LAKEVIEW — The Central State Activities Association has some track teams in it that force every individual on the teams to perform their best.
“In the CSAA you get tested every week,” Central Montcalm boys track coach Kris Kolbe said. “From top to bottom it’s the toughest league I’ve seen. But it really prepares you for regionals and invites, where your kids can shine.”
Morley Stanwood’s boys and Chippewa Hills’ girls shined Tuesday, winning their parts of the CSAA meet at Kos Field in Lakeview.
The Mohawk boys had 131 points with Reed City second at 107. Lakeview was fourth with 87 ½ and Central was eighth with 19.
The Warrior girls ran away with the meet with 181 points, well ahead of second-place Big Rapids’ 91. The Wildcats scored 77 and Central had 42.
“It was similar to what I expected,” Lakeview boys coach Joel Orr said of his team. “We had some pretty tough teams in our league. I think we had a good showing. We took a lot of thirds, fourths, fifth and sixths. I was pleased with how the guys did (Tuesday night).”
Kolbe, though, wasn’t as pleased with his boys.
“We’re not very strong this year. We were struggling towards the end of the year,” he said. “The kids that were there ran hard. I can’t complain about the effort.”
Kolbe did have some good things to say about the Green Hornet girls.
“The girls have been that way all year. They’ve been very competitive,” he said. “We’ve fought some injuries this year.”
The state-qualifying quartet of Dillon Wood, Kyle Ringlever, Joe Main and Zach Tanis did most of the scoring for Lakeview. They were second in the 800-meter relay (1:32.98) and the 400-meter relay (45.16).
Main was also second in the 100 (11.68) and fourth in the 200 (23.82).
“To take second in our league in the 100 with the amount of speed in our league, I would say that was a pleasant surprise,” Orr said. “I wasn’t planning on that.”
Wood also was third in the 300-meter hurdles (41.89) and won the long jump (23-1 ¼).
Ringlever was fifth in the 200 (24.53) and helped out in the sixth-place 1,600-meter relay (3:52.92) as did Tanis.
Trenton Doolittle was Central’s biggest scorer, finishing sixth in the 100 (12.07) and helping on the seventh-place 800-meter relay (1:39.70) and the fifth-place 400-meter relay (46.87).
“We had three boys qualify for the 100 finals and two in the 200. That’s a nice little bonus,” Orr said.
Two girls led the Wildcats. Nele Tarras was third in the 100 (13.54) and fourth in the long jump (15-4 ¼) and helped on the third-place 800-meter relay (1:53.69) and the second-place 400-meter relay (51.67).
And Tasha Sanders was on both the 400-meter and 800-meter relays and was third in the 400 (1:03.68) and sixth in the 200 (30.47).
The Hornets’ top performers wre LaShae Wright, Cierra Sutherland and Gwen Parks. All three were a part of the third-place 400-meter relay team (53.56).
Sutherland and Parks were members of the seventh-place 800-meter relay team (1:58.47).
Sutherland was also fifth in the long jump (14-10) and Parks was sixth in the 100 (13.94).
Wright, meanwhile, won the high jump (5-2) and was third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.53).