ZEELAND – Sturgis senior Johnathon Sholl might have been the defending 200-meter state champion in Division 2. It didn’t buy him any slack from Michigan High School Athletic Association officials Saturday.
Sholl was disqualified during prelims for the 200 after officials said he crossed his lane line for six straight steps. Video, Sholl said, shows his foot touching the line twice.
“When you get up there, you do what ever you can to go fast and have a fast time, so I knew I was close to the line but I didn’t think I was on the line,” Sholl said. “I was trying to run the shortest race possible. But I guess they said I stepped on it with me heel, which I don’t understand because I run on my toes.
“They said I took six steps on it, which is like 20 meters. I was not on there for 20 meters. I saw photos and they have two photos of me stepping on it and they’re about 10 meters apart, which with my stride is maybe three steps. But they allow you four. There’s no way I took six.”
Sholl took some consolation in finishing third in the 100-meter dash, which isn’t his primary event. “I was hoping for top eight,” he said.
Sturgis’ Noah Kinsey also had a top-eight finish for all-state status. Kinsey, a senior, took eighth in the pole vault with a height of 13-04.
“I came here with a mission just to do well,” he said, sounding content.
Sturgis senior Michael Scheske was 18th overall in the 400.
Three Rivers’ Arionne Fowlkes also made all-state, finishing seventh in the 100-meter final with a time of 12.7. The Lady Wildcats 4×400 relay team of Stephanie McLochlin, Shelby Krawczak, Hadley Miller and Fowlkes finished 17th overall in 4:13.20.
Izzy Taylor was only a few spots away from all-state status for Three Rivers after finishing 11th in the shot put (36-9). She fouled off all of her throws in the discus.
In the boys 4×400 relay, the Wildcats quartet of Andrew Johnson, Seite Kiser, Traven Van Oss and Dan Foura totaled a time of 3:35.74 for 16th. Michael Coffey no-heighted in the high jump and he ended the day in 25th in the long jump with an effort of 18-11.25.
Photos by Brett Beier and Scott Rains