined) there.”

The cold start to the spring season has left the Wildcats short on practice time outside, but Bullis was impressed with Alpena’s performance on Wednesday, especially after forming a game plan before the meet and watching it come to fruition.

“They performed exactly how I expected them to,” Bullis said. “We did a lot of coaching like ‘This is what we need to do and this is how it’s going to go’ and they were spot on.”

Other winners for the Alpena boys were: the 3,200 relay team (8:54.39); Jayson Bebout in the 100 dash (11.91); the 800 relay team (37.81); the 400 relay team (46.96); Haydn Goebel in the 300 hurdles (47.24) and Wade Roznowski in the 200 dash (24.84).

Other winners for the Alpena girls were: the 3,200 relay team (11:17.39); Taylor Foster in the 100 hurdles (17.90); the 400 relay team (57.22); Kaitlyn Trelfa in the pole vault (7-0); Savannah Thomson in the 300 hurdles (53.75); Destiney Wirgau in the 800 run (2:42.81); Caitlynn Dzuris in the shot put (33-9); Morgan Jewell in the discus (100-9) and the 1,600 relay team (4:37).

Other finishers for the Alpena boys were: Goebel in the high jump (3rd, 5-2); Nate Trelfa in the 100 hurdles (2nd, 19.57) and 300 hurdles (3rd, 49.83); Truman Vaughn in the 100 hurdles (3rd, 19.60); Wade Roznowski and Arar Sahawnek in the 100 dash (2nd, 11.99 and 3rd, 12.25); Alec LeTourneau and Andy Keskimaski in the pole vault (2nd, 12-0 and 3rd, 9-6); Isaac Cross in the 1,600 run (3rd, 5:03.37); Levi Goebel in the 400 dash (3rd, 56.36); Aden Smith in the 3,200 run (2nd, 10:23); Randy Udell in the discus (2nd, 128-8) and shot put (41-7) and the 1,600 relay team (2nd, 3:49).

Other finishers for the Alpena girls were: Thomson in the 100 hurdles (2nd, 18.42); the 800 relay team (2nd, 2:02.77); Kiersten Genschaw in the 1,600 run (3rd, 6:51.87) and 3,200 run (3rd, 14:54); Maddie Voltz in the high jump (2nd, 4-6); Mack in the 800 run (2nd, 2:51.65); Kayla Eggleston in the 200 dash (3rd, 31.53) and Dakota Prevo in the shot put (3rd, 32-5) and discus (97-6).

James Andersen can be reached via email at sports@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5694. Follow James on Twitter @ja_alpenanews.