Pewamo-Westphalia girls win regional track and field

Pewamo-Westphalia girls win regional track and field

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Pewamo-Westphalia girls win regional track and field

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Pewamo-Westphalia won the girls Division III regional track and field meet at Ithaca High School on Friday.

The Pirates with 186 points, 99 ahead of runner-up Ithaca. The Pirates qualified runners in 14 individual runners and all four of their relay teams.

“We’re very, very happy with our performance tonight and we had a number of state qualifiers, but I was most pleased with our effort today,” Pewamo coach Scott Werner said. “We had girls diving across the line tonight, and I appreciated how hard everyone worked.

Freshman Brenna Wirth led the Pirates with individual wins in the 400-meter run (1:00.72) and the 200 (26.45), and contributed to the winning 1600 relay (4:11.80), along with Cammie Noeker, Betsy Arens and sister Marissa Wirth, and the 800 relay (1:47.20) with Wirth, Jenna Thelen and Kenzie Wieber.

Wieber also won multiple events for the Pirates, taking first in the pole vault at 11feet, 1 inch, the 400 meter relay with Sasha Platte, Jenna Thelen and Gabbie Hummel in 51.08 seconds. Wieber also led the Pirates’ podium sweep in the 100 at 12.76 seconds, followed by Thelen in 13.11 seconds and Hummel in 13.20 seconds.

Bath took third place with 58 points and qualified three relay teams and one individual for the state meet. The Bees qualified junior Annie Fanta in the 800, which she won (2:22.82), the 3200 relay team (9:50.18) with Fanta, Tessa Hosford, Kwyn Trevino and Faith Brown, the 1600 relay in which they placed second and the 800 relay, where they placed third.

Laingsburg finished in fifth with 45 points, behind fourth-place finisher Olivet, and qualified one runner and one jumper for the state meet. Qualifiers include Lexi Merchant in the high jump and Erica Halick in the 100 hurdles.

Lansing Catholic took sixth place and qualified its 3200 relay and discuss thrower Haley Fishman onto the state meet. The Cougars took fifth in the relay, but hit the automatic qualifying time with their 10:20.66 finish.

Durand took seventh with 31.50 points, while Dansville and Perry tied for eighth place with 25 points each. Ramblers senior Alicia Tomlin was the lone state qualifier for Perry, taking second place in the 1600 in 5:25.50.

Leslie took 10th with 23.50 points, Carson-City Crystal totaled 20 points for 11th, and Stockbridge and Maple Valley each scored 19 points to tie for 12th.

In the boys meet, Laingsburg captured its first regional title since 2010, ousting Lansing Catholic by two points, scoring 92 to the Cougars 90. The Wolfpack qualified seven individuals and their 3200 meter relay for the state meet.

“I feel absolutely electric about the win tonight,” Laingsburg coach Brian Borgman said. “These seniors have paid their dues and put in the time, and I’m so happy for them, and that they were able to do it.”

Kolmarge Harris led the Wolfpack with individual victories in the 110 meter hurdles (16.00 seconds) and the 300 meter hurdles (42.59 seconds).

Lansing Catholic qualified three individuals and two relays teams for the state meet, as Keenan Rebera won the 1600 in 4:25.73 and took second in the 3200 in 9:47.94, Bronson Russell won the 400 in 51.69 and Jeffery Lorencen won the 800 meter run in 2:01.38.

“We qualified everyone that we needed to qualify to still have a reasonable chance at a state championship,” Lansing Catholic coach Tim Simpson said. “Rebera, Russell and Lorencen all ran really well for us tonight.”

Rebera and Lorencen also contributed to the winning 3200 meter (8:11.23), along with Nick Kelsey and Ben Rentz, while Rebera, Lorencen, Russell and Jack Peters won the 1600 meter relay in 3:34.59.

Durand ultimately took third place with 81 points, and qualified for the state meet in the 800, which it won with Jacob Patsey, Hunter Robbins, Tyler Lockhart and Kyle Graham in 1:32.82, and the 400 relay with Patsey, Graham, Lockhart and Robert Rix, which they won in 44.17 seconds.

Individually, Patsey also won the 100 in 11.19 seconds. Jarren Guy qualified in the 1600, where he placed second in 4:30.81 and the 3200, which he won in 9:39.61.

Pewamo-Westphalia took fourth with 61 points. Dustin Smith qualified for state meet in the 300 hurdles and was the Pirates only state qualifier.

In the Div. II regional at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, the East Lansing girls team took second place with 87.5 points, behind East Kentwood’s 148.5 points.

East Lansing’s Mado Glew individually qualified in two events, the 1600, which she won in 5:18.20, and the 800, where she took second in 2:25.57. Stephanie Vanis also qualified, and won the 3200 for the Trojans in 11:39.72.

The Trojans’ 800 and 400 relay teams — both of which are comprised of Chino Ekwueme, Brianna Wells, Elizabeth Jones and Essence Whitaker — also qualified for the state meet.

For the boys, Antonio Clarke won the 400 in 49.68 seconds.

At the Davison Div. II regional, the Okemos girls took third place, while the boys finished fourth.

Ashlynn Schiro individually qualified for the state meet in the 100 hurdles, which she won in 15.14 seconds, and the 300 hurdles, which she won in 45.18 seconds.

The Chiefs’ 1600 relay also qualified for states with their second-place finish in 4:08.38.

Tristan Bolas was the Chiefs’ only individual qualifier in the 100, where he took second in 11.09 seconds. The Chiefs also qualified in the 3200 relay, which they won in 7:50.96, and the 800 relay where they placed second in 1:30.95.

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