It would be an understatement to say Breen had a successful weekend at Michigan Indoor Track State Meet at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids on February 25-26. We sent 17 relays that included 38 athletes. 7 relays and 8 individuals came back with medals.
Breen dominated the girls 4x800m with two teams in the top 8. The team of Megan Worrel, Hannah Palomino, Elizabeth Dalrymple, and Mallory Ferguson won the event and broke the meet record with a time of 9:13.75. These ladies will travel to New York in March to compete in the New Balance Nationals. They are currently ranked #2 nationally! (Athletic.net)
The team of Emily Ferguson, Katherine Forsyth, Grace Cutler and 8th grader Mattie Drennan took 3rd with a time of 9:42.33. Mattie is the club’s first 8th grader to medal at state meet. The future is bright!
The boys 4×800 team of Islam Aly, Brandon Davis, Patrick Fegan and Tim Dalrymple also took all state honors, finishing 7th with a time of 8:22.74
Breen Track Club was also impressive in the girls 4000m Distance Medley Relay. The team of Megan Worrel, Emily Ferguson, Hannah Palomino, and Elizabeth Dalrymple placed 2nd with a time of 12:13.69 while the team of Mallory Ferguson, Lauren Fulcher, Katie Forsyth, and Grace Cutler took 4th with a time of 12:27.44.
In the 4x400m relay, the girls team of Megan Worrel, Hannah Palomino, Lauren Fulcher, and Natalie Lambert took 5th place with a time of 4:10.47 and boys team of Marcus Jackson, Islam Aly, Brandon Davis, and Zac Scheck finished 4th with a time of 3:33.67.
We had several individual all state performances and many personal bests as well.
The club dominated the girls 800m with four girls in the top 8 including the event winner Megan Worrel with a time of 2:16.99. Team mates Katie Forsyth, Elizabeth Dalrymple, and Hannah Palomino took 5th, 6th and 8th respectively. Megan, Hannah and Elizabeth have qualified for New Balance Nationals in the 800. Marcus Jackson took 5th in the boys 800 with a time of 2:00.24.
Lauren Fulcher and Mallory Ferguson earned medals with 8th place finishes. Lauren ran the 60m hurdles in 9.45 seconds while Mallory ran the 1600m in 5:09.94.
Another first for the club was to have throwers compete at state meet. Congratulations to Cate Bennett and Brett Cook on their 8th and 9th place finishes, respectively.
Finally, thanks to all the athletes and their families that made this a fun and successful season.
The members of the Breen Track Club have had an outstanding indoor season and this weekend was just an example of the achievements we’ve seen all season. With Michigan Indoor Track State Finals at Aquinas College just two weeks away, the club has a lot to be excited about!
Action kicked off on Friday night at University of Michigan. The girls Sprint Medley Relay run by Quinn Thibault, Natalie Lambert, Alyssa Asmar came within 1.11 seconds of qualifying for state with a time of 4:41.11.
Austin Remick (4:29.37), Nick Favazza (4:36.89) and Kyle Johnson (4:37.90) finished 2nd, 5th, and 6th,, respectively in the boys 1600m run. Nick’s season PR qualified him for state meet.
In the 60m girls’ hurdles, Lauren Fulcher (9.96) and Alyssa Asmar (10:80) continue to perform faster than the state qualifying time of 11:00 seconds.
The club was able to qualify two girls Distance Medley Relay teams (1200, 400, 800, 1600) for the Michigan State meet. The both teams smashed state qualifying mark of 13:30.00. The team of Megan Worrel, Emily Ferguson, Katie Forsyth, Elizabeth Dalrymple won the event with a time of 12:22.24. The team of Mallory Ferguson, Lauren Fulcher, Hannah Palomino, and Grace Cutler came in second with at time of 12:32.38.
The boys DMR run by Austin Remick, Kyle Johnson, Nick Favazza came in 3rd at 11:18.51, just 1 second shy of hitting the state qualifying standard.
On Saturday, Breen Track Club showcased our distance talent at the 7th Annual Distance Festival at Saginaw Valley State University.
The girls qualified another Distance Medley Relay Team that included BTC athletes Lauren Kaliszewski and Amanda Lewis qualified with a time of 13:22.12. The boys’ DMR team of Dominci Bruce, Brandon Davis, Islam Aly, Andrew Dingwall was just 4 seconds from qualifying for state.
Breen’s middle distance strength was apparent in the 800m race. The girls dominated the event with 5 finishers in the top 10, including a 1-2-3 finish by Elizabeth Dalrymple (2:15.61), Megan Worrel (2:15.83) and Hannah Palomino (2:16.68), respectively. All three ladies finished under the New Balance National Emerging Elite standard of 2:16.80. Other top 10 finishers were Emily Ferguson (2:19.24) and 8th grader Shannon Billette (2:22.35).
Marcus Jackson won the boys 800m, leading through the entire race and achieving a career PR of 1:58.36.
The meet included a Middle School Mile, one of the few middle school only events available during the season. Maria Croci finished 4th with a season PR of 5:54.34. Her team mates Gia Leone (6:24.94) and Shannon Schulte (6:27.89) also achieved season personal bests.
The girls flexed their 800m muscle again in the 4x800m relay with teams finishing 1st, 3rd ,4th and 8th in the field of 10 teams. The first and third place teams qualified for state meets with times of 9:40.69 Elizabeth Dalrymple, Emily Ferguson, Shannon Billette, and Mallory Ferguson and 10:23.13 that included athletes Megan Worrel and Hannah Palomino.
The boys qualified a 4x800m relay, taking second in the event with a time of 8:25.32.
The club will be finishing up regular season competition this weekend at University of Michigan. A few athletes will also be competing this weekend at Grand Valley State University.
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