On Friday and Saturday, several members of Breen Track Club competed at the MITS State Finals at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Throughout the weekend there were several All-State and season best performances. Here is the breakdown of the two-day meet.
On Friday, the Distance Medley and Sprint Medley Relays were in competition. The boy’s team of Matt Schram (11, Rochester Adams), Brandon Davis (11, Troy), Joe Schuler (12, Rochester), and Kyle Johnson (11, Rochester) ran a season best time of 10:59.99 and took the final spot on the podium with their 8th place finish. Our second team, running under the name KMR, consisted of Shane Skelcy (12, Rochester), Pat Fegan (11, Royal Oak), Tim Dalrymple (11, Clarkston), and Joey Heggar (12, Rochester) finished 24th. There were 28 teams competing in the event this year. A special note about the boy’s DMR, Breen Track Club is the current State Meet record holder with a time of 10:17.67 ran back in 2010. Looks like the record will hold for another year as this year’s winning time was 10:29.70. For the girls, the team of Elizabeth Dalrymple (9, Clarkston), Hannah Palomino (10, Troy), Megan Worell (10, Troy), and Nicole Hanson (11, Clarkston) finish 4th with a season best time of 12:18.70. Our second team of Allison Shannon (12, Sterling Heights Stevenson), Emily Ferguson (9, Clarkston), Katie Forsyth (10, Royal Oak), and Mallory Ferguson (9, Clarkston) finished 9th place. There were 32 teams in that event. In the Sprint Medley Relay, the guys team of Amun Mehta (11, Troy), Brandon Davis, Joe Schuler, and Leo McManus (12, Troy) placed 15th of 16 teams. For the girls, the team of Alexa Ligon (10, Rochester), Courtney Roland (12, Clarkston), Aubrey Gallacher (12, Rochester), and Casie Nadasky (10, Rochester) ran well, but were unfortunately disqualified due to a race infraction.
On Saturday, the relays kept going with the first event, 4x800m Relay. In the guys race, the team ran within a second of our season best with a 8:47.83 and placed 23rd of 31 teams. The girls went back to the podium with their 4th place finish. The team of Megan Worell, Emily Ferguson, Mallory Ferguson, and Hannah Palomino ran 9:49.44. Both Bryn Ropeta (12, Rochester Stoney Creek) and Courtney Roland had an incredible day in the 60m Hurdles. Both ladies ran season best times in the semis, 9.87 and 9.85 respectively. They both went on to beat those times again in the finals, running 9.69 and 9.70! In the end Bryn was able to capture the last All-State position with her 8th place finish. Nicole Hanson, returning from Friday’s DMR, earned individual all-state honors by placing 6th (5:09.66) in the 1600m, and Mallory Ferguson finished with a 5:28.24. Joe Schuler was also returning from Friday’s relays, and was Breen’s only guy in the 800m (2:06.40). For girls, Megan Worell was able to finish 6th in a season best time of 2:21.48. She was followed by teammates Elizabeth Dalrymple (2:23.05), Hannah Palomino (2:26.08), Allison Shannon (2:26.97), and Emily Ferguson (2:35.68). Several guys qualified in the 3200m. They were led by Kyle Johnson (9:51.09), and followed by Matt Schram (9:58.01), Shane Skelcy (10:12.01), Alexander Ross (11, Birmingham Groves) (10:20.74), and Joey Heggar (10:21.39). Samantha Hanson (12, Sterling Heights Stevenson) was the lone girl competitor for Breen, and ran 11:49.52. For field events, jumpers Hannah Hayes (11, Troy Athens) (5′-0″), Courtney Roland (5′-0″), and Abrey Gallaher (4′-7″) each jumped at or near their season best heights. The day ended appropriately for the club with another All-State relay. The team of Joe Schuler, Brandon Davis, Marcus Jackson (10, Royal Oak), and Leo McManus beat our season best time by almost 8 seconds, and finished 8th place (3:35.58).
Overall, BTC had 3 individuals earn All-State honors, as well as 4 relays. In total, 13 kids came home with All-State recognition. Several others enjoyed a season of personal best performances and have prepared themselves for the upcoming outdoor season. Congratulations all Breen Track Club members!