Yellow Jackets begin track season with a pair of wins

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:00 am on Friday, April 18, 2014

Greenville’s Ally Berry, left, races the 100-meter dash during Wednesday’s O-K Bronze track meet against Northview. Ally won the 100 and three other events for the Yellow Jackets.

GREENVILLE — The sun was shining, but the temperatures were chilly and the wind was a little much at times.

Still, the Greenville Yellow Jackets boys and girls track teams finally opened the season on Wednesday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. They did so with a pair of dominating wins over O-K Bronze rival Northview.

The girls team defeated the Wildcats 114-22, while the boys won 105.5-31.5.

Landon Kemp led the way for the Greenville girls with four individual wins.

Kemp won the pole vault (11-0), long jump (17-3), 100-yard hurdles (16.26) and the 300-meter hurdles (51.63).

Ally Berry and Madison Sorsen won four events, while Leah Somerfield won three events.

Berry was first in the 100-meter dash (13.64) and 200-meter dash (27.94). Somerfield won the shot put (35-4 1/2) and the discus (85-5).

Both were apart of the winning 800-meter relay team with Isabelle Matthews and Madison Sorsen. Berry also won the 1,600-meter relay with Sorsen, Clarice Callahan and Charlotte Kerr.

Sorsen had a good day with four wins, also winning the 800-meter run (2:44.56) and the 3,200-meter relay with Sarah Austin, Stacey Fitzgerald and Callahan.

Other winners included Cheyanne Heintzelman in the 400-meter dash (1:11.35) and Sarah Austin in the 3,200-meter run (14:01.58).

Greenville also won the 400-meter relay with Kerr, Matthews, Christina Hamel and Hailey Irish.

“It was a good start to the season,” Greenville girls coach Sharon Gianacakos said. “We found areas that we need to improve on and had some good surprises. We need to keep working hard.”

Greenville’s Kyle Farmer, left, takes the early lead over teammate Spencer Rowland, right, during the 1,600-meter run on Wednesday at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

On the boys side, Carter Stephens won four events for the Yellow Jackets, all sprints.

Stephens won the 100-meter dash (11.83), 200-meter dash (23.72), 400-meter relay (46.11) with Jake Prosser, Brennan Ramirez and Eric Plate and the 800-meter relay (1:36.48) with Kyle Swindell, Alex Dillon and Eric Plate.

Swindell also won the 400-meter dash (55.06) and 1,600-meter relay (4:23.27) with Ramirez, Austin Douglas and Dillon.

Personally, I didn’t do anywhere near the expectations for myself,” Dillon said. “Coming off a pulled hamstring and being sick I knew I wouldn’t be perfect, but I definitely expected more out of myself and I didn’t hit my goals. I am very proud of our sprint relay teams though, especially the 800 relay.”

Douglas also won the 110-meter hurdles (16.09) and the 300-meter hurdles (45.18). Kyle Farmer won the 1,600-meter run (5:14.61) and Kenny Wood the 3,200-meter run (11:47.43).

The 3,200-meter relay was won by Spencer Rowland, Andrew Mason, Josh Scott and Farmer.

Prosser won the shot out (10-9 1/2). Jake O’Herron won the high jump (6-0) and discus (117-0), while Gabe McNinch won the long jump (18-8).

I think the first meet went amazing. Pulling off a win like that in the first official meet of the season is always great,” Dillon said. “I give respect to Northview though, they fought hard in all the events and they do have a lot of young, inexperienced guys.”

Greenville will compete on Tuesday at Cedar Springs in an O-K Bronze meet.

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