Chippewa Hills fifth, Big Rapids eighth in Division 2 regional meet

Chippewa Hills’ Dezi Shaw (back) hands off to Sarah Story during the 3,200-meter relay of Friday’s regional meet. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Cadillac headed a tough girls field in Friday’s Division 2 regional meet at Chippewa Hills with 98.67 points, edging Benzie Central with 94.25.

Two-time defending champions Chippewa Hills was fifth with 55.5 and Big Rapids was fifth in the 15-team field with 39.

For Chippewa Hills, Kyla Thorne won the pole vault (9-9). Emily Fredrick was sixth in the 200 dash (28.17) and fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:01.78). Natalie Newcombe was fourth in the 1,600 (5:28.40), the 4×400 relay was fourth (4:18.30) with Fredrick, Deziree Shaw, Storey and Mercer and third in the 4×800 relay (9:43.88) with Natalie Newcombe, Shaw, Alicia Robertson and Storey. Izzy Gutierrez was fifth in the shot put (36-2 ½).

“It was a very competitive day,” Chippewa Hills coach Sally Schafer said. “I’m happy with the way our girls performed. Some are disappointed. They ran good but didn’t quite make it to individual state. Izzy Gutierrez threw three feet further in the shot put and is going to state.

“We had our pole vaulter jump highest. Our 4×800 cut their time by 15 seconds and made it to state. We have six girls that made it to state twice individually and four on a relay. We had points here and there and kids that ran really well. We want to finish higher as a team but I’m happy with their performance.”

For Big Rapids, Madison Hammer was second in the 400 dash (59.66), Hanna Brock was third in the 800 (2:27.80). Meghan Langworthy was third in the 3,200 (11:39.49) and sixth in the 1,600 (5:35.94). Erika Beistle was fourth in the shot put (36-5).

Big Rapids was fourth in the 4×200 meter relay (1:51.40) with Valerie Vandertol, Caitlyn Hector, Makenna Rautio and Hammer (1:51.40) and fifth in the 4×400 relay (4:21.87 with Brock, Caitlyn Hector, Rautio and Hammer.

“Maddie Hammer ran a sub-minute in the 400, which was a PR,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said.

The top two finishers in each event plus others who hit a qualifying mark advance to the state meet on June 1. Langworthy in the 3,200 and Beistle (shot put) were additional qualifiers.

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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