2018-05-17 / Sports

Lakers shine at Frankfort Relays

By Kelsey Pease
of the Enterprise staff

GLEN LAKE sprinter Sam Garvin of Glen Lake finished strong at Monday’s Frankfort Invitational, taking first in the 100-meter dash. GLEN LAKE sprinter Sam Garvin of Glen Lake finished strong at Monday’s Frankfort Invitational, taking first in the 100-meter dash. Despite the slow start to the spring sports season, Glen Lake’s track team gave an experienced performance Monday at the Frankfort Invitational.

“The kids are starting to peak at the right time,” said Glen Lake’s coach Jason Bradford.

Eight Lakers achieved new personal records, some of whom did so in multiple events.

Rolli Charpentier was one of them, coming in at 16.58 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and 42.75 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles. He ran away with first place finishes in both events.

Bradford reported that many other Glen Lake athletes took first places.

Those athletes were Nick Rice and Sam Garvin in the 100-meter dash, Josh Sterzer in the 200-meter dash, Savannah Peplinski in the 400-meter dash, Caleb Henderson in the 2300- meter run, Ben Kroll in shot put, and Max Lerchen in high jump.

The list doesn’t stop there. Of the four relays, Glen Lake boys took first in all three sprint relays. Nick Rice, Jon Wright, JD Willey, and Josh Sterzer did so in the 4x100-meter relay, with a time of 45.33 seconds. Justin Bonzelet, Wright, Willey, and Sterzer did so in the 4x200-meter, with a time of 1 minute and 35.80 seconds. Drake Parker, Josh Sterzer, Willey, and Isaac Sterzer took the 4x400-meter in 3 minutes, 37.61 seconds. The 4x800-meter relay also took second place.

Glen Lake girls took first in the 4x100-meter with a time of 53.95 seconds. Runners were MacKenzie Steele, Garvin, Hailey Helling, and Kali Schettek. The girls’ team also took second in the 4x200-meter relay and third in the 4x800-meter relay.

Given their times and dedication this season, Bradford is hopeful that a few relays will perform well enough Saturday at the Regional meet to qualify for the State Meet.

“Right now, our relays are one of the top seeded teams but I always tell the kids that they’ve got to stay on their game,” Bradford said. “Anything can happen.”

Seniors are included, he added. “They don’t want the season to end. I’m excited to say, though, that I think this year will be the most kids I’ve ever taken to the State meet in my six-year coaching history.”

At Frankfort, Glen Lake second place finishes were nabbed by Wright, Willey, Jumpei Ohashi, Mason Staggs, Caleb Henderson, Max Lerchen, Parker, CJ Helfrich, and Savannah Peplinski.

Third place was taken by Wright, Finn Hogan, Staggs, Lerchen, Ben VanderZon, Finn Hogan, Parker, Nick Rice, and Grace Fosmore,

The efforts were apparent in Glen Lake’s team point totals. “The boys won the whole thing and by about 100 points at that,” Bradford said.

Indeed they did. The Glen Lake boys team took first with 225 points, followed by Frankfort with 126 points, Grand Traverse Academy with 45 points, Mesick with 43 points, Suttons Bay with 42 points, Bellair with 29 points, and Buckley with 10 points.

On the girls’ side, Frankfort barely held on to first with 116 points, Grand Traverse Academy was close behind with 113.5 points, followed by Glen Lake with 88 points, Bellair with 73.5 points, Mesick with 46 points, Suttons Bay with 35 points, and Buckley with 30 points.

Suttons Bay coach Jim Harrelson was impressed with the performance of his relay teams, despite a lack of runners who are participating in two sports and weren’t available for the meet.

“We took second place in boys 4x100-meter, boys 4x200-meter and girls 4x800-meter relays,” Harrelson said. The runners were Erik Halvorsen, Nate Devol, Derek Piglowski, and Otto Mork for the boys and Emma Grant, Hannah Grant, Grace McKillip, and Mary Macdonald for the girls.

In field events, Suttons Bay’s Zach Morton and Caleb Smith continued to break their personal records. In the discus, they took first and second places with throws of 120 feet, 1 inch, and 106 feet and 6 inches, respectively. Morton also took second place in shot put, with a throw of 40 feet, 6 inches.

Distance runners Hannah Grant and McKillip also placed second and third in the 3200-meter run. Mckillip’s time was a personal record of 13 minutes, 26.68 seconds.

“We’re short on numbers but we’re going to give it the best we’ve got,” said Harrelson, referring to the Regional Meet.

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