Proving they’re the best

LINCOLN-Alpena’s Ashton Dever wasn’t shy about his goal during the Alpena News Track and Field Honor Roll Invitational on Tuesday.

He wanted to repeat as Male Athlete of the Meet.

Dever did just that during the 10th annual event at Alcona High School, winning three individual events and taking part in a winning relay team to be named Male Athlete of the Meet for the second straight year.

A year after winning the 100 dash, 200 dash and long jump, Dever topped the field in all three events again, winning the 100 dash (11.76), 200 dash (23.66) and long jump (19-6 1/2).

“Two years in a row, I’m actually quite happy. I was actually really looking forward to it, I wanted to keep my title from last year,” Dever said. “I had to really just stay like I did last year, be focused and ready to go. I just had to try my best, not get down on myself and just say, ‘Do you best, try your hardest and don’t give up.'”

Alpena’s Elaine Lowe was named Female Athlete of the Meet after winning two events and setting new meet records in both of them. Lowe, who is one of Alpena’s top distance runners, set new marks in the 1600 run (5:34.53) and 3200 run (11:55.58). Lowe was also part of the winning 3200 relay team along with Kelsey Lewis, Amanda Dort and Racheal McDonald that also set a new meet record (10:10.22).

“It just means all my work’s finally paid off, three years basically of training and just trying my best,” Lowe said of being named the meet’s top female athlete.

Overcast weather and a period of rain created less than ideal conditions for competitors, but four meet records were still broken on the day.

Fairview’s David Haskin set a new meet record in the 3200 run (10:06.52), shattering the old record by more than 15 seconds.

Christina Kollien was Alpena’s other big winner on the day, pacing the field in the 110 hurdles (15.78), 100 dash (13.44) and 300 hurdles (49.39). She was also part of the winning 1600 relay team with Lewis, Dort and Jenna Talbot (4:21.27).

Meet newcomers Whittemore-Prescott and Oscoda combined for three first-place finishes and had several medalers throughout the day. Oscoda hurdler Molly O’Reilly took second place finishes in the 110 hurdles (17.70) and 300 hurdles (52.15). Whittemore’s Lane Matthews took a pair of second place finishes in the high jump (5-8) and 110 hurdles (16.68) and a third place finish in the long jump (18-4).

Other girls firsts for the meet included: Alpena’s Emily Ferguson in the discus (107-7); Posen’s Korynn Hincka in the high jump (5-2); Alpena’s Taylor Genschaw in the long jump (16-9 1/4); Alpena’s Victoria Guzman in the pole vault (8-6); Posen’s Kristina Wisniewski in the shot put (30-8); Alpena’s 800 relay team of McDonald, Genschaw, Nisse Wilke and Kristie McNeil (1:57.72); Whittemore-Prescott’s 400 relay team of Chelsey Cottrill, Courtney Allen, Isabella Manyen and Brandi Hopkins (54.99); Alcona’s Megan Quick in the 400 dash (1:00.87); Lewis in the 800 run (2:28.54) and Hillman’s Karena Tracey in the 200 dash (28.44).

Other boys firsts for the meet included: Whittemore-Prescott’s Tyler Kile in the discus (119-0); Alpena’s JD Niergarth in the high jump (6-2); Alpena’s Dylan Goike in the pole vault (10-6); Alpena’s Dustin Swider in the shot put (41-2); Alpena’s Brenden Cordes in the 110 hurdles (16.22); Alpena’s 3200 relay team of RJ Centala, Ethan Crowell, Mustapha Zorgati and Eli Martin (8:46.10); Whittemore-Prescott’s 800 relay team of Chad Laszlo, Dalton Arndt, Brian Garrett and Travis MacDonald (1:37.12); Posen’s Warren Beach in the 1600 run (4:49.47); Alpena’s 400 relay team of Elliot Zarins, Kaleb Smith, Aaron Keyes and Bret LeTourneau (46.11); Alpena’s Drew Shields in the 400 dash (50.90); Alpena’s Josh Bell in the 300 hurdles (41.86) and Mio’s Bryce Degrammont in the 800 run (2:02.13).

For all the athletes competing in Tuesday’s meet, it served as a tuneup for those who compete in this weekend’s state finals. Lowe will compete in the 3200 run and the 3200 relay along with Lewis, Dort and Emily Duncan on Saturday in East Kentwood.

“This is more of my hard workout for this week. I’ll probably have another hard workout tomorrow and then Thursday and Friday will be our easy days,” Lowe said.

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