On Saturday, BTC spent the day at Saginaw Valley State University. The whole day was filled with state qualifying performances and personal bests. An exceptional achievement while we are still in January! Here is a breakdown of some of the outstanding performances.
The day started with the Distance Medley Relay. In that race, two relays from both the boys and girls race ran state qualifying times. Leading the boys was Shane Skelcy (12, Rochester), Leo McManus (12, Troy), Joe Schuler (12, Rochester), and Kyle Johnson (11, Rochester). Also running a qualifying time was the team of Alex Ross (11, Groves), Amun Mehta (11, Troy), Marcus Jackson (10, Royal Oak), Matt Schram (11, Rochester Adams). Their respective times of 11:01.08 and 11:09.79 placed 2nd and 4th. For the girls, Elizabeth Dalrymple (9, Clarkston), Megan Worrel (10, Troy), Nicole Hanson (11, Clarkston), and Samantha Hanson (12, Stevenson) led the club to a 2nd place finish in 12:50.26. In 4th place, 13:16.97 was the team of Mallory Ferguson (9, Clarkston), Bryn Ropeta (12, Stoney Creek), Kaite Forsyth (10, Royal Oak), and Emily Ferguson (9, Clarkston).
In the individual events, several athletes either hit a state qualifying time or a personal best. In the high jump, Megan Worrel led the field of jumpers with 5 -2 winning jump. That places her tied for 3rd in the state! Bryn Ropeta came back from the DMR and ran a qualifying time of 10.12 seconds in the 60m hurdles. That beats her best from last year by almost 2 seconds! In the 1600, Katie Forsyth and Allison Shannon (12, Stevenson) both ran qualifying times. Also running indoor personal bests were Amanda Capaldi (11, Rochester), Jasneet Aulakh (11, Rochester), Sarah Shea (10, Ford II). For the guys, Matt Schram led the way with a state qualifying time of 4:36.34. Behind him, Alex Ross, Andrew Dingwall (11, Troy), Jahow Yu (9, Troy), ran personal best indoor best times. In the 400m, Marcus Jackson posted an indoor best of 54.05, missing the state qualifying time by just over a half second. Finally, SVSU decided to add a 800m run at the end of the meet. Several BTC athletes took advantage of the opportunity. Elizabeth Dalrymple won the event with a state qualifying 2:27.39. Joe Schuler beat his personal best twice that day. Once as a split in the DMR, and then again in the open event. His time of 2:02.32 was good enough for 4th place and spot in the state finals. Brandon Davis (10, Troy) also posted a personal best time in the event.
As of now, BTC has 11 athletes qualified in 7 different events, and 6 relays qualified in 2 events. They will travel to University of Michigan on January 29 to extend that list of qualifiers and post more personal bests!