Cordes, Genschaw earn all-state honors at indoor track finals

Brendan Cordes and Taylor Genschaw both leaped their way to all-state accolades in indoor track on Saturday. Cordes finished third overall in triple jump, while Genschaw finished seventh in the long jump.

“We had a day that most teams only dream of,”Woods Track Club coach Mark Jacobs said. “I think that our kids were a little intimated by where they were ranked going into the meet. I kept reminding them about at last year’s meet; Sarah Swider was ranked 19th in the long jump and she ended up 9th. The adage “It’s why we play the game” could not be truer. We brought our A game today.”

Coming in to the meet, Cordes was ranked ninth in the triple jump and on his first jump he went 41-2 3/4 which was three and a half feet better than his previous best. For Genschaw, she was ranked 11th and jumped 16-8 which was 15 inches longer than her initial qualifying mark.

Other Woods athletes competing were Clay Jacobs, who finished 10th in Triple Jump (36-2) and the 4X200 Relay of Elliott Zarins, Josh Bell, Drew Shields and Cordes who finished ninth in the state.

“I know that both Clay and the relay were disappointed by just missing All-State which is top eight; but they need to understand that top nine and ten in the entire state of Michigan is very impressive. These are fantastic young adults whom the community of Alpena should be proud of. As a coach, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work with them and get to know them individually,” Jacobs said.

Genschaw and Cordes join Andrew Sumerix (High Jump), Christina Kollien (60 Hurdles) and the 4X800 relay team (Kelsey Lewis, Elaine Lowe, Racheal McDonald and Amanda Dort) as All-State Indoor athletes for The Woods Track Club.