Stephens, Kemp win top honors at Daily News Track Classic


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:26 am on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Greenville’s Landon Kemp and Carter Stephens were named Most Outstanding Male and Female athletes during Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s Carter Stephens and Landon Kemp are on the opposite end of the athletic spectrum. Stephens is wrapping up his high school career, while Kemp is one track meet shy of completing her freshman season.

Both are exceptional athletes and were voted the Most Outstanding Male and Female Athlete awards by coaches at Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

Stephens led the charge on the boys side with four first place finishes. Stephens won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and was part of the winning 400 and 800 relay teams.

“It went pretty well. Our 4×1 and 4×2 teams did pretty good today,” Stephens said. “The 100 and 200, I was decent. I didn’t expect to win this and it feels pretty good in my last meet.”

Kemp also took first place in four events winning the pole vault, long jump, 100 hurdles and 200 dash. Kemp, who holds the school pole vault record, set a Yellow Jacket Stadium Record with a long jump of 17-6.

The previous long jump record was held by Kendra Erskine of Grand Ledge with a jump of 17-3 in 2002.

“It’s feels awesome,” Kemp said of setting the record. “I didn’t even know what the record was, but I figured I would go out and jump as far as I can. Pole vault didn’t goes as well as I wanted it to. It was a nice day, but my poles were too soft.”

The Daily News Track Classic consists of the top athletes in each event from eight area schools.

In any other year, Belding senior McKenzie Breimayer would have taken home top female honors, but fell short to Kemp on Tuesday.

Runners take on the first hurdle of the girls 300 meter hurdles event during Tuesday’s Greenville Daily Track Classic.

Breimayer finished first in the 100 dash and 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams.

The 400 (also running was Johanna McCully, Hallee Breimayer and Mackenzie Sower) and 1,600 relays (McCully, MacKenzie Rode and Monica Baylis) set school records.

In all, the Redskins won nine of 17 girls events including all four relays.

Belding’s Gabby Holyfield set a personal record in the discus while placing first with a throw of 120-9. She missed the school record by three inches and the stadium record by six inches.

“My first couple of throws were kind of iffy,” Holyfield said. “I was worried, but after talking with my coach and just relaxing a little, I was able to pull through.”

Also setting a personal record while taking first was Belding’s Greta Wilker in the shot put with 38-0. Wilker also set a career best of 113-9 in the discus to finish behind Holyfield.

Belding’s Teresa Myles placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, while Baylis also won the 800 run. Cedar Springs’ Aaliyah Sargent won the 400, while Tara Tepin the 300 hurdles. Carson City-Crystal’s Shalie Borton placed first in the high jump.

On the boys side, Lakeview’s Drake Boomer took first in both the long jump (22-2 1/2) and high jump (6-2) with personal records.

“I haven’t high jumped in like four meets,” Boomer said. “Last year, I jumped 6-1 and my best coming in was 6-0. I set personal records in both tonight and it feels pretty good.”

Cedar Springs’ MavRick Cotten won the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Greenville’s Austin Douglas was second in both events.

Belding’s Trevor Curtis placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and was third in the 800.

“It wasn’t my best run,” Curtis said of the 1,600 run. “I drafted the guy in front of me for the first three laps.”

Lakeview’s Peter Betten won’t the pole vault and Trevor Bacon the shot put. Carson City-Crystal’s Austin Hopkins won the discus, Greenville’s Kyle Farmer the 800 and Cedar Springs’ Brandon Sipka the 400.

Greenville won all four relay events.

Greenville’s Taylor Zimmer, right, during the shot put on Tuesday. Zimmer, who will throw at Hillsdale College next year, placed third in the shot put with 36-6 3/4.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals are Saturday. Division 1 is at Rockford, Division 2 at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, Division 3 at Comstock Park and Division 4 in Hudsonville.

Boys results

Shot put: 1-Bacon, L, 48-0 3/4; 2-Johnson, CS, 44-4; 3-Burrows, CS, 44-3 1/2.

Discus: 1-Hopkins, CC, 128-4 1/2; 2-Kindlle, CM, 126-2; 3-Johnson, CS, 125-0 1/2.

Long jump: 1-Boomer, L, 22-2 1/2; 2-Cotton, CS, 21-3; 3-Becktell, TC, 19-7 1/2.

Pole vault: 1-Betten, L, 12-9; 2-VanEss, CS, 12-6; 3-Swade, CS, Remington, 11-0.

High jump: 1-Boomer, L, 6-2; 2-O’Herron, G, 5-10; 3-Greondal, TC, 5-10.

110 hurdles: 1-Cotton, CS, 15.24; 2-Douglas, G, 15.44; 3-Bach, B, 16.32.

300 hurdles: 1-Cotten, CS, 41.65; 2-Douglas, G, 42.95; 3-Lagunas, TC, 44.03.

100 dash: 1-Stephens, G, 11.34; 2-Plate, G, 11.44; 3-Sipka, CS, 11.71.

200 dash: 1-Stephens, G, 22.85; 2- Reich, CM, 23.37; 3-Becktell, TC, 23.46.

400 dash: 1-Sipka, CS, 52.21; 2-Swider, B, 52.54; Groendal, TC, 53.49.

800 run: 1-Farmer, G, 2:10.50; 2- Rowland, G, 2:11.57; 3-Curtis, B, 2:18.14.

1,600 run: 1-Curtis, B, 4:49.58; 2-Jason, TC, 4:51.58; 3-Farmer, G, 4:56.70.

3,200 run: 1-Curtis, B, 11:03.30; 2-Jason, TC, 11:09.78; 3-Rackley, TC, 11:10.48.

400 relay: 1-Greenville, 45.34; 2-Cedar Springs, 45.40; 3-Tri County, 46.14.

800 relay: 1-Greenville, 1:34.88; 2-Tri County, 1:35.15; 3-Central Montcalm, 1:36.44.

1,600 relay: 1-Greenville, 3:42.76; 2-Tri County, 3:44.51; 3-Belding, 3:51.58.

3,200 relay: 1-Greenville, 9:11.79; 2-Central Montcalm, 9:48.65; 3- Vestaburg, 11:04.79.

Girls results

Shot put: 1-Wilker, B, 38-0; 2-Somerfield, G, 37-3; 3-Zimmer, G, 36-6 3/4.

Discus: 1-Holyfield, B, 120-9; 2-Wilker, V, 113-9; 3-Drumm, V, 109-0.

Long jump: 1-Kemp, G, 17-6; 2-Ross, B, 16-0; 3-M. Rode, B, 15-8 1/2.

Pole vault: 1-Kemp, G, 10-0; 2- Fitzgerald, G, 9-6; 3-Marvel, CS, 9-0.

High jump: 1-Borton, CC, 4-8; 2-Swarts, V, 4-6; Sower, B, 4-6.

100 hurdles: 1-Kemp, G, 16.02; 2-Marvel, CS, 17.58; 3-Parker, B, 17.66.

300 hurldes: 1-Tepin, CS, 52.31; 2-Jakeway, B, 52.32; 3-Peters, G, 52.97.

100 dash: 1-Breimayer, B, 13.06; 2-Hamilton, CS, 13.30; 3-Pettway, L, 13.73.

200 dash: 1-Kemp, G, 27.20; 2-Hamilton, CS, 27.78; 3-Pettway, L, 28.58.

400 dash: 1-Sargent, CS, 1:05.64; 2-Callahan, G, 1:05.74; 3-Roper, L, 1:06.59.

800 run: 1-Baylis, B, 2:23.21; 2-Heintzelman, CS, 2:29.80; 3-Fitzgerald, G, 2:31.23.

1,600 run: 1-Myles, B, 5:46.71; 2-Syrjala, B, 5:58.38; 3-Ovokaitys, CS, 6:10.33.

3,200 run: 1-Myles, B, 12:49.15; 2-Syrjala, B, 13:10.33; 3-Ward, CC, 13:16.69.

400 relay: 1-Belding, 51.39; 2-Cedar Springs, 52.12; 3-Greenville, 54.37.

800 rely: 1-Belding, 1:48.99; 2-Greenville, 1:52.45; 3-Cedar Springs, 1:52.48.

1,600 relay: 1-Belding, 4:10.88; 2-Greenville, 4:19.68; 3-Cedar Springs, 4:33.48.

3,200 relay: 1-Cedar Springs, 10:39.06; 2-Greenville, 10:52.21.

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