Monday, April 20, 2009

The Weekend Update April 17-18

With perfect weather on Friday and Saturday, we saw the yearly lists get rewritten. What stands out the most? Hard to decide:
Sophomore Nick Kaiser of Temperance Bedford won the Mansfield Relays 800 in 1:54.30, a stunning time for this early in the season.
Stephen Walker, a senior from Midland Dow, won the Mansfield 3200 in 9:16.77 on Friday and came back Saturday to win the 1600 in 4:18.91.
Allendale senior Zack Hill threw a monstrous 64-7.5 in the shot at the Coopersville Invite, plus a 174-0 in the discus on what some say was an uphill-sloping field. Check out his blog at
Ashlyn Gulvas, a senior at Standish-Sterling, popped a huge 46-3 in the shot at her school's Sunrise Invitational.

Lots of great track, but maybe the most stunning performance came from Troy's 4 x 1600 relay team at the Balawajer Relays at Milford: 19:06, an average of 4:46.5 per runner. Not impressed? Consider that it was a coed relays, with two boys and two girls. Even taking into account that one of the guys was Mike Atchoo, the math still staggers the mind. They broke the meet record by 49 seconds. From Troy boys coach Eric Prowse, here are the splits: James Yau 4:21, Michelle Moriset 5:09, Mike Atchoo 4:18, Grace Green 5:18. Wow.

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