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Midwest Meet of Champions

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Withington Stadium, Jackson HS, Jackson MI


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Michigan boys squeak by; Ohio girls roll
Meet MVPs: Tommy Brinn MI (US#3 1:49.27 800), Mahogany Jones OH (100/400/4x4 anchor);
Zach Hill MI (65-01 SP); Ariel Roberts (5-10 HJ); also great marks from Linton, Pendleton

  • Boys - Michigan 171.50, Ohio 168, Indiana 133.50
  • Girls - Ohio 223, Michigan 173, Indiana 75

Highlights (all athletes are seniors)
  • Tommy Brinn (Otsego MI) takes the Boys Track MVP after winning the 800 in US#3 1:49.27.  Four others ran 1:51 or 1:52
  • Mahogany Jones (Cleveland Rhodes OH) takes the 100 (12.05, -1.8w), 400 (55.04) and anchors the winning 4x400 relay (3:49.23) for Girls Track MVP honors
  • US 6th-ranked Zach Hill (Allendale MI) out putted 5th-ranked D.J. Duke (River OH) in the shot, 65-01 to 63-02.75, setting a stadium record and just missing the meet record, for the Boys Field MVP award
  • Ariel Roberts (Ann Arbor Pioneer MI) took the high jump crown that had eluded her at her state meet, jumping 5-10 for the Girls Field MVP Award
  • Christienne Linton (Romulus MI) was a near-miss for MVP honors as she topped the Michigan all-time mark in the 300H (42.49), won the 100H (14.42, -1.8w), and took the LJ (18-06.50w, +2.4)
  • Just missing girls field event MVP honors was Erin Pendleton (Woodmere OH), who won the discus in 160-05
  • Michigan girls won everything 800 on up, with Becca Addison (Grand Haven) taking the 800 in US#7 2:07.96, Courtney Calka (Livonia Stevenson) the 1600 in 4:55.00, and Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac) the 3200 (10:48.14)
  • Ben Moody (Cortland Lakeview OH) ran a strong 13.91 110H into a 2.0 headwind
  • Josh Tormasi (Massillon Perry OH) surprised with a 2-second PR to take the 1600 in 4:09.54
  • US 400H leader Jordan Rispress (Hilliard Darby OH) won the 300H in 37.47
  • Kyla Buckley (North Central IN) took the shot in 46-04.50
  • Katie Nageotte (Olmstead Falls OH) won the girls PV with 12-03, while Zach Saunders (Lawrence Central IN) was one of four at 15-06, but had the fewest misses
  • In the other relays, the Michigan girls teams narrowly took the 4x200 and 4x800 over Ohio, 1:40.78 to 1:40.79, and 9:10.01 to 9:10.05, but it was Ohio in the 4x100 in 48.02.  For the boys, Ohio rolled to the 4x800 (7:33.45), and won close 4x100 (41.63) and 4x400 (3:12.26) battles, and Michigan took the 4x200 (1:25.80)

Preview: Shot put battle should highlight 3-state clash

2009 will mark the last year of a four-year run for this meet in Jackson MI.  Athletes, fans, and officials are hoping forecasts of rain and possible t-storms are wrong!

Top athletes to watch for

1. DJ Duke vs. Zack Hill in boys SP – Many years, these guys would be 1-2 in the country.  Instead, they are 5th and 6th behind a quartet of 70-footers.  Saturday, they can at least battle for the honor of best in the Midwest.  Duke, a River OH senior, was at 66-10.50 before his D3 state meet, then leapt over 67 feet entirely with a US#5 68-08.25.  That enabled him to pass Hill, who broke his state’s record in May with a 67-00.50 put.  The Allendale senior also threw 67-11.25 in a meet, but it was negated for record purposes because of an overly sloping shot area.

2. Jordan Rispress – The Hilliard Darby OH sr is the national 400H leader (51.89, Penn Relays Champ) and would love to get down to sub-37 territory in the 300H.  His best is 37.45.

3. Erin Pendleton – The Woodmere OH sr currently sits at #3 on the national discus list.  Her sister, Emily, won here two years ago as she was wrapping up a 2-year domination of the event.

4. Christienne Linton and Ariel Roberts in multiple events – The Romulus MI sr Linton almost single-handedly led her team to the D1 state title two weeks ago, winning the 300H, LJ and taking 2nd in the 100H.  Roberts, similarly a hero in 2008, saw her Ann Arbor Pioneer team lose by two as she was 2nd in the HJ, 300H, and 4th in the LJ.  These two will go head-to-head in two events and will have to remember they are teammates this time.  The top seed in the 300H, for example, belongs to Howland OH’s Nicole Pachol at 41.86.  Linton will be favored in the 100H this time, though.

5. Rebecca Addison – The state meet was bittersweet for the Grand Haven MI sr, as she was beaten in her attempted defense of her 1600 title, before winning the 800 in a modest (for her) 2:12.50.  Saturday, it’s just the 800 and with two weeks of training behind her since state, look for something at 2:08 or better for last year’s 2:05.61 NON runner-up.

6. Tommy Brinn – A 1:51 performer last year in the 800, the Otsego MI sr is still looking to break that 1:51 barrier.  Now with his HS team obligations (other events) not a concern, a focus on a single event might finally get him there.

7. Matt Terrell – The Ben Davis IN sr was a big hero last weekend in the Indiana state meet.  He’ll seek to reprise his 100/200 titles here.

8. Derrick Spight and Dwayne King – The boys HJ this year will have two 7-footers, with Warren Central IN’s Spight (7-1 at state) battling Cleveland Heights OH’s King (7-0).

9. Jeff Kline – The Flushing MI sr crushed the competition at MI state meet with 24-01 LJ.  Unfortunately, on a windy day, there wasn’t a gauge to determine if they were legal or not.  He’s the favorite again Saturday and has a chance to get that legal 24-footer.

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