Records fall in 2019 Mitchell Creek Meet of Champions

Morley Stanwood’s Delaney McLaughlin runs the first leg of the 1600-meter relay on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Some of the top track & field athletes in the area convened in Big Rapids Friday evening for the annual Mitchell Creek Meet of Champions.

Crossroads Charter Academy hosted the event at Mitchell Creek Sports Complex, and Morley Stanwood and Baldwin also participated in the meet.

Morley Stanwood had a strong showing in the invite. Aiden McLaughlin took first place in the 800-meter run with a school-record and meet-record time of 1:56.24 seconds. McLaughlin edged out a rival in Sparta’s Tommie Smith, who ran a personal-best 1:57.44.

“He’s a really good runner,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve known each other for a while. Once I knew he was running it, I dropped out of the mile and gave everything in the 800. It was totally worth it.”

The Mohawks’ 1600-meter relay team of Austin Bennett, Riley Pritchard, Jason Bialik, and Aiden McLaughlin took first place with a time of 3:36.57.

“We really wanted to win it,” McLaughlin said. “Jason set me up good which he does quite a bit. I knew I had to bring it home after that.”

For the Morley girls, Braelynn Berry took home first place honors in the 200-meter dash with a personal best time of 28.12. Braelynn also ran a leg of the winning 800-meter relay team consisting of Breanna Berry, Grace Timmers, Delaney McLaughlin (1:55.69).

Breanna Berry placed second in shot put with a personal best throw of 35-0.

Crossroads Charter Academy had two athletes who managed to break school records in Joe Wendlowsky and Bailey Dever. Wendlowski set the school record for boys pole vault with a height of 10-6 and Dever set the school record for girls shot put with a throw of 31-6.5.

“Joe’s previous PR was a 9-6 which he was able to do at regionals to qualify for state,” CCA head coach Travis McCuaig said. “I’ve been able to focus more with him. We got him on a bigger pole and have him running faster at the bar. He’s excited about that and I am too.”

Baldwin’s lone athlete Jenna Johnson made her appearance count by winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.35.

BIG RAPIDS — Some of the top track & field athletes in the area convened in Big Rapids Friday evening for the annual Mitchell Creek Meet of Champions.

Crossroads Charter Academy hosted the event at Mitchell Creek Sports Complex, and Morley Stanwood and Baldwin also participated in the meet.

Morley Stanwood had a strong showing in the invite. Aiden McLaughlin took first place in the 800-meter run with a school-record and meet-record time of 1:56.24 seconds. McLaughlin edged out a rival in Sparta’s Tommie Smith, who ran a personal-best 1:57.44.

“He’s a really good runner,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve known each other for a while. Once I knew he was running it, I dropped out of the mile and gave everything in the 800. It was totally worth it.”

The Mohawks’ 1600-meter relay team of Austin Bennett, Riley Pritchard, Jason Bialik, and Aiden McLaughlin took first place with a time of 3:36.57.

“We really wanted to win it,” McLaughlin said. “Jason set me up good which he does quite a bit. I knew I had to bring it home after that.”

For the Morley girls, Braelynn Berry took home first place honors in the 200-meter dash with a personal best time of 28.12. Braelynn also ran a leg of the winning 800-meter relay team consisting of Breanna Berry, Grace Timmers, Delaney McLaughlin (1:55.69).

Breanna Berry placed second in shot put with a personal best throw of 35-0.

Crossroads Charter Academy had two athletes who managed to break school records in Joe Wendlowsky and Bailey Dever. Wendlowski set the school record for boys pole vault with a height of 10-6 and Dever set the school record for girls shot put with a throw of 31-6.5.

“Joe’s previous PR was a 9-6 which he was able to do at regionals to qualify for state,” CCA head coach Travis McCuaig said. “I’ve been able to focus more with him. We got him on a bigger pole and have him running faster at the bar. He’s excited about that and I am too.”

Baldwin’s lone athlete Jenna Johnson made her appearance count by winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.35.

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