Bedford and Monroe face tough SEC competition
WILLIS — Regional and state meets are on the horizon in the coming weeks for the Monroe and Bedford track teams.
But the competition for the Mules and Trojans won’t be much tougher at these meets than it was on Friday when they competed in the Southeastern Conference Red Championships.
Photo gallery:Monroe and Bedford in the SEC Red Track Meet
“If you’re not ready to compete in this league, you’re in trouble,” Bedford girls’ coach Jeff Davis said. “It’s like a mini-state meeting. This shows where you are heading into regionals.
“It’s a buzzsaw,” added Monroe Boys’ coach Justin Heck.
Bedford boys coach Jon Scheffer says SEC competition makes his athletes better.
“It’s a tough question,” he said. “It can motivate you and push you to do better. You can never rest on your laurels in this league.
Bedford placed fifth in the boys with 66.5 points. Saline finished first with 134, followed by Ann Arbor Pioneer with 127, Dexter with 109 and Ann Arbor Huron 101.
“We did well,” Scheffer said. “We finished about as well as I expected. We had the Big Four in front of us, but we beat the teams I thought I could beat.
The Bedford girls finished fifth with 50.5 points. Pioneer won a close race for first place. Ann Arbor Huron had 142 points and Saline 137.
“We did a lot of great things today,” Davis said.
Monroe was last in both encounters as the boys scored 16 points and the girls only 6. But the Trojans were severely shorthanded.
“We had a small squad,” Heck said. “Our prom was tonight. We really didn’t have any old people. It kind of depressed us.”
Bedford had a champion as Madison Foster won the 3,200 meters in 11:11.05. That time was nearly 30 seconds faster than anyone else on the court.
Jaelyn Hall was second in the high jump and Ally Betkey (fourth 400), Elizabeth Cochran (fifth long jump), Rebekah Asselin (sixth 800), Jaime Santiago (seventh shot put), Veda Legeza (seventh discus, eighth throw weight), Lauren Sancrant (eighth 3,200) and Veronica Steinman (eighth high hurdles) were other top placers for the Mules.
Micah Scheffer twice came close for the Bedford boys, placing second in the 400 meters and the long jump. He also ran with Owen Przybylski, Caleb Kochendoerfer and Collin Balla on the second 1600m relay.
Other mules in the top eight were Mason Shultz (third disc), Alexander Ortiz (fourth 1,600), Ethan Lingle (third pole vault, eighth 100), Parker Marsh (fifth high jump), Samuel Travis (sixth disc ), Alexander Beck (sixth pole vault), Przybylski (eighth 400), Caleb Agius (eighth low hurdles), Ryan Prielipp (eighth high jump), Nathan Dotson (eighth pole vault).
Brayden Richard had a great day for the Monroe boys, taking second place in the shot put and discus. The Monroe girls were led by Matley Rose, who finished fourth in the long jump and eighth in the 400m.
Discus throwers shine
EAST JACKSON — Cole Hubbell and Brayden Ratliff finished 1-2 on the disc to mark Dundee’s day at the East Jackson Dome Classic on Friday.
Hubbell pitched 140-08 and Ratliff broke his personal best 133-10.
Hubbell also finished fifth in the shot put.
The Dundee Boys finished fourth with 65 points and the Girls finished 12th with 19.5. Olivet won both encounters.
Other standouts for the Dundee boys .
Fourths by Kaylee Hovey (fourth) and Madison LaVoy (pole vault) were the best finishes for the Dundee girls. Bridget Waterstradt finished eighth in the 1600m and 3200m and Natalie Swisher placed eighth in the 800m.