The DeWitt girls’ track and field team held off a strong challenge from Williamston, edging the Hornets 130 to 121 to repeat as Division 2 regional champions on Saturday.
On the boys side, Williamston showed its depth and finished with 141 points to claim the title. Linden took second with 71 and Owosso was third with 67.
DeWitt’s Josie Yesmunt won the 100-meter dash in 12.46 seconds, edging Owosso’s Mackenzie Jones, Panthers teammate De’anna Majors and Haslett’s Kikel Sekoni, who also ran state-qualifying times.
Yesmunt, a junior, helped DeWitt sweep the relays, anchoring the 400 and 800, and running the third leg of the 1600.
“I tried to be loose and be really strong on my blocks and just carry it out throughout the whole race,” Yesmunt said after the 100.
“It was really tough, but I finished it out.”
A team of Jordan Lee, Kaila Black, Emily Murdoch and Madison Slater clinched the win for the Panthers as they won the last event, the 3200 relay, beating state qualifier Corunna by 5 seconds and Williamston by 9 seconds.
For the boys, Williamston’s Austin Loewen and Fowlerville’s Galen Neuroth dueled in both hurdles events. Loewen won the 110 by two-tenths of a second and will return to defend his state title in the event. He also turned in a personal best of 39.28 seconds to take the 300 ahead of Neuroth’s 39.73.
“I want to break 14 (seconds), so I’m just trying for that,” said Loewen who is ranked sixth in the state in the 110 hurdles.
Dartanion Cook, Qadir Muhammad, Skylar Jackson and Devy Manson won the 1600 relay for Waverly, posting a 3:29.61. Cook also came from behind to win the 400in 52.09.
“When I hit that curve I saw I was behind so I just chased everyone’s backs,” said Cook, who battled through some nausea having just participated in the 400 relay. “I was lucky enough to catch them at the end.”
Owosso’s Dakota Brasseur won the 800, beating Williamston’s Benjamin Thoenes by three-tenths of a second.
“It’s definitely an honor to run with all these guys, I just wanted to go out there and make my race mine,” said Brassuer, who also anchored the Trojans’ sixth-place finish in the 1600 relay.
“In the back stretch everyone had a kick, I mean everyone has a kick back there. So I knew I had to go. It worked out well for me.”
Among the other highlights was DeWitt’s 400 relay team of Blake Smith, Brad Parsons, Jake Johnson and Ben Seeger. They turned in a personal best time of 43.86 to take second behind Linden and qualify for state.
Owosso’s Katie Lynch, who had taken third in the shot put two years in a row, won the discus over Waverly’s Victoria Milton by three inches.
St. Johns’ Karrigan Smith dominated the mile, finishing in 5:02.47, placing her in the top 20 in the state. She also won the 800 run by a 2-second margin.