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State's Fastest Aiming for Record Finish

 State's Fastest Aiming for Record Finish
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Khance Meyers is widely regarded as the fastest sprinter in the state. The East Kentwood senior track star will attempt to live up to that billing next weekend when he competes in the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 1 Finals.
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Performance: Salem's Mason Phillips

Performance: Salem's Mason Phillips
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Over the last week, Mason Phillips has emerged from a key contributor to Salem’s No. 3-ranked boys track & field team to become one of the most incredible stories of this spring season.  Phillips had run track as a freshman but not the last two years bef...
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Busy Block Does it All During 3-Sport Spring

Busy Block Does it All During 3-Sport Spring
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Dawson Block has his seven varsity letters earned over the last 2½ years piled on a table in his bedroom.  They aren’t in any particular order or out for display. In fact, they’re probably the most disorganized part of an incredibly organized gu...
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Cooper Closing In On Fantastic Finish

Cooper Closing In On Fantastic Finish
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
As good as he is as a runner, Cameron Cooper understands he can’t do it alone. Running one last high school season guided by knowledgeable veteran coaches and with a friend to help set their team's pace, the Oak Park senior is sprinting toward a captivating concl...
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Superior Dome Gives Jumpstart to Spring

Superior Dome Gives Jumpstart to Spring
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Most Upper Peninsula track coaches will tell anyone the weather always is perfect in the Dome. After all, the temperature is constantly in the 70s and there’s no wind, rain or snow to contend with inside Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome. And mos...
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Time at Track is Nesbitt Family Time Too

Time at Track is Nesbitt Family Time Too
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Conversations in the Nesbitt house always seem to come back to track and field. The fact that the father, Michael, is the cross country and boys track coach at Bay City Western, and his two children, Brendan and Sydney, are MHSAA Finals qualifiers in both sports is onl...
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Indoor Tracks Give UP Early Opportunities

Indoor Tracks Give UP Early Opportunities
Thursday, April 13, 2017
There was a time when hosting a track meet in early April was nearly impossible in the Upper Peninsula. Indoor tracks weren’t available, and the long winters sometimes made it difficult to hold outdoor meets even in mid to late April. That no longer holds true as...
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'Midnight Express' Got Start at Cass Tech

'Midnight Express' Got Start at Cass Tech
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
If Eddie Tolan had his way, he might have been a football hero or, maybe, a star on the baseball diamond. But fate is a funny thing.  Instead, he became an Olympic track star and, one can strongly argue, the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s grea...
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Through the Years: Boys Track & Field 1925-2015

Through the Years: Boys Track & Field 1925-2015
Thursday, July 7, 2016
The MHSAA Boys Track and Field Finals are among a handful of events that trace their beginnings to the first school year of the association, 1924-25. Aside from one season during World War II, championships in boys track & field have been contested every spring for...
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Rapid River Rises to Claim D3 Championship

Rapid River Rises to Claim D3 Championship
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Twelve years had passed since a Rapid River boys track and field team had been crowned Upper Peninsula champion. The Rockets found a way to do that Saturday, however, as they edged Powers North Central 72-68 for the title.
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Hematites Boys Go Distance in Repeat

Hematites Boys Go Distance in Repeat
Sunday, June 5, 2016
There was reason to celebrate Saturday evening in Ishpeming as both of its track and field teams came home as Upper Peninsula Division 2 champions. Earlier in the day, the Ishpeming boys retained their title, as did the girls.
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Many Contribute in Marquette Boys Repeat

Many Contribute in Marquette Boys Repeat
Sunday, June 5, 2016
The Houghton boys gave chase, but Marquette withstood the Gremlins’ challenge while retaining the Upper Peninsula Division 1 track and field title Saturday. Marquette collected 144 points to repeat and win its fifth title in seven seasons. Houghton followed with...
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Saugatuck, Dunn Dominate in D4 Repeat

Saugatuck, Dunn Dominate in D4 Repeat
Saturday, June 4, 2016
There was little question that Saugatuck junior Blake Dunn was the individual star of the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 4 track & field meet Saturday afternoon at Houseman Field. Dunn swept the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, both in meet-record times, to lead Saugatuc...
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Reigning Champs Lead Again at Zeeland

Reigning Champs Lead Again at Zeeland
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s coach Sean Clouse said his team felt the pressure of defending the school’s track and field championship all season. Noah Jacobs of Corunna said the goal of breaking the nine-minute mark in the 3,200-meter run has been with him since ...
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LP Division 3 Champs Take Winning Steps

LP Division 3 Champs Take Winning Steps
Saturday, June 4, 2016
In track and field, the difference between an MHSAA Finals championship and not being atop the medal stand may be the difference of a step or two. Marlette's Andrew Storm proved that Saturday at the Lower Peninsula Division 3 Finals at Comstock Park High School.
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Comeback Jump as Meaningful as Record

Comeback Jump as Meaningful as Record
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Because it was wind-aided, the performance by Jackson senior Anthony Owens on Saturday won't count in the MHSAA track and field record books. But while it won't go down officially as the best long jump ever at an MHSAA Finals, it was one of the greatest jumps, given th...
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Preview: History Awaits Next Contenders

Preview: History Awaits Next Contenders
Friday, June 3, 2016
Hundreds of Michigan's top high school athletes will compete Saturday at seven MHSAA Track & Field championship meets taking place either in the Grand Rapids area or Kingsford in the Upper Peninsula.  While some of the favorites in the boys meets are familiar ...
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Performance: Oxford's Connor Bandel

Performance: Oxford's Connor Bandel
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Oxford's Connor Bandel could’ve been a selection for Michigan National Guard Performance of the Week most this season; the spring has included that many highlights for the reigning Lower Peninsula Division 1 champion in shot put and discus.  But so far, he w...
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Parchment Enjoys Exchange of Experiences

Parchment Enjoys Exchange of Experiences
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Pecan pie and snow are just two surprises Khaled Bukhamseen found as an exchange student at Parchment High School. Another surprise was organized sports. They've played a valuable part in his experience in Michigan this school year, which he's finishing up before retur...
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Meridian Speedsters Find Home on Track

Meridian Speedsters Find Home on Track
Friday, May 20, 2016
Nobody had to talk Christian Petre into playing baseball or persuade Hailey Stockford that playing softball might be fun. Both fell in love with those respective sports early on.  But track and field? THAT took some lobbying from others to get the two sprint sta...
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