Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Weekend Update for May 8-9

Great weather on Friday gave us a slew of great marks. Saturday meets weren't so lucky. Here, in somewhat random order, are the individual marks that stood out. I'm sure much is missing from the lists, since the conference meets have in general been horrible in reporting results. It's not hard. Just submit them to the Michigan Cross Country and Track and Field forum.

Tec Adams may have been having a great outdoor season all along, but track fans and newspapers of the region have all taken a vow of silence this season. Finally, our spies have gotten some information out (though we fear one has been captured and maple-syrup-boarded). This week the Harbor Springs senior ran a 9:26.0 in a quad meet on Monday, then came back at Thursday's East Jordan Invitational to run a 4:16.5/9:24.9 double. He's ready.

Megan Goethals ran 4:52.2 & 10:40.3 at a dual meet on Tuesday. I'm 99% sure that 1600 is the fastest dual meet time in state history. The 3200 would have been, if Becca Addison hadn't have run 10:37.0 the week before. In any case, the Rochester junior can probably claim the best dual double of all-time. Then she came back at the OAA Red meet on Friday to clock 4:51.9 & 10:37.9.

Avery Evenson scored a notable double on Friday. Running at the Pinckney Middle School Invitational, the Hartland eighth grader won the 3200 in 11:22.4 and came back with a 5:22.6 in the 1600. The state records for 8th-graders are 5:04.00 (Shannon Osika) and 10:59.4 (Bekah Smeltzer).

Ali Philman of East Lansing took over the state lead in the 100 with a 10.74 at the Nugent Invitational in Bath. That's FAT, our reports say, and far superior to the weekly 10.4s and 10.5s that are being reported by the overexcited on MLive.

Bridgette Owens-Mitchell of Southfield is stamping herself as the hurdler to beat. At the OAA White, the junior won the hurdles in 14.4 & 45.2. Meanwhile, at Flint's wind-blown Coca-Cola Classic on Saturday, Jillian Sledge of Flint Southwestern edged Grand Blanc's Brittany Calhoun, 44.7 to 44.8.

Mike Atchoo came out on top in a 1600 duel with Joe Reynolds at the OAA Red meet. The Troy junior hit 4:14.0 to Reynolds' 4:16.9. Earlier, Reynolds' relay squad from Rochester Adams got the best of the Troy foursome, 7:54.6 to 7:59.2.

Becca Addison had a great OK Red meet on Friday. First she anchored a 9:30.7 state leader. Then she ran 5:05.24, 2:13.23, and anchored the winning 4x4 for Grand Haven.

Sarah Birkmeier's been quiet for a while, but a 12-1 pole vault clearance at the OK Red meet reassured her fans... Zack Hill won OK Silver with throws of 65-1 and 185-0...

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