2017-05-18 / Sports

Only the top two move on to states

By Sports Staff

A Grand Blanc runner carries the baton during a leg of a relay race at a recent home meet. 
Photo by Brandon Pope A Grand Blanc runner carries the baton during a leg of a relay race at a recent home meet. Photo by Brandon Pope LAKE ORION – The Grand Blanc track teams compete at the Div. 1 regional meet at Lake Orion Friday with events beginning at 2 p.m. The top two finishers in each event, plus any other athletes meeting state qualifying standards, will move on to the state finals.

The Bobcats’ boys’ squad has won the Kensington Lakes Activities Association title for the sixth time in eight seasons. It’s the last title for Grand Blanc as it will move to the Saginaw Valley League next year.

“The hope for the team is that all four relays make it to the state finals,” said Grand Blanc coach Ed Stanbury. “Also, our hope is to have Anthony Kim and Jeronn Body qualify in the 400 dash, Carter Merrell, Anthony Kim, Ondra Burkett, and Quinn Brousard in the 200 dash, Carter Merrell and Ondra Burkett in the 100 dash, Larry Popyk and Austin Rippee in the 800 run and Spencer Atkinson and Brendan Suski in the 1,600.”

“Realistically, in the field events, the three discus members could place and move on to the state meet as well. That would be Kendrick Green, Aidan Martini and Kendall Green. Kendrick Green and Joel Linden are the two that could move on in the shot put. Long jumpers Blake Bogan and Don Johnson have a chance if they jump well. The pole vaulters and high jumpers will have to improve at the regional to get out. Graham Jones will have to run in the low fifteens to advance on. Our team goal is to qualify as many as we can to the state final with quality seeding. If we win the regional in the process, that would be great.”

On the girls’ side, Nicole Smith runs the 400, Caitlin Rose runs the 800 and 1,600 and Spirit Brooks and Cherish Dean run hurdles. Julia Mears, Camille Minner, Sasha Greene and Rachellle Madison and Maria Smiley are key in the relays. Quiara Wheeler is the top discus thrower and the Huelskamp sisters, Carley, Presley and Jaeley are high jumpers and Mears, Smiley and Greene are the long jumpers. – L.P.

Div. 2 at Clio

Goodrich will enter Friday’s regional with plenty of competition, but the Martians have the ability to send kids to the state meet, as well. Clio will host and also competing are Algonac, Armada, Birch Run, Bridgeport, Croswell-Lexington, Imlay City, Macomb Lutheran North, Marysville, Mt. Morris, North Branch, Richmond, St. Clair, Yale.

None of the teams on either the boys’ or girls’ side are currently state-ranked.

Jacob Wagner, Trevor Taylor, Zach Duval and Reilly Shellenbarger will lead the boys’ sprints with Aaron Moore and Nolan Robb on the hurdles. Angel Brandon Raegan Lauinger and Jillian Lange are strong sprinters for the girls and Allison Dolan is tough to face in the pole vault and long jump – B.P.

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