2013-04-18 / Sports

Off and Running

By Mike Spencer Of The Enterprise staff


DANI MERWIN limbers up at the starting block of the 400 relay. DANI MERWIN limbers up at the starting block of the 400 relay. The Suttons Bay boys and girls got the inside track outside this week when it hosted a meet.

The Norse track and field teams tried to put their best feet forward Tuesday, but it wasn’t easy being the first time competing outside.

“It’s awesome to be out here,” said Mark Smith, Suttons Bay’s boys and girls coach after the scheduled quadrangular meet with McBain, Grand Traverse Academy and Benzie Central was expanded to include Traverse City St. Francis. “I’m glad the rain held off.

“And the temperature is right where we needed it.”

With temps near a balmy 50 degrees, Suttons Bay opened the season with four firsts in the boys meet and a couple in the girls meet. No scores were available at press time.

Junior Carter Hansen won the 200 (23.78) and ran “great legs” on the winning 800 relay and the 1600 relay, Smith said.


MADELINE HALL prepares to throw the discus while teammate Katie Tigges observes on right. MADELINE HALL prepares to throw the discus while teammate Katie Tigges observes on right. Hansen almost pulled off a triple win, anchoring the 400 relay. He took the baton in the last leg several strides behind the two frontrunners. He wound up a close second.

“He got the one guy, but that was too much to make up,” Smith said. “We had trouble on the exchanges, but it’s hard to do when you practiced it indoors and didn’t get on the track until Monday.”

“I was hoping,” said Hansen, trying to cool down from the second-place 400 relay. “I’ve had a lot of injuries and I was just pushing through.

“Our exchanges were messed up, but I got within 10 meters or closer of catching him.”

Hansen, who said he was “upset and emotional,” about finishing second, was pleased with his performance overall. But he was even more pleased to be running outside.


CARTER HANSEN of Suttons Bay gets pumping after taking the final exchange from Dylan Evatt in the 400 meter relay Tuesday. 
Mike Spencer Photo CARTER HANSEN of Suttons Bay gets pumping after taking the final exchange from Dylan Evatt in the 400 meter relay Tuesday. Mike Spencer Photo “We ran indoors at CMU a couple of weeks ago and that was pretty easy, no wind,” Hansen said. “Going from being inside and practicing to running a meet outside, it’s different.

“You get a little bit winded faster. I feel pretty good, but we’re still not in shape.”

Suttons Bay went 1-2 in the discus with Adam Arroyo winning with a toss of 123 feet, 7 inches. Chase Pattison was second at 121-11.

“Being the first time on the pad, that’s almost state qualifying stuff,” Smith said. The state qualifying mark is 128 feet.

Pease won the 400 (53.9) and also had “nice legs,” on the 800 and 1600 relays.


KATIE TIGGES of Suttons Bay unleashes the shot put Tuesday. She finished sixth. KATIE TIGGES of Suttons Bay unleashes the shot put Tuesday. She finished sixth. Guy Beachnau was second in the 110 hurdles at 17.0, after winning his heat. He also helped out on the winning 800 team. He was also fourth in the high jump (5-6).

Hansen almost guaranteed victory in the 800 relay with his gun start.

“Carter led off and made up the stagger on Lane 4 by the time he handed off the baton,” Smith said. “I don’t know what he ran, but he’s pretty talented.”

On the girls side, Madeline Hall won the 100 hurdles (17.8) and was fourth in the shot (27-1). Madison Freeman was fourth in the 400 (1:09) and Evelein Dierckx was fifth (1:10.5). Dierckx also finished fourth in the pole vault (7-3). She matched the winning height but had more misses than the top three vaulters.

In the discus Lydia Patterson was first with (91-0) with Katie Tigges third (83-11).


ALEX KRAFT of Suttons Bay finishes the 1600 meter run in 5 minutes, 21.6 seconds. He was sixth overall with Sam Wynsma a few strides back. ALEX KRAFT of Suttons Bay finishes the 1600 meter run in 5 minutes, 21.6 seconds. He was sixth overall with Sam Wynsma a few strides back. “I don’t get to really see much,” said Smith, who had also had to run the meet as the host school. “I have to go home and look at the results.

“But obviously we had some really good performances.”

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