Personal, state and national records were falling at the 3A and 4A Bi-District Track meets at Mount Tahoma Stadium on May 18-19, as athletes prepare for the ultimate stage at the state meet this weekend.
Lakes’ Izaic Yorks provided the highlight of the day late in the meet, blazing to a win in the 1600-meter run in four minutes and four seconds, a time that is the national record for this year.
“Practice,” Yorks noted quickly as the key to his success. “That’s all I can really say – (and a) good support system, coaches, family. There the ones that helped instill the belief, and I wouldn’t be able to do it without them…the third lap I really went harder than I normally would have.”
Yorks had earlier claimed a victory in the 800-meter dash for the Lancers’ boys, who cruised to the 3A team title with 87 points.
Foss’ Marcus Chambers continued his solid season by winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes, setting a personal record of 47.74 in the latter – the best time in the state this year – in winning by almost two seconds.
“I felt really good. My training for the past few weeks has been real, real hard,” Chambers said. “I could have done a little better on the back stretch but it’s all good…at state I’ll run a perfect race and then I’ll be happy.”
Curtis junior Kennadi Bouyer helped the Vikings’ girls to a second-place finish in the 4A meet by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes, placing second in the long jump and teamed with Kira Perkins, Shelby Vaver and Kenya Shakoor to take second in the 4X100-meter relay. Perkins, Vaver, Shakoor and Adreonia Bradley also won the 4X200-meter relay.
“I do think that last year getting second in the 100 as a sophomore did help me,” said Bouyer, who trained with last year’s 100-meter state champ Holly DeHart of Kentwood last summer and currently owns the state’s top times in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. “I would not be this good right now if not for (DeHart). She taught me how to win and how to compete.”
Bellarmine Prep’s girls, meanwhile, took fourth as a team behind sophomore Hannah Derby – who won the 400-meter dash – and freshman Miranda Ross, who took second place in the 800-meter dash. Derby and Ross also teamed with Larisa Robic and Daryl Phill to win the 4X400-meter relay in three minutes and 58.14 seconds, two seconds ahead of second-place Union.
“It’s exciting to be improving and I keep getting (personal records),” said Ross, the latest in a solid group of Bellarmine distance runners to qualify for the state meet. “I don’t really know what to expect, but at these bigger meets there’s been a lot more competition than I’m used to. I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”
Bellarmine’s boys finished eighth overall, paced by Calvin Chandlers’ fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash and Jared Sinsheimer placing fifth in the long jump, sixth in the high jump and seventh in the triple jump. Stadium’s Jon Lee won the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet and 2.5 inches, while Curtis’ Dakarai Hightower took the high jump by clearing six feet and eight inches. Phuong Truong highlighted the day for Mount Tahoma by winning the shot put with a toss of 56.5 feet and also placing second in the discus throw.
Lincoln’s Quadelle Satterwhite, after aggravating a leg injury earlier in the week, still managed to claim a victory in the 3A boys 100-meter dash to help the Abes to a ninth-place finish. Satterwhite also finished second to Chambers in the 200-meter dash and teamed with Richard Johnson, Oliver Orr and Julius Colwash to take second in the 4X100-meter relay.
Satterwhite noted that he was “just coming out here and not trying to do too much and still be able to have the speed to place and win…I’m slowly trying to recover and prepare for next week.”
Wilson’s Daviyonta Booth won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet and 11.5 inches, while Connor Patterson placed second in the discus to highlight the Rams’ 10th-place finish. The Rams’ girls finished ninth overall, as Marche Thierry took fifth in the 100-meter dash and Alyssa Marzano placed fifth in the triple jump. Thierry, Marzano, Micayla Smith and Violet Morrow also placed fourth in the 4X100-meter relay. D’Nara Jones highlighted the Lincoln girls’ day by tying for third in the high jump and taking fifth in the triple jump, while the Abes’ Jada Harvey placed fourth in the discus throw and Julia Jones took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The state 2A, 3A and 4A track meets take place from May 24-26 at Mount Tahoma Stadium. For a schedule of events visit www.wiaa.com.