FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — WYANDOTTE — Traverse City Central and Benzie Central came back from the Michigan Track Coaches Association state championships with runner-up finishes Saturday.
Benzie was second in both boys and girls in Division 3, while the Trojans' boys took second in Division 1. Suttons Bay's boys placed ninth in Division 4.
East Kentwood won the Division boys title with 1,385 points, with Central second at 1,228 and Wyandotte Roosevelt third with 1,087.
"To come within 100 and some odd points of East Kentwood is something," Central coach John Lober said. "Our kids really came out and did it. Our strength is balance on our team."
Kyle Dotterrer won the 3,200 in 9:41.38, while Cam McAuliffe was fourth (9:50.32) and Nick Tarsa fifth (9:50.99). Anthony Berry won the 1,600 in 4:24.12, coming in 0.31 seconds ahead of Dotterrer. Keefer Edwards placed 10th.
Aaron Taylor won the long jump with a leap of 19'8", while teammates Taran Lutes and T.J. Schepperly were eighth and ninth.
Taylor was also third in the high jump, clearing 6'4", and Max Knoblock was 10th. Adam Foster continued Central's field event success with a second-place finish and a personal-best heave of 135'11", while John Piatek was fourth and Austin Plamondon took ninth. Justin Cutler took eighth and Connor Becker 10th in pole vault.
Piatek was second in the shot put with a toss of 47'6.25".
The 3,200 relay team of Chris Brower, Dotterrer, Johnny Ackley and Berry took second in 7:59.01, while the 1,600 team of Brower, Berry, Rhys Adle and Ackley was also second in 3:31.11. The 400 relay team of Alex Liggett, T.J. Schwannecke, Anthony Kratovil and Jean-Claude Jephte took fourth in 44.8.
The 300 hurdles saw Taylor earn his third top-three finish with a personal-best time of 41.63, while Josh Belcher was fourth with a personal-best time of 42.06 and Adle took fifth (42.25).
Liggett added a fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.51), while Taylor was fifth (15.63).
Brower was runner-up in the 800 (1:57.23), while Spencer Schulte took eighth.
Schwannecke took second in both the 400 (50.48) and 200 (23.29) and was seventh in the 100 (11.54).
Benzie boys, girls 2nd in Division 3
Aaron Whaley and Drew Byrd were 1-2 in the high jump to lead the Benzie Central boys to a second-place finish in the Division 3 MITCA meet at Kent City.
Both cleared 5'11", finishing four inches ahead of the field.
Grand Rapids West Catholic won the boys portion with 975 points, followed by Benzie (878) and Kent City (831) out of 11 teams invited. Frankenmuth scored 1,103.5, Benzie 1,028.5 and Adrian Madison 1,006.
Gerrit Buist was third in the 800 (2:02), with Jake Williams seventh.
Ismael Halaweh earned a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 with 4:41.04 time, and Kyle Bailey was 10th.
The 3,200 scored the Huskies a lot of points, as Benzie took fourth (Halaweh), eighth (Andrew Hayden) and 12th (Luke Reed).
Corey Bock was fifth in the 300 hurdles (40.95) and fourth in long jump (19'6"). Javier Rodriguez was fifth in long jump (18'10") and took ninth in the 200 and Bock 10th in the 110 hurdles.
Tim Smith claimed fifth in the shot put with a 47'2.75" toss and Whaley was 10th. Whaley was also 11th in the discus.
Benzie's 800 relay (Rodriguez, Janfried Wemken, Buist and Bock) were eighth, while the 1,600 team (Kyle Bailey, Jake Williams, Buist, Josh Ireton) was ninth.
In the pole vault, Benzie's trio of Christian Dilas and Buist tied for sixth and Ireton was eighth.
Jordan Nye won Benzie's only girls individual title, taking the long jump by leaping 16'10.5". Abbey Clasen was also fifth in that event at 14'7.25".
Alikay Hamilton was runner-up in the 100 with a 12.91 time that was 0.03 off of first. She was also sixth in the 200.
Alyssa Bennett took fourth in the 1,600 (5:20.53) and Bryce Cutler earned fifth (5:22.63). The same pair took sixth and seventh in the 800.
Bennett added a second-place finish in the 3,200 (11:52.65), while Stephanie Schaub was seventh and Rachael Peabody 11th.
The 800 relay team of Nye, Miranda Besey, Clasen and Hamilton won by almost a half second in 1:47.49. The 1,600 team of Besey, Clasen, Cutler and Nye was third in 4:07.3, as was the 3,200 quartet of Peabody, Cutler, Sarah Jones and Bennett in 9:57.91.
Madison Lutzke claimed fifth in the shot with a 34'8" throw and fourth in discus at 110'3". Kayla Francis took seventh in the high jump (4'10") and Jenna Gauthier was eighth (4'6"). Ashley Harris was seventh in the pole vault (7'9").
Besey took ninth in the 300 hurdles. The 400 relay team (Nye, Clasen, Hamilton, Besey) were ninth.
Suttons Bay boys 9th at Division 4 MITCA meet
Suttons Bay placed ninth among the 18 teams invited to the Division 4 MITCA meet at Gobles.
Carter Hanson took second place in the 200 with a time of 23.23 seconds. He also placed sixth in the long jump (18'9").
Chase Pattison's heave of 134'11" was third in discus, with Adam Arroyo eighth.
Guy Beachnau's time of 16.41 was fourth in the 110 hurdles. He also placed eighth in high jump.
The 1,600 relay team of Alex Kraft, Chase Pattison, Dylan Evatt and Pease earned fourth with a 3:41.47 time. Kraft, Gabe Rittenhouse, Peane and Ben Wynsma were ninth in the 3,200 relay.
Dylan Evatt was seventh in the 400 and Ken Pease finished 11th in that event and the 800.
Benzie goes 1-1 in Spartan Classic
Benzie Central came back from the Spartan Classic at Michigan State University with a 1-1 record.
The Northwest Conference co-champion Huskies defeated Coleman 1-0 as Zach Perry struck out seven in seven innings of a five-hitter.
Austin Ross was 2 for 3 with a steal, Joel Fields had two hits and scored the game's only run and Matt Thaxton added two hits.
Grand Rapids Union topped Benzie 4-1 in the other contest, despite 10 strikeouts by Thaxton in seven innings of five-hit ball.
Nick MacGirr was 2 for 2 and Field again scored the Huskies' run.
Benzie (17-9) plays Wednesday at Traverse City West.
— Compiled by James Cook