TRAVERSE CITY — Tommy Roush took his frustrations out in the discus Friday afternoon.
Disappointed with his performance in the shot put, the Petoskey freshman set a Ken Bell Invitational record with a toss of 172’ to win the discus.
“I didn’t do too well in the shot — I was about 10 feet off my PR — but I got it back in the discus,” Roush said.
It was a personal best for Roush and a school record.
“I felt great,” he said. “I didn’t expect it at all because I had been doing poorly in practice. But I’m really happy with how I did today.”
Roush’s throw eclipsed the old meet record of 171’9” set in 1997 by Mount Pleasant’s Chad Peters.
East Kentwood won the Divisions 1-2 boys title with 179 points. Traverse City Central was second with 134 and West third with 91. Mason County Central took Division 3 with 38 points. Onekama claimed Division 4 with 19 points.
East Kentwood’s Matthew McKinney, Joe Riggins, Houston Glass and Dominick McElwee-Gross set a meet record in the 1600 relay in 3:29.53, besting Traverse City West’s mark of 3:30.92 in 2004.
Petoskey’s Louis Lamberti soared 6’6” to tie a meet mark in the high jump. Traverse City Central’s Aaron Taylor went 6’4” to take second.
Mason County Central’s Chase Barnett turned in an impressive performance in winning the 1600 in 4:15.63. Barnett finished second in the 1600 in the Division 3 state meet last June with a time of 4:19.82.
His time Friday was a PR, but the junior said he can still improve.
“I went through the first lap at 67, about four seconds slower than I wanted to go,” he said. “The next (lap) was a 65, that was a couple seconds slower than I wanted. So, that first half was six seconds slower than I wanted it to be. I knew I had to put the hammer down the third and fourth laps.”