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Thinclads earn firsts at Rotary Meet

Published 10:42pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012

BENTON HARBOR — It didn’t take long for the Hartman name to regain the Brandywine track school-record for the discus.

Drawing inspiration from his older brother Ryan, junior Evan Hartman recorded a school-record toss of 147-6 at Friday’s 55th Annual Rotary Track Meet at Benton Harbor High School.

In 2006 as a senior, Ryan had a school-record throw in the discus of 141-3. That record lasted until last year when Jake Frazier had a Bobcat school-record throw of 147-2 in the discus.

Frazier’s throw and his brother’s battle with cancer, made Evan change his spring schedule with track becoming an athletic priority for the first time in his high school life.

“When (Jake had broken Ryan’s record), Evan decided to come out for track to get the record kind of back in the family,” said Brandywine coach Terry Borr. “If Jake hadn’t broken it, according to his dad, Evan might not have come out because he didn’t want to take his brother’s record. The other thing is that Ryan the last few years has been battling cancer issues.

“Soon as the record got broken (by Frazier), apparently, Ryan got (Evan) out there on our (discus) circle and had him playing around with it and (Evan) decided to come out.”

Evan has come a long ways in a short time throwing the discus.

“I started throwing about six months ago and I wasn’t too good back then,” said Evan. “I put a lot of hard work into it. I never thought I’d be at the point I’m at now.

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet that I got the record. When I get home tonight I’ll probably realize how big of an accomplishment it is. And I’ll be pretty happy.

“The funny thing is that I wouldn’t be out here if my brother’s record wouldn’t have been beaten last year. I never would have broken his record and done that to him. He’s been battling cancer the last couple of years and its been hard to watch. I know this record meant a lot to him and I just really wanted to get it back in the family.”

Ryan was there Friday to cheer on his brother as he made school history.

“He’s amazing,” said Ryan. “It shows what hard work and dedication will do for you. He gives 100-percent every day. We’ve been raised great by our parents. They taught us to love everything we do.”

Other highlights in the boys competition was the showing of the Niles relay teams. The Vikings got first place performances from its 800-meter relay team of Quentin Irby, Ronnie Jones, Cicone Palmore and Brandon Partee(1:31.60) and from its 400-meter relay team of David Hayes, Ronnie Jones, Cicone Palmore and Brandon Partee (45.2).

“The 4×1 and the 4×2 did really well,” said Niles boys track coach Tony Todd. “They both ran personal bests. I’m really proud of those guys.”

Edwardsburg got a first place time from its 3,200-meter relay team of Derek Scott, Alan Lopez, Hunter Woods and Josh Clark (8:16.38). Clark also finished first in the 800-meter run (1:57.6). Clark’s teammate-Skye Roy-finished first in the pole vault (13-0).

In the girls competition, Edwardsburg freshman Aubrey Ritchey finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:25.06) and 3,200-meter run (11:56.8).

“It’s exciting to win because it’s such a big meet,” said Ritchey. “It’s not like a dual meet and it’s against some really good teams.”

Edwardsburg boys and girls cross country coach Beth Gunn was happy about how both teams performed.

“I was really pleased with both two-mile relay teams,” said Gunn. “Obviously, we had some great performances in the distance races. Greg Hall did a great job in the hurdles too. (Clark) is a tremendous person all-around and it’s always fun to see him win. He deserves it.”

Dowagiac’s Creona Rodgers was first in the long jump (14-10 1/4) and high jump (5-2).

“Everything was like a mind thing for me today,” said Rodgers. “You just have to stay focused and think you’re going to finish first.”

In the shot put, Dowagiac’s Regina Kennedy has a first place throw of 35-4 1/2.

“This means a lot because last year I got second,” said Kennedy. “It was all about concentration.”

Niles got a first place showing from its 1,600-meter relay team of Chantel Baker, Paige Chaffin, Taylor Brandstatter and Lashonda Green (4:13.9).

Rotary Track meet

At Benton Harbor

Boys results

3,200: 1. David Berry (St. Joseph); 2. Kyle Richardson (Paw Paw); 3. Kirkland Love (Watervliet); 1,600 relay: 1. Watervliet (R.J. Rudel, Bailey David McClendon, Brock Thumm) 3:30.6; 2. Edwardsburg (Greg Hall, Tyler Williamson, Hunter Woods, Josh Clark) 3:31.4; 3. Niles (Nick Knoll, Anthony Bice, Cicone Palmore, Quentin Irby) 3:35.8; 200: 1. Brock Thumm (Watervliet) 23.3; 2. Josh Schoeplein (St. Joseph) 23.4; 3. Adam Kendall (Edwardsburg) 23.8; 4. Courtlan Gordon (Brandywine) 24.0; 800: 1. Josh Clark (Edwardsburg) 1:57.6; 2. Charlie Felton (St. Joseph) 1:59.8; 3. Chris Gantt (Dowagiac) 2:02.3; 5. Derek Scott (Edwardsburg) 2:06.3; Shot put: 1. Davin Mitchell (St. Joseph) 47-1; 2. Johnathan Williams (Berrien Springs) 45-10.5; 3. Derick Scott (Niles) 45-1.5; 5. Sam Courtney (Dowagiac) 41-2; 300 hurdles: 1. Raheem Franklin (Benton Harbor) 39.43; 2. A.J. Srmek (Brandywine) 40.18; 3. Brandon Partee (Niles) 41.50; Pole vault: 1. Skye Roy (Edwardsburg) 13-0; 2. Jamin Arthur (St. Joseph) 11-0; 3. Cody Yergeau (Lakeshore) 10-6.02; 4. Cody Stick (Niles) 10-6.01; High jump: 1. Demarcus Leak (Paw Paw) 5-11; 2. Jeffrey Gumbo (Berrien Springs) 5-10; 3. Johnathan Williams (Berrien Springs) 5-8.02; Long jump: 1. Mason Shinrock (St. Joseph) 19-4.75; 2. Anthony Bice (Niles) 19-2.25; 3. Jesse May (Edwardsburg) 19-0.5; 5. Ian Montgomery (Cassopolis) 18-4.25; 400: 1. Colby Clark (Lakeshore) 50.50; 2. Jacob Kohler (Lake Michigan Catholic) 50.91; 3. Josh Schoeplein (St. Joseph) 51.31; 4. Quentin Irby (Niles) 51.68; 5. Hunter Woods (Edwardsburg) 52.09; 400 relay: 1. Niles (David Hayes, Ronnie Jones, Cicone Palmore, Brandon Partee) 45.2; 2. Edwardsburg (Adam Kendall, Tyler Williamson, Jesse May, Skye Roy) 45.32; 3. Watervliet 45.38; 1,600: 1. David Berry (St. Joseph) 4:25.9; 2. Charlie Felton (St. Joseph) 4:28.6; 3. Chris Gantt (Dowagiac) 4:29.4; 800 relay: 1. Niles (Quentin Irby, Ronnie Jones, Cicone Palmore, Brandon Partee) 1:31.6; 2. St. Joseph 1:33.2; 3. Lakeshore 1:33.3; 5. Edwardsburg (Greg Hall, Jesse May, Tyler Williamson, Adam Kendall) 1:36; 100: 1. Josh Schoeplein (St. Joseph) 11.3; 2. Evan Brown (Cassopolis) 11.4; 3. Ronnie Jones (Niles) 11.5; 5. Cicone Palmore (Niles) 11.6; 3,200 relay: 1. Edwardsburg (Derek Scott, Alan Lopez, Hunter Woods, Josh Clark) 8:16.3; 2. Niles (Graham Hoppstock, Gabrial Trujillo, Sean Craig, Sam VandenHeede) 8:33.8; 3. Lake Michigan Catholic 8:36.3; 110 hurdles: 1. Raheem Franklin (Benton Harbor) 14.9; 2. Brandon Partee (Niles) 15.1; 3. Greg Hall (Edwardsburg) 15.4; Discus: 1. Evan Hartman (Brandywine) 147-6; 2. Alex Rutherford (St. Joseph) 132-6; 3. Chris Evans (Berrien Springs) 130-8; 4. Alvero Alvila (Niles) 128-2

Girls results

100 hurdles: 1. Paige Anderson (Berrien Springs) 15.3; 2. Dajah Bogan (St. Joseph) 16.1; 3. Celestine Schwartz (Paw Paw) 16.8; 3,200 relay: 1. Lake Michigan Catholic (Monique Allen, Hayley Barker, Alisse Havlicek, Katherine Nuter) 11:05.6; 2. Niles (Ellie Burck, Chelsea Hamm, Libby Hein, Amanda Lepel0 11:14.6; 3. Edwardsburg (Gianna Haller, Kristen Miller, Hannah Sousley, Elizabeth Ruff) 11:18.7; 100: 1. Jonshequa Mickie (Benton Harbor) 12.75; 2. Brianna Dinneen (Buchanan) 12.77; 3. Breanna Coleman (Cassopolis) 13.0. 800 relay: 1. Benton Harbor 1:48.9; 2. Niles (Paige Chaffin, Taylor Brandstatter, Ashley Love, Lashonda Green) 1:51.2; 3. Dowagiac 1:54; 1,600: 1. Aubrey Ritchey (Edwardsburg) 5:25; 2. Rachel Bendewald (St. Joseph) 5:25.3; 3. Kayla DePierre (Paw Paw) 5:33.6; Shot put: 1. Regina Kennedy (Dowagiac) 35-4.5; 2. Lena Madison (New Buffalo) 34-10; 3. Arline Wilson (Benton Harbor) 34-8.5; 400 relay: 1. Benton Harbor 51.6; 2. Berrien Springs 52.8; 3. Lakeshore 53.0; 5. Dowagiac 54.3; Discus: 1. Lena Madison (New Buffalo) 115-10; 2. Porshea Monte (Watervliet) 103-10; 3. Tyler Curley (Lakeshore) 99-0; 400: 1. Whitney Johnson (Paw Paw) 1:01.1; 2. Summer Lennartz (St. Joseph) 1:01.9; 3. Paige Anderson (Berrien Springs) 1:02.3; Long jump: 1. Creona Rodgers (Dowagiac) 14-10.5; 2. Paige Anderson (Berrien Springs) 14-10; 3. Denee’ Brown (Benton Harbor) 14-2.5; High jump: 1. Creona Rodgers (Dowagiac) 5-2; 2. Miranda Baker (Niles) and Gabby Andrews (Lakeshore) 5-0; Pole vault: 1. Jordan Rose (St. Joseph) 9-0; 2. Elisa Herrman (Lakeshore) 8-11; 3. Kayla DePierre (Paw Paw) 8-6.1; 4. Casey Garcia (Edwardsburg) 8-6; 300 low hurdles: 1. Candace Krause (Benton Harbor) 47.0; 2. Celestine Schwartz (Paw Paw) 50.2; 3. Olivia Hack (Edwardsburg) 51.24; 4. Angel Parker (Dowagiac) 51.29; 800: 1. Rachel Bendewald (St. Joseph) 2:27.5; 2. Kelsey Ramirez (Lakeshore) 2:34; 3. Summer Lennartz (St. Joseph) 2:38.4; 3,200: 1. Aubrey Ritchey (Edwardsburg) 11:56.8; 2. Kayla DePierre (Paw Paw) 11:59.6; 3. Leah McQuone (St. Joseph) 13:39.1; 5. Miranda Bronicki (Edwardsburg) 14:02; 200: 1. Brianna Dinneen (Buchanan) 26.8; 2. Jonshequa Mickie (Benton Harbor) 27.2; 3. Breanna Coleman (Cassopolis) 28.1; 1,600: 1. Niles (Chantel Baker, Paige Chaffin, Taylor Brandstatter, Lashonda Green) 4:13.9; 2. St. Joseph 4:19.7; 3. Lakeshore 4:20.7

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