There was certainly a pattern Saturday with wins coming in pairs at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state track and field finals at Comstock Park.
Wyoming Lee junior Thomas Robinson couldn’t be stopped in the sprints as he won the 100 in 10.84 and the 200 in 22.04. Bridgman’s Brian Patrick, a senior, dethroned defending 800 champ Anthony Evilsizor (Constantine) with a time of 1:53.81 in personal-record fashion. Patrick also went on to claim the mile championship with a dominant victory (4:11.50) that was a personal record as well.
Evilsizor, who is headed to the Marine Corps now that his high school career is over, tipped his cap to Patrick.
“I just tried to stick on his back to the end and see what happens,” said Evilsizor, whose time of 1:55.50 was a season best. “He didn’t die out. I knew he was the one coming for me. He’s put in the work. I’m not going to complain. It has been fun. I’m happy with second place.”
Constantine’s Quinten Prieur, a junior, finished 22nd in the 3200 with a personal-record time of 10:08.46. Teammate Anthony Ruth, a senior took 13th in the discus (138-1).
The hurdle races belonged to Houghton Lake’s Jackson Blanchard, a junior who ran a personal best to win the 110 hurdles (14.81) and his fastest time in the 300s (38.50).
In the throws, Frankenmuth senior Dan Stone muscled his way to a shot put championship with a distance of 60-9.75 (personal best) and a discus title with a throw of 171-00.
The boys from Chesaning are emotionally spent after the competition. A Saturday saturated with stress gave way to pure bliss as the Indians kept grinding all the way to a team title.
Their lead dwindled to a single point, 43-42, with only the 1600-meter relay remaining. The Indians finished in fifth place — the most memorable fifth-place performance, perhaps, in the program’s history.
Chesaning ended the day with 47 points, followed by Hillsdale (42) and Frankenmuth (30).
Doing one better was the theme for Adrian Madison’s girls track and field team Saturday.
A year after finishing runner-up, the Trojans nabbed a team championship with 56.5 points. Lansing Catholic was second with 41 and Shepherd took third with 33.
It was a prolific final performance by senior Megan Rosales that sparked the victory as she played a role in four wins for the Trojans.
Constantine sophomore Cassie McNamara placed 11th overall in the 100 hurdles (17.06) and she made the all-state (top eight) team with a seventh-place performance in the 300 hurdles with a personal-record time of 47.13.
The Falcons’ mile relay squad of Alexis Dull, Paulina Diaz, Mackenzi Dobosiewicz and McNamara was 26th with a time of 4:25.43.
Photos by Wes Morgan