Reed City edges Mohawks on busy day in track and field

MORLEY — It came down to one final event, but the Reed City boys track team edged out Morley Stanwood at a dual meet at the Mohawks’ home track Wednesday. The Coyotes’ hopes of victory came down to the 200 meter dash, where Andre’ Jones took third place (24.47) to secure the one point needed for a Coyotes victory. “We had no idea what happened in the 200,” Reed City boys head coach Brent Michell said. “We knew it would come down to that one point, so we were happy to hear (Jones) got it. It was a little nerve-wracking. They ran well and our kids ran well enough. It will be a nice meeting (today) being able to tell the kids what the score was.” Notching individual first place victories for the Reed City boys were Chad Zagacki in the 1600 meter run (4:53.93) and the 3200 meter run (10:46.74) and Jon Green in the discus throw (129-10). The Coyotes’ relay teams also claimed two victories, with the pairing of Green, Jones, Eric Volker and Collin Hatfield winning the 4x100 meter relay (45.46) and the team of Volker, Jones and Michael and Eric Bradford being tops in the 4x400 relay (3:42.67). Winners for Morley Stanwood included Andrew Sackett in the 400 meter dash (53.91) and Travis McCuaig in the high jump (6-0). The Chippewa Hills boys also faced off against the Mohawks, coming away with an 81-55 victory. “It was a good day for us,” Chippewa Hills boys head coach Casey Russell said. “Morley Stanwood gave us a really good run today.” The Warriors were once again led by the duo of Trent Karcher and Jared Emerson. Individually, Karcher took first in the 100 meter dash (11.46) and the long jump (20-06) and Emerson won the 200 meter dash (22.91), the 110 meter hurdles (15.43) and the 300 meter hurdles (42.06). The two also paired with Latear Dukes and James Wood to win the 4x200 meter relay (1:34.23). “It’s a unique pleasure to have those two on my team,” Russell said of Karcher and Emerson. “I haven’t had two athletes like that in sprinting events ever on my team. It’s very nice to know that I have those two on my team, but it just gets tricky in where I place them each week because in the long run, we’re looking for the state meet for both of them and where we can do best at the state meet with them.” Also winning for Chippewa Hills was Charles Piatt in the 800 meter run (2:12.39), Zach Wernette in the pole vault (10-07), Tyler Loomis in the shot put (44-09) and the 4x800 meter relay team of Piatt, David Painter, Logan St. John and Chris Oates (9:06.20). The boys didn’t get to have all the fun, as the Chippewa Hills girls team took down the Mohawks by a score of 114-22. The Warriors took first in 12 of the 17 events. “It was nice to have all of the girls run,” Chippewa Hills girls head coach Sally Schafer said. “This is the first full meet where all the girls had a chance to participate (Wednesday), so it was a good meet for us.” The Warriors’ relay teams had a strong showing on the day, with the paring of Blake Kuzma, Kazia Coope, Larissa Umbleby and Kylie Schafer taking first in the 4x800 (11:08.57) and the team of Rachel Baldwin, Joelle Humpula, Arielle Esch and Riley Reyes winning the 4x100 (54.46). Chippewa Hills could have had another relay victory in the 4x200, but the team’s time was disqualified because of a false start. “The girls get excited, so sometimes they just take off too fast,” Schafer said. “It’s a young group, and they just have to learn how to gauge how the person is coming in behind them. Those are the kinds of thing you need meets for, to help the girls learn.” Morley Stanwood was able to come away with one victory on the day with the girls beating Reed City, 88-44. The 4x400 meter relay team of Cayla Patterson, Mikayla Thumser, Phelicia Costie and Brooke Huested earned the lone victory for the Mohawks. Sami Michell led the Coyotes with three victories, winning the 400 meter dash (1:02.09), the 100 meter hurdles (15.76) and the 300 meter hurdles (48.81). Reed City also picked up a victory in the 4x200 meter relay (1:59.02), with Marie Kinsey, Alison Schermerhorn, Autumn Shoemaker and Caitlin Payne teaming up for the win. Reed City is next scheduled to travel to Holton Wednesday, while Chippewa Hills will be back in action Friday at Clare and Morley Stanwood will travel to Newaygo Wednesday.