Belding girls 9th at MITCA meet

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ZEELAND — Belding’s girls track team met the goal coach John Carlson set for them.

The Redskins finished ninth at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Division 2 team state meet at Zeeland East High School on Saturday with 940 points.

That was one place higher than Carlson set as a goal to place.

“Our amazing season continued,” Carlson said. “We had a lot of girls turn in some great performances.”

The winner of the meet was Dearborn Divine Child with 1,454 points, followed by Williamston with 1,283 and Chippewa Hills with 1,131.

The format was schools score points for every place in the event, with 42 points going to the event winner all the way down to one for last place. The school with the most total points won the meet.

“We talked all week about competing hard for every place and the girls really bought in,” Carlson said.

Leading the point haul for Belding was Monica Baylis. She scored 98½ points by finishing sixth in the 800 (2:24.62), fifth in the 1,600 (5:21.83) and helping the eighth-place 1,600-meter relay (4:18.23) and the sixth-place 3,200-meter relay (9:52.99).

“Monica Baylis really laid it on the line for the team (Saturday),” Carlson said.

Second-highest for the Redskins was Danielle Rood with 88 ½ points. She was also on the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams and was 13th in the 400 (1:03.44) and tied for ninth in the pole vault (8-3).

Carlson had special praise for his long jumpers, who collected an event-high 84 points.

“Our long jumpers continued their nice season,” he said.

Belding will finish their team season today at The Daily News Invitational at Greenville.
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