A look at this past week’s boys and girls track and field action from around Cass, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties.
Saturday, April 13
Paw Paw Invite
Harper Creek 159
Paw Paw 103
Vicksburg’s 400-meter relay team of Brian Roberts, Kevin Veld, Ben Welch and Casey Hall edged Mattawan at the line for a winning time of 46.78 seconds.
Harper Creek 128
Paw Paw 111
For Dowagiac, Tamia Rimpson clocked a winning time of 30.04 in the 200. Vicksburg’s Kinsay Riddle claimed a victory in the 100 hurdles (17.90) and teammate Mia Mulhearn won the 300 hurdles in 52.20. Also for the Bulldogs, Grace Wile, Megan Kendall, Sam Richardson and Micayla Bozeman logged a first-place time of 53.79 in the 400 relay. Vicksburg picked up two more wins in the field events as Ella Mitchell cleared 4-10 in the high jump and Mulhearn went 13-9.50 in the long jump.
Pork Weiss Invite
St. Philip 49
Riverview Gabriel Richard 46
Jackson Preparatory 6
Parchment freshman Garrett Winter was second overall in the 3200 in 11:33.83, finishing 11 seconds behind winner Erik Butchart (Quincy). Senior Aram Winchester gave the Panthers victories in the shot put (46-6.50) and the discus (113-0).
St. Philip 73
Riverview Gabriel Richard 38
Jackson Preparatory 1
Parchment sophomores Mary Dow and Sherry Dow finished 1-2 in the 400 with times of 1:08.58 and 1:09.41, respectively. Mary Dow went on to take the top spot in the 800 (2:36.76), and Lauren Miner, Olivia Winchester, Sherry Dow and Mary Dow registered a first-place time of 4:44.50 in the mile relay.
Friday, April 12
Gull Lake Invite
Loy Norrix 124
Kalamazoo Central 108
Portage Northern 98.5
Gull Lake 89
Holland Black River 31
Byron Center 21.5
Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg 21
Three Rivers 18
Grand Rapids Track Club 9
Kalamazoo Central finished 1-2 in the 100 meters as William Reed sprinted to the line first in 11.42 seconds, followed by teammate Aquari Walker (11.49). Walker went on to post a winning time of 23.24 in the 200, edging Comstock’s Tyler Wright at the line (23.30). The Maroon Giants’ 400 relay team of Aaron Dickason, William Reed, Jaden Blanchard and Walker combined for a 44.43 in first place. Terrence Bell gave K-Central first-place points in the shot put (45-9).
Gull Lake junior Juston Larkin won the 400 in 52.76 ahead of teammate Trent Stoner (54.25). The Blue Devils’ Nolan Fraaza, Larkin, Stoner and Zach Zahrt cruised to a win in the mile relay with a time of 3:37.87. Koby Fraaza, Zahrt, Nick Dawson and Nolan Fraaza then teamed up for a dominant win in the 3200 relay (8:28.60).
In the 1600, Loy Norrix junior Jozef Meyers clocked in at 4:31.88, three seconds ahead of Gull Lake sophomore Koby Fraaza (4:34.86). Meyers also won the 3200 in 9:37.40. The Knights’ 800 relay team of Nathaniel White, Darrell Mabon, Kenneth Walker and Stephen Speikes held on for a win in 1:34.91, less than a second ahead of Hackett. In the discus, nobody could beat senior Marshawn Bell, who won the discus for the Knights by 25 feet, measuring in at 149-2. Sophomore Abraham Konjoh jumped 12-6 to win the pole vault for Loy Norrix, finishing a foot and a half higher than the next competitor.
Hackett’s Heath Baldwin was the top finisher in the 110 hurdles (14.79) and Portage Northern’s Judson Fargo turned in the fastest effort in the 300 hurdles (40.05). Baldwin would go on to place first in the high jump at 6-7, beating out Comstock’s Whitehead and Gull Lake’s Caleb Taylor, both of whom cleared 6-2. Baldwin claimed first place in the long jump as well, sailing 21-6.25.
Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg 102
Gull Lake 93
Loy Norrix 92
Kalamazoo Central 89
Byron Center 71.5
Three Rivers 49.5
Portage Northern 36
Grand Rapids Track Club 26
Holland Black River 10
In the 800, Gull Lake’s Kayla Eklund fended off Kalamazoo Central freshman Zenaida Sackett to win in 2:33.73. Eklund also finished first in the 1600 with a time of 5:36.42, beating teammate Sarah Grimes (5:41.65). The Blue Devils took the top spot in the 3200 relay as Sarah Grimes, Makenzie Zeigler, Rachel Grimes and Kayla Eklund clocked a 10:28.31 for a 27-second victory. Moneiah Burgess added a shot put win to Gull Lake’s total with a toss of 33-2.50.
Loy Norrix had the hurdles covered as Breonia Robinson won the 100 (16.65) and Emily Holtz was first in the 300 (49.96).
Ivory Gray, Camani Johnson, Lillian Lockhart and Destiny Wells combined for a first-place time of 52.73 in the 400 relay for Kalamazoo Central, and Edwardsburg’s Alyssa Simmons, Katie Schaible, Alayah Calhoun and Kaitlyn Zarycki recorded a victory in the 800 relay in 1:55.00. Simmons, Kyle Bennett, Avery Thursby and Zarycki took first overall in the mile relay in 4:29.75. Kalamazoo Central’s Angeley Takyi posted a throw of 99-10 to win the discus, teammate Destiny Wells won the long jump (15-8) and Three Rivers’ Hadley Miller was the top finisher in the high jump at 5-1.
White Pigeon Invite
White Pigeon 63
Centreville scored big points with a 1-2 finish in the 200 as Jared Rank won in 23.74 and teammate Ben Yoder took runner-up in 24.44. Yoder, Colt Ferrier, Aidan Schrock and Matt Weber registered a two-second victory in 45.57 in the 400 relay, the Bulldogs quartet of Jacob Larrison, Tyler Swanwick, Gunner Bunning and Rank won the mile relay in 3:48.33, and the 3200 relay squad of Zach Vanderhoof, Larrison, Swanwick and Rank crossed the line first in 9:15.44. Tyler Overholt gave the Bulldogs a boost with wins in the shot put (40-7) and discus (155-7).
White Pigeon’s Carlos Castro beat out the field with a time of 11.09 in the 100. Mendon’s Charlie Newburry turned in the quickest 800 time in 2:19.11, and he won the 1600 in 5:07.21 and the 3200 (11.38.99). Colon’s Andrew Smolarz measured in at 19-1 to win the long jump, and teammate Alexander Stoll’s time of 16.97 in the 110 hurdles was the best of the night.
White Pigeon 31
Avian Younts was the top sprinter in the 100, winning in 13.82 for Centreville, and teammate Danielle Stauffer posted first-place points in the 200 (28.34). The Bulldogs piled on in the 800, taking the top three spots. Asia Pratel was first in 2:52.57, followed by Gabriella Schlabach (2:52.92) and Abigail Schlabach (2:533.41). Abigail turned around and beat out Gabriella Schlabach for a victory in the 1600 with a time of 6:12.89. It was Gabriella Schlabach’s turn in the 3200 as she notched a time of 13:35.30 and Abigail Schlabach finished runner-up in 13:51.97. Isabella Kangas chipped in first-place points with a win in the 100 hurdles (19.36). Stauffer, Samara Schlabach, Pratel and Younts produced a six-second victory in the mile relay (4:41.59), and Pratel, Abigail Schlabach, Gabriella Schlabach and Paige Walton combined for a win in the 3200 relay (11:37.24). Rounding out the list of first-place performances for Centreville were Madison Schrader in the discus (99-5) and Samara Schlabach in the high jump (4-11) and the pole vault (7-0).
White Pigeon’s Claycee West was the top finisher in the 400 (1:05.42), Mendon’s Alivia Stuart was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (19.37) and fellow Hornet Aubrey Crotser took second in the discus (87-0).
St. Joseph 118
Portage Central 62
Battle Creek Central 30.5
Sturgis senior Jackson VanAlmen turned in a distance of 136-0 to win the discus and Portage Central senior Gavin McNamara was the top pole vaulter of the night with a jump of 12-6, beating Sturgis senior Noah Franks on attempts.
Portage Central’s 800 relay team of Levi Conner, Grant Emery, Kelly Rogers and Blake Hively finished runner-up with a time of 1:35.23.
St. Joseph 119
Portage Central 46
Battle Creek Central 22
Sturgis senior Meg Scheske was first overall in the 1600, third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 3200 relay along with Meah Yunker, Kiley Pedue and Lexani Alejo Hernandez. The Trojans’ Paige Geroux was third in the pole vault.
Complete girls results were not reported.
Thursday, April 11
Schoolcraft 89, Lawton 45
Trenton Cook swept the 100 and 200 for Schoolcraft in 12.19 and 25.30, respectively. Phil Stafford added a win in the 3200 (12:53.63) before the Eagles’ 400 relay team of Cook, James Downs, Austin Webb and Kobe Clark claimed a victory in 47.34. Trevor DeGroote, Chris Cooper, Colin Kerwin and Downs added a win in the 800 relay (1:40.10), and Cook, Clark, Downs and DeGroote notched a win in the mile relay in 3:49.63. Carson Flynn, Simon Sheen, Ian Edwads and Karson Leighton scored first-place points in the 3200 relay (10:50.54), and River Fox was the top placer in the shot put at 44-6. Ben Sampley won the discus (135-9), Webb took first in the high jump (6-2) and Downs won the long jump (18-9).
Schoolcraft 105, Lawton 15
The Eagles won every event other than the 3200 relay. Taking first place for Schoolcraft were Gabi Saxman in the 100 (13.92), Halie Rhoda in the 200 (29.69), Halle Phelps in the 400 (1:11.29), Aislyn Shannon in the 800 (2:46.49) and the 1600 (6:11.94) and Lily Hendershot in the 3200 (14:58.21). Maggie Morris won the 100 hurdles in 22.99, Annika Peterson was first in the 300 hurdles (1:08.27) and Rhoda, Morris, Hannah Thompson and Saxman won the 400 relay in 58.28. Rhoda, Morris, Phelps and Saxman also took first in the 800 relay (2:01.31), while Phelps, Hannah Grochowski, Morgan Pace and Shannon were first in the mile relay (4:55.34). In the field events, Silver Fox had the top shot put of the evening with a distance of 25-5, Maggie Morris won the high jump (4-10), Grochowski scored first-place points in the pole vault (7-0) and Rhoda was the victor in the long jump (13-11).
Wednesday, April 10
Parchment 81, Comstock 52
Comstock’s Tyler Wright swept the sprints with a time of 11.71 in the 100 and a 23.89 in the 200. Daniel Burris owned the middle-distance events with victories in the 400 (56.73) and 800 (2:24.99). Parchment’s Garrett Winter cruised in the distance races, winning the 1600 (5:25.61) and the 3200 (12:03.80). Comstock’s Josh Small doubled up with wins in the 110 hurdles (17.99) and the 300 hurdles (44.57).
The Comstock quartet of Small, Evan Veenhuis, Raekwon Little and Tyler Wright earned a two-second win in the 400 relay (46.59), and then Adrian White, Venard Whitehead, Veenhuis and Wright teamed up for a 4×200 win (1:35.78) for the Colts. Parchment’s Sam Kokmeyer, Ethan Spink, Levi Cobb and Burris had a blowout victory in the 4×400 (4:05.86) and Parchment’s 4×800 relay of Jamie Terrill, Garrett Winter, Tony Williams and Burris won by 16 seconds with a time of 9:56.50. Parchment’s Aram Winchester took first in the shot put (42-7) and the discus (123-4), Comstock’s Whitehead was first in the high jump (5-10), Parchment’s Killian Czerniak won the pole vault (8-6) and Comstock’s Josh Small finished in the top spot in the long jump (19-6.50).
Parchment 100, Comstock 35
Yasmina Bolden, a freshman, gave Parchment a victory in the 100 (13.86), beating out Comstock freshman Gianna Nathaniel. But Nathaniel got revenge with a win in the 200 in 29.86. Parchment’s Mary Dow doubled up for wins in the 400 (1:08.26) and the 800 (2:42.97). Linsdey Slager edged Makenzie Morris in the 1600 with a time of 7:40.21, but Morris bounced back with a victory in the 3200 (17:17.52). Comstock’s Taz Smith, also a freshman, swept the hurdles with a time of 19.08 in the 100 and 56.81 in the 300. In the 400 relay, Nathaniel, Deshane Reed, Kyla Owens and Nareai McPherson eked out a win at the line for Comstock in 58.83. The 800 relay also came down to a photo finish as Parchment’s Alyssa Millers, Lauren Miner, Gabrielle Hodgson and Bolden clocked in a t 2:02.31. Ashton Heil, Olivia Winchester, Sherry Dow and Mary Dow tallied first-place points in the mile relay (5:19.80), and Morris, Celia Kuch, Dow and Dow won the 3200 relay (13:05.52). Taylor Ellstrom was the top performer in both the shot put (26-11.50) and the discus (70-7) for Parchment, and Abigail Thorman claimed first in the pole vault (6-6) and Ashley Lillard won the long jump (15-0) for the Panthers. Comstock’s Daisy Ansel was the top performer in the high jump at 4-3.
For Galesburg-Augusta, senior Toby Lear crossed the line first in the 800 (2:21.89) and the 1600 (5:10.82). He completed an outstanding distance triple with a victory in the 3200 (11:17.38).
In the 400, Galesburg-Augusta freshman Avery Coleman placed first in 1:14.02, sophomore Aubree Sedore won the 800 (2:47.40) and junior Lauryn Coleman cruised to a win in the 1600 (5:53.15) and the 3200 (13:03.84). The Rams also won the 400, 800 and 3200 relays. Names were not reported. Finally, Samantha Verburg registered first-place points in the long jump (13-2) for the Rams.
Tuesday, April 9
Edwardsburg 64, Three Rivers 55
Plainwell 71, Edwardsburg 47
Plainwell 73, Three Rivers 46
In a close 800-meter race, Edwardsburg sophomore Keaton Brandt ran a time of 2:16.68 to edge Three Rivers sophomore Tyler Norton (2:17.25). Fellow Eddies distance runner Jack Leman, a junior, cruised to a victory in the 1600 with a time of 4:40.15, beating the next closest competitor by over 20 seconds. Gabriel Humbert posted a 110 hurdle victory for the Wildcats in 18.26 as Edwardsburg’s Kade Erwin was right behind in 18.36.
In the 400 relay, the Three Rivers quartet of Jake Crocker, Chase Ludwig, Logan Bierlein and Dillon Cowgill clocked in at 46.09 for a victory, while the Wildcats’ 800 relay crew of Bierlein, Logan Borst, Cowgill and Ryan Wheat won in 1:38.77. The Wildcats’ strong showing in the relays continued when Henry Veale, Humbert, Cole Appoloni and Borst teamed up for a win in the mile relay (3:52.18). Edwardsburg’s Luke Stowasser and Jacob Pegura, both freshmen, finished first and second, respectively, in the high jump. Stowasser cleared 6-2 and Pegura went 5-3. Stowasser went on to win the long jump at 18-11.
Edwardsburg 84, Three Rivers 44
Plainwell 65, Three Rivers 63
Edwardsburg 74, Plainwell 54
Madison Bowers ran a 14.38 to win the 100 for Three Rivers and Edwardsburg’s Kaitlyn Zarycki nabbed first in the 200 with a time of 28.44. The Eddies’ Alyssa Simmons was the fastest competitor of the night in the 100 hurdles (18.39) and the 300 hurdles (52.87). Aliyah Farhan, Katie Schaible, Reese Haradine and Alayah Calhoun came together for an Edwardsburg victory in the 400 relay (56.67) before the Eddies’ foursome of Simmons, Kylie Bennett, Calhoun and Zarycki posted the quickest time in the 800 relay (1:54.73). The Eddies kept pounding out points in the relays with a win in the 4×400 as Simmons, Bartz, Avery Thursby and Zarycki won easily in 4:25.98.
Ivie Winings recorded a toss of 29-2 for Edwardsburg to win the shot put, Three Rivers’ Hadley Miller went 5-1 for the top spot in the high jump, and teammate Shelby Krawczak won the long jump with a leap of 15-3.50.
Sturgis 102, Vicksburg 35
Vicksburg 76, Paw Paw 59
Sturgis 86, Paw Paw 47
A strong trio of sophomore sprinters took the top three spots in the 400 for Sturgis, led by Michael Olarean’s winning time of 54.80. Senior Noah Franks crossed the line first in the 300 hurdles for the Trojans (44.03). Sturgis dominated the relays with a win by Nick Stanke, Logan Cleveland, Christian Riego de Dios and Christian Rooyakkers in the 4×100 (46.73), a top time by Stanke, Cleveland, Brady Sholl and Rooyakkers in the 4×200 (1:36.75), a first-place effort by Franks, Pedro Guzman, Blake Burkey and Michael Olarean in the mile relay (3:46.48) and a victory by Brown, Carlos Lara-Flores, Cash Schwemer and Guzman in the 4×800 (9:20.31). Jackson VanAlmen added a blowout win in the discus (146-8), and Franks beat the field in the pole vault at 10-6. Vicksburg’s Levi Thomas turned in the top height of the night at 5-9 in the high jump.
Vicksburg 80, Sturgis 56
Vicksburg 84, Paw Paw 49
Sturgis 77, Paw Paw 58
Mia Mulhearn and Riley-Ann Bierema finished 1-2 for Vicksburg in the 400, clocking in at 1:07.35 and 1:07.85, respectively. Mulhearn also added a victory in the 100 hurdles (18.50). The Bulldogs also produced the fastest times in the 400 relay (Grace Wile, Megan Kendall, Sam Richardson, Madeleine Geiger) with an effort of 53.35 and the 800 relay (Megan Bresnahan, Jessica Laske, Ella Mitchell, Alyssa Thompson) in 2:01.50. Geiger also tacked on a long jump win with a distance of 13-10.50.
For Sturgis, Meg Scheske was first overall in the 1600 (5:37.51) and the 300 hurdles (51.83). Kiley PeDue, Jade Stevens, Meah Yunker and Scheske teamed up for a win in the mile relay (4:41.17) and Scheske, Yunker, PeDue and Rachel Toner captured first in the 3200 relay (11:00.45). Jimena Garcia Carmona swept the throws with first place in the shot put (28-7) and the discus (82-4). Korin Whitcomb was the top high jumper of the night at 4-9 and Paige Geroux won the pole vault for the Trojans with a height of 7-0.
(At South Haven)
Allegan 71, South Haven 66
Otsego 90, Allegan 47
Allegan 92, Dowagiac 45
Otsego 115, Dowagiac 22
Otsego 90, South Haven 47
South Haven 98, Dowagiac 35
Otsego 99, Allegan 38
South Haven 69, Allegan 67
Otsego 95, South Haven 41
Otsego 114, Dowagiac Union 19
Allegan 95, Dowagiac 37
South Haven 80, Dowagiac 43
(At Portage Northern)
St. Joseph 86, Loy Norrix 77
St. Joseph 85, Portage Northern 78
Loy Norrix 82, Portage Northern 78
Loy Norrix 83.5, St. Joseph 79.5
St. Joseph 90, Portage Northern 70
Loy Norrix 96, Portage Northern 67
Portage Central 99, Niles 64
Portage Central 103, Niles 60
(At Kalamazoo Central)
Kalamazoo Central 86, Gull Lake 74
Gull Lake 88, Kalamazoo Central 72
(At Kalamazoo Christian)
Hackett 70, Kalamazoo Christian 56
Kalamazoo Christian 81, Hackett 19