EagleHerald/Brian Bell Stephenson's Emily Johnson jumps over a hurdle while Carney-Nadeau's Talisha McCollough runs ahead during Saturday's U.P. Finals in Kingsford.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell Stephenson's Emily Johnson jumps over a hurdle while Carney-Nadeau's Talisha McCollough runs ahead during Saturday's U.P. Finals in Kingsford.

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KINGSFORD — The Stephenson girls placed fifth and the boys took sixth at Saturday’s MHSAA Division 3 Track & Field U.P. Finals at Kingsford High School.

Eagles senior Montell Glover proved yet again that he is the fastest kid in the U.P., crushing the competition in the 100-meter dash where he won the Eagle boys’ only gold medal. His winning time of 11.19 seconds is a new Division 3 record, breaking the previous mark set in 2001 by Bark River’s Travis Bellefeuille. Junior Trae Larson also ran the 100 and came in fourth (11.87)

Unfortunately for Glover, his day was ended much earlier than expected due to a hip flexer injury flaring up and sidelining him for the rest of the day, not giving him the opportunity to defend his titles in the 200- and 400-meter dash events. 

Senior Amanda Starzynski gave the Eagles a sweep of the 100-meter dash when she edged out North Dickinson’s Masyn Alexa. Starzynski finished in 13.15 seconds and Alexa crossed in 13.16. She took home another gold in the long jump, winning by over a foot with her jump of 15 feet, 9 inches. Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Mariah Willmer came in second, jumping 14-7.25.

In the 400 relay, Staryznski teamed up with fellow senior Autumn Rasner, sophomore Gena Anders and freshman Lilly Grinsteiner. The Eagles placed fifth (55.65).

In her final event of the day, Alexa avenged her 100-meter dash loss to Starzynski in the 200 as she beat her out by .09 seconds to get the win in 27.00.

Starzynski totaled 30 of Stephenson’s 42 team points by placing — and placing high — in all of her events.

The 3,200 relay team of junior Ally Schultz and sophomores Paige and Allie Cappaert and Kylee Kuntze finished in sixth, and the 800 relay team with Anders, Schultz, Grinsteiner and Rasner came in fifth.

Kuntze continued on her good season in the distance events by placing sixth in the 3,200 (13:32.95), while senior Karlee Kuntze did the same in the long jump where she took third by clearing 4-8.

In the shot put event, junior Jasmine Gibellini scored the final two points for the Eagles with her fifth place throw of 29-8.50.

Aside from Glover’s first, the only other top three finish for the boys came when Larson took third in the 200 with a time of 23.97.

Junior Gage Larson took sixth in the 110 hurdles; the 3,200 relay team (seniors Ashton Barstow, Evan Kakuk, Trent Cappaert and Brian Kuntze) came in fifth; the 800 relay team of Trae Larson, Teagan Johnson, Noah Williams and Kaden Rivard finished in 1:38.09 for fourth place and then Larson and Johnson teamed up with Kakuk and Cappaert in the 1,600 relay and took sixth to round out the point totals for the boys squad.

Bessemer won the title for the boys with 136 points and LL-H was second with 67 points.

For the girls, LL-H took home the title by totaling 112 points and North Dickinson was second (62).