The DeWitt girls and Waverly boys emerged as the top teams in Saturday’s Division 2 regional at Williamston.
The Panthers totaled 96 points, while the Warrior boys finished with 118 to win regional titles.
The Waverly boys qualified all their relay teams for the state meet with wins in the 400 meter (44.30 seconds), 800 (1:30.26) and 1,600 relays (3:26.27) and a runner-up finish in the 3,200 relay (8:19.27).
“Our kids performed extremely well today,” Waverly coach David Pike said. “I think our performances in the relays showed that our team is strong, top to bottom, and we hope to keep competing at this level at the state meet.”
Senior Josie Yesmunt led DeWitt with an individual win in the 100 in 12.56 seconds, a state-qualifying time in the 200 and contributions to the Panthers’ state meet-bound 400 and 1,600 relay teams, which both placed second Saturday.
“The girls stepped up and ran really well today,” DeWitt coach Kelly Williams said. “Yesmunt was a standout for us, as she qualified in four events and hopes to defend her state title in the 100 meter dash.”
Williamston took second place in the boys meet with 94 points. Hornet junior Ben Thoenes qualified for the state meet in the 800 run, where he finished second in 1:58.87, and the 1,600 run, which he won in 4:30.43.
The St. Johns boys followed in third place and were led by sophomore Steven Linton, who won the 200 in 22.88 seconds and the 400 in 50.57 seconds. Linton also contributed to the state-qualifying 1,600 relay team, which took second in 3:27.37. St. Johns also won the 3,200 meter relay in 8:13.21
Waverly was second in the girls meet with 80.5 total points. Chante Roberts won the 400 in 58.84 seconds and was second in the 200 (25.52) to qualify for the state meet. Roberts also contributed to the Warriors’ winning 800 relay team (1:44.46). Waverly also won the 1,600 relay in 4:05.75.
St. Johns girls finished fourth with Karrigan Smith winning the 800 in 2:19.69 and the 1,600 in 5:00.22.
In the Division 3 regional meet at Grand Rapids, the Saranac boys took second, finishing behind Grand Rapids West Catholic. Saranac won the 1,600 relay in 3:34.56 and the 3,200 relay in 8:18.68.
Grand Rapids West Catholic also won the girls meet, as Hopkins took second and Grandville Calvin Christian finished third.