Track athletes find success at BH/SJ Rotary meet
Sixteen teams converged on St. Joseph High School for the 61st annual Benton Harbor/St. Joe Rotary meet Friday, May 4. Coloma and Watervliet participated as part of four teams in Division 3.
In the men’s division, Coloma’s Derek Plitt turned in a third-place performance in the 100 meters; he finished with a time of 11.65 seconds.
Coloma’s Josh Young sailed to first place in the 200 meters. He led all competitors with a 23.17 second performance and set a new personal record.
Watervliet’s Lamarrius Smith finished third in the event with a time of 23.42 seconds and matched his best finish this season.
Young also set a new PR and earned first place in the 400 meters with a time of 50.19 seconds. Teammate Sincere Taylor was fourth overall with a time of 53.62 seconds; Taylor’s effort yielded a new personal record.
THREE FOR TEN… Watervliet’s Mikalah Clay checks with the umpire after sliding safely into third base Monday night in the Panthers’ game against Kalamazoo Christian. Clay hit a single and two doubles and had two RBIs in the 4-3 Panther victory. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Watervliet’s Austin Roberts finished eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 55.43 seconds, a season record.
Coloma’s Caleb Ellis finished fourth in the 800 meters; he completed the race in 2:05.35 and set a new personal record.
Watervliet’s Isaac Bultema took eighth in the 110 meter hurdles; he finished with a time of 18.39 seconds.
In the 300 meter hurdles, Watervliet’s Jermaine Granados legged it out for a sixth place finish; he set a new PR with his time of 45.51 seconds.
Coloma’s 4×200 meter relay team of Ellis, Taylor, Young, and Plitt continues to be unbeatable. They took first with a time of 1:31.49. The foursome also won the top spot in the 4×400 meter relay; the squad flew around the track and finished with a time of 3:27.25.
Coloma’s Jonah Jones set a new personal record in the shot put. His throw of 44’ 0.25” resulted in a third place finish for the senior. Fellow Comet James Clay took sixth with his 40’ 11” toss.
Comet athletes earned first through third places in the discus. Jones paired his bronze with gold; he finished first after launching a 133’ 8” throw. Clay finished second with a throw of 125’ 6”. Cole Alsup rounded out the top three with a 124’ 0” toss. Jones matched a season record, while Clay and Alsup set new personal records.
In the high jump, Watervliet’s Smith set the bar – well – high as he finished second overall with a 6’ 2” leap.
Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall soared to third place in the pole vault after clearing 10’; that effort matched his season best.
Watervliet’s Smith also earned first place honors in the long jump. He leapt 20’ 9.5”.
Watervliet’s Grace Stockdale matched her season best in the 3200 meters; she finished seventh overall with a time of 14:09.17.
Watervliet’s Vicky Smith took third in the 100 meter