Regional Track Titles Won by Reese Girls and Caro Boys

The Reese Women and Karo Men emerged as champions in the Division 3 Regional Track Championships held at Bad Ax on Saturday, beating second-placed Valley Lutheran in both categories. Reese secured the women’s title with a score of 142.5 points, whereas Valley Lutheran was second at 119 points and Caro third with only 102 points. Meanwhile, Caro’s men’s team dominated with a score of 124, defeating Valley Lutheran University (105).

Reese emerged victorious on three occasions. Jenna Sweeney clinched the title in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:09.31, while Caitlin Lewis won the 100 hurdles with a record of 17.66. Abbey Karst contributed to the victory with a win in shot-put with 35-4.25. Claire Newman was the driving force behind Valley Lutheran’s effort, winning the 200m (26.27′) and 400m (59.99′), and adding a leg to the Chargers’ winning 800m relay (1:26.27) with Emma Britton, Claire Rosecrans, and Mackenzie Derusha.

Derusha also won the 300 hurdles in :51.39, while Millington University’s Chloe Basner bagged the titles in two events: the 100 hurdles (:12.95) and high jump (5-0). Vasser’s Ashley Sindorf won the 1,600 relay (5:34.09), while Karo’s Faith Swenner got the first position in the 800m (2:22.94), and the Tigers won the 1,600 (4:29.68) and 3,200 (10:15.59) relays. Paige-Heron, Scarlett Fisher, Alexa Long, Herron, Long, and Rachel Walch also contributed to the victories. Adeline Moore added Caro’s victory in the discus with a throw of 118-1.

The Karo men won four events, with Matthew Paturo winning twice in the 800m (2:05.29) and 1,600m (4:48.23). Trace Engleman won the 110 hurdles (:15.52), and Riley Parker added a victory in the 300 hurdles (:42.41). Valley Lutheran Church’s Noah Eden emerged as the star of the day, winning two individual titles, the 400 hurdles (:52.13), and pole vault (12-6), and also competing in two championship relays. Valley Lutheran won the 800 relay (1:35.04) and finished first in the 1600 relay (3 min 40 sec 14) with Kelsey, Raushardt, Eden, and David Derusha. Vasser’s Austin Long emerged victorious in the long jump (6-0).

In the men’s standings at Saturday’s Chesanin Track Regionals, Chesanin finished second with 118.5 points, while Pewamo Westphalia bagged the first position with 124.5 points. Levi Meyer won in the 800 hurdles (1:58.53), Caleb Walker won in the 110 hurdles (1:15.46), and Dominic Hernandez emerged as the champion in the 300 hurdles (40.50) for the Indians. Walker, Corbin Walker, Zachary Garno, and Meyer won the 1,600 relay (3:30.37). Meridian’s Braden Riley won the title in the 200m relay (:22.25) and joined Kenneth Emerson, Maddix Saunders, and Nick Metzger in the 400 (:43.75) and 800 (1:30.51) relays. Sawyer Molloy added another Meridian title in the long jump with 21-4.

In the women’s competition, Olivet emerged victorious with 149 points, while Pewamo Westphalia was second with 124 points, followed by Lansing Catholic with 76 and Ithaca with 58. Hemlock’s Regan Finkbeiner won.

In the Fowler Tournament, Fowler won the men’s title with 161 points, followed by Beale City with 112 and Michigan Lutheran Theological Seminary with 73. Tyler Zelinko, Brady Robichaux and Matthias’ St. Charles 400 relay team Escamilla and Devin Estrada won the title with 46.40 points. Meanwhile, Fowler won the women’s title with 130 points, followed by Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart with 76.5 and St Charles with 69.5.

In the Northville Invitational, softball’s Frankenmuth defeated Anchor Bay, 3-0, 2-1, and Jackson Northwest, 9-1, 5-0. Brooklyn Compow emerged as a star player, allowing only one hit and striking out 15 to clinch the win against Anchor Bay. She also had five hits and five strikeouts in a win against Jackson Northwest.

In the Lead City Crossroads Tournament, Freeland lost to Clare 12-6 but won 15-6 against Benji Central. The team was led by Conor Lasheski, Daniel Dury, and Garrett Lepech in the opener. In the second game, Ryan Quackenbush was instrumental in the victory, with Racheski, Dury, and Repec contributing to the win.

In the Reese Tournament Semifinals, Sanford Meridian beat Reese 5-3, while Reese Tear recorded the save with 3 hits and 1 run in 3 2/3 innings. In the final, Meridian lost 14-1 to Richmond. Michigan Lutheran Seminary bounced back after losing to Richmond in the semifinals, beating Reese 6-2. Mark Vogel, Luke Mason, and Gavin Morse each had two hits, and Mason won the game with five strikeouts and two hits in four innings.

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