The top track and field athletes from St. Joseph County competed Tuesday at Mendon in what was the final meet of the year for some and a tune-up for Saturday’s state finals for others.
Senior Carlos Castro swept the sprints with victories in the 100 meters (11.45 seconds) and 200 (23.38). The Centreville tandem of Jared Rank and Tyler Swanwick beat out the field in the 400 (52.38) and 800 (2:08.48), respectively, and Sturgis’ Tremaine Brown claimed wins in the 1600 (4:48.55) and the 3200 (11:05.42).
Noah Franks of Sturgis was a double champion in the 110 hurdles (16.25) and the 300 hurdles (41.66). The Three Rivers quartet of Logan Bierlein, Jake Crocker, Dillon Cowgill and Chase Ludwig edged Sturgis with a win in the 400 relay (45.32), but the Trojans’ Blake Burkey, Logan Cleveland, Michael Olarean and Christian Rooyakkers clocked the fastest time in the 800 relay (1:34.45). Bierlein, Gabriel Humbert, Logan Borst and Dan Foura gave Three Rivers a win in the mile relay (3:35.98), while Centreville’s Michael Hostetler, Gunner Bunning, Tyler Swanwick and Thai Pratel won the 3200 relay (8:48.58).
State title hopeful Tyler Overholt posted first-place points for Centreville in the shot put (45-07) and the discus (151-9). With a jump of 6-0, Mendon’s Dakota Ames was the top performer in the high jump, Constantine’s Wyatt Alwine dominated the pole vault with a height of 13-9, and Three Rivers’ Jake Crocker won the long jump at 19-11.
For Centreville, Gabrielle Brown crossed the line first in the 100 (13.47) and White Pigeon’s Claycee West won the 200 in 27.70. Hadley Miller produced a 2 ½ second victory in the 400 (1:02.29), while Sturgis’ Meg Scheske was first in the 800 (2:28.58) and the 1600 (5:38.50). Gabriella Schlabach won by over a minute in the 3200 (12:35.29) and Hannah Outlaw outran the competition in the 100 hurdles (16.20). Falcons teammate Cassie McNamara won a close race in the 300 hurdles (51.60).
Debbie Wilson, Outlaw, Laci Lutz and McNamara edged Sturgis in the 400 relay (54.18), the Three Rivers foursome of Clariana Thomas, Miller, Stephanie Pontius and Shelby Krawczak crossed the line first in the 800 relay (1:53.83), and the Wildcats team of Gracie Bowers, Krawczak, Thomas and Ava Glass took first in the mile relay with a time of 4:26.23. Scheske, Kiley PeDue, Korin Whitcomb and Meah Yunker won the 3200 relay for Sturgis in 10:36.01.
In the field events, it was Constantine’s Lilly Stears who was the top finisher in the shot put (32-10.75), Sturgis’ Holly Ellingson won the discus (94-4), Miller cleared 5-1 to win the high jump for Three Rivers, teammate Ellana Haifley went 9-6.5 in the pole vault for a victory, and Centreville’s Danielle Stauffer won the long jump (15-8).
Photos by Nicci Plummer