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Local Stars Shine at Marysville Invite

MARYSVILLE – It was the final tune-up before the real season begins.

Next week, local track and field teams will travel all across the state to regional competitions. On Friday at Marysville High School, they got one final opportunity to prepare at the Marysville Invitational.

“It’s a confidence-builder for us,” St. Clair girls track and field coach Jennifer McDonald said. “I feel like a lot of coaches are using this just to boost confidence right before you start regionals. Everyone loves this meet.”

Fortunately for local athletes, they were greeted with warmer weather after fighting through cold temperatures for much of the season.

What resulted were plenty of great times and personal records for the athletes. Calli Townsend and Max Whittredge each stood out for Croswell-Lexington, with Townsend winning the 100 hurdles (15.08) and Whittredge winning the 800 (2:01.19) and 1600 (4:35.01).

​”We haven’t had a whole lot of huge meets this season,” Townsend said. “This is important for us. I would like to see what times I can get today. It’s a really good day for it.”

Croswell-Lexington won the boys 1600 (3:30.26) and 3200 relay (8:12.65) events. Sondra Tercha of Algonac won the 100 dash (12.76) and Jordan Tomlinson of Port Huron Northern won the high jump (4-11.02).

Justin Corby of Port Huron Northern won the 110 hurdles (15.18), while Ashley Defrain starred for the Huskies in the 1600 (5:24.38). St. Clair won the girls 400 relay (52.65) and boys 400 (44.80). Steve Mason of Northern won the boys high jump (6-1).

In the boys pole vault competition, Tim Hunt of Port Huron Northern was the overall winner after jumping 13 feet, 2 inches. Avery Shell, also of Northern, won the girls pole vault (10-6.01).

“This is probably one of the most important meets prior to regionals,” Hunt said. “This gets me used to what will be happening at regionals. It’s incredibly important to do good here, because at regionals I will be doing similar heights.”

The Marysville 3200-meter relay team placed second while also recording a season-best time. Team member Megan McCulloch was instrumental in the performance.

“This meet really gives us a good idea of what the regional meet will be like and how to be good competitors,” McCulloch said. “This shows us the mindset we have to have.

“We have been saving our best for the end of the season and now we just have to trust the process and what our coaches have been teaching us.”

Meanwhile, St. Clair junior Laikyn Kulman also enjoyed an impressive meet after winning the 200 (26.52) and long jump (16-8) with ease.

“This is a really important meet to see how you stack up for regionals,” Kulman said. “This helps us make sure we are ready, in the zone and really focused.”

In other action, Cameron Williams won the 200 for St. Clair (23.35). Brendan Parr won the 3200 for the Saints (9:43.64) and Logan Mahn won the long jump (20-10.25). Derik Porrett of Yale won the 300 hurdles (41.80).