Montabella girls win school’s first-ever regional title in track

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:38 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Montabella’s girls track team poses with their regional championship trophy after winning the Division 4 regional in Breckenridge on Saturday. – Courtesy photo


BRECKENRIDGE — Montabella’s girls track team is going to the state finals as a team.

The Mustangs had a large number of girls qualify for the state meet, and because of that they won the Division 4 regional meet at Breckenridge on Saturday.

Montabella scored 117 ½ team points to beat Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (94) and Beal City (81) for the top spot.

It’s the first regional title in Montabella girls track history.

“It’s a great accomplishment for those kids,” Montabella coach Dan Gibson said. “That’s been the goal since the first part of the year. It’s been a four-year goal for us. When the girls were freshmen we knew we couldn’t win a regional then, but it’s been a four-year talking point for these girls.”

Kensi Garvey (2:25.08) and Kim Buskirk (2:29.23) both qualified in the 800. Garvey won the 1,600 (5:17.48) to qualify for that event.

Bri Carson won the high jump (5-2), Maliena Sheehan won the long jump (14-6 ½) and Laura Keilholtz qualified in the discus (96-5).

The 400-meter relay team of Marisol Bucao, Gabby Dobbrastine, Shiane Hallock and Brynn Lobert qualified on time (53.27). That same team qualified in the 800-meter relay (1:53.38).

Garvey, Lobert, Dobbrastine and Buskirk qualified for the 1,600-meter relay (4:23.37), while Garvey, Buskirk, Dobbrastine and Anna Ferman qualified on time for the 3,200-meter relay (10:34.83).

“First of all, we managed to score in 13 of the 17 events,” Gibson said. “We have a lot of talent in a lot of areas. We’re not a team with talent in one area. Then the second thing is how much they have improved since freshmen. Looking back the improvement they made has been incredible.

“It doesn’t hurt to have the two best athletes in the area in Bri Carson, who is the No. 2 high jumper in the state, and Kensi Garvey, who was one of the best runners in the state.”

The team will run at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association team finals next Saturday in Saugatuck.

“I don’t know if we have enough depth to win that,” Gibson said. “We’ve competed against Saugatuck. They beat us at Kent City. They have a much bigger team and a lot more depth than we do. That’s very important.”

No Mustang boy qualified for the state meet.

CC-Crystal, Vestaburg advance runners

Some runners from the other two area schools in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) were able to qualify on Saturday for the state track meet.

Carson City-Crystal got three boys and six girls to go to the Division 4 state meet at Houseman Field June 4.

The three boys were Jacob Smith in the shot put (48-6) and the discus (131-10), Zach Pringle in the long jump (18-10 ½) and Tabor Erskin in the 100 (11.91), 200 (23.59) and 400 (53.04).

Erskin won the 200 at the regional at Webberville on Saturday.

Two of the six Eagle girls were Haleigh Hubbell in the discus (107-1) and Taylor Ward in the 3,200 by time (12:18).

The 3,200-meter relay team of Ward, Stella Klinger, Makayla Baker and Karagan Kavanagh (10:36) also qualified.

For Vestaburg, no girl qualified, but Zach Johnston is going in the 200 (24.10) and 400 (52.30) and Noah Johnston is going in the 110-meter hurdles (17.19).

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