From staff reports
MUSKEGON — It was a good Friday for Traverse City Central sophomore Anthony Berry.
Berry was part of three records as the Trojans easily won the 15-team Rocket Invitational at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer with 228.5 points.
“No question, he’s the finest sophomore distance runner in Michigan,” Central coach John Lober said. “And he’s very versatile.”
Berry set meet records in winning the 800 (1:59.05) and 1600 (4:24.8). Berry also teamed with Kyle Dotterrer, Cam McAuliffe and Keefer Edwards to set a record in the 3200 relay (8:04.46).
The Trojans also broke two other marks — Dotterrer in the 3200 (9:45.63) and Alex Liggett in the 110 high hurdles (14.69).
Central won five other events. John Piatek captured the discus (152’); Justin Cutler the pole vault (12’); Josh Belcher in the 300 hurdles (41.63);Devante Walker, Anthony Kratovil, Rhys Adle and Belcher in the 800 relay (1:33.92); Walker, Belcher, Adle and Berry in the 1600 relay (3:33.1).
Central has won the Rocket Invitational three of the last four years. The Trojans did not compete last year.
Traverse City West finished third in Division 1 on Friday.
“We’re a very, very good track team,” Lober said. “We have a long way to go yet, but our goal is to win the state team title. We know to beat a team like East Kentwood (defending champion and winners of four of the last five Division 1 titles) will be tough. But we want to put ourselves in position to make a run at it.”
The Trojans went 1-2-3 in the 110 high hurdles, the 800 and the 1600 and 1-2-4 in the 300 hurdles.
Central had 10 second-place finishes overall — Aaron Taylor in the high jump and long jump, Liggett in the 200, Edwards in the 800, McAuliffe in the 400 and 3200, Dotterrer in the 1600, Alex Hu in the 110 high hurdles, Adle in the 300 hurdles and Piatek in the shot put.
Tommy Roush set a Traverse City West record in winning the shot put (56’10”). Jack Bishop claimed the 200 (23.39) and was second in the 100 (11.28). Biship, Dan Phifer, Dominic Peeples and Zach McGuire placed second in the 400 relay (44.8).