NSAF On-Site at Michigan indoor state meet: Fisher makes history and much more

by Steve Underwood

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State records for Fisher, Johnson

  • *US#1 (#6 all-time) and overall state record 4:04.46 boys' 1,600m run for Grant Fisher (TEMPO/Grand Blanc, MI sr), winning by more than 10 seconds over Lucas Arrivo (Sasquatch TC/Ann Arbor Pioneer senior) at 4:15.74, Anthony Berry (Unatt./Traverse City Central junior) at 4:16.56 and Jacob Domagalski (Runners High/Romeo senior) at 4:18.65 (MI#3-4-6 on regulation tracks).  Fisher built a big lead at 2:02.0 for 800, slowed a bit to 3:07.3 at 1200, then finished at 57.1 in the final 400.  The previous state record was Logan Wetzel’s 4:07.31 (4:08.75 full mile) from earlier this month.  NOTE: The 4:04.46 is actually the fastest 1,600 ever run, but converted to a mile (x 1.0058 = 4:05.88) makes him the #6 all-time miler).  Only one prep has run faster in an all-HS race and none have run faster on a flat, regulation track.  Fisher also split a state record 3:50.9 at 1,500m.
  • US#7 and overall state record 47-9 girls’ shot put by Kayli Johnson (New Breed/Grosse Pointe South junior), scoring a massive 6-foot improvement on her PR and winning by more than six feet, too – over Sarah Roethlisberger (Unatt./Shepherd senior) at MI#6 41-2.  Johnson’s Saunders-esque performance overtook Becky Breisch – who threw 47-2 as a soph back in 2000 – for Michigan’s all-time best.
Brazier, Bowden not far off records
  • US#2/MI#1 (and MI#2 all-time) meet record 1:52.54 boys’ 800m run by Donavan Brazier (Unatt./Kenowa Hills senior), holding off Drake Gauthier (TEMPO/Grand Blanc senior) at MI#2 (#5 all-time) 1:53.85.  Only Nick Kaiser (1:51.34) is faster in state history.  Cameron Cooper (Motor City TC/Oak Park soph) was 3rd in MI#4 1:56.82, a fine run for a 10th-grader.
  • **US#6/MI#1 (and MI#2 all-time) meet record 48.48 boys’ 400m dash by Skylar Bowden (Mich. All-Stars/Saline), pulling away from Montel Hood (Intensity/) at MI#2 49.22 and Steven Linton (Unatt.) at MI#3 50.17.  Only Darnell Hall’s 1990 state record 47.87 is faster.  Hood’s time is MI#7 all-time.  NOTE: Bowden’s all-tracks best is US#3/MI#2 47.66 from last week’s Kentucky meet, which is MI#3 all-time.
Motor City girls keep making history
  • US#12/MI#1 (and MI#2 all-time) 1:41.24 girls’ 4x200m relay by the Motor City TC/Oak Park (Tamea McKelvy, Brianna Holloway, Carlita Taylor and Anna Jefferson), winning by more than two seconds over the Michigan All-Stars at 1:43.27 and Elite Performance Sports XL at 1:43.76.  Only Oak Park’s own 1:40.49 from NBNI last year (banked track) is faster in state history.
  • 3:50.40 meet record girls’ 4x400m relay by the Motor City TC/Oak Park (Johnyce Powell, Ersula Farrow, Dorriann Coleman and Anna Jefferson), trailing only their US#2 and state record 3:44.62 from the Armory Invite in January (banked track).  In state history, only a few other Oak Park performances – just one on an unbanked, regulation track – are faster.  The MCTC’s ‘B’ team (“Bettye Robinson MCTC”) was 2nd in 3:57.30 and Ann Arbor Youth 3rd with 4:03.60.
  • US#6/MI#1 (and MI#4 all-time) meet record 9:17.37 girls’ 4x800m relay by the Motor City TC/Oak Park (Jayla Fleming, Dorriann Coleman, Lashae Bowens and Ersula Farrow), winning by more than 17 seconds over Spirit of Pre/Saline at MI#2 9:34.71 and Midland Kickers at MI#3 9:44.97.  The MCTC clocked about 6:55 for three legs before 2:09 anchor Farrow cruised home with a 2:22 while trying to hold something in reserve for an open 800 record attempt.
All-tracks leaders Flournoy, Farrow rule
  • 21.77 meet record boys’ 200m dash by Jaron Flournoy (Mich. All-Stars/Westland Glenn senior), just off his **US#6/MI#1 and state record 21.66 from January, and dominating by a big .76 over Chiebuka Onwuzurike (Unatt./Brother Rice junior) at 22.53.  NOTE: Flournoy is already US#1 on all-tracks with his MI all-time/all-tracks best 21.16 from Kentucky.
  • 2:11.29 girls’ 800m run for Ersula Farrow (Motor City TC/Oak Park senior), just off her **US#5/MI#1 2:11.00 from January, and winning decisively over teammates freshman Dorriann Coleman at MI#2 2:13.90 and senior Jayla Fleming at MI#3 2:18.40.  NOTE: Farrow has run an all-tracks US#1 2:09.21 at Kentucky.
Belf and Pierce win showdowns
  • **US#3/MI#1 10:32.90 girls’ 3,200m run by Audrey Belf (Birmingham Harriers/Seaholm senior), outkicking Sarah Kettel (Capital Cross Club/Capitol Homeschool junior) at US#5/MI#2 10:33.32.  While Belf is already MI#2 all-time with her 10:07.36+ (10:10.90 2-mile) from last year, Kettel become MI#5 all-timeKelli Jackson (Unatt./Hudsonville senior) was 3rd at MI#3 10:53.96.  NOTE: Kettel and Belf were already US#1-3 and MI#1-2 for all tracks with their faster times from GVSU the previous week.
  • MI#3 (and MI#4 all-time) 12-6 girls’ pole vault by Madison Pierce (Elite Performance Sports XL/Ortonville-Brandon senior), improving her PR by six inches and pulling one of the bigger upsets of the meet.  State leader (13-6) and US#2 Mackenzie Shell (Elite Feet/Port Huron Northern senior) entered at 12-9 and suffered a controversial no-height, while US#12/MI#2 (13-1) Stephanie Lambeth (Unatt./Frankenmuth senior) was 2nd, also clearing 12-6.  Shell stopped her runup on her 3rd attempt at 12-9 and before she could run up again, the official said her time was up.  Coaches protested she was supposed to have been warned, but a protest was to no avail.  Gabriella Leroux (Unatt./Spring Lake soph) was 4th at 12-0.
More great victories on the track and the field
  • US#5/=MI#2 6-10 boys’ high jump by Hunter Weeks (Unatt./Homer senior), beating four others who cleared 6-6.
  • US#11/MI#2 6.85 boys’ 60m dash by Stephen Blunt (Mich. All-Stars/Monroe senior), beating Sean Beckom (RDF/Saginaw A&S junior) at MI#3 6.90 and Kevin Smith (Unatt./East Kentwood senior) at MI#5 6.92.  Beckom had led prelims at 6.93 to Blunt’s 6.95.  Blunt moves to MI#10 all-time.
  • US#11/MI#1 10:29.14 boys’ distance medley relay by Spirit of Pre/Saline, rolling by more than 14 seconds over West Michigan HarriersMI#2 10:43.54.
  • 58-4 boys’ shot put for Connor Bandel (Unatt./Oxford junior), off his recent MI#1 59-8.25, coming from behind to beat Gage Hawthorne (Hancock junior) at MI#2 55-9.5.
  • MI#1 56.01 girls’ 400m dash by Anna Jefferson (Motor City TC/Oak Park junior), finishing ahead of senior teammate Johnyce Powell at MI#2 56.89.  Jefferson also anchored the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relays.  An impressive middle-schooler was 6th-grader Jada Roundtree in 11th at 1:01.10.  NOTE: Jefferson and Powell are MI#1-3 on all tracks at 55.99 and 56.84.
  • MI#1 7.58 (and MI#9 all-time) girls’ 60m dash by Sekayi Bracey (Unatt./East Kentwood junior), winning by a big .19 over Taylor Hopp (Grand Rapids Fire/Jenison senior) at MI#4 7.77.
  • MI#1 8.09 boys’ 60m hurdles for Alex Liggett (Unatt./Traverse City Central), beating Kentre Patterson (Unatt./East Lansing) at MI#2 8.19.
  • **MI#1 1:29.94 boys’ 4x200m relay for the Michigan All-Stars (Blaine Ellington, Stephen Blunt, Skyler Bowden and Jaron Flournoy), overcoming Maximum Output at 1:30.63 and the Motor City TC/Oak Park at 1:31.26.  NOTE: The top three teams have all run faster on oversize tracks.
  • **MI#1 3:23.25 boys’ 4x400m relay for the Motor City TC/Oak Park, coming from behind to beat the Michigan All-Stars at 3:25.28 and Maximum Output at 3:25.92.  NOTE: On all tracks, Motor City is MI#2 at 3:19.50.
  • **MI#1 9:28.99 boys’ 3,200m run by Nick Schmidt (Invictus/Davison senior), more than six seconds ahead of Mitchell Day (Unatt./Alpena soph) at 9:32.10.  NOTE: Schmidt is MI#4 on the all-tracks list at 9:25.94, behind three that did not contest the MITS finals.
  • MI#1 8:11.43 boys’ 4x800m relay for Hardbodies TC (Joe Renner, Josiah Ottollini, Daniel Mikovitz, Ryan Silvestri), defeating Spirit of Pre/Saline HS at 8:14.35.
  • MI#1 (and =MI#5 all-time) 43-8 boys’ triple jump for Andrew Duddles (Unatt./Big Rapids Crossroads senior), beating Austin Hawkins (Unatt./Hillsdale senior) at MI#2 (MI#10 all-time) 43-0.5.
  • MI#1 34-3.75 girls’ triple jump by Abigail Bansen (Beefast TC/Stevensville Lakeshore soph), nipping the Ann Arbor Youth/AA Pioneer duo of soph Alice Hill at 34-1.5 and senior Nicole Wilson at 34-0.75.
  • MI#1 40-3 girls’ weight throw by Tricee Beelen (Unatt./Zeeland East senior), winning by more than two feet over Hannah Heide (Unatt./Utica senior) at 36-6.
  • MI#1 12:44.10 girls’ distance medley relay by Runners High (Samantha Allmacher, Megan Greb, Madi Wesley and Emma Wilson), beating Pace Pushers at 12:48.02 and Gaylor TC at 12:48.73.
  • 3:35.31 boys’ sprint medley relay by the Motor City TC/Oak Park HS (De’Karyea Freeman, Marvin White, Bryce Pickett and Cameron Cooper) – 2nd only to their US#4/MI#1 3:32.70 – nipping Intensity at MI#2 3:35.88. 
  • **MI#2 4:58.20 girls’ 1,600m run by Rachel Dadamio (Birmingham Harriers/Seaholm senior), pacing and then kicking to beat Lexa Barrott (NXC Running Club/junior) at MI#3 4:59.68, Karrigan Smith (St. Johns TC/St. John’s senior) at MI#5 5:01.24 and Rachel Bonner (Elite Feet/junior) at MI#6 5:01.39.  Impressive middle schoolers further back were 7th-grader Anna Jensen in 6th at 5:02.98 and 6th-grader Sydney Anderson in 12th at 5:11.86.  NOTE: Dadamio (4:55.06 mile) and others have faster times on oversize tracks.
  • MI#2 56-10.25 boys’ weight throw by Jacob Bachman (Unatt./Zeeland East senior), defeating state leader Michael March (Unatt./Monroe senior) at 56-5.
  • MI#2 4:26.27 girls’ sprint medley relay by Elite Performance Sports XL (Mackenzie Gross, Maeva Revol, Maya Roberts, Laurenm McGarth), beating Dearborn TC at MI#4 4:31.63 and Spirit of Pre/Saline at MI#5 4:32.57.
  • MI#3 22-8.5 boys’ long jump by Anthony Owens (Jackson ITC/Jackson junior), beating Kevin Smith (Unatt./East Kentwood senior) at 21-6.5 and Nicholas Herbert (Unatt./Portage Northern senior) at 21-2.
  • **MI#3 25.60 girls’ 200m dash from Brook Bogan (Mich. All-Stars/Ann Arbor Huron soph), beating Chloe Abbott (Michigan Accelerators/Northville junior) at MI#4 25.77.  NOTE: Bogan ranks MI#4 on all tracks.
  • 8.94 girls’ 60m hurdles by state leader Maya Roberts (Elite Performance/Farmington Hills Harrison senior), taking the measure of Michaiah Thomas (Unatt./Oxford soph) at 9.03 and prelims leader (8.93) Brianna Holloway (Motor City TC/Oak Park junior) at 9.07.
  • 5-4 girls’ high jump by Emily Helfrich (Unatt./Charlotte senior), two inches off her state-leading 5-6 and two inches ahead of a dozen others.
  • 17-5.25 girls’ long jump by Miashia Blair (FITC/Flint Southwestern senior), nipping the Elite Performance Sports XL duo of junior Casey Couturier (Anchor Bay junior) at 17-5 and senior/state leader Madison Pierce (Ortonville-Brandon senior) at 17-4.25. 
  • MI#5 14-6 boys’ pole vault by Keegan Carney (Onsted TC/Onsted soph), beating standing MI#2 Nick Burkhalter (Inversion/South Lyon senior), who also cleared 14-6 but lost on misses, and two others at 14-3 – including state leader Mitchell Mueller (Unatt./Algonac senior).

* - denotes ranking that includes 1,600 and mile.
** - denotes ranking that takes only regulation track performances into account (notes at end of highlight regarding oversize track performances).

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