Brandywine sweeps Buchanan in BCS track

Published 9:08 am Friday, April 22, 2016

Brandywine won 13 events — five for boys and eight for girls — in earning a pair of high school track and field victories in an interstate meet Wednesday, at Brandywine’s Marvin L. Selge Sr. Athletic Complex.

Bobcat boys beat BCS foe Buchanan 119-15 and LaLumiere (Indiana) 102-33 while Brandywine girls topped conference opponent Buchanan 71-37 and LaLumiere 58-56.

Also, Mishawaka Marian (Indiana) bested Brandywine 71-64, Buchanan 108-7 and LaLumiere 95-28 in boys competition.

While numbers are down a little bit this spring for a program that has a tradition of excellence, Bobcats coach Terry Borr sees some quality.

“This year we’ve got some really good kids,” Borr said. “We’re searching for where we can be strong and hopefully qualify of the state meet. That’s what are dual meets are for.”

Leading the way as individual first-placers for the Bobcats were senior James Harrell (1,600, 3,200), senior Austin Knapp (high jump) and sophomore Marquell Peterson (300 hurdles) with the 400 relay foursome of senior Caleb Horst, senior Michael Okayama, Peterson and freshman Dustin Ward also crossing the finish line first.

Brandywine freshman Kaitlyn VanLaecke (100, long jump) was a triple winner on the girls side while freshman Mia Frazier (3,200) and senior Brianna Gleason (300 hurdles) triumphed in one event each.

VanLaecke also anchored the winning 400 relay, which also featured sophomore Clarissa Hernandez, sophomore Melanie Martinez and freshman Siscilia McClurken.

Hernandez, Martinez, McClurken and sophomore Jamie Yike won the 800 relay.

Brandywine’s eighth girls win was claimed by the 1,600 relay foursome of Frazier, Gleason, Yike and Martinez.

Buchanan freshman Brenna Ropp paced the field in the 200.

“We have a good number of young kids this year,” Bucks coach Tom Brinks said. “We’re building the team back up after a couple of down years for us.

“We have a good group of freshmen starting and they’re getting better every week. We’re working on technique and getting the starts out of the blocks.”

Brandywine goes to the Watervliet Relays Saturday. Buchanan visits Berrien Springs Tuesday.