Rodgers wins four events for ChieftainsPublished 11:44pm Tuesday, March 27, 2012
THREE RIVERS — Creona Rodgers turned in outstanding individual performance for the Dowagiac track team in its season opener Tuesday afternoon.
While the Chieftains were swept by host Three Rivers in the Wolverine Conference meet, Rodgers won four events for Dowagiac.
The Chieftains’ Regina Kennedy was also a double winner Tuesday.
Dowagiac was defeated by the Wildcats 74-47 in the girls meet and 101-36 in the boys meet.
Rodgers won the high jump (4-6), long jump (15-7) and the 200-meters (28.87) as an individual and then teamed with Jacoya Brookins, Rosodio Murray and sister Correisha Rodgers to win the 800-meter relay (1:57.37).
Kennedy won the shot put (32-2) and the discus (89-2). Correshia Rodgers also won the 100-meters (14.46), Angel Parker won the 100 hurdles (19.77) and Murray won the 300 hurdles (54.71).
Chris Gantt won the 1600-meters (4:54.02) and 3200-meters (10:51.62).
Dowagiac also won the 800-meter relay (1:36.84) with Dontae Murphy, Kyle Solloway, Lucas Petro and Dontel Highsmith. Highsmith won the long jump with a leap of 21-11.5.
“We had a lot of new athletes debut with some encouraging results,” Dowagiac coach Ken Jordan said. “Despite only competing with 11 athletes, the girls won nine events and kept the score close until late in the meet. Sophomore Creona Rodgers won three individual events and was on a winning relay.
“On the boys side, Chris Gantt was a double winner and Dontel Highsmith won the long jump with an outstanding effort and anchored a winning relay. All in all we were very encouraged by our efforts.”
At Three Rivers
100: Correshia Rodgers (D) 14.46; 100 hurdles: Angel Parker (D) 19.77; 1600: Ally Pobanz (TR) 6:54.18; 300 hurdles: Rosodio Murray (D) 54.71; 3200: Marley Guy (TR) 13:01.71; 3200 relay: Three Rivers 11:41.08; 800 relay: Dowagiac (Jacoya Brookins, Creona Rodgers, Murray, Correshia Rodgers) 1:57.37; Discus: Regina Kennedy (D) 89-2; Pole Vault Laurin Masnari (TR) 7-0; Shot put: Regina Kennedy (D) 32-2; High jump: Creona Rodgers 4-6; Long jump: Creona Rodgers (D) 15-7; 400: Victoria Thurmand (TR) 1:12.81; 800: Alicia Schmidtendorff (TR) 2:46.81; 200: Creona Rodgers (D) 28.87; 1600 relay: Three Rivers 4:45.81
100: Patrick Spain (TR) 11.65; 110 hurdles: Theeron Kiser (TR) 17.27; 1600: Chris Gantt (D) 4:54.02; 300 hurdles: Theeron Kiser (TR) 43.37; 3200: Chris Gantt (D) 10:51.62; 3200 relay: Three Rivers 9:47.00; 400 relay: Three Rivers 44.24; 800 relay: Dowagiac (Dontae Murphy, Kyle Solloway, Lucas Petro, Dontel Highsmith) 1:36.84; Discus: Alex Cottingham (TR) 109-3; Pole vault: Connor McElroy (TR) 10-0; Shot put: Patrick Spain (TR) 47-5; High jump: John Mrosewske (TR) 6-1; Long jump: Dontel Highsmith (D) 21-11.5; 400: Austin Schirk (TR) 52.96; 800: Shannon Grace (TR) 2:08.69; 200: John Mrosewske (TR) 22.81; 1600 relay: Three Rivers 3:41.18