2017-04-20 / Outdoors

Bobcats begin track season with ‘great start’ at Beal City

Blanchard breaks own hurdle record

Houghton Lake junior Jackson Blanchard wasted little time besting the school record he set in the 300m hurdles last season.

At the Bobcats’ first meet April 13 at Beal City, Blanchard recorded a school record 40.03 in the event – which he finished third in the state in last year.

According to Coach Chris Wor­ley, Blanchard’s 300m hurdle time is currently the second fastest in the state this season.

Blanchard also won the 100m hurdles (15.81 seconds) to help the Bobcats finish second in the quad meet with Beal City, Coleman and Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart. Beal City finished first in the boys division.

Also picking up a first place fin­ish for the Bobcats was Robert Press in the 200m dash (25.09).

Second place finishes went to Press in the 100m dash (12.75), Gavin Masse in the shot put (40’1.5”), Austin Land in the long jump (18’10”) and the 1600m relay team of Blanchard, Nathan Wilder, Trent Wormsbacher and Nick Zar­zyski (4:05.3).

Third place went to Press in the long jump (17’3”) while Joey Peter­son was fourth in the 800m (2:27.73) and 1600m (5:25.28) runs. Henry Wallison finished fourth in the 3200m run (12:54.39).


The Bobcats’ girls team captured four first places en route to a second place finish behind Mt. Pleasant Sa­cred Heart. The Bobcats beat both Coleman and Beal City.

Picking up victories were Lauren Perry in the 200m dash (30.93) and Brittany Cooley in the pole vault (6’) while the 400m relay team (Dom­minique Clancy, Samantha Hockey, Abby Jordan and Bridget Ripke) and 800m relay team (Perry, Makayla Caster, Chloe Koupal and Hockey) were both first. The 400m relay team finished in 58.29 seconds and the 800m relay team recorded a 2:04.76 time.

Caster earned a second place in the 100m hurdles (20.18) while Ripke was second in the high jump (4’4”) and Sarah Williams was sec­ond in the pole vault (5’6”).

Third place went to Clancy in the 100m (14.97 seconds), Angela Ross- Halfacre in the 200m dash (31.61) and Ripke in the long jump (14’1”). Finishing fourth were Clancy in the 200m (31.64), Caster in the 400m (1:11.43), Perry in the 300m hurdles (59.73) and Dana Maske in both the shot put (25’3”) and discus (70’).

“Overall it was a great start to the season especially given the cool windy conditions,” Coach Chris Worley said.

The Bobcats traveled to Roscom­mon Wednesday for a meet against the Bucks and will return to Roscom­mon Friday for the Roscomon Track Invitational. Both events begin at 4 p.m.

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