2017-05-18 / Sports

Only the top two in each event move on to the state meet

By Sports Staff

Two unidentified Atherton runners (left) compete alongside Bentley’s Hayley Downs (red), and Bendle’s Taylor Gann at the Burton meet at Bendle on Tuesday. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Two unidentified Atherton runners (left) compete alongside Bentley’s Hayley Downs (red), and Bendle’s Taylor Gann at the Burton meet at Bendle on Tuesday. Photo by Brandon Pope AREAWIDE – The track season is coming to a close as the area’s teams gear up for their respective regional meets on Friday and Saturday. Kearsley in Div. 1 and Atherton, Bendle and Bentley in Div. 3 will all be competing for a spot in the state finals held on June 3. The top two finishers in each event, plus any other athletes meeting the state qualifying standards in their events, will move on to the state finals. Below is a preview for each regional.

Div. 1 at Saginaw Heritage

Kearsley kicks off its journey to states on Friday at the Div. 1 track and field regionals. Saginaw Heritage is hosting Kearsley along with Alpena, Bay City Western, Bay City Central, Davison, Carman-Ainsworth, Flushing, Lapeer, Midland, Midland Dow, Mt. Pleasant, Arthur Hill. Swartz Creek, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.

Taveon Harris has been dominating the 100, 200 and 400 events for Kearsley this season, having recently taken first in all three sprints in a league matchup. Sophomore Eddie Harris will also be looking to qualify for states in the shotput. He has taken first in the event multiple times this season and posted a career best for 46-foot-5.

For the girls, Aver McKay has also been dominating the sprinting events, taking first in the 100, 200 and 400 at numerous meets as well as helping the 1,600-relay team throughout the season. Mackenzie Ramey has had some great throws this season, leading the way for the Hornets in the shotput. – K.R.

Div. 3 at Bath

Atherton, Bendle and Bentley will all travel to the Bath regional on Friday, which also includes host Bath, Byron, Durand, Flint Hamady, Laingsburg, Lansing Catholic, Leslie, Flint Beecher, New Lothrop, Ovid-Else, Perry, Pewamo-Westphalia, Stockbridge and Vermontville Maple Valley.

On the boys’ end, state-ranked teams include Lansing Catholic at No. 5 and Bath at No 8 while none of the girls’ teams competing are in the current rankings.

Bentley’s boys will be reliant upon the sprinting of Phillip DeWolf and Trevor Phelps while Mike Reed could be key in the shot put. Haley Downs, Kirstin Richards, Lauren Phelps and Sadie Hoffman will be key for the girls in the sprints.

For Atherton, it’ll be looking for key performances from Kenny Evans, Kentrell Ware, Dre Brown, Tony Herron and Takio Tevis in the sprinting events and Rokeem and Roshaad Poole in the shotput and discus. Kimoni Ingram, Rayona Price, Jesse Newsom and Maya Williams will set the tone for the Lady Wolverines in several events.

Bendle’s top prospects on the boys’ side include Fuad Djebili, Toussaint Bridges, Barak Hernandez, Seyoum May and Tyrese Wynn in the sprints. In the middle distances, it’s Dallas Haubenstricker, and Ryan Stogner is the hurdler. The relays teams will also be key for the Tigers. In the field events, Djebili is tops in the shot put throwing at 41-feet and change and Hernandez is the discus thrower eclipsing 91-feet. Brian Britt has hit 5-3 in the high jump and Tyrese Wynn 18-2.5 in the long jump.

For the girls, Brianna Haubenstricker, Taylor Gann and Heather Ward run the sprints and middle distances, Sydney Malin and Lindsey Farrington run the distance and Katelyn Ferris is the hurdler. In the field events, Ferrington and Tieler Schoonover are the throwers and Ferris is the high jumper. Malin is Bendles’ best long jumper. – B.P./L.P.

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