Belding takes first, second in Lakeview track invitational

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:53 am on Monday, May 06, 2013

Belding’s Brendan Zuver, top in orange, leads Tri County’s John Newell, left, in a heat of the 100-meter dash.

LAKEVIEW – Belding’s track teams continued their dominance of the Lakeview Invitational Friday.

The Redskins girls won the meet with 173-1/2 points, beating Evart’s 80-1/2 and Morley Stanwood’s 67.

Belding’s boys were second behind Evart, as Evart had 153 points to the Redskins’ 96 points.

Brendan Zuver continued to win the sprints, winning the 100- (11.19) and the 200-meter dash (22.82). He also helped out the third-place 800-meter relay (1:37.59) and the third-place 400-meter relay (46.52).

But the Belding girls were the story. They won eight events, led by Greta Wilker, who won the discus (97-1) and the shot put (35-4).

Also getting wins were Ashley Ross in the long jump (15-1 1/2), Monica Baylis in the 800 (2:21.65). Naomi Grilley in the 300-meter hurdles (54.33), Danielle Rode in the 400 (1:02.42) and the 400-meter relay team (53.32).

Central Montcalm’s girls were sixth with 56 points, led by two wins by LaShae Wright in the 100-meter hurdles (16.41) and the high jump (4-10).

“The girls performed really well,” Central coach Kris Kolbe said. “They finished with 56 points and were two points out from 58. They were tough in the relays. All in all, we were happy with the girls.”

The Green Hornet boys scored eight points, finishing last.

Lakeview’s Kobe Perez looks down at the landing pit after a try in the pole vault during the Lakeview Invitational Friday.

“We weren’t great tonight,” Kolbe said. “We struggled a little bit. I was happy with some of our relays. Our relay times came down from Wednesday. But we didn’t perform too great in the field events. We struggled a little bit.”

The 58 points that beat Central came from Montabella’s girls, who took fifth. The girls’ best finisher was Kensington Garvey, who was second behind Baylis in the 800 (2:28.84).

The Mustang boys were just one point better than Central.

The host Wildcats got 30 points from their boys good for sixth overall. They got a win from Drake Boomer, who won the long jump (20-1 1/4). Gus Ward was second in the shot put (42-0).

Lakeview’s girls took last with 29 points.

“I was very pleased with how my girls did,” coach Cari Scholtens said. “We finished last, but I was thrilled with the improvement they’re showing. We had a lot of PRs (personal records) today. We had a freshman girl break a seven-minute mile.”

Scholtens made a change in strategy for this meet.

“We’re focusing a little less on relays and more on individual events,” she said. “It’s shown to be a good move. If we continue along this path I think we’ll see some success.”

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