Many of the top track athletes in our area competed in the West Michigan Invitational Wednesday evening at Reeths Puffer High School.
In Girls competition DaSheona Holland of White Cloud ran past a group of speedsters to finish with top honors in the 100m run with a time of 13:04. Holland then stepped to the line and ran a fourth (26.71) in the 200m.
The 4x800 team of Katie Nicolas, Riley Sweet, Kendra Fowler and Hannah Hamilton fired off a 9:56.55 time to capture third. Individually Fowler added a 4th place finish in the 800m (2:25.13), Hamilton snared fifth in the 3200 (11:33.25) and Nicolas secured seventh in the 400m (1:02.50). Packer Leah Converse also finished in the top ten in the 3200 with a time of 12:24.68.
The Cloud’s Ella Bowman took fifth in the 1600m running a 5:33.33 with Maya Reeve hurling the discus to a fifth place notch (105-11) and Janessa Shepard grabbing eighth in the shot put with a 31:07 heave.
The Lone Lion among top finishers was Kendall Mathis who leapt to a 6th place finish (4-08) in the high jump.
Hesperia’s Delaney Yates ran a personal record of 50.71 for a 6th place spot in the 300m Hurdles and fellow Panther Nicole Kinney placed tenth (7-06)in pole vault.
For the Boys Chase Konicki (3rd, 46-04.0) and TJ Railling (5th, 43-04.5) shined in the shot put while their Tiger teammate Benny Gonzales grabbed seventh in the 110 Hurdles (16.42). The Grant relay team of David Jaimes, Colten Covington, Eli Bradley, and Spencer Cole took seventh in the 4x800 with an 8:27.06 ,
White Cloud sprinter Darrion Holland took 4th in the 400m (50.95) and eighth in the 200m (23.59) and Cloud leaper Steven Holt finished in the top ten long jumpers flying to 19.01.
Five Lions cracked the top ten led by Tyler Bergers 5th place pole vault of 12-06. David Gonzales flew to seventh (19-08.25) in the long jump, Brian Gomez fired off a seventh place toss of the discus (109.05), Ryan Brummel ran to 9th in the 3200m (10.21.39) and Jarrod Wismar took tenth in the 400m with a 55.67.
Panther Trentyn Gleason hit fourth in the 300 Hurdles (42.58) after a tenth in the 110 Hurdles (17.25)
Packer Wessley Ekkel went 5-06 for an eighth in the high jump and Seth Vogel notched ninth in discus with a 107-05.
The Fremont relay team of Colton Best, Adam Ward ,Ben Schmidt, and Nathan Walker combined for an 8th place run in the 4x800.
And then there was a little matter of a 1-2 Packer finish in the 3200, a race we’ll let Packer Coach Cliff Somers describe.
“If you were lucky enough, as a Fremont supporter, to attend last nights West Michigan Invitational (formerly the Chronicle All-Star meet for us old timers) and stay for the 3200 run you got to see a pretty special performance. Ben Schmidt (Sr) and Nathan Walker (Fr) placed 1st and 2nd, both with PR’s. Ben took the pace out from the gun leading the entire race. He pulled a pack through the mile at around 4:37, meet record pace, and kept rolling. The pack quickly started to fall apart after the mile where Nathan moved up into 2nd and started to break away also. Ben really ran strong the second mile slowing only slightly to record a time of 9:20.0 just missing the meet record of 9:18.7 (Guy Jacobson – Whitehall), and our school record of 9:19.74 (Riley Klingel). There was a lot of hype during the race as the announcer let the crowd know that Ben was on meet record pace. The meet record was set in 1979, the first year of the meet. Ben’s time is the second fastest run at the meet which is pretty impressive considering the level of competition there every year. Nathan ran a strong 2nd mile also to run away from the rest of the competitors to record a 9:31.6, a time that would have won the meet many years. “
All results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=319654&show=all