Alpena girls track team qualifies seven for DI state finals

TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena girls track team entered this season with high expectations.

It’s safe to the say the Wildcats met and exceeded those expectations after qualifying seven athletes in eight state finals events at a Division 1 regional at Traverse City Central on Friday.

Alpena took second place, finishing with 68 points. The host Trojans won the regional with138 points.

Emily Ferguson earned a return trip to the state finals after finishing second in the discus throw (104-10). She’s one of five Alpena athletes who was among the group of eight Alpena qualified last season.

“Today was awesome,” Alpena girls track coach Collin Riffert said. “What we did last year and to come back and do it again is awesome. These are two of the best years we’ve had in track since I’ve been here.”

Christina Kollien qualified in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles after winning the 100 hurdles (15.3) and finishing second in the 300 hurdles (47.15). Kollien qualified in the 100 hurdles last season.

Kelsey Lewis finished second in the 800 run (2:21.51) to qualify in the event for the second straight season.

Emily Duncan qualified in the 400 dash after finishing second (1:00.38).

Elaine Lowe qualified for the state finals in the 3200 run (8th, 11:24.11) and set a school record for the event in the process. She, Duncan, Lewis and Amanda Dort also qualified in the 3200 relay after finishing fourth (9:38.61).

Sarah Swider was Alpena’s other first-time qualifier after tying for second in the high jump (4-11).

The state qualifiers will compete at the Division 1 state finals at East Kentwood on June 1.

Other medalers for Alpena were: Taylor Genschaw in the long jump (7th, 16-1); the 400 relay team of Genschaw, Victoria Guzman, Kristie McNeil and Nesse Wilke (8th, 55.86); Jenna Talbot in the 300 hurdles (8th, 50.37) and the 1600 relay team of Lewis, Duncan, Kollien and Racheal McDonald (3rd, 4:12.58).

At a Division 4 regional in Mancelona, the Posen girls track team qualified in three events. Korynn Hincka won both the high jump (5-1.1) and 800 run (2:30). Kristina Wisniewski qualified in the shot put after winning the event (30-9).

Posen finished fifth with 50 points. Johannesburg-Lewiston won the regional with 113 points. Onaway was seventh with 35 points, Hillman was ninth and Rogers City was 11th.

Onaway qualified in two events after Emily Estep took second in the 100 dash (13.10) and Sam Brasseur took second to Wisniewski in the shot put (28-5).

Hillman’s Michelle Smith won the discus throw (80-1) and the Tigers’ 1600 relay team of Julia Hunt, Riley Appelgren, Shelby Dean and Karena Tracey also qualified for the state finals after finishing third (4:27.20).

Raelyn Hoeft was Rogers City’s lone qualifier after finishing fourth in the 400 dash (1:03.20).

The Division 4 qualifiers will compete in Hudsonville on June 1.


Alpena finishes 10th at DI regional

TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena boys track team took 10th place out of 15 teams at a Division 1 regional on Friday at Traverse City Central.

The Wildcats finished with 24 points. The host Trojans won the regional with 93 1/2 points and Traverse City West was second with 90 points.

Alpena set 12 new PRs in spite of having no one qualify for the state finals.

“I’m very proud of the effort our team put out today,” Alpena coach Bob Bennett said. “They showed up to compete and they sure did.”

J.D. Niergarth was Alpena’s top individual finisher, taking fourth in the high jump (5-11). The 800 relay team of Kaleb Smith, Brendan Cordes, Drew Shields and Bret LeTourneau also took fourth (1:34.86).

Other medalers for Alpena were: Dustin Swider in the shot put (7th, 46-3); the 400 relay team of Shields, Elliot Zarins, Ashton Dever and Aaron Keyes (45.33); Shields in the 400 dash (5th, 50.69); Josh Bell in the 300 hurdles (6th, 41.49) and Ethan Crowell in the 3200 run (9:56.49).

At a Division 4 regional in Mancelona, the Fairview boys track team topped the field, finishing with 124 3/4 points, ahead of second-place Mancelona which had 109 3/4 points. Onaway was sixth with 35 points, Hillman was 10th, Posen was 13th and Rogers City was 14th.

The Eagles qualified for the state finals in 11 different events. David Haskin qualified in the 800 run (2nd, 2:05) 1600 run (2nd, 4:38) and 3200 run (1st, 10:08.40).

Dylan Danhoff also qualfied in multiple events, winning the 200 dash (23.60) and finishing second in the 400 dash (53.20).

Other individual qualifiers for Fairview were: Hudson Szubelak in the 800 run (1st, 2:03.90), Austin Klein in the high jump (2nd, 5-9), Garrett Badgero in the long jump (2nd, 18-9 3/4) and Kasson Willobee in the pole vault (2nd, 11-4).

Fairview also qualfied three relay teams: the 1600 relay team (1st, 3:37.9); the 3200 relay team of (8:30) and the 800 relay team (2nd, 1:37.90).

Onaway’s Joe O’Bradovich was the only other local qualifier, winning the high jump at 5-9.1.