In Ely track, youth is served

by Tom Coombe -

Some of the Ely Timberwolves’ youngest athletes had breakthrough performances Tuesday in Virginia.
The high school girls track team took second at the Eveleth-Gilbert Invitational, in a performance marked not only by a record-setting run from senior Ryne Prigge, but individual wins by a pair of middle-schoolers.
Zoe Devine, in seventh grade, won both the 800 and 1,600 meter runs in convincing fashion.
Eighth-grader Ande Visser wouldn’t be denied either, picking up her first-ever varsity first-place finish in the discus.
Those performances went with Prigge’s wipeout of the field in the 3,200.
She not only won the event in 12:08.90, but she crossed the finish line more than two minutes ahead of her next-nearest foe.
Prigge also anchored Ely’s winning four-by-800 relay, which won in 9;10.65 and topped second-place Eveleth-Gilbert by nearly 30 seconds. She was joined by Emma Terwilliger, Brynn Vollum and Evelyn Bercher.
Head Coach Jayne Dusich said that overall “times were slower because of the wind, rain and cold” conditions at Virginia, but the Wolves still managed to put in some stellar performances.
Devine had comfortable wins in the 800 (2:46) and 1,600 (6:06.95), and Visser threw the discus 78 feet, five inches to take first.
Another young Ely athlete, eighth-grader Lauren Olson, was second in the 300 hurdles (55.50) and third in the 100 (18.9).
The Wolves also scored as follows:
• 100 dash - 6. Annika Mattson, 14.30;
• 200 dash - 4. McKenna Coughlin, 31.10;
• 400 dash - 2. Grace LaTourell, 1:08.8;
• 800 run - 6. Juliet Stouffer, 3:31;
• 1,600 run - 4. Madison Hasz, 6:55.42;
• Four-by-100 relay - 3. Mattson, Ana Bercher, Evelyn Bercher, Sarah Isbell, 58.1;
• Four-by-200 relay - 2. Terwilliger, Couhglin, Emma Larson, Isbell, 2:06.31;
• Four-by-400 relay - 2. Ana Bercher, Coughlin, Isbell, Mattson, 4:54.34
• High jump - 6. Brooke Pasmick, 4-0;
• Shot put - 3. Stouffer, 24-3; 8. Visser, 23-3;
• Discus - 5. Maarja Faltesek, 69-11, 7. Stouffer, 66-6.
Doc Savage Meet
The Wolves traveled to Hibbing Saturday and placed fourth at the 63rd Annual Doc Savage Invitational.
Prigge bolstered her credentials as a section contender by winning the 800 in impressive fashion.
She finished in 2:23.63, topping the runner-up from Hibbing with 15 seconds to spare.
Prigge had Ely’s only win but the Wolves piled up points in numerous other events.
Olson was second in a tight race with Eveleth-Gilbert’s Hannah Maninga in the 100 hurdles. The Ely eighth grader finished in 19.04 seconds, just .05 seconds away from the winner.
Later, Olson was third in the 300 hurdles in 54.66 seconds.
Devine had a second-place finish in the 1,600 (5:56.10) and Ely’s Phoebe Helms was fourth in the same event (6:14.93).
Ely’s four-by-400 foursome of Ana Bercher, Coughlin, Isbell and Mattson had the best Wolves’ relay finish, taking second. The four-by-800, four-by-100 and four-by-200 Ely relays were fourth.
Isbell sprinted her way to a fourth-place showing in the 200 dash (30.33) and Coughlin was two places back (31.02).
Mattson placed fourth in the 400 (1:09.55) and Julia Schwinghamer was fifth in the 3,200 (14:41.20).
Brooke Pasmick scored points for the Wolves by taking fourth in the high jump (4-2),while Visser was sixth in the discus (82-11) and eighth in the shot put (28-0).