The Harper Creek boys’ track team made it back-to-back regional championships on Friday as the Beavers placed first at an MHSAA Division 2 regional at Mason.
Harper Creek totaled 109.5 points on the day and night, with host Mason coming in second with 102 points.
Only the first-place team, the first- and second-place individuals, and those individuals who met MHSAA state qualifying standards advanced out of regionals to the state meets.
This year’s state finals will take place June 1, with D-1 at East Kentwood, D-2 at Forest Hills Eastern, D-3 at Comstock Park and D-4 at Hudsonville.
“I’m very proud of our team. We didn’t have a lot of first- or second-place finishes, but we scored in enough events all the way through to make it back-to-back regional championships for us,” said Harper Creek boys’ coach Larry Quick. “We worked hard all year, and this was one of our goals.”
With firsts for Harper Creek were senior Josh Bass in the shot put (53-10) and senior Connor Bauserman in the 400-meter run (51.59).
With seconds for the Beavers were the 800 relay of junior Dakota Wilson, junior Luke Whitecap, junior Anthony McNichols and Bauserman (1:32.71); junior Zach Testolin in the discus (155-6); the 1,600 relay of Wilson, sophomore James Cadena, Whitecap and Bauserman (3:30.17); and Bauserman in the 800 (1:57.69).
Boys’ and girls’ squads from Harper Creek, Pennfield, Coldwater, Gull Lake and Marshall competed at the Mason regional, but complete information from the meet was not available as of press time for Saturday’s edition. More information from the site will appear in Sunday’s Enquirer.
MORE BOYS’ TRACK REGIONALS
D-4 AT ALBION
In the final regional in the foreseeable future to take place at Albion High (the school board voted 5-1 this week to close the high school), host Albion — the two-time D-3 state champs who’ve won four state titles since 2008 — won another regional Friday with a score of 105 points.
Also, Climax-Scotts was fifth with 55 points, Athens was sixth with 53.50, Homer was seventh with 50, St. Philip was 10th with 26, Tekonsha was 11th with 20 and Marshall Academy was 13th with 2.
With first-place finishes for Albion were Nolen Bright-Mitchell in the 100 (10.94) and the 200 (22.07); and the 1,600 relay of Bryan Peoples, Bright-Mitchell, Dalen Cage and Zach Hudson (3:30.86). With second-place finishes for Albion were Glenn Estelle in the 110 hurdles (16.59); the 400 relay of Jamil Short, Bright-Mitchell, Estelle and Terrance Byrd (44.87); Hudson in the 800 (2:03.06); and Austin McDowell in the discus (138-09).
With first-place finishes for Climax-Scotts were the 800 relay of Alexander Lodes, Kirk Gibson, Dakota Nowakowski and Zach Nabozny (1:34.27); and the 400 relay of Lodes, Samuel Eshuis, Nabozny and Gibson (44.52). With seconds for C-S was Lodes in the 100 (11.03) and the 200 (22.25).
With firsts for Athens was Lucas Jenkins in the high jump (5-11) and the long jump (21-03).
With a first for Homer was Gavin Towery in the pole vault (12-1.02). Also qualifying for state for Homer was Hunter Weeks, who was second in the high jump (5-9).
With a second for Tekonsha was Joseph Newcomb in the 1,600 (4:31.20).
With a second for St. Philip was David Downey in the long jump (20-09).
D-3 AT OLIVET
Hanover-Horton won the regional title with 100 points. Union City was second with 75, Olivet was sixth with 44 and Quincy was 10th with 36.
Union City’s Josh Holton advanced to state in three events, winning the long jump (21-0.25), the 100 dash (11.10) and the 200 dash (23.11). The Chargers’ Jesse Anderson advanced in two events, winning regional titles in the 110 hurdles (15.35) and the 300 hurdles (41.48).
Olivet’s Quintan Harris captured regional titles in the discus (159-10) and the shot put (51-6.5).
Quincy’s Zack Slack advanced to state with a second-place finish in the 800 run (1:58.54).
GIRLS’ TRACK REGIONALS
D-4 AT ALBION
Fowler was first as a team with 169 points. Homer was second with 102, Athens third with 70, Climax-Scotts fourth with 60, host Albion eighth with 36, St. Philip 10th with 15, Tekonsha 12th with 7 and Marshall Academy 13th with 4.
With firsts for Homer were the 3,200 relay of Alexis Mestdagh, Jessica Reagle, Bailey Manis and Amanda Reagle (10:11.38); Kelsie Weitzel in the 100 (13.09); Amanda Reagle in the 800 (2:23.70); and Jessica Reagle in the 3,200 (12:31.37). With seconds for Homer were the 800 relay of Amanda Reagle, Alyssa Boyd, Weitzel and Manis (1:50.22); Weitzel in the 200 (27.27); and the 1,600 relay of Boyd, Weitzel, Manis and Amanda Reagle (4:17.52).
With firsts for Athens was Chantel Davenport in the 100 hurdles (15.42), the high jump (5-05) and the long jump (16-11). With a second for Athens was Audrey Oswalt in the pole vault (8-06).
With firsts for Climax-Scotts was Janae Langs in the discus (103.08) and the shot put (35-02.50). With a second for C-S was the 400 relay of Fallon Froberg, Stephanie Cochran, Langs and Georgie Braithwaite (52.86).
With a first for Albion was Tamira Patterson in the 200 (26.97). With a second for Albion was Cortazia Wilson in the long jump (16-05.50).
With a second for St. Philip was Maria Dechant in the 400 (1:03.45).
D-3 AT OLIVET
Napoleon won the regional crown with 90 points. Union City was third with 72, Quincy was fourth with 62 and Olivet was 10th with 33.
Union City’s Brooke Johnson won a regional title in the 100 dash (12.92) and finished third but posted a state-qualifying time in the 200 dash (26.66). The Chargers’ Katie Birch finished third but posted a state qualifying time in the 800 run (2:27.87) and was part of the sixth-place 1,600 relay team along with Allison Foster, Lindsey Fisk and Rachel Sutherland that posted a qualifying time of 4:19.40.
Quincy’s Breanna Spalding won a regional title in the high jump (5-0) and was second in the pole vault (8-9). Also for the Orioles, Kayti Hawkins won a regional crown in the discus (111-8) while Andrea Ferrin placed second in the 200 run (26.56).
Olivet’s Hayle Walkowski advanced to state with her second-place finish in the long jump (16-6.5).
(At) Delton Kellogg 2, Pennfield 0: Delton Kellogg took first place in the league tournament and won the Kalamazoo Valley Association title for the first time in school history on Friday night. Hannah Phommavongsa and Brianna Russell scored goals for D-K, Sarah Rendon had two assists and Phommavongsa had one assist. Delton Kellog outshot Pennfield 13-5, and D-K keeper made four saves. The D-K defense has allowed only four goals this season, and posted thier ninth shutout of the campaign.Sam Tuttle made three saves for Pennfield.
Pennfield 11-2, (at) Lakeview 7-5: The two city schools split the non-conference doubleheader. In Game 1, an 11-7 Pennfield victory, Tanner Dean got the mound triumph for the Panthers (15-11). At the plate for Pennfield, Tyson Banker went 3-for-5 with three RBI; Brayden Bennett had two hits; Alex Reed went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI; Sam Duckham went 2-for-4 with two RBI; and Hunter Hoogakker had a double and an RBI. In Game 2, which Lakeview won 5-2, Banker was the losing hurler for Pennfield. Offensively for the Panthers, Banker and Hoogakker both went 2-for-3 (with Hoogakker getting a double), and Caleb Frein had a double and an RBI.
(At) Olivet 3-9, K-Christian 2-1: Evan Davis tossed the complete-game victory in Game 1 for Olivet with four strikeouts. At the plate, Joe Barr went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Tyler Andrews was 2-for-2. In Game 2, Barr earned the win over six innings with three strikeouts while allowing two hits. Offensively for the Eagles (10-13, 6-10 KVA), Barr, Shane Loney, Rob Funk and Dylan Coolidge each went 2-for-4.
(At) Lakeview 8-12, Pennfield 2-1: The host Spartans won both ends of the non-league twinbill between city teams, improving to 15-12 overall. In Game 1, Cady Belote got the circle win with six strikeouts, Miranda Frye had two hits and three RBI, and Brittney Kimball, Taylor Gailhouse and Paige Tobin had two hits apiece. For Pennfield (9-18) in the opener, Megan DeHart was the losing hurler, Shelby Miller had two singles, and Ashley Kallgren had an RBI single. In Game 2, Shayna Starring tossed a five-inning four-hitter with four strikeouts, and Katie Reimer, Kelsey Callaway and Frye had two hits apiece. For the Panthers, Amanda Sare took the mound loss and Hannah Lenz had a sacrifice-fly RBI.
KVA Tri-Meet at Parchment: Maple Valley was first with a 167, Parchment second with 180 and Constantine third with 215. Scoring for the Lions were Rage Sheldon (36), Ryan Mudge (42), Hunter Hilton (44) and Jordan Denton (45).
KVA Tri-Meet at K-Christian: At Thornapple Creek GC, Kalamazoo Hackett was first with a 160, Olivet was second with a 193 and host K-Christian was third with a 200. Scoring for Olivet were Keagan Carpenter (41), Justin Kepsel (46), Ben Koske (52) and Sam Judd (54).
(At) Delton Kellogg 169, Allegan 195: At Mullenhurst GC in Delton, the host Panthers of the KVA won the non-league match with Sarah Shipley shooting a 38, Zack Simon and Conner Worm 43s, and Alex Lepird and Anthony Houtrow 45s.