ALGONAC – It was fitting that Friday night’s final race at the Division 2 track regional ended with Marysville’s boys crossing the finish line first.
And it was fitting that the person who carried that baton over the finish line was Dalton Hollandsworth.
The Marysville junior was part of three state-qualifying relay teams, and won the 400 meters to lead Marysville to its first regional title since 1999.
“I got a good handoff from (Austin) Coha, it was perfect, I couldn’t ask for any better,” Hollandsworth said. “I just came around the (first) corner and I hit the light, there was 300 to go, it was do or die, and I just gave it all I got and it was enough. It was great.
“This team we have this year is by far the best we’ve had in over a decade.”
Marysville finished with 103.5 points, with Algonac coming in second at 80. The Muskrats were followed by Imlay City (75.5), Ortonville Brandon (56), Yale (52.5), Clio (51), Marine City (47), St. Clair (40), Croswell-Lexington (36.5), Birch Run (30), Armada (28), Richmond (24), North Branch (22), Goodrich (12.5) and Bridgeport (3.5).
“Actually when we ran at the St. Clair Relays, besides Lakeview, we were holding our own against all the local teams, where we would have been in the middle of the pack in years past,” Marysville boys coach Steve Rogers said. “I thought we have a good chemistry, and we could challenge. Cros-Lex is going to be good, Algonac is going to be good, Marine City’s going to be good, but I felt like we were pretty balanced, and we could hold our own and maybe shoot ahead of some of these teams.
“The hard thing is, our weather was not exactly cooperative. The weather was either extremely cold and you couldn’t come through with some good times midway through the season. Here we are at the regional and it’s still kind of a crapshoot about what’s going to happen. You try to be patient with the kids and say you’re going to get your opportunity, and when you do, you just have to seize the moment. They did tonight.”
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 105, followed by Marine City (66), Cros-Lex (63), Algonac (59), Clio (42.5), Goodrich (28), St. Clair (27.5), Marysville (27), North Branch (24), Imlay City (21.5), Armada (21), Bridgeport (15), Richmond (14.5) and Birch Run (2).
Hollandsworth will head to the state meet in four events, as he won the 400 in 51.74 seconds, joined Tyler Dobson, 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).
“The top five seeds (in the 300 hurdles), we’re all really, really close,” Pankow said. “That one was a toss-up, really, and I’m just glad that I had the energy at the end of the race to finish it and hit the qualification.”
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).
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).
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 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.
“We had a really good pep talk before the (1,600 relay) and we pretty much just all gave it our all,” Trebilcock said. “I didn’t use what I had done earlier the day to weigh me down and think that I was tired. I used it as motivation to keep going. I was really excited and pumped up before that race.”
Yale’s Megan Dunsmore won the 800 (2:30.4). St. Clair’s Gabby Morton won the 3,200 (12:00.18).
“I just kept thinking in my head what my goal was and I was trying to get to the goal,” Morton said. “I didn’t get quite to the goal tonight. You kind of get used to (running alone in first) after all the dual meets where there’s not very much competition.
“I’m excited for states. I think I can definitely succeed with the competition there.”
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).
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