Suttons Bay, Glen Lake girls run PRs at NW Conference
Suttons Bay girls finished third and Glen Lake fifth in the Northwest Conference meet May 23 at Frankfort.
“Our girls had their best meet of the season,” Norsemen coach Mark Smith said. “A great example of how hard the girls fought for every point is our sprinter, Koriama Guillen running the 3200-meter to get us two points by finishing fifth just after finishing fourth in the 200 (28.33).”
Senior Dana Wessels won the pole vault clearing the 8-foot mark.
Sophomore Kaitlin Gaudard had a personal record (PR) in the 100 hurdles of 17.59 and knocked Liz Gertz off the all-time top 10 list at Suttons Bay, along with a fifth in the 300 hurdles (55.09).
Madison Freeman had a great day with a PR in the 400 to finish fourth (65.46). Rachel Amalfitano was fifth with a time of 66.48, also a personal best.
Freeman and Amalfitano joined Ashley Grant and Rachel Pasche to knock eight seconds off the best season time in the 1600 relay with a time of 4:29.42 — good enough for fourth. Also finishing fourth were the 400 relay team of Wessels, Gaudard, Guillen and Angela Hernandez (55.64) and the 800 team of Guillen, Hernandez, Freeman and Amaliftano (1:57.7). Both were season-best times, Smith said.
The 3200 meter team of Grant, Patterson, Pasche and Tessa Pattison was fourth in 12:12.93.
In field events, Lydia Patterson had a personal record in the discus for fourth place (91’7”) followed by Katie Tigges (88’2”) and Sarah Hartwig (87’6’), who were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Tigges added a sixth place finish in the shot with a personal best of 27’1.5”. Wessels added another point for the Norse with a long jump of 13’6.75” finishing sixth.
Benzie won six of the individual events and all four relays in the seventeam event.
“If they didn’t win the event, they placed two or three other girls in the top six,” Laker coach Paul Christiansen said. “They will be one of the favorites to win the state meet in Division 3.”
Christiansen said many of his athletes had personal and/or season bests.
“They keep improving and working hard, which is all a coach can ask,” he said.
Katie Stowe had a PR in the 400 with a time of 1:01.72. She also finished sixth in the 200 hurdles with a time of 28.84, a season best.
Paige Emerson posted a time of 17.96 for third place in the 100 hurdles — a personal record. Lindsey Friend was fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:30.04 and Kaitlin Grigg was sixth with a time of 2:30.04.
In field events freshman Siara Milroy was fifth in long jump with an effort of 13’7.5” and Amanda Lodge was fifth in pole vault clearing 6’6”.
The Laker 400 and 800 relay teams finished fifth posting season-bests of 56.82 and 1:59.9 respectively. The 400 team is comprised of Emerson, Milroy, Maria VanderWerf and Raegan Weston. The 800 was run by Emerson, Milroy, Vanderwerf and Stowe.
Kaitlin and Kelsey Grigg made up half of the 3200 and 1600 relay teams which finished second and third respectively. Stowe and VanderWerf joined them in the 3200 to post a time of 10:53.27, a season best. Friend and Stowe rounded out the 1600 team which also posted a season-best time of 4:24.15.