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).