WYANDOTTE — Led by first-place finishers in the shot put, 1,600 and 3,200, Traverse City Central earned a runner-up finish at the MITCA Division 1 state track and field championships on Saturday at Wyandotte Roosevelt.
Central’s John Piatek was the winner in the shot put (55-9), while Anthony Berry took the 1,600 (4:20.44) and Kyle Dotterrer won the 3,200 (9:41.06) — the second year in a row that he won the MITCA 3,200 event.
East Kentwood won the title with 1,783.5 points. Central scored 1,689.5 and Saline was third with 1,534.5. Traverse City West was eighth out of 15 teams with 923.5.
“The kids had a fabulous day. They did a great job. We hung tough right across the board,” said Central head coach John Lober. “We knew we had a great team this year, but to be runner-up is a great accomplishment.”
Central scored big points in the four relays where the Trojans had a second and three thirds. The 3,200 relay of Dotterrer, Chris Brower, Keefer Edwards and Cam McAuliffe ran a second place time of 7:54.31. In the 800 relay Alex Liggett, Drew Girard-Pampu, Rhys Adle and Josh Belcher were third (1:31.31). The Trojans’ 400 relay team of Liggett, Girard-Pampu, Anthony Kratovil and Alex Hu finished in 44.02. In the 1,600 relay Terrell Solberg, Adle, Brower and Berry ran a 3:29.24.
Berry’s huge day also included a second-place time of 1:54.62 in the 800.
Central racked up big points in several events, including the 1,600 where McAuliffe was third (4:24.98) and Edwards took fourth (4:25.47). In the 110 hurdles Liggett was second (14.77), Hu took fifth (15.66) and Aaron Taylor placed sixth (15.67).
Jack Bishop led West, placing in two individual events and two relays. Bishop was part of the fifth-place 400 relay team including Dan Phifer, Zach McGuire and Octavian Waugh (44.02) and the eighth place 800 relay team including Isaac Flores, McGuire and Phifer (1:34.15). He also placed eighth in the 200 (22.93) and was ninth in the 100 (11.34). Nick Hirschenberger had a fifth in the 3,200 (9:59.91) and an eighth in the 1,600 (4:31.61) for the Titans. Connor Priest had West’s top finish, placing fourth in the pole vault (13-0).