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Max Harden/Pioneer Sports Network LEFT: Brethren’s Joe Tighe runs for a win in one of the Bobcats’ relay victories at the season-opening West Michigan D League jamboree at Big Rapids Crossroads High School.

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Brethren’s Joe Tighe runs for a win in one of the Bobcats’ relay victories at the season-opening West Michigan D League jamboree at Big Rapids Crossroads High School.

BIG RAPIDS — Brethren dominated the relays at the first West Michigan D League jamboree of the season on Wednesday night at Big Rapids Crossroads.

The team scores were incomplete, but the Bobcats look to be at, or near the top of the WMD standings for the day.

The Brethren girls won all three of the relay races. They were led by the 400-meter relay team of Megan Cordes, Shavyon Gillum, Megan Macurio and Keisha PIcklesimer that finished at 58.50, the 800-meter relay team of Cordes, Gillum, Whitney Dean and Abbie Rittenhouse at 2:08.00 and the 1600-meter relay team of Paige Sanderson, Marcurio, Dean and Kayla Conrad took first at 6:23.

Dean also won the high jump at 4’02’’, Taytum Myers finished third in the shot put at 32’02’’ and Heather Stewart took third in the 100-meter hurdles at 23.7.

“They did pretty well,” Brethren girls track coach Jason Kemler said. “We had some girls that kind of surprised me. We had a couple other that got hurt, and that took them out of a couple of events that they’d normally be in. That’s going to happen. We had a pretty good showing today.”

The Bobcats boys also won all four relay events starting with the 400-meter relay team of Joe Tighe, Thomas Young, Kameren Danks and Logan Tighe at 51.3, the 800-meter relay team of Troy Macurio, Danks, Jake Riggs and Joe Tighe won at 1:47.9 and the 1600-meter relay team of Nick Kemler, Logan Tighe, Dustin Cilman and Joe Tighe won at 4:08.4.

“It was huge to see. We had to shuffle some guys around and we had to test some guys in a couple of different areas,” Brethren boys track coach Kyle Griffin said. “For example, Troy Macurio in the 4X200 relay was my miler and two-miler last year in middle school. He was sprinting well during conditioning, so I wanted to see how he’d do in a couple of sprints tonight.”

In the individual events Brethren did well on the track and in the field as well, starting with Joe Tighe, who took second in the 110-meter hurdles at 19.9 and third in the 300-meter hurdles at 48.9 and his brother, Logan Tighe, was third in the 110-meter hurdles at 20.9.

Danks led the Bobcats in the field events starting with a throw of 42’03’’ in the shot put and a 5’02’’ in the high jump, which were both good for first place.

Nick Kemler won the pole vault at 7’06’’, Riggs took second in the shot put at 36’07’’, Noah Kemler was second in the discus at 89’04’’ and Thomas Young was second in the high jump at 5’02’’.

Manistee Catholic Central doesn’t have the numbers to compete in every event, but they put impressive efforts forward on the day.

Joe Buswinka won the 110-meter hurdles at 19.5, and the 400-meter relay team of Matteo Barnett, Eric Stickney, Buswinka and Mason Callesen took second at 52.7.

“I have an eighth grader and a shot putter starting the relay. These guys are working hard,” MCC coach Gabriel Wise said.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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