Belding boys, girls win own track invite

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:36 pm on Friday, April 27, 2012

Belding’s Mackenzie Sower high jumps over the four-foot bar during the Belding Invitational Friday.

BELDING — The inaugural Belding Invitational Track Meet had only three teams in it, but the host Redskins didn’t mind.

Belding won both sides of the invitational Friday, beating both Tri County and Lakeview for the wins.

The boys scored 109 points to the Wildcats’ 88 and the Vikings’ 73. The Redskin girls had 98 to 85 for Tri County and 67 for Lakeview.

Belding’s boys got a lot of places from a few people.

“The guys team really stepped up,” coach John Carlson said. “The distance runners really came through and scored a ton of points.”

The Redskins were led by Justin Belding, who was part of the winning 3,200-meter relay (9:16.94), won the 1,600 (4:55.46) and the 3,200 (10:42.03) and was third in the 800 (2:19.61).

“He was really special today, Justin was,” Carlson said.

Joe Main was the top runner for the Wildcats, finishing second in the 100 (11.71) and the 200 (24.16) and was a member of the winning 800 relay (1:37.94) and the winning 400 relay (45.27).

Main finished behind Connor Vanderhyde of Tri County in both the 100 and 200. Vanderhyde ran 11.21 in the 100 and 23.48 in the 200. He also was a winner of the 400 (53.11).

“I thought they ran proud, strong and confident,” Tri County coach  Brandon Briggs said. “I’m happy with the atmosphere we’re developing. They all had their head up and ran well.”

On the girls side, Belding got four firsts from Mackenzie Briemayer. She won the 100 (13.48) and the 200 (27.88) and was a member of the winning 400 relay (25.26) and 800 relay (55.05) teams.

“The girls just had a really good all-around meet,” Carlson said. “We had a couple people out with injuries and we rested some girls but the rest of the team stepped up in a lot of the different events.”

Alex King was the leader of the Wildcats, as she won the high jump (4-10), the 100 hurdles (16.33) and the long jump (15-8).

The best Tri County runner was distance specialist Ivy Boden, who won the 1,600 (5:52.91) and the 3,200 (12:31.07).

“I was really pleased with the performance of some of my younger runners,” Tri County girls coach Patty Bergman said. “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores getting a taste of track and for them to medal and move up in the rankings here at a smaller meet was a great opportunity.”

Belding will host the O-K Blue Conference meet May 10 for their next action, while the Vikings will host a Lakes 8 Conference triangular with Fremont and Fruitport while Lakeview goes to Big Rapids for a Central State Activities Association triangular.

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