North Huron girls excel in track and field
In the past week, the girls have won the NCTL league meet at Carsonville on Tuesday and also claimed top honors for their division of the Akron-Fairgrove Invitational.
At Carsonville, the 400m relay team of All-Stater Megan Heffner, Casitlin Homrich, Stephanie Goretski and Karlie Goretski cruised to a first place time of 55.49.
The 3,200m relay team of Katie Alexander, Stephanie Ahearn, Hanna Selaty and Chelsea Koroleski gave a strong effort to gain valuable team points, as did the 1,600, relay team of Ahearn, Selaty, Stephanie Goretski and Karlie Goretski.
North Huron won the girls meet with 159 points, well ahead of Port Hope who tallied 91 points. Kingston was third and Caseville was fourth with 60 points.
Homrich took top honors in the 100m hurdles, finsihing in 17.23 while Allyson Koglin of Port Hope was second and Sarah Murray of North Huron was third.
Heather Nowack had a third place finish in the 1,600m run for Caseville while Homrich aded another win to her total, this time winning the 200m dash in 27.77. Zick was second with a time of 27.90.
Chalon Forman of Caseville was second in the 3,200m run, clocking a 14.08.58 while the Lady Eagles 3,200m relay team of Nowack, Hayley Buckey, Forman and Emily Kurschner had a winning time of 11.09.76.
Zick won the 400m dash for Port Hope, crossing the finish line in 1:02.51 and Kurschner was second with her 1:06.29.
Koglin, another All-Stater from the county, continued her dominance of the shot put and discus events with winning tosses of 34’ 8” in the shot and 116’ 10” in the discus.
Heffner continued her strong performance, winning the high jump when she cleared the bar set at 5’ 4”. Zick had an effort of 4’ 9”, good for second place.
Homrich and Selaty picked up team points in the long jump, place first and second respecvtively with jumps of 14’ 6” and 13’ 11”.
On the boys side of the league meet, the highest county finish came from North Huron who was sixth with 42 points. Port Hope scored 16.
Jesse McNeil took a third in the 3,200m run for Port Hope with a 11:46.37 while the 800m relay team from North Huron, consisting of Scott Rushing, Forrest Maxwell, Kyle Gembarski and Michael Bucholz took second with their time of 1:42.22.
David Jimpkoski gave a great effort in the discus, letting loose with a heave of 133’ 5” to take first and then came back with a third place finish in the shot put where he threw 37’ 10”.
At the Akron-Fairgrove meet, the North Huron girls won the team title in Division II behind another strong performance by their 400m and 3,200m relay teams.
“We had a cross-wind of about 35 mph and a steady windd of around 25 mph. Pole vaulting was tricky and was suspended for the boys for over two hours. The running times were also up, because of the gale-force winds,” explained coach Jan LaFave.”
In the boys event, North Huron was fourth with 53 points and Port Hope tallied 24 points.
Jimpkoski, just like he did at Carsonville, won the discus with a toss of 119’ 8” and was third in the shot with a heave of 36’ 2”.
Rushing, Maxwell, Bucholz and Gembarski combined to take the 400m relay and Cody Deere of Port Hope was second in the 200m dash, finishing in 25.80.
The Lady Warriros scored 174 points, Port Hope was second with 109 and Caseville was third with 91 points.
Koglin won the shot (35’ 6”) and discus (105’) for Port Hope while Heffner was best in the high jump, 100m dash, 300m hurdles and a member of the winning 400m relay team.
Other wins came from Homrich in the long jump and 100m hurdles, Knoblock in the pole vault, the 3,200m relay team from North Huron, the Caseville 800m relay team, Nowak in the 1,600m run, Zick in the 200m and 400m dash, Karlie Goretski in the 800m run, Forman of Caseville in the 3,200m run and the 1,600m relay team from Port Hope.
A week ago Saturday, Bad Axe was host to the Hatchet Invitational, featuring some of the top track teams in the area.
The Lady Hatchets added another team title to their collection this season, claiming first place with 132 points in the 11-team field. USA was fourth, Laker fifth, Ubly sixth and Harbor Beach eighth.
Bad Axe, who used their overall team depth to score valuable points, picked up a win from it’s 400m relay team of Maggie Cramer, Kara Flynn, Kim Schenk and Alesha Reed who crossed the line in 54.14. They also had a win from Reed in the high jump when she cleared 4’ 10 ”.
Abby Scharf of USA dominated the action in the shot put and discus, with winning tosses of 35’ 10” and 114’ 9” and the 1,600m relay team from Ubly, consisting of Caitlyn Holdwick, Briana Lemke, Brittany Forman and Jennifer White crossed the finish line first with a time of 4:20.5.
Nicole Kubacki of Ubly won top honors in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.43 while teammate Ashley Kubacki was second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 59.61.
The 3,200m relay team of Breann Schramski, Kalli Frantz, Crystal Schaible and Cassandra Hanson from Bad Axe was second with their time of 10:50.63.
Gala Shivley of Laker finished third in the 100m dash, crossing the line in 13.57, fractions of a second off the winning pace and Barb Leipprandt, also from Laker won the 800m. Shivley later came back and placed second in the 200m dash and the 400m dash.
Alicia Erdman of Harbor Beach was second in the 1,600m run, finishing in 5:43.14 and Cassi Goglin of Laker was close behind with her third place finish in 5:46.61.
Teams were scheduled to comepte at regionals this week and several top athletes will be comepting in the Meet of Champions slated for Bad Axe on Tuesay afternoon.