track and field

Runner-up madness

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Three athletes, CC-C boys all take runner-up at Division 4 state track finals

Second-place finishes were the theme of the day for local athletes at Saturday’s Division 4 state track finals.

Some were pleasant surprises while others fell short of state championship expectations. One of the pleasant surprises of the day came early in the morning field events with Carson City-Crystal junior Aubrey Hessbrook placing second in the long jump.

Black Knights, Bulldogs finish season at D2 state track finals

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Wildcats, Green Hornets complete season at D3 finals

Josiah Magley channeled his idol in the 3,200-meter run at Saturday’s Division 2 state track finals at Forest Hills Eastern.

The Ionia senior was working in the middle of the pack, he wasn’t thrilled with the way the race was playing out in terms of pacing. He wanted to get it moving.

Daily News Track Invitational rankings

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Daily News track Invitational rankings as of May 29. The meet features Greenville, Belding, Central Montcalm, Carson City-Crystal, Lakeview, Tri County, Vestaburg and Cedar Springs and will be held at Greenville’s Yellow Jacket Stadium on June 1.

Eagles going for it again

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CC-C boys win track regional for second year in a row, qualify seven to state finals

The Carson City-Crystal boys track team has had a target on its back since the start of the season.

As the defending Division 4 state champions, every team competing against CC-C has given it their all to try and dethrone the champs.

Running it back

Vestaburg’s Allison Wichert excited to get back to work following state hurdles title

Mickiah Allbee runs her practice hurdles on the track at Vestaburg High. She clears the three hurdles she has set up and goes back to her starting spot. As she’s walking back, Allison Wichert is there chatting and doing a bit of coaching with the freshman.

Despite the age difference, the two are already close friends, beginning in earnest last school year while Allbee was an eighth-grader and Wichert a junior. They discuss almost anything from track, to classes or whatever happens to be happening that day. However, it wasn’t necessarily like that in the beginning.

Striving for more

Ionia senior Jimmy Peabody looks forward to pushing his sprinting talents with Aquinas College’s track program

About five years ago, Ionia track head coach James Merrifield had heard stories of a fast middle schooler who would soon be a sprinter for the high school team.

“You don’t get to see all of the middle school meets but you’d hear about him running away from people all of the time,” Merrifield said.

Throwing for glory

With motivation from team leader, CC-C’s Taiden Robinson signs to throw for Madonna University

Taiden Robinson gets out of school two days out of the week but doesn’t go straight home, like many of his classmates or even his Carson City-Crystal track and field teammates do.

No, Robinson hops in the car with the Forist family — Zane along with his father and assistant coach, Ron Forist — to make a 117-mile journey, one way, to Madonna University in Livonia and work with Nia Henderson, one of the best throws coaches in the state. 

Belding’s Eliot Ross signs letter of intent to join Trine University for acrobatics and tumbling, track and field

There’s a theme in the Ross family with team sports and a willingness to help where needed.

Senior Eliot Ross has been a key member of the Belding competitive cheer team for the last three seasons where she competed in all three rounds, served as the team leader and helped out wherever she could.

CC-C senior Zane Forist signs with University of Michigan for track and field

After garnering a lot of attention during an intense recruitment cycle, Zane Forist’s college decision was made official on Tuesday.

On Oct. 29, the Carson City-Crystal senior announced via his Instagram page his commitment to the University of Michigan track and field team. On Tuesday night, the best high school shot put and discus thrower in the country signed his letter of intent to join the Wolverines in front of friends and family at the CC-C High School media center.

CC-C’s Forist commits to University of Michigan for track

One of the most high-profile college recruits the Daily News area has seen recently announced their college plans via social media on Friday.

Carson City-Crystal senior Zane Forist announced on his Instagram account his commitment to the University of Michigan Track and Field team on Friday.