Second Half reports
– Getting beat by Coleman Clark occasionally last year only made Mason Sumner a
a sophomore at Breckenridge, competes regularly against Clark, a junior from
Carson City-Crystal, because both schools are in the Mid-State Activities Conference.
took their individual rivalry to the biggest stage in the state Saturday,
dueling for the championship in the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 4 Final at
Michigan International Speedway.
got the best of Clark this time, winning in 16:07.5. Clark was second in
16:16.8. A year ago, Clark took fifth in 16:22.7, just ahead of Sumner, who was
sixth in 16:23.0.
nice to have that competition there,” Sumner said. “Last year, it was
definitely back and forth a lot. He had the edge last year in wins. I built up
my experience in racing and was able to win more this year. It’s nice to have
that in earlier races and every race in the season, because then you’re used to
it by state. You don’t get nervous and stuff.”
who was the conference champion as a freshman, welcomes the challenge from
really nice having that competition at every meet,” Clark said. “When I was a
freshman, he was in eighth grade, so my conference meets were really easy. I
didn’t have competition. When he came up last year, I’ve had a lot of
competition in conference meets. It pushes me to be better.”
and Clark sat back while Carlos Gascho of Johannesburg-Lewiston set the early
pace. They pulled ahead at the two-mile mark, then Sumner made his move a half
went how I wanted it to go,” Sumner said. “I wanted to just sit there and kick.
It was going to come down to who could kick at the end.”
led Breckenridge to its first MHSAA championship since the Huskies won Class C
scored 72 points, while runner-up Unionville-Sebewaing had 131.
Vine was 10th among team runners in 16:56.9, Trent Carter 14th in 17:07.2,
Ashton Gillis 19th in 17:15.4 and Colton Chovanec 28th in 17:33.8 for the
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(Top) Breckenridge’s Mason Sumner (585) begins his move ahead of Carson
City-Crystal’s Coleman Clark, Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Carlos Gascho and
Webberville’s Nathan Lott. (Middle) Colttion Vine keeps pace as Breckenridge’s
second runner to earn a top-10 finish. (Photos by Dave McCauley/RunMichigan.com.)