Alpena boys track team wins at home

Cold weather has created less than ideals running conditions for the Alpena High track team this spring, but the Wildcats have still managed to turn in some impressive results.

Such was the case on Wednesday as the Wildcats posted solid times at a home tri-meet with Ogemaw Heights and Gaylord. The Alpena boys team ruled the day with 103 points after winning 13 events. Gaylord had 40 1/2 points and Ogemaw had 18 1/2 points.

Alpena’s girls team took second place with 45 points, behind Gaylord (98) and ahead of Ogemaw (20).

Freshman long distance runner Isaac Cross took two firsts for the Wildcats after winning the 1,600 (4:43.54) and 3,200 runs (10:13.08). Fellow freshman Mitchell Day took second in both events and led the 3,200 run for most of the way before Cross picked up speed in the final hundred feet and passed him for the win.

“We’ve got some young guys that are really contributing and working hard,” Alpena boys coach Bob Bennett said. “Those two guys (Cross and Day) are gutsy little guys. They’re tough, they work hard and they race each other hard. I think that’s good for them because it’s going to make them work harder as the years go on.”

Elliott Zarins won the 100 dash (12.12), the 200 dash (23.69) and was also part of two winning relay teams.

Other winners for the Alpena boys were: Brendan Cordes in the 100 hurdles (15.9); the 3,200 relay team of John Smith, Clay Jacobs, RJ Centala and Eli Martin (8:58); the 800 relay team of Zarins, Peter Guest, Drew Shields and Gavin Aikens (1:36.26); Jordan Ferguson in the shot put (45-3 1/2); the 400 relay team of Aikens, Guest, Zarins and Josh Bell (46.94); Shields in the 400 dash (52.69); Bell in the 300 hurdles (43.11), Kolin Ghidoni in the 800 run (2:12.32) and the 1,600 relay team of Aikens, Cordes, Shields and Centala (3:41.95).

Jenna Talbot was the big winner for the Alpena girls team, pacing the field in the 100 hurdles (18.03) and 300 hurdles (50.12). She also took second in the pole vault (6-6).

Other winners for the Alpena girls included: Dorothea Gottschall in the 3,200 run (13:48), Katie Mack in the high jump (T1, 4-6) and the 3,200 relay team of Gottschall, Taylor Kunath, Mack and Mikayla Oliver (11:15).

“I think we did pretty well. We stuck some kids in some different events just to see what we have,” Alpena girls coach Collin Riffert said. “Katie Mack, she’s going to be a good one and she leads our team in several different areas. Leah Simon and Taylor Kunath are also going to pretty well too down the road.”

Other placers for the Alpena girls were: High Jump-2nd place (Brooke Burrone, 4-4); 800 relay-2nd place (Amber Repke, Olivia Custer, Etta Kowalewsky and Leah Simon, 2:15.50), 3rd place (Sarah Honeycutt, Madison Voorhees, Daisy Kilgore, Maggie Connor, 2:24.88); Pole Vault-3rd place (Repke, 6-0); 1,600 run-3rd place (Mack, 6:13.62); 400 relay-3rd place (Custer, Kowalewsky, Simon, Repke, 1:02.49); Shot Put-2nd place (Caitlyn Dzuris, 27-5 1/2); 3,200 run-2nd place (Kunath, 14:01), 3rd place (Burrone, 14:43); 1,600 relay-2nd place (4:45), 3rd place (4:51).

Other placers for the Alpena boys were: 100 hurdles-2nd place (Bell, 17.44); 100 dash-2nd place (Wade Roznowski, 12.44); 800 relay-3rd place (1:43); 1,600 run-2nd place (Day, 4:44.35), 3rd place (Martin, 4:56); Long Jump-2nd place (Cordes, 18-10 3/8); 800 run-3rd place (Centala, 2:13.42); Pole Vault-2nd place (Alec LeTourneau, 11-0), 3rd place (Dylan Goike,11-0); Discus-2nd place (Nick Bisanz, 104-10), 3rd place (Randy Udell, 103-7); 3,200 run-2nd place (Day, 10:13.45), 3rd place (Tellis Donajkowski, 10:49).

Alpena will take part in the Bay City Western Invitational on Friday.

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