ALGONAC — For the first time since 1999, the Marysville boys track and field team is a regional champion.
The Vikings finished with 103.5 points Friday night in the Division 2 regional at Algonac, 23.5 ahead of Algonac, which finished in second.
“It’s been a while,” Marysville boys track coach Steve Rogers said with a laugh. “It does (feel good) with a group of kids like this, cause we’ve grown up through the years and we’ve watched some of the other schools like Algonac dominate these regionals. It’s exciting to watch them grow up and take on the challenges.”
The Vikings earned an invitation to the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association state finals on May 23, and will send several athletes to the MHSAA state finals May 30.
Ortonville Brandon earned the girls MITCA invite, winning the regional title with 139 points. Yale was second with 113.
Yale senior Austen Gentner competes in the hurdles during a Division 2 track regional meet Friday, May 15, 2015 at Algonac High School.
Marysville’s Dalton Hollandsworth will head to the state meet in four events, as he won the 400 in 51.74 seconds, joined Tyler Dobson, Austin Coha and Tom Warrack on the winning 1,600 relay (3:31.2), joined Coha, Warrack and Cody Hepinstall on the second-place 3,200 relay (8:19.29), and joined Dobson, Seth Zeller and Quinn Sullivan on the second-place 800 relay (1:33.54).
Zeller won the 200 (22.64), while Dylan Pankow was second in the 110 hurdles (15.6) and 300 hurdles (41.04).
Algonac’s Mitchell Mueller and Morgan Beadlescomb each won a pair of events, as Mueller won the pole vault (15-0) and the 110 hurdles (15.54), and Beadlescomb won the 1,600 (4:23.26) and 3,200 (9:28.24).
Yale’s Armonni Hicks also qualified in four events on the girls side, winning the 200 (26.26), hitting the qualifying mark and taking third in the 100 (12.63) and joining Emilee Kinney, Gabi Smith and Karli Klocke on the second-place 400 (51.75) and 800 (1:49.06) relay teams.
Marine City’s Kenton Rivard won the discus (150-2) and shot put (50-8), and St. Clair’s Nathan Roberts won the 300 hurdles (40.94).
In the girls meet, Marine City’s Hannah Coverdill won the 100 hurdles (15.59) and 300 hurdles (47.3). Her teammate Erica Calu won the discus (101-10) and shot put (35-7).
Algonac’s Lindsey Trebilcock won the 400 (1:00.84) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay (4:14.57) along with Chloe Nowaczyk, Miranda Beadlescomb and Sondra Tercha.
Yale’s Megan Dunsmore won the 800 (2:30.4). St. Clair’s Gabby Morton won the 3,200 (12:00.18).
Other area state qualifiers for the boys were: St. Clair’s Cameron Williams in the 200 (second, 22.67); Armada’s Alec Kownacki in the 800 (second, 1:59.39); Croswell-Lexington’s Roan Fahey in the 1,600 (4:32.37) and 3,200 (third, 9:53.03); Armada’s Tyler Phillips in the 3,200 (second, 9:39.49); St. Clair’s Jack Keais in the 3,200 (9:58.8); Algonac’s Mike Wysner in the 300 hurdles (third, 41.15); Yale’s 1,600 relay of Brady Bischer, Noah Terpening, Austen Gentner and Hunter VanHevel (second, 3:31.8); Yale’s Collin Kain in the shot put (second, 47-3); Marine City’s Jake Reuter in the discus (second, 143-2); and Yale’s Austen Gentner in the high jump (second, 6-0).
Other area state qualifiers for the girls were: Yale’s Kinney in the 200 (third, 26.59); Marysville’s Mya Rhodes in the 200 (fourth, 26.67) and long jump (third, 16-5); Cros-Lex’s Desiree Lerma in the 400 (second, 1:02.04); Cros-Lex’s Calli Townsend (second, 48.41); Cros-Lex’s 1,600 relay team of Abigail Hope, Lerma, Townsend and Lexie Davidson (second, 4:19.97); Algonac’s 3,200 relay of Trebilcock, Abigail Nutter, Taylor LaParl and Morgan Kerrigan (second, 10:25.3); Yale’s Allison Fleming in the shot put (second, 34-6); Marine City’s Kirstyn Austin in the discus (100-9); Algonac’s Riane Presbey in the high jump (second, 5-0) and long jump (17-3 ½); Cros-Lex’s Davidson in the high jump (third, 5-0); Marine City’s Deven Thomas in the high jump (fourth, 5-0); and Yale’s Justina Marks in the pole vault (third, 9-5).