BATH – An opportunity to coach girls track brought Brian Lincoln back to his hometown after 15 years away.
The Olivet girls track team provided him with a welcome home present Friday that he will always remember.
Sophomore Logan Kyre was part of three event wins as the Eagles captured a Division 3 regional title at Bath High School. Olivet finished with 107 points, while host Bath had 96.5 to place second.
“This is amazing,” said Lincoln, who was previously at Maple Valley. “To come back to my hometown and win a regional title in my first year is just amazing.
“The girls are just amazing and the work ethic and the times that they put down tonight were unbelievable. They are amazing athletes.”
Sophomore Taylor Sinclair, who was on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams and took second in both the pole vault and 100-meter dash, said a regional title wasn’t even among the list of goals for the Eagles to start the season. Olivet lost a number of key seniors from last year’s team and entered the spring just simply hoping to do their best.
They did their best Friday and now have a regional title to show for it.
“Considering I’m a sophomore, I’m happy about it because I have two more years to keep doing this, and I get to do it with all of my best friends,” said Kyre, who won the 100 hurdles, was part of the winning 800 and 400 relays and took second in the 300 hurdles.
Senior Annie Fanta was a key performer for Bath in her final home meet, winning all four events she participated in to keep her hopes alive of a state title. Fanta was a regional champ in the 1,600 and 800 and also was part of the winning 3,200 and 1,600-meter relays for the Bees.
“I just wanted to leave everything out on the track since it’s my last time,” Fanta said. “Everything started off good from the 4×800 to the 4×400, and I’m just really thankful to have all these people around to finish up under the lights.”
Tessa Hosford also won the 400 and was part of the winning 3,200 and 1,600 relay wins for Bath.
Chesaning won the boys regional title with 110 points, while Lansing Catholic finished second with a score of 103.5. Keenan Rebera won the 1,600 and 800 runs and placed third in the 3,200 to lead the Cougars, who also got a first-place performance from Konnor Maloney in the 400.
“We performed well,” Lansing Catholic coach Tim Simpson said. “Our main goal was to qualify our big points scorers for the state meet and take a shot at the state championship in two weeks.”
“Our two mile, mile, 800 – we needed all those guys to get through and they did. We got all the people that we need to get in to have a shot to try to win at the state meet.”
Other area athletes to win multiple individual events Friday included Maple Valley’s Cole Decker (shot put and discus) and Laingsburg’s Kelly Brown (high jump and 200).