Belding girls track finishes perfect in O-K Blue


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:44 am on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Belding’s Peyton Mount, left, takes the baton from Rachel Warner during Friday’s Lakeview Invitational. The Redskin girls finished the O-K Blue a perfect 6-0 with a win over Wyoming on Monday.

BELDING — The Belding Redskins track team faced one more O-K Blue Conference foe on Monday before the league meet begins on Thursday.

The result was a pair of victories for both the boys and girls teams. The win for the girls concluded a perfect 6-0 conference record with a 103-34 win over the Wyoming Wolves at home.

“Our girls team knew that Wyoming would be strong in the sprints,” Belding coach John Carlson said. “We had a lot of people run some very strong races today.”

The boys team finished the conference season with a 3-3 record after Monday’s 82-55 win over Wyoming.

“The guys team really overcame some adversity,” Carlson said. “We had several out with some crazy injuries and soreness.”

The Redskin girls dominated the field events by winning four of the five events.

Ashley Ross won the long jump (14-5), Kaitlin Glegola the pole vault (7-6), Greta Wilker the shot put (35-4 1/4) and Gabby Holyfield the discus (98-0).

Aliea Thrash of Wyoming won the high jump (4-8) over Belding’s Mackenzie Sower (4-6).

“Ashley Ross led a 1-2-3 sweep in the long jump today. Their effort got us off to a great start,” Carlson said. “We had two freshmen go 1-2 in the pole vault today. Katilin Glegola got her first win of her career, including middle school.”

The field success gave the Redskins 33 out of a possible 45 points.

Monica Baylis continued her successful season in the distance runs with wins in the 800-meter and 1,600. Baylis ran a 2:36.89 in the 800 and 5:41.58 in the 1,600.

Baylis was a member of the winning 1,600 relay team, Belding also won the 800 and 3,200 relays.

Danielle Rode won the 400 dash (1:02.76) and Teresa Myles won the 3,200 run in 13:02.26.

The Belding boys were also successful in the field events as they won four of five events.

Jake Jones won both the shot put (41-10) and discus (118-6), while Jeff Brimmer won the high jump (5-6) and Mitch Dykla the long jump (17-7).

Trevor Curtis had two individual wins for the Redskins in the 800 (2:13.68) and the 1,600 (5:00.57).

Justin Belding took the 3,200 run (11:24.76), Telson Jones the 300 hurdles (45.31) and Andrew Swider the 110 hurdles (18.08).

“Andrew Swider did a great job today. He had to run some race he hasn’t run all year and he really came through for the team,” Carlson said. “His win in the high hurdles got us off on the right foot.”

Belding won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

The Redskins now turn their attention to the conference meet at Coopersville on Thursday. Field events and the track preliminaries take place on Thursday with the track finals on Friday.

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