On Saturday, the MITCA Team State meets were held around the state, open to only regional champions and other highly ranked teams in each division. From St. Joseph County, the Constantine boys and Centreville boys were both invited in the Division 3 field in Ann Arbor.
The Falcons placed fifth in the 14 team field with a score of 1055 and the Bulldogs were 10th at 900. Clare was the boys team champ at 1384.5 and also won the girls title.
Constantine earned first place in two events. The 4×400 relay of Julian Hawthorne, Charles Morris, Collin Featherstone, and Dean Topolski grabbed gold with a 3:30.19 time.
Individually, Bennett VandenBerg had the top discus toss of 151-08. VandenBerg also grabbed fifth with a personal record in the shot put at 43-01.25. Topolski took fourth in the 200m (23.62) and fifth in the 400m (51.84).
Centreville also earned gold in a relay and one individual event. In the 4×200 relay, the team of Tyler Swanwick, Joshua Falkenstein, Jacob Falkenstein, and Dylan Coney led the way with a 1:32.24 mark.
Coney had a big day, as he earned gold in the 200m at 23.31 and placed fourth in the 100m at 11.60. Swanwick grabbed third in the high jump at 5-11.75 and Joshua Falkenstein was fourth in the 400m at 51.80.
Elsewhere Saturday was the Distance Night Under the Lights at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, with more than 40 schools across all divisions sending distance runners to compete.
Mendon freshman Presley Allen ran in the 800m and 1600m and picked up top ten finishes in both. Allen placed seventh in the 1600m with a 5:21.28 time and was tenth in the 800m at 2:29.27.
All St. Joseph County track teams compete in the UAW All-Star meet at Three Rivers Tuesday, then the most elite athletes next Saturday head to the MHSAA Championships.