Area schools competed in their final weekend track and field meets prior to next week’s regional meets.
On Friday, Mendon hosted Centreville, Colon, and five others in the John Green Mendon Invitational.
The Bulldogs took the top boys team spot with a score of 158, followed by Union City at 88 and Martin at 78. The Magi took fourth at 58 and the Hornets were sixth at 36. For the girls, Athens led the way at 180, followed by Centreville at 102 and UC at 83. Mendon was fourth at 69 and Colon fifth at 41.
Centreville’s boys cleaned up the relays with four golds. Joshua and Jacob Falkenstein plus Tyler Swanwick were on the 4×200 and 4×400. Joshua also won the 400m individually and Swanwick took the high jump. Dylan Coney had a relay gold and led the long jump and 200m, plus a second in the 100m. Ethan Miller won the 800m and had two relay golds.
Alexander Stoll led the scoring efforts for the Colon boys, winning both hurdle events, the 100m, and taking third in the 200m. Mendon’s top placer was Jack McCaw with a third in the 100m.
For the girls, Prseley Allen won both distance runs for the Hornet girls and Keyara Szymanski topped the shot put and discus. Centreville’s Isabella Kansas won the high jump and Zoe Miller the long jump. Miller also was on the top 4×200 relay squad. Colon’s best was Noemi Cester getting second in the 3200 and second with their 4×800 relay.
Constantine hosted White Pigeon and six other squads Friday in the CHS Invitational. The Falcons took the boys championship at 141.5, well ahead of second place Schoolcraft’s 75 and Buchanan’s 70. The Chiefs were sixth at 47. For girls, Quincy won at 115, followed by Hackett Catholic at 100 and Buchanan at 76. Constantine’s girls were fourth at 71 and WP’s eighth at 17.
Julian Hawthorne had three golds for the Falcon boys with the best long jump and on the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, plus a second in the 800m. Collin Featherstone joined him on both relays with Charles Morris and Dean Topolski the rest of the 4×400 squad and the 4×800 having Ethan Glick and Isaac Moore. Topolski grabbed silver in the 200m and 400m and Bennett VandenBerg won discus.
White Pigeon’s boys best individually was Seth Miller’s second in the shot put. The Chiefs also took second in three of the relays with multiple medals to Dylan Carper, Caleb Lane, Todd Hollingsworth, Josh Davidson, and Mekhi Singleton.
On the girls side, the top St. Joseph County individual performer was Constantine’s Abigail Flores with a second in the 300m hurdles and third in the 100m hurdles, plus a second on the 4×400 relay. The Falcons did get gold in the 4×200 relay with Cami McMillin, Natalie Whitaker, Jessica Ambs, and Riley Smith.
On Saturday, Paw Paw hosted the Wolverine Conference championship meet. The Sturgis boys finished second at 103.5 and Three Rivers was ninth at 19.5. For the girls, TR took fourth at 72.5 with the Trojans fifth at 68.5. Otsego claimed the title on both ends with a 145 boys team score and 152.5 girls tally.
Rasean O’Tey was the star of the boys meet earning four gold medals for Sturgis. O’Tey had the top times in the 100m and 200m individually and was on the best 4×100 and 4×200 relays. O’Tey added PRs in the 100m (11.08) and 200m (22.83). Brenden Myers, who joined him on those relays, was second in both the 100m and 200m. Thaison Washington was also on those winning relays and grabbed second in the 400m. Jamiel Brown was the fourth man on the 4×100 with Brock Fergison on the 4×200.
For the Sturgis girls, Korin Whitcomb took top honors in three events; the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and high jump, while finishing on the third place 4×400 relay. Keyanna O’Tey placed second in the 100m and 200m.
Wildcat junior Kylin Griffin was named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete for the event, taking first in the 100m, 200m, 400m, along with a role in the second place 4×200 relay. Grffin’s 59.53 mark in the 400m set a new school record and her 100m and 200m times (12.27 & 25.93) were both PRs.
Joining her on the 4×200 squad was Paige McDonald, who also grabbed second in the 300m hurdles. The top placing Wildcat boy was Noah Humbert with a second in the pole vault.