2016-05-18 / Sports

Area track teams warming for big week

Marlette, Cros-Lex, Peck shine at Inv.’s
BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


Andrew Storm Andrew Storm AREA – The high school track and field season is heading into its final three weeks of competition, and all big meets are awaiting.

Area league championships began on Tuesday (May 17) with the GTC and NCTL going at it and next Tuesday with the BWAC championships. Regional competitions for all classes will take place this Friday and Saturday with top finishers in each event gaining a berth in the MHSAA State Finals on June 4.

Most Sanilac schools had good warm-up tests this past Friday night, and showed very well.

The Cros-Lex Pioneers were a close second in the boys competition at the Marysville Invitational while the girls team was third. At the Hatchet Invitational in Bad Axe, the Marlette boys, led by Andrew Storm, was runner-up in the team standings to a tough Frankenmuth squad and the Lady Raiders were a respectable third.


Emily Schaub Emily Schaub At Akron-Fairgrove, the Peck Pirates continued their winning ways, taking first in the boys team standings on Friday night.

Marysville Invitational

The Pioneers turned in several season-best efforts on Friday night and finished with 82 points, just eight points behind champion Marysville.

The Pioneer boys won the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:21.8. Individually, C-L had a good showing from Jarod Jolley who was 3rd in the 1600 (4:38.5) and 4th in the 3200 (10; 18.6). Max Whittredge and Noah Yankee finished, two-three in the 800 in respective times of 2:03.4 and 2:04. Josh Johnson placed in both the 200 and 400 meter runs.

On the girls side, the Lady Pioneers went 10:33.0 to win the 3200 relay and were second in the 1600 relay (4:18.4). Junior Calli Townsend was second in both hurdles and senior Desiree Lerma was second in the 400 meter dash.

“The Marysville meet went well for us,” remarked Lisa Shaw, C-L girls coach. “We made some adjustments in our line-up preparing for regionals. We hope to be competitive and ready to perform at the next level on Friday.

“We realize that we need to improve to be able to compete with schools that we have not seen this season,” she added. “Rankings do not mean a lot on that day. We are going to depend on our experiences at a big meet, like at Saline, and our health and hearts.”

Hatchet Invitational

Frankenmuth was a little too much to catch for Marlette in the boys team standings at Bad Axe. The Eagles finished 35 points ahead (135) to take first.

However, the Raiders had several good efforts, including three individual firsts from senior Andrew Storm.

An all-state performer in D3 a year ago, Storm, on Friday night, won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.85, the 300 hurdles in :39.83, and the long jump with an effort of 20’8”, all season-bests. He just began working on the long jump in the last couple of weeks.

“(Andrew) had a bit of the flu recently and that kind of set him back,” said Coach Chris Storm of the Raiders on his earlier progress in the hurdle events. He added, though, that he was unsure if Andrew will do the long jump at regionals.

“The long jump is somewhat new to him,” Coach Storm commented. “He enjoys doing it. But, we’ve got some nagging injuries, so we’ll see. The biggest thing for us (as a team) is if we can heal up a bit. These kids are resilient. We’ll see.”

The Raiders also had a pair firsts from senior Eric Poth, who was not challenged in the 1600 (4:39.88) and went a solid 10:06.28 to take first in the 3200.

Marlette also continues to get multiple places in throwing vents. Isaac Dale was 2nd in the discus and fifth in the shot, Ben Nied was 5th in the discus (personal best 131’2”), and Charles McClatchie was 4th in the shot.

Deckerville had a mild surprise at Bad Axe from Stephen Barker, who won the 800 meter run in time of 2:07.58.

Brown City’s Brady Kaufman was first in the pole vault with a height of 13-foot. The Green Devil junior attempted to break the school record in the event (13’9) but missed his three tries at 14’.

Sandusky’s top finish was a second in the 400 meter relay with Casey Hyatt, Bryan Ross, Wray Davault and Braxton Washe going in a time of :46.75.

The girls competition at Bad Axe on Friday night was highlighted by Marlette’s Emily Schaub in the two hurdles events. The Red Raider sophomore won the 100 hurdles in a personal-best time of :15.57 and then took first in the 300 hurdles in :49.6.

Schaub also joined Breanna Cooper, Renee Miller and Morgan Klein on the winning 400 relay team (:53.58). Haley Cross teamed up with Cooper, Miller and Klein on the 800 relay that took 2nd (1:54.04). Earlier, Cross, a senior, took first in the long jump with a leap of 16’3”.

Reese won the team title with 131 points, Frankenmuth had 112 and Marlette was a distant third with 64. Deckerville, a D4 school competing against mostly D3 teams at Bad Axe, was fifth in the team standings with 46.

For the Lady Eagles, senior Karyn McConnachie placed in four events, including her second in the high jump (4’8”).

Sandusky had a pair of thirds (shot put & discus) from junior Jessica Kursinsky.

Akron-Fairgrove Invitational

The Peck Pirates boys team has had some nice successes this spring, including Friday night’s team championship at Akron- Fairgrove. The Pirates scored 108 points to edge out Division 3 Millington by four points.

Nathan Rosenthal and Gary DesJasrdins helped lead the way by both taking a pair of individual firsts. Rosenthal won the 1600 (4:59.06) and the 800 (2:13.02) meter runs while DesJardins took first in the shot (41-4.5) and the discus (101-4). Peck’s only other first came in the 300 hurdles, an effort of :43.0 from junior Jacob Holman.

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