BY DENNIS CHASE
---- — 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.”
He did, covering the third lap in 62 seconds and the final lap in 61.
“I felt great at the finish,” Barnett said. “I’ve been pretty blessed this season even though it’s been rough weather-wise. This is right where I want to be. Now, if I can get my first half times down, that will be exciting.”
Traverse City Central’s Anthony Berry finished second in 4:27.21, a new freshman record. Teammate Kyle Dotterrer was third in 4:27.35.
“I’ve been training hard,” Berry said. “My goal by the end of the season is to be at 4:17, hopefully by regional or state. The competition today was perfect — Chase Barnett, Clark Ruiz (Big Rapids) and Kyle. Kyle really helped me push it the last 200.”
Berry and Dotterrer teamed with Johnny Ackley and Chris Brower to win the 3200 relay in 8:05.63.
Ruiz, meanwhile, beat Barnett in the 3200, 9:34.89 to 9:35.07.
Traverse City West had its shining moments, too.
Tyler Johnson won the 400 in 49.97, just shy of Tony Thompson’s school mark.
Johnson sprinted past East Kentwood’s McElwee-Gross down the stretch. Central’s T.J. Schwannecke, who has had Johnson’s number in the past, was third in 51:05. Johnson came in the fourth seed.
“I got my buddy T.J. from Central,” Johnson said. “We’re always going head-to-head, neck-to-neck.”
With the regional two weeks away, Johnson likes where he’s positioned.
“I feel I’m sitting alright, but I’ve got to keep working to make sure I’m at my best,” he said.
Johnson, along with teammates Dan and Brandon Montgomery and Octavian Waugh, were at their best in the 400 relay, setting a school record in finishing second to East Kentwood, 42.87 to 43.74.
Titans coach Tom Brown just put that foursome together for the first time.
“Octavian’s had hamstring issues,” Brown said. “Tuesday (against Petoskey) was his first meet. In fact, those four guys finished one, two, three, four in the open 100. So, I said, ‘let’s see what they can do.’”
Dan Montgomery started it off by running a 10.9 split in his opening leg. Brandon Montgomery, who plans to play soccer at Aquinas College, was right there at 11 seconds in the third leg.
Brandon Montgomery said a slow handoff heading into the final leg took some time off.
“If we stick with the same relay, I think we’ll get more comfortable with each other,” Dan Montgomery said.
East Kentwood’s Kevin Smith enjoyed a banner day, winning the 100 (11.16) and 200 (22.52). He was also on the victorious 800 relay (1:30.82). The Falcons’ Ramadhan Mohamed captured the 800 (2:03.03), Devin McKinney the 110 high hurdles (15.01) and Antoine Lloyd the 300 hurdles (40.42). Charlevoix’s Nick Plude placed a close second in the 800 (2:03.22).
East Kentwood took the 400 relay (42.87).
Kingsley’s Tristan Eickenroth edged West’s Connor Hayes 48’9.5” to 48’8.75” in the shot put.
East Kentwood’s Jesse Wheeler won the pole vault (12’6”) and Houston Glass the long jump (21’2.75”).
Several meet records were set in the girls event. Traverse City Central’s 3200 relay team of Lauren Marsh, Joy Reist, Ashley Ko and Katie Moses ran a 9:40.87 to break a mark the Trojans set in 2011 at 9:41.9.
Manistee’s Annie Fuller set a meet record in winning the 800 in 2:11.15. Petoskey’s Kelly Smith had the old mark of 2:12.65 in 1994. Earlier in the day, Fuller turned it on down the stretch to win the 1600 in 5:01.70. St. Francis’ Holly Bullough was second in both, 2:17.30 in the 800 and 5:03.50 in the 1600. Bullough set the pace in the 1600 before Fuller surged to the lead rounding the final turn.
“My plan was to go out with whoever was leading and then try to out-kick them at the end,” Fuller said. “It worked out today. It was a good race.”
Manistee won Division 3 with 72 points. East Kentwood captured Divisions 1-2 with 171 points. Central took second with 130.5 and West third with 55. St. Francis claimed Division 4 with 59.5 points.
East Kentwood’s Sekayi Bracey had a day to remember. She set records in the long jump (18’4.5”), breaking Glen Lake Marnie Peplinski’s jump of 17’7” in 1992, and in the 200 (25.38). Bracey also claimed the 100 (12.29) and ran on the record-setting 800 relay (1:44.96).
St. Francis’ Lauren Buckel captured the 400 (1:00.27). Charlevoix’s Caroline Boss was second (1:01.07). Charlevoix’s Amber Way took the 3200 (11:04.69) with Ko second (11:23.36).
East Kentwood’s Diane Arthur took the 100 hurdles (16.36) and Manistee’s Jessica Gustad the 300 hurdles (49.29). Kingsley’s Sarah Lueck was second in the 100 hurdles (16.66).
East Kentwood won three of the four relays. Central’s Lauren Murray, Courtney Cadotte, MaKenna Beers and Morgan Scallord took second in the 400 (51.62) while Madison Ostergren, Scollard, Beers and Cadotte were second in the 800 (1:47.81).
East Kentwood’s Mariah Davis claimed the shot put (42’4.5”), Leigha McDaniel the discus (110’6”), Paige Vanderwall the high jump (5’1”) and Cathy Kim the pole vault (9’9”). West’s Olivia Bishop was second in the high jump (4’11”) and Central’s Beers second in the long jump (16’9.25”).