Marysville sophomore Eli Germain competes in the high jump during a track meet Friday, May 8, 2015 at Marysville High School.
MARYSVILE — The Blue Water Area’s track and field superstars were shining bright Friday night at the Marysville Invitational.
Unfortunately, the lightning made an appearance, too.
The meet, which seems to be a magnet for severe weather, was halted during a second lightning delay, not long after the 300-meter hurdles had been completed.
Champions were still crowned in the shortened meet, with the Marine City girls and Algonac boys winning the White Division, and the Anchor Bay boys and girls winning the Navy Division.
The Mariners girls had 82 points, followed by Cros-Lex (66.5), Yale (66), Algonac (60.5), Armada (25) and Capac (9.25).
Algonac’s boys finished with 79.5 and were followed by Yale (58), Marine City (58), Cros-Lex (41), Capac (15) and Armada (five).
In the Navy divisions, the Anchor Bay girls had 78.25 and were followed by Port Huron (44), Port Huron Northern (34.25), St. Clair (28) and Marysville (21). On the boys side the Tars finished with 88 points, with Marysville second at 81. Port Huron Northern (47.5), St. Clair (29) and Port Huron (4.5) followed.
“We are really strong in the field events this year, so Erica Calu who broke a school record winning the shot, we’ve got our discus girls have been amazing, my sprinter Hannah Coverdill who won the 100-meter dash back-to-back with the 100-meter hurdles, and then ran and won the 300-meter hurdles, so I couldn’t be prouder of the girls,” Marine City coach Kristen Humble said. “I only brought 14 runners today. Fourteen girls total, runners and throwers combined, and we just won this meet. And I think it looked promising if we would have run everything, I had lots of girls left to place.”
Coverdill and Calu combined for 50 points for the Mariners, as each won multiple events. Coverdill won the 100 in 12.92 seconds – edging out Anchor Bay’s Kiara Davis by 0.01 – 100 hurdles in 15.93 and the 300 hurdles in 47.3.
Calu set the school record in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 6 inches, and won the discus with a throw of 103-10.
Algonac’s boys got wins from the usual suspects, as Mitchell Mueller won the pole vault with a height of 15-0, while Morgan Beadlescomb won another thrilling race against Port Huron Northern’s Matt Thomas, this time taking the 1,600-meter title in 4:16.71. Thomas finished at 4:19.74.
Port Huron’s girls had a record-breaking night for a second straight week. Rachel Bonner set the meet record in the girls 1,600 with a time of 4:53.36, and the 800-relay team broke the school record it had set a week ago, winning in a time of 1:44.4.
Also on the girls side, Algonac’s 3,200 relay team won with a time of 10:40.62. Port Huron Northern’s Heaven Powell won the high jump at 5-2. Northern’s Mackenzie Shell won the pole vault at 12-6. Marysville’s Mya Rhodes won the long jump at 17-2.
For the boys, St. Clair’s Cameron Williams won the 100 in 11.53. Marysville’s Dalton Hollandsworth won the 400 in 51.27. Marysville’s Dylan Pankow won the 110 hurdles in 15.75. Port Huron Northern’s Colby Nabozny won the 300 hurdles in 41.06. Marysville won the 3,200 relay in 8:33.24. Marine City’s Kenton Rivard won the shot put with a throw of 48-10. Marine City’s Jake Reuter set a school record in the discus, winning with a throw of 159-3. Yale’s Austen Gentner won the high jump with a height of 5-11.