Port Huron junior Rachel Bonner competes in the mile run during the Meet of Champions Friday, May 22, 2015 at Marysville High School.
MARYSVILLE – On a night when record holders in the Blue Water Meet of Champions were recognized as part of a 50th anniversary celebration, two records went down.
Port Huron’s Rachel Bonner set the record in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes 55.74 seconds and the Big Reds boys 400-meter relay team of Jermaine Drake, Davhon Washington, Quade Krosch and Nick Pierce set a record with a time of 43.47 seconds.
“It’s incredible,” said Bonner, who broke Miriam Boyd of Port Huron’s record of 5:00.5, which had stood since 1978. “It’s a race against myself and I just have to play it out on how I feel that day. I went out really fast, it’s my first race in a week, when I came through in 66 on the first lap, I was like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to maintain this.’
“I was just excited to get moving and feel good.”
Nineteen former record holders were at the meet to be recognized as most of the top runners in the area were on hand to compete against one another and each other.
Pierce proved that he was one of the area’s elite runners, winning four events, taking the 100 meters (10.96 seconds), 200 and joining the same teammates — Washington, Drake and Krosch — to the 400 and 800 relays.
He was frustrated following the 400 relay, as he felt the team’s handoffs had cost them a chance, then he heard the time which had beaten Port Huron Northern’s previous record of 43.8 which was run in 1997.
“I thought that our bad exchange between me and Quade, I thought it was a deal-breaker for us,” Pierce said. “I’m just grateful that we’ve got it, and I’m thankful for this team. We’ve done major things. We’ve done major things here.”
For Bonner, chasing Boyd has been a three-year journey as she continues to take over the school’s record board.
“Coming into freshman year, I saw her name up on that board and I was like, ‘Wow, I only wish I “could be this good.'” Bonner said. “Throughout the years with all the words of wisdom I’ve gotten from older athletes and from other schools, even. I’ve gotten to learn and develop my legs and it’s become attainable.”
Bonner’s teammates, Tamika Haskins and Kelsie Chapman were three-time winners on the night. They were both on the winning 800 (1:47.97) and 1,600 relays along with Gabby Stokes and Eva Stokes. Haskins won the 200 (27.18) while Chapman won the 400 (1:00.31).
Marine City’s Hannah Coverdill won the 100 (15.73) and 300 (47.98) hurdles.
“I think it’s really cool that they bring (the record holders) back to relive the glory days,” Coverdill said. “It makes us push to try and beat them a little bit more, too.”
Yale’s Austen Gentner won the high jump (6 feet) and the 300 hurdles (41.12), while Marine City’s Kenton Rivard won the discus (141-10) and shot put (47-9).
Croswell-Lexington won the boys and girls 3,200 relays. The boys team of Jarred Jolley, Noah Yankee, Joshua Johnson and Max Whittredge won in 8:29.49, while the girls team of Kylie Klaas, Megan Cates, Corbin Redman and Madison Phillips won in 10:41.53.
Yale’s Armonni Hicks won the 100 (12.26) and joined Karli Klocke, Emilee Kinney and Gabi Smith won the 400 relay (52.39). Her teammate Megan Dunsmore won the 800 (2:33.83).
Algonac’s Mitchell Mueller won the boys pole vault (15-6) while Port Huron Northern’s Sophie Jackson won the girls pole vault (10-2).
For the boys, Marysville’s Dylan Pankow won the 110 hurdles (15.58), Algonac’s Morgan Beadlescomb won the 1,600 (4:25.87), St. Clair’s Jack Keais won the 3,200, Yale’s Brady Bischer won the long jump, Harbor Beach’s Chris Keyes won the 400 (51.08) and Luke Anderson won the 800 (1:57.63). The Pirates also won the 1,600 relay.
For the girls, Sandusky’s Jessica Kursinsky won the discus, Port Huron Northern’s Heaven Powell won the high jump (5-2), St. Clair’s Gabby Morton won the 3,200 (12:19.82), Marysville’s Mya Rhodes won the long jump (16-0 1/2) and Bad Axe’s Kristen Smith won the shot put (35-11).
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