Local track athletes qualify for state

REED CITY -- Hurdler Blake Daggy of Reed City qualified for the state meet after performing a personal record of 16.16 in the 110 hurdles for second place. But the hurdles were conducted under bizarre circumstances.

“So Blake made it through prelims and was in the finals for the 110 hurdles,” RC coach Brad Smith said. “After the first flight of hurdles the runner in the lane to Blake's right hit him with his arm, then impeded him by crossing into his lane. Blake finished the final in third, but was granted the right by the ref to rerun the race, by himself. He ran the race and ran a faster time, putting himself in first place. After those results were posted another team, I think MCC whose boy dropped to third, appealed the call to have Blake run by himself.

“The appeals committee called the state to see if the top three boys could all go to state, but they said no, so the appeals committee said the boys will have to rerun the final all together. They ran that race between the boys 3200 and the girls 3200. Blake then finished the race in another PR time of 16.16 and finished second. I've never seen anything like it. He can actually claim to have finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the finals.”

Logan Bregg was third (12.09) in the 100-meter dash. Anthony Kiaunis (4:44.04) was fourth in the 1,600 meters. Dylan Schebil was fourth (44-10) in the shot put.

Dakobe White of Evart (23.67) was second in the 200 to qualify for state. The 4x200 relay of Andrew Booher, Bryant Calderon, Dakota White and Marcel White was second in the 4x200 relay (1:33.40). Calderon was third in the long jump (20-9 ¾). McKenzy McKay of Evart (32-10) was third in the shot put

For Pine River, Javen Wanstead was second in the discus (166-2) for the boys. For the girls, Lillian Pylman was second in the discus (97-7). Lynnesia Belvin was fourth in the 200 meters. Th 4x400 relay team was second in 4:17.46.