Two Panther boys advance to state track meet
STANDISH-STERLING — Standish Sterling's Cole Walderzak and Kevin Reeves each qualified for the state finals in three events to highlight the Panthers boys' regional performance on their home track on Saturday.
Windy conditions didn't slow down Walderzak, who won regional titles in the discus (164-2), and high jump (6-5) and took sixth in the shot put with a state-qualifying throw of 48-10.
Reeves heads to state in the 100 (2nd, 11.72); the 4x100 relay with Trent Fouchey, James Bashor and Casey Potts (1st, 44.59); and the 4x200 relay with Potts, Fouchey and Mitchell McFarland (2nd, 1:32.79).
McFarland also advances in the long jump (2nd, 20-2.5).
Tawas Area's lone state qualifier was Jeff Janis in the 400 (1st, 51.89).
SSC took second overall as a team to Freeland. Tawas Area finished ninth, Pinconning placed 14th and Oscoda was 16th.
SSC's other regional medallists included Derek Williams in the long jump (3rd, 19-6); Fouchey in the 100 (3rd, 11.75) and 200 (4th, 23.89); Potts in the 300 hurdles (3rd, 42.43); Reeves in the 200 (5th, 23.92); the 4x800 relay team of Shay Irving, Daren Johnson, Clarence Johnson and Ryan Pickvet (7th, 9:05.61); Pickvet in the 1600 (4:42.92) and 800 (5th, 2:09.08); Alex Schmidt in the 400 (3rd, 52.86); Irving in the 800 (4th, 2:08.84); and Irving, WIlliams, Schmidt and David Lundgren in the 4x400 relay (6th, 3:45.24).
Pinny's medallists included Charles Burch in the pole vault (7th, 11-0); and Michael Grusnick in the 110 hurdles (6th, 17.68) and 300 hurdles (5th, 43.80).
State qualifiers compete on May 30 at Comstock Park. SSC, Pinny and Tawas meet again on Wednesday with Ogemaw Heights, John Glenn and Whittemore-Prescott for the NEMC finals.