From staff reports
BRETHREN — The St. Francis girls set two school records, won 10 events and qualified 10 to the state meet en route to capturing the 17-team Division 4 regional track title Saturday at Brethren.
The Gladiators finished with 147 points. Onekama was second with 90.
“We scored in every event,” St. Francis coach Julie Duffing said. “Isn’t that amazing? It was a great day.
“This is just an amazing group of athletes. It’s the hardest working team I’ve ever coached.”
Senior Lauren Buckel and freshman Holly Bullough led the charge. Buckel won the 400 in a school record 59.27. She also took the 200 (26.32) and was part of two winning relays. Madeline Zamarron, Grace Meachum, Kaitlyn Hegewald and Buckel set a school record in taking the 800 relay (1:47.83). Hegewald, Maddy Danz, Erin McDonnell and Buckel claimed the 1600 relay (4:17.4).
Bullough was unbeatable, too. She cruised in the 800 (2:18.2), 1600 (5:09) and 3200 (11:43.5). She teamed with Danz, Krissi Dressler and McDonnell to capture the 3200 relay (10:04.4).
Meachum won the 100 (13.0) and Chandler Tarrant the pole vault (8’). Meachum added a second in the long jump (15’8.5”).
“We won every running event with the exception of the two hurdles and the 400 relay,” Duffing said.
The Gladiators were third in the 400 relay while Tarrant placed fifth in the two hurdles. Hegewald added a third in the 400.
Evart ran away with the boys title with 158.5 points. St. Francis was second with 67 and Suttons Bay third with 58.
The Gladiators had nine boys qualify for the state meet in six events.
“Huge difference from a year ago,” St. Francis coach Jolie King said.
Damon Sheehy paced St. Francis. He won the 200 (23.14) and tied a school record that dated back to 1983 in finishing second in the 100 (11.0). Sheehy also anchored the 400 relay that took second (45.32). He teamed with Dan Connolly, Wes Nelson and Adam Armour.
Connor Archer placed second in the high jump (6’1”) and joined Nelson, Pat Lewis and Sheehy in finishing third in the 800 relay (1:35.17).