LAKE ODESSA — Belding’s track teams made coach John Carlson very happy Saturday.
The Redskins went to the Lake Odessa Lakewood Invitational and came back with the boys finishing third out of nine teams and the girls taking second.
The Belding boys had 733.5 points, behind Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg’s 931 and the host Vikings’ 885.
The Redskin girls had 791 points, which beat Thornapple-Kellogg by half a point. Mason had 850 to win.
For the boys, Brendan Zuver led with three firsts and a second. He won the 200 (24.42) and was a member of the winning 400-meter relay (46.05) and the winning 800-meter relay (1:35.45). He was second in the 100 (12.10).
“Brendan Zuver returned from a preseason foot injury and had a huge day (Saturday),” Carlson said. “He does all of the little things right: warming up, stretching and great leadership.”
Also on that 800-meter relay was Brendan Sutherland, who garnered special mention from Carlson.
“Brendan Sutherland set a career best in the high jump at 6-foot, won the 400 dash and was a part of the winning 4×200 relay,” he said.
Overall Carlson was pleased with what he saw from the boys.
“The guys team was very strong,” he said. “In every close race, our guys won the small battles. We talk about how every one point counts, and (Saturday) it was a half a point that pushed us to a second place trophy.”
But Carlson saved his biggest praise for the girls team.
“Our girls team was a little short handed (Saturday) but they really came to compete, race and set some season best marks,” he said.
The winning 3,200-meter relay team missed a school record by six-tenths of a second with a 10:34.5 clocking.
“The squad had three freshmen and a sophomore,” noted Carlson.
One of the runners on the 3,200-meter relay, freshman Monica Baylis, caught Carlson’s eye.
“She (Baylis) had great efforts in the 4×800 relay, the 1600 meters and the 800 meters,” he said.
Baylis was second in the 1,600 (5:42.80) and the 800 (2:34.10).
Belding will go to Sparta Tuesday for an O-K Blue triangular against the host Spartans and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern.