04-26-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Panther Relays

Spring finally showed up and it was just in time for Friday’s Watervliet Relays.  Fifteen teams converged on Panther Stadium for the 46th annual running of the relays.

AIR MARSHALL… Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall flew high above the bar Friday during the pole vault competition at the Watervliet Relays. Marshall cleared 11’ on this jump. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


In the men’s division, Berrien Springs topped all schools with 114 points. Coloma took second with 65. Watervliet finished with 19 points, good for eighth place, while Hartford took ninth with 17 points.

The Comet relay teams were fleet of feet, as they broke two long-held Panther Relay records.

Caleb Ellis, Sincere Taylor, Josh Young, and Derek Plitt teamed up in the 800-meter relay and put the old record to rest. The foursome combined for a time of 1:31.12, which beat the 1981 record set by Covert. The old record was 1:31.9.

The super-fast squad also outpaced their opponents in the Panther Relay, beating the 1980 record. In that event, the teams are required to run 200, 300, 100, and 400 meters. Coloma’s time of 2:02.31 topped Watervliet’s previously unbeaten record time of 2:02.5.

Ellis, Taylor, Young, and Plitt also won the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:31.01.

Coloma’s Jonah Jones and Cole Alsup combined to win the discus event with 238’ 8”.

Hartford’s Carter Gendron and Randy Ramirez joined forces to finish third in the pole vault event. The duo combined for a jump height of 18’6”.

The Indian 4×100 relay team of Robert Ledesma, Riley Traver, Xavier Salinas, and Aaron Sinclair finished second overall with a time of 46.91 seconds.

Ulises Bacilio, Traver, Roy Rodriguez, and Ledesma teamed up for the Panther Relay.

For the ladies, Berrien Springs and Hopkins tied for top honors with 88 points.  Hartford finished fifth overall with 33 points. Watervliet earned seven points to finish in 11th place, and Coloma took 12th with six points.

Pultz records second clean sheet of the season as Hartford shuts out Comstock 4-0

Hartford Indian keeper Mary Pultz continues to impress this season. Her strong skills in the net helped Hartford shut out Comstock Thursday, April 19.

Hartford jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half.  The Indian tribe notched another two goals in the second half to seal the victory.