OSCODA – The MHSAA track and field state finals were held on Saturday, with Iosco County athletes fairing quite well at the state’s top level.
Whittemore-Prescott had perhaps the best showing, led by a second place by Ridge Schutte in the 400-meter dash. Schutte timed out at 51.02.
Dakota McKuen competed in two events, coming in sixth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.31 and placing ninth in the 100-meter dash, clocking an 11.34.
The 4x200 relay team finished 12th, with runs by McKuen, Kyle Fenner, Ray Mann and Schutte, with a time of 1:34.7. The 4x400 squad was 14th in a time of 3:40.65, with runs by Mann, Tanner Harrisons, McKuen and Schutte.
Hale was also at the Division 4 meet. Patrick Harris took 20th in the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.75. The Eagles had the 4x100 squad of Zach Reed, Harris, Trent Reilly and Dylan Koepke come in 21st in a time of 46.65 and the 4x800 team of Logan Lewis, Robert Rosebrugh, Kevin Kesler and Joseph Kimmerer were 22nd with a time of 9:13.8
Tawas was at the Division 3 state finals at Jenison High School. Josh Maynard competed in the 400-meter run, coming in 11th place in a time of 52.42.
“He ran very well from an unusual position,” coach Chris Bolen said. “Due to his seed time from the regional meet, he was in lane eight. Running from stagger in this outside lane doesn’t let you see the other athletes until about the last 100 meters of the race. It is tough to not know where you are at compared to the field until the end of the race but he held his position but could never put in the chase that the athletes could from the inside lane.
“Josh had a very successful season as the only senior on the boys team,” she added. “He wasn’t sure at the start of the season that he wanted to be put into this position. After he came and watched his younger brother run in the first home meet, he caught the bug and had to jump into the mix. His work ethic, determination and attitude made him a great leader and role model to his teammates. We’d like to keep him for another season or so, but he is off to Grand Valley in the fall.”
Oscoda’s Kiah Holmes was also at the Division 3 meet, competing in the long jump. She placed 21st with a leap of 14-11.