Big Rapids boys and girls track teams win nonleague quad over Evart, Lakeview and Beal CIty

BR, Evart and two other schools survive cold conditions

Evart's Mckenzy McKay tosses the shot put during Tuesday's quad meet at Cardinal Stadium. McKay won the event with a throw of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

Evart's Mckenzy McKay tosses the shot put during Tuesday's quad meet at Cardinal Stadium. McKay won the event with a throw of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – Varsity track and field returned to Big Rapids in a home meet for the first time in years and the Cardinal boys and girls teams took advantage.

With temperatures only in the high 30s track athletes competed in nonleague action at Cardinal Stadium with Big Rapids finishing first in both divisions.

Big Rapids with 96 points held back Division 4 state power Beal City with 82, Lakeview with 44 and Evart with 25.

Big Rapids won the men’s with 102, followed by Beal City with 67, Evart with 54 and Lakeview with 30.

“It was a good first meet we hosted in a long time,” Big Rapids coach Michele Selzer said. “We had some performances despite how cold it was. I was proud with how my kids did. They all wanted to run despite the cold, which is awesome.”

Taking firsts for the Big Rapids girls were Oliviah Malloy in the 200 meters (29.99), Kate Langworthy in the 800 meters (2:51.29) and the 1,600 meters (6:06.73), Makenna Rautio in the 300 hurdles (52.10 seconds), Sophia Blackwell, Summer Adams, Samara Turner and Laney Jorgensen in the 4x100 relay (57.66), Malloy, Langworthy, Gwen Rickard and Rautio in the 4x400 relay (4:44.79), Jorgenson in the pole vault (7-6) and Sophia Blackwell (14-1/4) in the long jump.

For Evart, McKenzy Mckay was first in the shot put (29-2 1/2) and second in the discus (77-1) Emma Hubbard was second in the 800 meters (2:57.67), and Emma Dyer was third in the 200 meters (31.34).

The Big Rapids boys notched first places from Jamal Strickland in the 100 meters (11.81), Owen Westerkamp in the 400 meters (54.85) and 800 meters (2:18.07), Ryan Ososki in the 1,600 meters (4:56.34), Owen Greenway in the 300 hurdles (47.32), Justin Gorczewicz, Jace Heck, Bailey Nordlund and Strickland  in the 4x100 relay (46.74), Greenway, Brogan Jones, Caleb Adams and Owen Westerkamp in the 4x400 relay (3:53.05), Jones, Ososki, Oosterhouse and Westerkamp in the 4x800 relay (9:25.30) and Brandon Hall in the high jump.

“This is my second track meet officially, so it went OK,” Strickland said. “I have a lot to improve. But I really like the community and the support from the fans.”

Placing first for Evart were Kamden Darling in the high jump (6-2), Bryant Carlson, Darling, Dakota White and Marcel White in the 4x200 relay (1:38.50) and Dakobe White in the 100 meters (11.81).

“We performed really well,” Evart coach Todd Scott said, “considering we have 18 or 19 kids total. Our numbers are really low. They did well and everybody tried hard. What else can you ask for then that? Our 4x1, 4x2 and 4x4 boys could all go to state this year. That hasn’t happened in awhile.”

Big Rapids is at the Lakeview Invitational on Friday.

“I think we’ve been doing pretty well with the weather,” Selzer said. “We’ve been practicing outside every day even in the terrible conditions.”

Pine River fifth

LEROY – Pine River boys and girls teams were both fifth in a field of 12 teams Monday at the McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

For the PR boys, Kyle Root had a second place in the 110-meter hurdles (18.96 seconds). For the girls, Ellie Rigling was first in the 400 meters (1:07.04).