Track & Field: Hornets, Bulldogs shine in Division IV
Max Ketterer of Pellston won the pole vault and the 300-meter hurdles Friday in the Division IV track and field regional at Mancelona High School. (News-Review file photo / May 21, 2012)
The Inland Lakes girls finished runner-up in the meet to champion Johannesburg-Lewiston, 161-81; while on the boys side, host Mancelona took the regional title with 106 points, while Onaway was second, 87; followed by Fairview, 74; and Inland Lakes, 66.
The Bulldog girls had three relay teams advance to the finals, which is scheduled for June 2 at Jenison High School.
The top two finishers in each event as well as those meeting additional qualifying standards all advance to the Division IV state meet.
Pellston athletes won four regional championships, two by Max Ketterer and one each by Tayler Friend and Heath Welch.
Ketterer won the boys pole vault at 13 feet, 3 inches; and he was first in the 300-meter hurdles in 42.71. Welch won the boys 800 in 2 minutes, 6.55 seconds, while Friend continued her sensational senior season with a win in the girls high jump. She cleared 5-5.
Inland Lakes won the 400-meter relay as Emily Griffore, Allie Michie, Morgan Palmer and Sarah Bruniquel finished in 55.22 seconds, while the Bulldogs were second in the 1600 relay (Griffore, Sophia Passino, Rebecca Hunt, Sandy Bischoff), in 4:32.75; and advanced in the 3200 relay (Rebecca Step, Sophia Passino, Hannah Passino, Bischoff) as they placed third in 10:28.55.
“Sandy (Bischoff) and Emily (Griffore) and Rebecca Step carried the work load for us today,” Inland Lakes coach Sarah Furman said. “I was pleased with the second place team finish. Our 3200 relay team ran 17 seconds faster than we did last year at the state finals. Our 1600 relay was seeded sixth and nowhere near the top two on paper, and still cranked out a gutsy second place finish. That was thrilling to watch.”
For the Inland Lakes boys, the 3200-meter relay team of Duane Vizina, Cody Bonilla, Travis Jensen and Josh Passino took first in 8:43.44; while the 800 relay team of Pablo Delos Santos, Jordyn Smeltzer, Jensen and Bonilla was second, 1:37.65; while the 1600 relay of Jensen, Bonilla, Zach Florek and Vizina was second, 3:42.08.
Also for the Bulldog boys, Riley Hirn qualified as an individual in the discus as he finished second, 130-3.
“As always, Riley Hirn showed up and performed very well for us,” Inland Lakes boy coach Brandon Beltz said. “We knew we would run well in the 3200 and 800 relays and the boys didn’t let us down. Like the girls, the boys 1600 relay was seeded sixth and ended up pushing the race to a diving, photo finish. It was a very exciting way to finish the day.
“Pablo (Santos) and Jordyn (Smeltzer) each scored in four events for us and ran very well,” Beltz added. “Jensen and Bonilla run on every relay that qualified.”
Pellston’s Ainslee MacLean earned a trip to the state finals with a second-place finish in the girls 300 hurdles as she finished in 51.94.
For the Ellsworth girls, Dana Neumann won the 800, 2:31.47; while Emily Veenstra was second in discus, 88-3. Ellsworth’s Winter Romeyn was second in both the 1600, 4:46.80; and the 3200, 10:44.91; while Jake Seaney was second in the long jump, 18-3.
Team scores: 1-Johannesburg-Lewiston, 161; 2-Inland Lakes, 81; 3-Mancelona, 77.25; 4-Fairview, 67.5; 5-Posen, 54; 6-Bellaire, 50; 7-Ellsworth, 40; 8-Pellston, 36; 9-Onaway, 33; 10-Hillman, 31; 11-Rogers City, 19.25; 12-Central Lake, 11; 13-Gaylord St. Mary, 0.
Legend: Johannesburg-Lewiston, JL; Inland Lakes, IL; Mancelona, MN; Fairview, FV; Posen, PO; Bellaire, BL; Ellsworth, EL; Pellston, PL; Onaway, ON; Hillman, HL; Rogers City, RC; Central Lake, CL; Gaylord St. Mary, SM.