2017-06-18 / Sports

Chesaning boys bring home first-ever state track title

Montrose’s Klopf earns second straight shot put title

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to an error, the following story did not run completely in last week’s Citizen. It is being re-run in it’s entirety here.

COMSTOCK PARK – Chesaning’s boys’ track team arrived at the Division 3 state finals on Saturday, June 2 at Comstock Park High School knowing its goal of a state title was in reach, but that it would take a lot of hard work and a few good breaks.

Buoyed by state title performances in the long jump and 800 meter relay, the Indians were able to capture the first team track state title in school history. Chesaning finished the day with 47 points. Hillsdale Academy was a close second with 42 points. Frankenmuth was third with 30 points.

“Leading up to the state meet, we spent the week discussing the possibility of winning the state title if everything went our way,” said Chesaning head coach Jason Hemgesberg. “I am not sure that any of us imagined in our wildest dreams that it was actually going to happen, but we knew the chance existed, especially with how we were ranked in the events that we would be competing in.” He added, “When we arrived at Comstock Park High School to practice on Friday, I gathered all the guys together and told them to cherish this time because it is a very rare opportunity to have. I also reminded them that they already had all the tools to be successful on Saturday. They took that message to heart and performed like no other team in the history of Chesaning’s track and field program. I know that the school, community, and I am extremely proud of the way this group carried themselves today.” In the field events. Sam Forsyth was a state champion in the long jump with a leap of 21-6.5. Teammate Brandon Keys was sixth with a distance of 20-6.5.

The 800 meter relay team of Zach McFarlan, Brady Frasier, Keys and Forsyth was also a state champion with a time of 1:39.55. The quartet narrowly missed breaking the school record they set last year.

McFarlan finished third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.69 seconds, breaking the old school record of 50.2 seconds set by Kyle Hollenback in 2004.

Paxton Ruddy also had a stellar day in the high jump, finishing third with a jump of 6-5. He topped his own personal best by three inches, and broke the school record of 6-4 set by Shawn Beckman in 1993.

Forsyth also placed third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.88 seconds.

The 1600 meter relay team of Ruddy, Hayden Giesken, Forsyth and McFarlan finished fifth with a time of 3:24.59.

The 400 meter relay team of McFarlan, Anthony Aguado, Frasier and Keys was seventh with a tie of 43.93 seconds.

MONTROSE Ram senior Brooklyn Klopf was a repeat state champion in the shot put with a toss of 45-0.5. She also finished second in the discus with a throw of 144-7. Her 18 points put the Rams in 11th place in the standings.

NEW LOTHROP Claudia Freed led the Hornets, placing fifth in the discus with a throw of 121-3. The 400 meter relay team of Skye Nancarrow, Alex Bedrosian, Alana Wendling and Caitlyn Bruff finished sixth with a time of 50.39 seconds. In the boys’ finals, Kendrick Polley was sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.08 seconds.

ST. CHARLES Mikayla Williams finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 16-7 to place for the Bulldogs.

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