Sunday, June 26, 2022

State champ Eagles headline MSAC jamboree No. 2

Carson City-Crystal’s Jaiden Powers, right, and Vestaburg’s Aydin Cannady, left, compete in the 200-meter dash during Wednesday’s MSAC jamboree at Vestaburg. Powers finished sixth (26.97) in the event and Cannady finished 12th (27.42, a personal record). — DN Photo | Austin Chastain


Boys — First of eight teams, 232 points

Girls — Fifth of eight teams, 45 points

Head coach Grant Woodman

On how the season has been to this point: “We’re taking care of business. Part of the theme for our t-shirts this year is, ‘Do your job,’ and they’re going out and doing it. They’re doing their jobs when they’re asked to have. We’ve had some ups and downs — Clare and Shepherd were downs; Breckenridge was great for us. … (Wednesday) was a continuation of that. The real goal is to try and get as many people out of regionals as possible so we can get back and try to do some things like we did last spring.”

On who to watch for heading toward the postseason: “Zane (Forist) and Taiden (Robinson) in the throws; Cavanaugh Barker in the hurdles and potentially another event; Matt Emelander in the long jump, 400 and potentially a another event; Brayden Clark in the pole vault; Ashton Keefer in the mile and the two mile and I’d like to get a relay team or two out. … On the girls side, we just don’t have the numbers, but we’re going to try and get as many of those girls out as possible. Aubrey Hessbrook has the best shot in a couple of her events, so does Page Ewalt in the hurdles.”

On grinding it out to the postseason: “Sounds about right, regionals are less than 10 days away. That’s the first big test — then everything else from there is our championship season.”


Boys — Third of eight teams, 82 points

Girls — Seventh of eight teams, 27 points

Head coach Dan Gibson

Overall thoughts on Wednesday’s meet at Vestaburg: “My basic thought is track is a lot more fun when the weather is nice. Our kids all ran really well today.”

On standout performances at Vestaburg: “We had a lot of good stuff. Dakota (Dykhuis) ran really good in the 1,600 and 800, our relay teams had some home times — the (1,600-meter) relay teams were really good, too.”

On how improving weather conditions can lead to faster times: “It was really nice, and our kids did a good job with it. We’re happy and as the weather keeps getting nicer, kids are having more fun with it. … Our kids were really excited about being outside and running today like this and not everybody wanting to go home halfway through the meet — when it was freezing out.”

On the steady improvement since the Lakeview Invitational (April 22): “We have two more weeks until our last league meet and then its state finals after that. The season is winding down, it seems like it’s finally turned — the weather in the right direction. So, it’s a great time to be getting better.”


Boys — Fifth of eight teams, 41 points

Girls — Third of eight teams, 97 points

Head coach Mike Breidinger

On Wednesday’s meet, from a performance perspective: “Good day today. We had quite a few season (personal records) and I think we maximized what we could do with the numbers. We only had seven girls today and they racked up third place. So, I think we’re doing well.”

On the Wolverines’ steady improvement throughout the season: “Pretty much everything is where we’d expect it to be right now. We’re not trying to peak just yet, but I think we’re ready to do it, we’re on schedule to do it when we’re supposed to.”

On expectations for the rest of the season: “We still have some big goals, and some smaller goals, and we’ve kind of got a plan to hit them as they come along.”

On names to watch for as the state finals come into view: “Owen Patton, for the boys, for sure. Last time I checked, he was still top five in the state in three events. Allison Wichert, same thing — I think she’s at least in the top eight for four events, probably top five for three of them. … She’s in All-State territory. Mickiah Allbee, Abby Davis — those two are coming along, maybe the edge of state qualifying potential in long jump and the 100. … We have small numbers but everybody scores points. Everybody’s contributing.”

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