BY JAMES COOK and CHRIS DOBROWOLSKI
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan State redshirt senior Julia Otwell (Traverse City Central) won the 1,500-meter run Friday in the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State.
Otwell, who now owns the fastest time on the team this season, crossed the finish line in a career-best 4:22.46.
Michigan State swept the top three spots in the race as Lindsay Clark came in second (4:25.70) and Sara Stassen third (4:25.87). Clark and Stassen set personal bests, too.
“The women’s 1,500-meter was outstanding,” Spartan coach Walt Drenth said. “To go one, two, three and have a whole number of personal and season bests; they were great. Julia (Otwell) and Lindsay (Clark) seem to continue to have good practices and they equate to good competition.”
Otwell was one of five members of the track and field team to be recognized at the Spartan Academic Excellence Gala last Monday. She was honored as a Scholar-Athlete Award recipient for having the highest cumulative GPA on the team.
Connor Kostrzewa (Traverse City West) was 14th in the men’s hammer throw (190-07).
“Connor had a really good throwing day,” Drenth said. “That’s a sign that he’ll perform well at the conference meet.”
Albion: Craig Conway, an Albion College sophomore from Mancelona, pitched a complete game as the Britons earned a 3-2 victory over Hope College in the first game of a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader. Conway, now 3-2 on the mound this season, allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Gunnar Owens (Johannesburg-Lewiston) worked one inning of relief, striking out one, in an 11-1 win over Spring Arbor.
Alma: Kevin Thompson (Petoskey) was the starting pitcher in Alma’s 4-3 loss to Calvin College. Thompson worked 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs.
Davenport: Ryan Manning (Suttons Bay) went 4-for-7 with four RBIs as Davenport faced Cornerstone in a doubleheader. Manning is hitting .323 with 15 RBIs for the Panthers.
Madonna: Travis Schuba (Kalkaska) took the loss for Madonna in a 2-1 setback against Aquinas. The loss dropped Schuba to 5-2 on the year. He worked .2 innings, gave up one run and one hit. Schuba also pitched in a 6-4 loss to Indiana Tech, throwing 4.2 innings, alowing four hits and three runs.
Spring Arbor: Greg Blanco (Mancelona) improved to 5-0 with a two-hit masterpiece in a 4-0 victory against Grace College. Blanco fanned six in the win.
Wayne State: Kyle Zimmerman (Frankfort) gave the Warriors a lead, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it in a 4-3 loss to Ohio Dominican. Zimmerman struck out five in 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and two runs. He also was 2 for 3 with two runs and a walk at the plate. In the second game, a 7-3 win, he was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. Zimmerman was 2 for 5 with two RBIs in another game against Dominican earlier in the week, giving him six hits in 11 at-bats in his last three games.
Georgia: Joey Garber (Petoskey) led the Bulldogs to the finals of the Capital City Club Match Play Championship. Garber defeated No. 19 Florida State’s Jack Maguire 2 and 1 in the semifinals for Georgia lost to No. 5 Georgia Tech.
Hope: Freshman Winton Munch (TC Central) shot a 1-under-par 71 to lead Hope College to a fourth-place finish at the A.C. Eddy Invitational in Angola, Ind. Munch also placed fourth overall. Sophomore Paul Bardenhagen (Leland) added a 75 to tie for 25th.
Indiana Tech: Courtney Dye (TC Central) placed third overall to help the Warriors win the Millikin University Spring Classic by seven strokes. Dye fired a two-round total of 151.
Saginaw Valley: Carter Marsh (Cadillac) led the Cardinals with a two-round 150 as Saginaw Valley placed sixth in the GLIAC Spring Invitational.
Lawrence Tech: Collin Peters (TC West) had an assist in the Blue Devils’ 10-6 win over Michigan-Dearborn and another in the team’s 20-7 win over Ferris State.
Olivet: Logan Krieger (TC Central) scored two goals and Ryan McGee (TC Central) made 17 saves as the Comets defeated Hope 18-13.
Michigan State: The Spartans wrapped up the Clemson Invitational on Sunday morning, battling 12 other teams that were ranked or receiving consideration in the national poll as well as challenging conditions that cut short racing on both days of competition.
MSU’s novice boats, which raced as the third varsity (novice eight) and fourth varsity (second novice eight) this weekend, had some solid performances racing all third-varsity and novice boats. On Friday, the 3V was clocked in a time of 7:51.5; nearly a full length ahead of second-place Penn (7:54.9), and was 18 seconds ahead of third-place Louisville; On Sunday morning, the Spartans (7:36.3) were six seats ahead of second-place Indiana (7:39.6), besting Syracuse, Oregon State, Washington State, Clemson and Duke by open water. Monica Hessler (TC West) and Jacqueline Hardy (TC Central) are both part of the novice eight team.
Alma: Allie Nave (Onaway) went 1-for-5 with two runs scored in a 9-6 win over Calvin College. Nave’s 22 runs scored are the most on the team.
Aquinas: Miranda Winowiecki (TC Central) appeared as a pinch runner in both Saints wins over Lourdes on Saturday and a split with Siena Heights during the week. She scored two runs.
Calvin: Janelle Agren (Cadillac) had a big doubleheader performance in a split against Alma. Agren was 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 9-6 loss and 2-for-3 in a 7-6 win.
Cornerstone: Rachel Bode (Manton) had hits in four games, including a 2-for-3 game with an RBI in a 7-5 loss to Hope. Bode also collected hits in games against Hope, Indiana Tech and Davenport.
Detroit: Julia Maksym (Manistee) went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in a 7-6 loss to Illinois-Chicago. Maksym also threw 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. In a 2-0 loss to Bowling Green later in the week, Maksym threw six innings, allowing six hits and two runs.
Aquinas: Fisher Sutherland (TC Central) won 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 4 singles in the Saints’ 9-0 win over Cornerstone. He’s 16-6 this season.
Hope: Cam Ludlow (Petoskey) won 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 over Adrian’s Troy Gargrove at No. 6 singles in Hope’s 6-3 dual win Saturday.
TRACK & FIELD
Alma: The MIAA named Payton Lupu (Onaway) the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. Lupu took first in two events as she helped Alma place third at the MIAA Track and Field Jamboree at Alma. Lupu won the shot put (12.5 meters) and the hammer throw (40.88).
Grand Valley State: Nathan Dekam (McBain) took first in the discus at the Al Owens Classic with a throw of 165-3.
Lake Superior State: Spencer Montcastle (TC West) finished in 15th place in the 400 meters (51.67) as LSSU finished fourth at the Grand Valley State Al Owens Classic.
Michigan Tech: Patrick Spaldin (Bear Lake) placed 11th in the high jump in the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State, which featured 900 athletes. ... Brian Fisk (Manistee) was part of the Huskies’ seventh-place 400 relay team. ... Hannah Schnack (TC West) was a member of the 400 relay team that placed sixth.
Northern Michigan: Jaylee Brown (Onekama) was 14th out of 65 runners in the 800-meter run at the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State.
Northwood: Jacob Hurrell (Cadillac) joined teammates Rayvaun Tyler, Korvan Harris and Josh Gardner on the winning 4X100 relay team at the Al Owens Classic. The foursome ran a time of 41.93.
Saginaw Valley: Andrew Plude (Charlevoix) ran the anchor leg of Saginaw Valley’s eighth-place 1,600-meter relay team at the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State.