DREAM TEAM 

Track Athlete of the Year

Josee Behling, Boyne City, Jr. 

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Josee Behling, Boyne City

200, 400

A return Dream Team member, Behling ran her fastest times yet in the 200 and 400 and had the best times in our coverage area in both events. She ran a 26.32 second 200 to win the Lake Michigan Conference title and ran a personal best 58.04 in the 400, good enough for runner-up at the D3 state finals. Behling only took second place twice and won 15 total events this season. Also helped the 4x200 relay team to a 12th place finish at states. 

Field Athlete of the Year

Maggie Stevenson, East Jordan, Jr. 

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Maggie Stevenson, East Jordan

Shot put, Discus

Stevenson makes the jump from Honorable Mention in 2018 to Field Athlete of the Year in 2019 thanks to utter dominance in the throwing events — winning the Division 4 state title in the shot put by over two feet. Stevenson tossed her personal best 40 feet, 4.25 inches at the state finals and only came in second once all season (won all other shot put events). Was the Lake Michigan Conference champion in both the discus and shot put and took home 13th place in the discus at the state finals. Also won dual regional titles. 

Isabel Spearing, TC West, So. 

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Isabel Spearing, TC West

100, 200

Spearing ran the fastest 100 time in the R-E coverage area with a 12.84 at the Record-Eagle/John Lober Honor Roll Meet. The sophomore had six wins in the 100 and placed second at the BNC Championships. She also ran the fourth fastest 200 this year (26.91). 

Brittany Bowman, Kingsley, Jr. 

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Brittany Bowman, Kingsley

100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, Long jump

Bowman was the 2018 Field Athlete of the Year and did much of the same this season. Bowman ran the fastest 100 hurdles (15.61) and had the longest jump (16 feet, 4.5 inches) in the R-E coverage area. The junior placed second in the 100 hurdles at the D2 state finals and had the second fastest 300 hurdles time (46.87) behind teammate Jacie King. 

Jacie King, Kingsley, Sr. 

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Jacie King, Kingsley

100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, Shot put

The senior impressed on the track while also playing soccer this spring. King beat out teammate Brittany Bowman for the best area 300 hurdles time (46.45) when they faced off at the Record-Eagle/John Lober Honor Roll Meet. King took home All-State honors in the 300 hurdles (8th) and in the 100 hurdles (6th) at the D2 state finals. King also won five shot put events and placed fourth at regionals. 

Sharlene Stallworth, TC West, Sr.

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Sharlene Stallworth, TC West

100, 200

Stallworth ran the second fastest 200 in the R-E coverage area with a 26.73 at the D1 regional meet, earning her a runner-up finish. The senior also ran the fourth fastest 100 (13.07) and placed fourth in the BNC. 

Yveloute Rea, Petoskey, Sr. 

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Yveloute Rea, Boyne City

100, 200 

Rea, a Wayne State commit, placed in the top five in every sprinting event she was in this season. The return Dream Team member won dual Big North Conference titles in the 100 and 200 and combined to win 11 events this season. 

Avery McLean, TC Central, So.

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Avery McLean, TC Central

800, 1600

McLean took the best 800 meter time (2:17.42) by one second over Boyne City's Avery Stadt and ran the third fastest 1600 (5:09.01). McLean placed 16th at the D1 state finals in the 1600. 

Emma Squires, Petoskey, So. 

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Emma Squires, Petoskey

1600, 3200

Squires ran to two All-State finishes at the D2 state finals with a eight place in the 1600 (5:02.90) and seventh in the 3200 (11:02.16). The sophomore standout was the fastest in the R-E coverage area in the 3200 and was second to TC Central's Flynn in the 1600. 

Julia Flynn, TC Central, Fr.

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Julia Flynn, TC Central

1600, 3200 

Flynn blew away the competition in the 1600, beating out Squires by more than six seconds (4:56.86) and was third in the area in the 3200. The freshman phenom nearly broke the 1600 meter record at the Record-Eagle/John Lober Honor Roll Meet, won the BNC and took eighth at the D1 state finals. Flynn was the runner-up in the BNC in the 3200. 

Katelyn Duffing, TC St. Francis, Sr. 

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Katelyn Duffing, TCSF

1600, 3200, 4x800 relay 

Duffing ran to her fourth All-State honor at the D3 state finals in the 3200 relay where the Gladiators placed seventh (10:03.92). The senior won the LMC title in the 3200 and had a personal best of 11:28.14. Duffing qualified in both the 1600 and 3200 at the state finals where she finished 10th and 13th, respectively. 

Emily Norkowski, Forest Area, So. 

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Emily Norkowski, Forest Area

100 hurdles, 300 hurdles

The sophomore won dual Ski Valley championships in the hurdling events while taking home two All-State finishes in the same events. Ran a season best 16.81 in the 100 hurdles at the state prelims and a 47.67 in the 300 hurdles. She also qualified for states in the high jump.

Leah Doezema, TC Central, So. 

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Leah Doezema, TC Central

Shot put, Discus 

The return Dream Team member dominated the throwing events during the regular season. Doezema took second place at the BNC championships before placing third at the D1 state finals in the shot put. The sophomore also took second in the BNC in the discus and placed 17th at the state finals. She never finished outside the top-5 during the regular season with 11 event wins. 

Madison Hillard, Manton, Sr. 

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Madison Hillard, Manton

Discus, Shot put

Hillard continued her success from her junior season when she was a Dream Team member and won 12 straight discus events before taking third place in the D3 state finals. Her personal best throw of 128 feet, 11 inches came at the Highland Conference championships where she took the crown. Hillard also won the shot put 10 times with a personal best toss of 38 feet, 4 inches. 

Tara Townsend, Frankfort, Fr.

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Tara Townsend, Frankfort

Pole vault, 100

Townsend burst onto the scene in her freshman campaign to wow northern Michigan. The freshman took home the Division 4 state title in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, 4 inches — a personal best. She took home the top spot in every vault event except one that she participated in this year (third at the Ken Bell Invite). Townsend also won the 100 meter dash seven times and earned seventh place at the D4 state finals, making for two All-State honors. 

Brooke Kochanny, Cadillac, Jr. 

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Brooke Kochanny, Cadillac

Shot put, Discus 

Kochanny makes her second straight appearance on the Dream Team after leading the area with the longest discus throw (129 feet, 5 inches) over Hillard (128 feet, 11 inches). The junior also had the third furthest shot put toss of 39 feet, 3.5 inches. She placed tenth in the shot put and had an All-State fourth place finish in the discus at the D2 state finals. 

Austyn DeWeese, Kingsley, Jr. 

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Austyn DeWeese, Kingsley

High jump

DeWeese only participated in the high jump this season, but focusing in led to a runner-up finish at the D3 state finals. DeWeese set her personal record at the Record-Eagle/John Lober Honor Roll Meet with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches. 

TC West — Erin Wagoner, Isabel Spearing, Sara Schermerhorn, Sharlene Stallworth

4x100 Relay

The 400 relay team paced northern Michigan with an area-best time of 50.31 seconds, outpacing TC Central by 1.3 seconds. They used that time to win a regional title in D1 and placed 16th at the state finals. 

Benzie Central — Cierra Guay, Sierra Pallin, Ellen Bretzke, Paige Johnston

4x800 relay 

The Huskies 3200 relay team wrecked the compeition at the Record-Eagle/John Lober Honor Roll Meet, winning the event by 10.5 seconds. They peaked at the right time and ran a season-best 9:37.87, cutting 20 seconds off their second best time, to earn All-State sixth place at the D2 state finals. 

TC Central — Julia Flynn, Alison Hankins, Sydney Carrigan, Avery McLean

4x800 relay

The Trojans' foursome broke the school record in the 3200 relay this season, setting the new mark at 9:16.92. TC Central ran their best ever time at the D1 state finals. 

TC St. Francis — Libby Gorman, Katie Donahue, Madelyn Taylor, Katelyn Duffing 

4x800 relay 

The Gladiators shaved 30 seconds off their 3200 relay time over the course of the season, running their best at the Lake Michigan Conference championships (10:02.18). The team placed third at regionals and had a seventh place All-State finish at the D3 state finals (10:03.92). 

Coach of the Year: Diane Goss, Traverse City West — Goss led Traverse City West to another Big North Conference title, out pacing Traverse City Central by 19 points. The Titans young and talented squad – complete with stellar runners and field athletes – were the D1 regional runner-up and are loaded with underclassmen. 

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Diane Goss, TC West

Second Team

Lexie Coxon, Kingsley, So., 100, 12.90; 200, 27.23

Paige Johnston, Benzie Central, Jr., 200, 27.37; 400, 1:00.37

Addison Swanson, TC Central, Fr., 400, 58.52

Chloie Musta, Cadillac, So., 400, 1:00.24; 800, 2:18.93

Kendall Schopieray, Cadillac, Fr., 1600, 5:10.01; 3200, 11:02.65

Abby Bretzke, Benzie Central, Sr., 100 hurdles, 16.58; 300 hurdles, 48.79; high jump, 5-2

Livii Fetterly, TC West, Jr., 100 hurdles, 15.63; shot put, 35-4.75; Long jump, 15-3.75

Leah Socks, TC Central, Jr., 300 hurdles, 47.29

Emma Marriott, TC West, Jr., Long jump, 16-2.25

Ava Warren, TC West, So., Pole vault, 9-8

Veda Joynt, TC Central, So., Pole vault, 10-2

Sidny Hessem, Kingsley, Jr., Discus, 115-11

Katelynn Dix, GTA, Fr., 300 hurdles, 49.06; long jump, 16-2

Alydia Cotton, Boyne City, 100 hurdles, 16.62

Honorable Mention 

Nevada Molby, Elk Rapids, Fr.; Morgon Lyon, TC West, Sr.; Hannah Smith, TC West, So.; Makenna Bryant, Cadillac, Jr.; Gwyneth Passinault, TCSF, Fr.; Avery Stadt, Boyne City, Jr.; Alainna Moffit, Grayling, Jr.; Samantha Schermerhorn, TC West, Sr.; Erin Dorn, Manistee, Sr.; Shelby Cade, Buckley, So.; Cameron Martella, Gaylord, Sr.; Elliot Smith, TC West, Fr.; Gracie Landrie, Gaylord, Jr.; Tabby Bradburn, Manton, Sr.; Mackenzie Bohrer, TC Central, So.; Olivia Reed, Bellaire, Jr.; Milla Sherman, Petoksey, Jr.; Rhys Tirrell, TC West, Jr. 

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