Central Montcalm boys, CC-Crystal girls win track triangular

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:17 am on Friday, April 13, 2012

Montabella’s Derek Martin, center, beats Central Montcalm’s Tyler Helms, left, and Carson City-Crystal’s Tyler Fisher during the 100-meter dash Tuesday.

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s boys track team and Carson City-Crystal’s girls team were winners in the first meet after spring break.

The Green Hornet boys beat the Eagles and Montabella Tuesday with 85 points. The Mustangs had 45 and the Eagles scored 40.

CC-Crystal’s girls had 73 points, which was four points more than Central. Montabella had 18 points.

Hornet coach Kris Kolbe was happy with the boys getting the win.

“Going in I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “We were young and we had some kids with inexperience. They stepped up.”

Central was led by Tyler Reed, who was second in the 200 (24.95) and the long jump (17-2).

Montabella got three firsts from Derek Martin, winning the 100 (11.53), the 200 (23.75) and the long jump (19-3).

“Derek Martin was outstanding. He ran a really good 100 and 200,” Montabella coach Dan Gibson said. “We thought our guys looked really good.”

The Eagles got a pair of firsts from Tyler Craig, who won the 1,600  (5:00.84) and the 3,200 (10:42.25).

“There’s a lot of room for improvement in some areas,” CC-Crystal coach Marcus LeGrand said. “I’m looking forward to getting to practice to iron out some of the things. We got it on film and I think we’ll be good to go on those things.”

But LeGrand loved the win by the Eagle girls.

“It made me feel really good because they stepped up and did the things that they were taught to do,” he said.

Stacci Kipp had two top places for CC-Crystal. She won the 300-meter hurdles (57.99) and was second in the 100-meter hurdles (20.63).

LaShae Wright was the top runner for the Hornets, as she won the 100-meter hurdles (18.09) and the high jump (4-10).

“Amy (girls coach Amy Kolbe) was pleased with how the girls ran,” Kris Kolbe said. “The relays were very good (Tuesday night). LaShae had a nice night.”

Montabella had a school record set in the discus by the old record holder. Cora Okkema (116-9) added three inches to the record she set last year. She also won the shot put (35-2.5).

“I don’t have a lot of girls but the ones we have are pretty good,” Gibson said.

The Hornets will head to Morley-Stanwood for the Mohawk Relays Saturday. On that same date the Mustangs head to the Fulton Invitational.

The Eagles are off until April 18 when they head to the Central Michigan Athletic Conference pre-conference tournament at Saranac.

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