Belding track teams split in first meets of season

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:22 am on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Belding’s Scotty Foote is in a tight race with Ionia’s Tommy White in the 110 hurdles on Wednesday. Foote was second with a time of 15.7 seconds, just behind White’s 15.3.

BELDING — It was overcast and it was windy.

After weeks of beautiful weather, Michigan’s normal spring settled back in on Wednesday for the first Belding Redskins track meet of the season.

Both the Belding boys and girls team split with Ionia and Lakewood in a non conference meet.

The girls team defeated Ionia 76-61, but lost a tight meet to the Vikings 70-67. The boys team defeated Lakewood 105.33-30.66, but lost to the Bulldogs 98-39.

“It was a great first meet for all of the teams,” Belding coach John Carlson said. “It was cold, but the athletes really stepped up.”

All three teams competed together, but the scores were separated for two results.

Belding sophomore McKenzie Breimayer — in her first track meet ever — broke the school record in the 200-meter dash and narrowly missed the 100 dash record, as well.

Breimayer posted a 26.9 in the 200, breaking the old record of 27.0 set by Lindsey Kohn in 1999. Her time was good for first against both Ionia and Lakewood.

“McKenzie Breimayer had an amazing first track meet,” Carlson said. “She broke the school record in the 200 meter dash and just missed breaking the 100 dash record. She ran on a couple of fast relay teams and she had a lot of fun today.”

Breimayer’s 100 time of 13.0 missed the school record by 1/10th of a second. It was good for first against Ionia but second behind Lakewood’s Micah Ridder (12.8).

Belding’s Sammi Parker jumped a distance of 13-foot-6 1/2 during Wednesday’s long jump at home.

Monica Baylis won both events in the 800 (2:39.8) and 1,600 runs (6:02.3). Danielle Rode won the 400 dash (1:06.5) against both Ionia and Lakewood.

“Our freshmen girls had a great showing,” Carlson said. “Monica Baylis, Danielle Rode, MacKenzie Rode, Harley Rode, Joesi Krieger, Mackenzie Sower all had a first place today.”

Kreiger took first against both teams in the 3,200 run with a time of 13:41.3.

Brendan Sutherland won two events for the boys. He placed first against both Ionia and Lakewood in the 400 (55.5) and the high jump (5-foot-10).

“Brendan Sutherland really had a solid day today,” Carlson said. “He won the high jump and tied his career best. He also won the 400 dash and had a part on the winning 800 and 1,600 relays.”

Jake Chickering won the 100 with a time of 11.7 and Brad Baker took the high jump at 18-11 1/2 against both opponents.

“Newcomer Brad Baker had a solid day,” Carlson said. “Brad is a senior and he won the long jump jump and was a part of the 800 relay squad.”

Carlson also noted the performance of freshman Sam Beckett.

“Sam stepped up big today,” he said. “Sam filled in on the 400 and 1,600 relays when a couple guys had some muscles tighten up. Sam ran our second best 400 relay split today.”

Belding will travel for its next three track meets and will be action again following spring break at Cedar Springs on April 10 against the Redhawks and West Catholic in an O-K Blue meet.

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