Dowagiac’s Regina Kennedy set a new school record in winning the shot put at the Wolverine Conference Meet Tuesday. She was second in the discus. (Daily News Photo/File)

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Dowagiac thinclads finish fifth

Published 11:22pm Tuesday, May 22, 2012

COMSTOCK — The Dowagiac track team finished fifth at the Wolverine Conference Track & Field Championships in both boys and girls Tuesday.

But that doesn’t mean the Chieftains came away empty-handed.

In fact, Dowagiac claimed a pair of championships in the boys half of the meet and four titles in the girls meet.

Creona Rodgers won two individual championships.

Rodgers won the high jump with a leap of 5-3 and the long jump with a distance of 15-2.

Kennedy won the shot put with a school record toss of 37-0.5 and was second in the discus with a throw of 94-4. Kennedy broke her own school record in the shot put.

“Regina Kennedy ended her career with a record-breaking performance,” Dowagiac coach Ken Jordan said. “Her discus throw was also a career best. Creona Rodgers was very good again.”

Chris Gantt captured the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:27.43 and was fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:07.43.

Dontel Highsmith won the long jump with a leap of 22-5.75 and was second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.19.

He was named the Male Outstanding Athlete of the Meet.

Sam Courtney was second in both the shot put and the discus.

“All year our boys team has been a three-headed monster and that continued today,” Dowagiac coach Mike Stanger said. “Sam Courtney, Dontel Highsmith and Chris Gantt had a very good day at the conference and a great season.”

Wolverine Conference

Track & Field Championships

At Comstock

Boys results

Team scores

Vicksburg 152.5, Otsego 141, Three Rivers 99, Allegan 64.5, Dowagiac 59, Comstock 42, Paw Paw 39, South Haven 33, Plainwell 29

Dowagiac placers

100: 2. Dontel Highsmith 11.19; 800: 4. Chris Gantt 2:07.43; 1,600: 1. Chris Gantt 4:27.43; 400 relay: 4. Dowagiac (Shane Bevines, Dontrell Tucker, Highsmith, Brendon Murray) 45.55; Long jump: 1. Highsmith 22-5.75; Shot put: 2. Sam Courtney 45-6.5; Discus: 2. Courtney 128-7

Girls results

Team scores

Vicksburg 123, Paw Paw 122.5, Plainwell 90.5, Three Rivers 89, Dowagiac 67, South Haven 48.5, Otsego 40.5, Allegan 37, Comstock 36

Dowagiac placers

100: 3. Creona Rodgers 13.45; 100 hurdles: 3. Jacoya Brookins 17.17; 400 relay: 2. Dowagiac (Brookins, Creona Rodgers, Rosadio Murray, Correisha Rodgers) 53.27; High jump: 1. Creona Rodgers 5-3; Long jump: 1. Creona Rodgers 15-2; Shot put: 1. Regina Kennedy 37-0.5; Discus: 2. Regina Kennedy 94-4

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