TRAVERSE CITY — Diane Goss' heart was racing Tuesday. Not Emma Marriott's.
That's how they both want it.
Goss' Traverse City West track and field team won the Big North Conference championship for the first time since 2003, edging out TC Central by 19 points.
"A lot of hard work, for sure," Goss said, wiping tears from her eyes after the meet results were announced. "We've been working for years, building our middle school program so the feeder program is good."
West won with 169.5 points, followed by Central (150.5), Petoskey 107.5), Cadillac (92), Gaylord (54.5) and Alpena (51).
"It was our depth," Goss said. "It's been our depth all year."
Marriott set a personal best by two feet in the long jump to run away with the event, just a month after returning to the team from a cardiac condition that still hasn't been diagnosed but is under control.
In early February, she felt light-headed during training sessions. She later passed out at a friend's house.
A circulation problem caused the spells, and the junior had to alter her eating habits and cut down on sodium intake to keep her heart rate down.
"I made sure I was checking my nutrition and diet," Marriott said. "Basically, all the things everyone should be doing, but to the extreme."
She won the long jump and placed sixth in high jump. Marriott just started high jumping on May 11, and is already qualified for the state finals.
Goss said the first day Marriott tried the high jump, the bar kept going up and up to the point she had to call her daughter and assistant coach Alison with excitement.
Marriott leaped 16'2.25", with West also taking second with sophomore Reegan Graham (15'5.5"), who just returned two weeks ago from a concussion.
"They both stepped up huge," Goss said of Marriott and Graham.
The 400 relay team of Erin Wagoner, Isabel Spearing, Sara Schermerhorn and Sharlene Stallworth broke West's own BNC meet record with a 51.14. The same quartet won the 400 in 1:49.76.
"Our team is pretty deep," Marriott said. "We place in everything."
TC Central sophomore Veda Joynt set the pole vault mark at 10'2", outdueling West sophomore Ava Warren (9'8").
"That was definitely awesome," Joynt said. "Definitely awesome. It's just great to be past 10 foot."
Warren cleared 9'8", beating her personal best by five inches.
"I had more energy today," Warren said. "The warmth and strong tail wind helped. I came in expecting to get a PR, but I was not expecting 9-8."
Once Warren missed 10 feet, Joynt went straight for 10'2 and the meet record and to top her own personal best of 10 feet.
"I've been at that for like three weeks," Joynt said. "I'm really excited. I had a rough week last week."
Petoskey's Milla Sherman won the high jump at 5'1", while Cadillac's Brooke Kochanny took the discus (125'4") and Alepan's Faith Weide the shot put (42'1.75").
Central claimed both distance relays, with Leah Socks, Avery McLean, Sidney Carrigan amd Addison Swanson in the 1,600 and McLean, Socks, Madilyn McLean and Carrigan for the 3,200.
West's Livii Fetterley claimed the 100 hurdles, breaking 17 seconds, and Socks won the 300 hurdles with a season-best 47.57 to edge out Gaylord's Gracie Landrie by 0.05 second.
Trojan freshman Julia Flynn almost broke five minutes in the mile to win well over three seconds. She was second to Alpena's Maddy Boyd in the 3,200.
Petoskey's Yveloutte Rea won both the 100 and 200 titles, giving the Northmen senior a little redemption for just missing the state finals in both events Saturday. West's Spearing and Sharlene Stallworth took second and third in each.
"I was here to hopefully PR," Rea said.
Then she saw the weather potential.
"I woke up this morning and was like, 'It's going to be another cold, rainy track meet,'" she said. "I had on all my layers."
Things warmed up and she also ran a leg on Petoskey's runner-up 800 relay team.
Rea — a Wayne State signee who missed the Division 2 state finals by 0.03 second in the 100 and 0.01 in the 200 — transferred from Boyne City to Petoskey in between seasons.
Sara Schermerhorn and Morgan Lyon went 1-2 in the 400 to give West two of the top three placers in all of the sprints. Cadillac's Kendall Schopieray won the 800.
"West, I have the upmost respect for what they've been doing this year," TC Central coach Paul Anderson said. "It was fun to watch. We had some great performances and they were just on."
Both Central and West will have a lot back next season, including the Trojans' three shot putters that each placed in the top six.
"Our throwers have just been rock solid all year," Anderson said.
Central's only loses one of its regular top scorers — Jade Turner.
"They know that moving forward," Anderson said, "and West is going to be strong again with all the kids they have coming back."