On Saturday, BTC’s Middle School athletes ran in the first ever meet of the club’s history. Over ten athletes competed, and the coaching staff was impressed with their energy and enthusiasm to race. Nick Lazrado led the sprinters in the 60m followed closely by Ani Bharani. Sophia Urbina was the lone BTC Middle School girl in the 200m. Joshua Clement also ran the sprinting events, but also participated in the long jump. Sam Tarling started his competitive season in the 400m dash, and nearly broke 60 seconds! The highest level of participation was in the 1600m, with 6 middle school athletes competing. Megan Ko led the girls with a 6:09, and was followed in the next heat by Kate Meineke, Shannon Shulte, and Olivia Marsili. For the guys, Chris Worrell led the way with a 5:49 and was followed by Nathan Worrel. The efforts by all athletes were commendable given the fact that they have to compete against high school athletes as well as other middle school participants.
For the high school team, both relays and individuals continued to qualify for the state finals. In the first event of the meet, the 4x800m relay, both the guys and girls teams qualified. Kyle Johnson (11, Rochester HS), Brandon Davis (10, Troy HS), Joey Hegger (12, Rochester HS), and Joe Schular (12, Rochester HS) ran a team time of 8:47, qualifying by several seconds. For the girls, Elizabeth Dalrymple (9, Clarkston HS), Megan Worrel (10, Troy HS), Emily Ferguson (9, Clarkston HS), and Mallory Ferguson (9, Clarkston HS) took second place with a time of 10:07. That is currently the 3rd fastest time in the state this season! Individually, Courtney Roland (12, Clarkston HS) qualified in the 60m hurdles, taking 5th in the respective event.
Across the state, some other Breen members ran at Grand Valley State University. In that meet, Katie Forsyth (10, Royal Oak HS) ran the 800m and qualified for states by just 0.05 seconds! Nicole Hanson (11, Clarkston HS) is already qualified in the 1600m, but she improved her season best by racing in the Elite Mile event at GVSU.
Next week BTC, will travel to Saginaw Valley State University to compete.