Reed City hosts first track meet in five years

Phillip Jones crosses the final line first in the 400 relay.
Phillip Jones crosses the final line first in the 400 relay.

REED CITY — It was the first Reed City home meet in five years on Tuesday, April 24. Grant won the boys portion with a 79 while Reed City was at 74, Central Montcalm 64 and Fremont 57. Central Montcalm won the girls meet at 142, Reed City tied Fremont at 58 for second.

Grant was first (39.5) followed by Reed City (37), Central Montcalm, (32) and Fremont (28.5).

For the women, Central Montcalm was first (77) Reed City and Fremont second (29) and Grant fourth (8).

Reed City girl winners were Faith Woods (15-4) in the long jump and Abbigail Kiaunis (12;36.13) won the 3,200 meters. Paige Williams was second in the 100 meters (14.04) and second in the 200 meters (28.88). Kiaunis was second in the 800 meters (2:33.10) and 1,600 meters (5:37.56).

In the long jump, Faith Woods (15-4) and Emily Libey went one-two (14-8 3/4). Winners for Reed City boys were Jackson Price in the 100 (11.96) and the 4x100 relay team of Nicolas Douglas, Price and Noah and Phillip Jones (45.89). Austin Fowler won the discus (122-7) and Jones (18-1/2) won the long jump. Michael Johnson was third in the shot put (38-11).

Price was second in the 200-meter dash (24.36) and Calvin Rohde took second in the 400 meters (54.94) and 800 meters (2:09.57). Landon Tomaski was second in the pole vault (9-6).

“Austin Fowler had the biggest improvement,” Reed City coach Brent Michell said. “His personal best last year was 100 feet. His first meet this year he threw it 109. It’s our first dual meet. For a lot of kids, it was their first chance to run this year, and I think they competed well. We won some tight ones and got nudged out a couple of times. We competed the whole time.”

Evart track

Evart’s boys track team was first on Friday at the Mid-Michigan Invitational in Marion with 119 points while Lake City was second at 105. Evart was fourth in the girls meet in 98.83.

Nathan Woods won the 800 meters (2:09.44) and the 1,600 for the boys (4:43.66). Austin Hamilton won the 3,200 meters (11:08.79) with Woods a close second (11:08.80). Zolan Long (11-0) was second and Richard Foster third (10-6) in the pole vault.

For the girls, McKenzie VanBuren won the 100 meters (13.92). Kara Henry was second in the high jump (4-6). VanBuren was second (15-3 1/4) and Macey Wallace third (14-10 1/2) in the long jump.

Pine River track

Pine River competed against Northern Michigan Christian on Monday. The boys won 106-52. Elijah Lewis led the way with first-place finishes in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump. Brian Fauble also had a strong night, finishing first in the 800, 1600 and the pole vault. Jayce Methner took first in the 3200, and Marcus Jurik won the high jump.

On the girls side, the Bucks won 115-37. Kendra Montague won the 100 and 200, while Esde Koetje took first in the 100 hurdles and pole vault. Selma Barnett led the way in the distance, taking first in the 1600 and 3200. Ally Bannon won the high jump and Kayla Shelton the shot.

The Bucks are next in action this Friday when they travel to Traverse City for the Ken Bell Invitational.

Pine River was also at Marion for the Mid Michigan Invitational on Friday. The girls finished second and the boys fourth on the night. Coach Rene Stieg commended the efforts of Elijah Lewis (first place in the 100, 200, 400) and Garrett Dykhouse (fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200).

For the girls, Coach Eric Gebhard was impressed with the middle distance and distance efforts of his runners.

“On a cold night, the girls really stepped things up to rally and take second place,” Gebhard said. “It came down to the final race, and they pushed through to the end.”

Selma Barnett, Kelsi Charles, and Peyton Fulmerhouser carried the Bucks in the distance, and Abby Dennis, Rebecca Horan, Grace Beebe and Kendra Montague took a large number of places for the team, he added.